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Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Mint Chocolate Brownies

These are a family favorite. My son even requested these this year instead of a birthday cake.  I prefer them at room temperature, but they're nice chilled or warmed a bit.  Just make sure to let them set before cutting them the first time.  With that nice minty green layer, they're a perfect St. Patrick's Day treat, too!
Gluten Free Mint Chocolate Brownies
Gluten Free Mint Chocolate Brownies - They're rich, so I tend to cut these tasty treats into small squares.  Delicious!

Mint Chocolate Brownies
Makes 8x8 tray of brownies (~16)

Preheat oven to 350F. Line 8x8 pan with parchment paper, then butter parchment paper and sprinkle with cocoa powder.  (I find if I don't then I end up needing to use a fork or spoon to scrap the bottom off, even after buttering the pan.)

In a large microwave-safe glass bowl, melt:
1/2 cup butter

Mix in until smooth:
1/4 cup cocoa powder

Add and mix in:
2 eggs
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar

Then add and mix in, just until combined:
1/4 cup + 2 Tbsp Kristin's Gluten-Free Flour Mix
1/4 tsp baking powder

Pour into prepared 8x8 pan and bake at 350F for 22-25 minutes.
Before and after baking
Let brownies cool completely.  Then top with the following:
1. Mint layer
Mix together and spread on top of brownies:
1 cup powdered sugar
2 Tbsp butter, melted
1 Tbsp milk
1-2 drops peppermint essential oil* (Add one drop at a time, then mix) (or use peppermint extract)
1-2 drops green food coloring

Taste the mint layer to make sure it's minty enough. 
Mint layer spreads easily over the brownies.
2. Chocolate Layer:
Melt together in a small microwave-safe bowl:
1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate
2 Tbsp butter
Coated with chocolate
Spread thinly on top of brownies.  Let set in the refrigerator at least 15-30 minutes (to allow the chocolate layer to set).  Remove from refrigerator. Slice and serve!   I find these are best at room temperature, but I typically store them in the refrigerator and remove 20-30 minutes before serving.
Gluten Free Mint Chocolate Brownies
Mint brownies, ready to eat!  They can easily be lifted out of the pan using the parchment paper, to make for easier cutting.

* I love using the DoTerra Peppermint Essential Oil in my cooking.  You can find it at my friend Christine's online store:

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