Fudgy Mint Chocolate Brownies

by jenna on January 12, 2012

These brownies are the fudgiest. They are SO fudgy, in fact, that they refused to come out of the pan as perfect little brownie squares.

Who needs perfect little brownie squares anyway?

I made them to take to a friend’s house for dinner tonight and ended up eating all of the imperfect end bits as soon as they came out of the oven. You know how it is…one crumb leads to another crumb, which leads to a raging gap in the center of your brownies, which leads to a semi-nervous breakdown, which leads to cutting all the brownies out of the pan and rearranging them on a plate to take to your friends. End bits not included. It was just one of those days.

Here’s what you need for the fudgy brownie layer!

And the cooooool mint creme layer (excluding green food coloring):

And the top layer is just melted chocolate chips. They.are.ridiculous. Good thing I’m carbo-loading for training with Baron at the Yoga Journal Conference on tomorrow!!!

Phew.

They taste like a giant, chewy, fudgy Andes mint! I think I might actually prefer them over the salted fudge brownies because I love the creamy mint layer so much.

Crazy about mint chocolate? Next, try these and these! Oh, and these, too! One can never have too many mint chocolate desserts in their life. What can I say? I’m obsessed.

Fudgy Mint Chocolate Brownies

recipe adapted from Gourmet

makes about 12 brownies

Print this recipe!

Ingredients:

2 oz unsweetened chocolate, chopped

1 stick butter, cut into chunks

1 cup sugar

2 eggs

1/4 cup flour

1/4 tsp salt

1 tsp vanilla

for mint layer:

1 cup powdered sugar

2 tbsp butter, softened

1 tsp peppermint extract

1 1/2 tbsp cream

tiny bit of green food coloring

for chocolate topping:

1 cup semisweet chocolate chips

Directions:

Preheat oven to 325.

Lay a piece of tin foil in an eight inch pan and liberally butter the foil. Set aside.

Melt the chocolate and butter together over very low heat in a medium sized saucepot, stirring constantly. Once melted, take off the heat and whisk in the sugar, eggs and vanilla extract.

Fold in the flour and salt and mix until just combined. Pour batter into prepared pan and bake for 40 minutes. Let cool completely before proceeding to the next step.

While brownies are cooling, mix together all ingredients for the mint layer (it’s easiest to use a mixer for this). Once the brownies have cooled, spread the mint layer over the top evenly and then place brownies in the fridge for 30 minutes so the mint layer can set.

Now, melt the chocolate chips either in a double boiler or VERY CAREFULLY in the microwave, stirring during 20 second intervals. Spread the melted chocolate over the top of the mint layer evenly and place brownies back in the fridge for two hours until set.

After chocolate has cooled completely, lift tin foil out of pan and slice brownies into small squares.

Time:

4 hours

 

 

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andrea January 12, 2012 at 3:58 am

Wow. Those look AWESOME. You’re brilliant!

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Erika - The Teenage Taste January 12, 2012 at 4:03 am

Brownies this fudgy don’t have to come out of the pan in perfect little squares. I’d just attack the pan with a spoon and start savoring! ;-)

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Kathryn January 12, 2012 at 4:07 am

That brownie looks so amazingly rich and fudgy!

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K @ The Chic Teach January 12, 2012 at 4:21 am

Take it back, Jenna. Take it back! Nothing is better than your salted fudge brownies. That would be impossible.

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chelsey @ clean eating chelsey January 12, 2012 at 4:22 am

fudgy brownies are THE best. Seriously, they beat cake like brownies every time.

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Cupcake Crazy Gem January 12, 2012 at 4:30 am

I’m so happy to find someone as obsessed with the mint and chocolate combo as I am!! and fudgy brownies? hello! those look amazing…definitely the fudgier the better I say!

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Katrina January 12, 2012 at 4:38 am

Mmm that layer of mint looks fabulous!

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Juliane @ C'est moi à Paris January 12, 2012 at 4:40 am

I hope you write about the yoga conference!!!

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HilJo January 12, 2012 at 7:21 am

I second that!! :)

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Vanessa @ Project Zen January 13, 2012 at 6:42 pm

third!

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Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat January 12, 2012 at 4:43 am

You’ve got me drooling!! I can’t wait to hear about the yoga conference – sounds like fun!

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Olivia January 12, 2012 at 4:48 am

These will get me in trouble (because I’ll inevitably make them).

