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Chocolate Mint Brownies

Chocolate Mint Brownies: Preheat your oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C) and place the rack in the center of the oven. Have ready a 9 inch (23 cm) square baking pan that has been lined with foil across the bottom and up two opposite sides of the pan. Then lightly butter the foil or spray it with a non stick cooking spray.

In a stainless steel (heatproof) bowl, placed over a saucepan of simmering water, melt the butter and chocolate. Remove from heat and whisk (or stir) in the sugar and vanilla extract. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat until the batter is smooth and glossy. Then stir in the flour and salt. Pour the brownie batter evenly into the prepared pan.

Bake in the preheated oven for about 22-25 minutes or until the brownies start to pull away from the sides of the pan and a toothpick inserted in the center of the brownies will come out with a few moist crumbs. Remove from oven and place on a wire rack to completely cool.

Mint Layer: In the bowl of your electric mixer, fitted with the paddle attachment (or with a hand mixer), beat all the ingredients until smooth. Add a few drops of green food coloring if you want the frosting green. If the frosting is too thick, add a little extra cream. (The frosting should be just thin enough to spread.) Spread the frosting evenly over the cooled brownie layer. Place in the refrigerator for about 15-20 minutes or until firm.

Chocolate Glaze: In a heatproof bowl, placed over a saucepan of simmering water, melt the chocolate and butter (or shortening). Spread over the mint filling and refrigerate for about 15 minutes or until the chocolate glaze is dry and set and starts to dull.

Remove the brownies from the pan by lifting with the ends of the foil and transfer to a cutting board. With a sharp knife, cut into 25 squares. It is a good idea to wipe your knife between cuts with a damp cloth. These brownies can be stored in the refrigerator for several days or else frozen.

Makes about 25 Brownies.

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Brownie Layer:

1/2 cup (113 grams) unsalted butter, cut into pieces

4 ounces (120 grams) unsweetened chocolate, coarsely chopped

1 1/4 cups (250 grams) granulated white sugar

1 teaspoon (4 grams) pure vanilla extract

2 large eggs, at room temperature

1/2 cup (65 grams) all purpose flour

1/4 teaspoon (1 gram) salt

Mint Layer:

4 tablespoons (55 grams) unsalted butter, at room temperature

2 cups (230 grams) confectioners (powdered or icing) sugar, sifted

1/4 teaspoon pure peppermint oil (or 1/2 teaspoon pure peppermint extract or 1-2 tablespoons Creme de Menthe)

about 2 - 3 tablespoons cream

green food coloring (optional)

Chocolate Glaze:

4 ounces (120 grams) semisweet chocolate, chopped

1 tablespoon (14 grams) unsalted butter or shortening