Mint brownies are a delicious dessert that combines the rich, chocolatey flavor of brownies with the refreshing taste of mint.
What makes these Mint Brownies a great St. Patrick's Day dessert?
St. Patrick's Day is just around the corner and I've got an easy dessert recipe for you that you're going to love. I'm all about making my desserts semi-homemade so that I can put in a little extra effort in one aspect or another.
For these Mint Brownies, my cream cheese frosting is the extra effort because the brownies are a cinch thanks to Pillsbury and a secret ingredient.
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- Pillsbury Chocolate Fudge Brownies
- Mint M & M's
- Cream cheese
- Vanilla extract
- Confectioners' sugar
How to make Mint Brownies
The secret ingredient for these brownies made it easy for my four year old to help with the entire process. We even got to make patterns using Mint M & M's. We simply made our batter according to the directions on the Pillsbury Chocolate Fudge Brownie Mix box and then dropped our M & M's into the batter to bake within the mix.
The finishing touch was my homemade cream cheese frosting that I then tinted green with gel food coloring. Nothing quite says mint like the color green so I had to be sure that the top matched the inside.
What is the secret to extra moist brownies?
The secret to extra moist brownies is in the ingredients and baking process. Here are a few tips to make your brownies extra moist:
- Use the right amount of fat: Brownies need fat to be moist, so make sure you use enough butter, oil, or another fat in your recipe. Avoid reducing the amount of fat in the recipe, as this can result in dry brownies.
- Add extra moisture: To make your brownies extra moist, you can add ingredients like sour cream, yogurt, or even applesauce to the batter. These ingredients add extra moisture to the brownies without affecting the flavor.
- Don't overbake: Overbaking is one of the main reasons why brownies become dry. To avoid this, check your brownies a few minutes before the end of the baking time and take them out of the oven when the edges are set and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with a few moist crumbs attached.
- Let them cool in the pan: Letting your brownies cool in the pan for a few minutes before transferring them to a wire rack will help them retain moisture.
- Store them properly: Store your brownies in an airtight container at room temperature or in the fridge to keep them moist. If you prefer warm brownies, you can reheat them in the microwave for a few seconds before serving.
By following these tips, you can make extra moist brownies that will be a hit with everyone.
Mint Brownies Recipe
- Pillsbury Chocolate Fudge Brownies
- ½ cup oil
- ¼ cup water 2 eggs
- 24 Mint M & M's
- Softened 8 oz package of cream cheese
- ⅓ cup of softened butter
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 cup confectioners' sugar
- Make the batter according to the directions on the box.
- Add about 24 Mint M & M's to the batter.
- Bake the batter at 350 for 25 minutes.
- While the batter is baking prepare the cream cheese frosting.
How much mint extract to add to mint brownies?
The amount of mint extract to add to brownies depends on personal preference and the strength of the extract you are using. As a general guideline, you can start with ½ teaspoon of mint extract for a subtle mint flavor, and adjust the amount according to taste.
If you prefer a stronger mint flavor, you can add up to 1 teaspoon of mint extract. It's always a good idea to start with a smaller amount of extract and add more gradually, tasting as you go, until you achieve the desired flavor.
If you are using fresh mint leaves, you can finely chop about ¼ cup of leaves and add them to the brownie batter.
What can I add to brownie mix to make it taste homemade?
Adding a teaspoon or two of vanilla extract to the brownie mix can enhance the flavor and make it taste more like homemade brownies. Or you can also add chocolate chips or chopped nuts to the brownie mix to add texture and depth of flavor.