I already have a problem with midnight eating a lot of chocolate and anything fudgy or cookie filled late into the wee morning hours. Now you are supporting my problem!

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Caroline @ chocolate and carrots January 12, 2012 at 4:52 am

Yummmmm! These look fabulous! :-)

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Emily @ The Swallow Flies January 12, 2012 at 4:57 am

My mouth is watering – and my “free” day isn’t until Saturday. Wahhhhh!

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Molly @ RDexposed January 12, 2012 at 4:59 am

I want these on a snow day…I also want a snow day.

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Lauren @ What Lauren Likes January 12, 2012 at 5:06 am

mint and chocolate is the best combo. period. :D

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Jenni January 12, 2012 at 5:07 am

Is the conference part of your teacher training that you’ve started?

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jenna January 12, 2012 at 9:01 am

No it’s not. It’s just a day intensive with Baron Baptiste as part of the Yoga Journal Conference. My training doesn’t start until the end of January.

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Sally @ Spontaneous Hausfrau January 12, 2012 at 5:13 am

Oh, yes! These remind me of the Starbucks Peppermint Brownies that I am obsessed with!

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Amanda January 12, 2012 at 5:21 am

I NEED these in my life right now. And a strong drink. (ignore the fact that it’s not even 9am in Boston)

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Heather January 12, 2012 at 5:53 am

Nothing is better than mint and chocolate. These brownies are definitely on the menu for the Golden Globes on Sunday!

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HRCK the Herald January 12, 2012 at 5:54 am

Hahaha, I know ALL about that “raging gap” in the center of the brownie pan, and my brownies/cookie bars RARELY have straight edges.

Also, can I just say a big thank you for continuing with the yummy dessert stuff post-holidays? I’m all for salad and healthy food, but I like my food bloggers to show me stuff like this!

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Emmy (Wine and Butter) January 12, 2012 at 6:01 am

I WISH I needed to carb load at the moment… rather the opposite, I’m afraid. I’m very excited to try your post from yesterday though – looked super good and we had your spicy sausage and kale soup after a day hiking at Point Reyes over Christmas – it was totally perfect and everyone loved it. :)

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Nadine January 12, 2012 at 6:03 am

The brownies look awesome! I would really love to hear about your yoga teacher training; I’m thinking of maybe doing the same in the future. I hope you’ll blog about the yoga-instructor-in-training experience!!

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kathleen @ the daily crumb January 12, 2012 at 6:12 am

yum! i love the mint/chocolate combo.

have fun with baron… sounds intense!!

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Mel @ Post Grad Mel January 12, 2012 at 6:23 am

Oh snaps, these look delicious! Question though, can’t you just melt the chocolate chips over the stove? I want to make these just because!

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jenna January 12, 2012 at 8:59 am

Chocolate burns super fast so while technically you CAN do it over the stove, I’ve never mastered that skill. It’s just easier to zap in the microwave!

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Mel @ Post Grad Mel January 12, 2012 at 6:38 pm

Bahahahaha…I’ll trust your judgement. I can already hear my Mom yelling at me for burning the bottom of one of her pots!

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Rachael @ FreshlyMinted January 12, 2012 at 6:24 am

I attempted mint brownies once….and the mint layer ended up tasting like toothpaste.

Not good.

Maybe it’s time for another go at it :)

(At least my breath was fresh!)

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Kelley January 12, 2012 at 6:33 am

Some days you just need chocolate. Or everyday in my case! I love mint-chocolate anything so I’m sure I’d have no problem making a dent in a pan of these!

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Krystina (Organically Me) January 12, 2012 at 6:39 am

The brownie bottom does look SO fudgy. Yum!

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Pippa@sundaysupperswithpippa January 12, 2012 at 6:42 am

These look delicious. My mom used to buy us brownies that looked just like this from Whole Foods when I was younger and I loved them!

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Missy January 12, 2012 at 6:55 am

Those look so yummy. My husband digs mint, I think he needs these.

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Hilliary @Happily Ever Healthy January 12, 2012 at 6:58 am

These look delicious! I always love dressing up brownies.

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amy walters, aDESIGNdock January 12, 2012 at 7:07 am

Mint + Chocolate + Brownies = <3

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Heather Michelle @ A Sweet Simple Life January 12, 2012 at 7:11 am

Can’t wait to hear about the conference!!! And, these look amazing. I love mint-chocolate anything.

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Deborah January 12, 2012 at 7:44 am

I’ll take a dozen, please!! :)

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Lindsay @ Nourish January 12, 2012 at 7:56 am

These look great Jenna!! I keep seeing everyone blog with the ingredients like you did and then type what they are. Is everyone using photoshop for this? xx

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jenna January 12, 2012 at 8:57 am

It’s not photoshop—well, not in my case at least. I use a free program called Picnik! Just go to http://www.picnik.com :)

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Cat @Breakfast to Bed January 12, 2012 at 7:57 am

I couldn’t wait for you to post this after I saw your IG feed!!!

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Kristen January 12, 2012 at 7:57 am

Oh wow, these look awesome! I could go for one right now—and it’s only 8 am!

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Gina @ Running to the Kitchen January 12, 2012 at 8:00 am

I saw this on IG yesterday and though, no way are these ugly! Who cares if they stick, they look unreal! And comparing them to an Andes mint made my mouth water. Those things are amazing!

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Jenna January 12, 2012 at 8:13 am

I have made similar brownies, http://thefeistyfairy.com/2011/03/10/peppermint-brownies/ , as good as they are at room temperature, try them frozen – they are irresistible!

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meghan@ struggle muffins January 12, 2012 at 8:26 am

I’m such a sucker for mint and chocolate, especially in a brownie scenario. Brilliant. Can’t wait to make them!

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Lauren January 12, 2012 at 8:32 am

Ohhhhhh yesssssss. Come to momma.

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Urban Wife January 12, 2012 at 8:45 am

Ohhhhh lordy. I fear my staunch resolution to cut back on desserts this year has come to a screeching halt.

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Cait's Plate January 12, 2012 at 8:56 am

The brownies look amazing but I was also so drawn to the tiles and the brick in the background! Is that your kitchen!? BEAUTIFUL.

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Heidi @ Food Doodles January 12, 2012 at 8:56 am

Yummy! Those look incredible fudgy – just how I like my brownies. Plus, I’m obsessed with mint and chocolate too :D

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Michelle @ A Healthy Mrs January 12, 2012 at 9:15 am

Holy yum – those look delicious! If only I could get out of my house in this snow storm to get the ingredients…

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Allyssa @ First Sweet Taste January 12, 2012 at 9:44 am

Andes in brownie form? Yes please!

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Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga January 12, 2012 at 10:05 am

Jenna they look awesome. I love really dense, rich, flat, fudgy brownies. The gooier the better! I always line my pans with foil b/c sometimes things are so gooey that pan removal can be tricky so I can just place the whole foil/brownie batch on a cutting board, not losing any brownies. But random bits and ends are sometimes good…more to nibble on :)

I love Andes mints and love the green layer. I want these!

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joelle (on a pink typewriter) January 12, 2012 at 10:06 am

My boyfriend would go nuts for these!

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Angela @ Happy Fit Mama January 12, 2012 at 10:12 am

Gooey is great! I’m not a fan of cake like brownies anyway.

I’m jealous of your time with Baron! Brownies for carbo loading? Yes, please!

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Caitlin @ Fit Fab Cities January 12, 2012 at 10:15 am

Ok these look AMAZING! I must try and they totally make all the running worth it;)

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Tee @ She Writes, Bites, and Window Shops January 12, 2012 at 10:31 am

These look to die for!!

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Mich January 12, 2012 at 10:32 am

I LOVE the green in the brownies. I will make mint brownies by melting peppermint patties on top, if you aren’t married to the whole green thing. MMMmmm. Thanks for sharing!

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Julie - StressStories January 12, 2012 at 10:41 am

Wow! They look great! Which brand of food coloring do you use? When I color things green they always come out more monster/halloween-like than mint-like…

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Deanna B. January 12, 2012 at 11:14 am

I bet these would slice neater after a chill in the fridge or the freezer. I personally don’t care about such things as I am too concerned with getting chocolate in my mouth as fast as possible to do something like chill.

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Chelsa January 12, 2012 at 11:24 am

My fiance would love these! I can never show him this post.

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Lisa January 12, 2012 at 12:01 pm

The brownie portion of this recipe is cooling as I type and I’m getting ready to make the minty cream filling.
I knew the minute I saw this recipe earlier this AM that we had to have them. LOL! We are getting our first real snow of the season right now and baking just seems like the right thing to do on a cold, wintery day.
I’m doubling the mint cream filling because I need more minty flavor in my life. :)
Thanks for another great recipe!

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Whitney @ A Way With Words January 12, 2012 at 12:10 pm

Omg.

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Kelli H (Made in Sonoma) January 12, 2012 at 12:50 pm

Um…I could probably gladly eat 5 of those.

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Moni'sMeals January 12, 2012 at 1:26 pm

nice nice and NICE!! Paula Deen has a good one too, similar… but no JENNA recipe. :)

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Nicole @ Giraffelegs January 12, 2012 at 2:11 pm

Haha I def. trust a Jenna recipe to Paula Deen. As much as I love her, my butt can’t handle 3 sticks of butter ;)

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Vanessa @ Project Zen January 13, 2012 at 6:43 pm

Agreed with Nicole….nor would I recommend ANY recipe that calls for three sticks of butter!

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Irina G (Fit Flexitarian) January 12, 2012 at 2:13 pm

As a huge mint chocolate chip ice cream fan, you have just made all of my dreams come true. Thank you.

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ML January 12, 2012 at 3:05 pm

Jenna,

This is a bit of a random question, but I’ll be in Half Moon bay this weekend, which I think is not too far from where you’re from. Do you have any great food recs? I’m open to anything- fancy dinners to snacks to bakeries, wine bars, etc. I just want to make sure I go to the best place. Any advice would be much appreciated!

Also, side note…I really think that it would be awesome if you did some sort of “bay area food/travel guide”. Even just a post, summarizing the best places to eat in the area- like your top ten in northern california. Just an idea. Thanks in advance!

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jenna January 12, 2012 at 3:26 pm

I’ve never been to Half Moon Bay before but it’s supposed to be great! I know it’s near San Francisco and Palo Alto but I’m not sure how far…I’m sorry! And yes, I agree about the Bay Area travel guide!

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Tabitha January 12, 2012 at 3:40 pm

Yum these look sooo good.

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Samantha January 12, 2012 at 4:00 pm

These look amazing! They remind me of those mint chocolate brownies I so sorely miss at Starbucks.

Question: Did you really only use 1/4 cup of flour??

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jenna January 12, 2012 at 4:11 pm

I did! There’s not a lot of flour in this recipe as to keep the brownies super fudgy!!

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Claire! January 12, 2012 at 4:40 pm

Making these as we speak!!!!

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Kara January 12, 2012 at 7:47 pm

Mmmmmm…. those babies look delish!! And I totally love how tinting things green makes them officially mint. :)

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Krissy @ Krissy's Creations January 12, 2012 at 11:27 pm

I know exactly how it is — I’m the same way — one crumb turns into the whole batch! I could eat this whole batch of brownies, that’s for sure :). I’ve totally been craving brownies and these are definitely the answer!

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Lesley January 13, 2012 at 3:24 am

These look awesome! Can’t wait to make them :)

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Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts January 13, 2012 at 8:37 am

I love Ande’s mints, and these brownies look so good! I am a sucker for a fudgy brownie, I just can’t resist!

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Sarah January 13, 2012 at 11:44 am

Yum! Those look absolutely delicious!
Also, have fun at the conference. I’m a little jealous:-).

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Vanessa @ Project Zen January 13, 2012 at 6:42 pm

Two words: Boyfriend brownies!

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Ashley @ 5ohwifey.com January 13, 2012 at 10:27 pm

Had these tonight. They are so fudgy and delicious. Yum!

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Luv What You Do January 14, 2012 at 3:50 pm

Those look just like a Cookie Light Brownie Recipe that I have been eyeing but havne’t tried making yet. Yours turned out beautiful!

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Kelsey January 19, 2012 at 11:19 am

Resist… resisssst.. ok, not working. Guess I’ll have to make some! I love Andes :)

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Annie January 24, 2012 at 8:33 pm

hi im just wondering if the tempature is 325F or 326C
i live in new zealand and we usaually us C

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Erin E May 20, 2012 at 2:38 am

In the middle of making this for a work morning tea tomorrow and am looking forward to trying it. Made one and a half quantity so there was extra for my boyfriend.. Brownie points ;) thanks for such a fun, useful and honest site Jenna. You’re inspiring me to cook more regularly xx

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Cara Larson August 7, 2012 at 9:41 am

Hi Jenna,
I just made your brownies last night and couldn’t wait to try them this morning. They did NOT disappoint! They were fudgy like you promised, and my kiddos loved them, too. I look forward to trying your other minty recipes.
Cheers!
Cara

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LExi March 15, 2014 at 10:47 am

OK, but how bout the directions for the mint layer. ;->

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