Mint Cream Brownies!

If you love chocolate, mint, and creamy deliciousness then you have to try this recipe!  I put it together because I was looking to satisfy my sweet tooth craving for those Andes mints they give you at restaurants. Mission accomplished!  I hope you enjoy. 

 

Mint Cream Brownies

 

1 ½ cups flour                           
1 tsp baking powder                                
1 ½ tsp salt                                             
2/3 cup butter                                         
¼ cup vegetable oil                                 
¾ cup cocoa                                            
4 eggs
2 cups sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp peppermint extract
 ½ cup white chocolate chips
½ cup dark chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350 degrees, grease a 13×9 pan and set aside.
In a mixing bowl combine flour, baking powder, and salt.  Set aside until you’re ready for it.
 In a saucepan over medium heat, melt butter.

 

 

Once the butter is melted, turn heat to low and stir in cocoa and oil until your mixture is smooth and all the cocoa is dissolved. 

 

 Pour this mixture into a medium/large sized mixing bowl then slowly mix in sugar.  Blend in eggs one at a time stirring thoroughly between each egg.  Add in vanilla and peppermint.

 

  Gradually add in the prepared flour mixture, stirring well to make sure the flour and cocoa mixtures are fully combined.

 

mint cream brownies batter

 

Fold in the white and dark chocolate chips and pour into prepared 13×9 pan.
 Bake for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.  Allow to cool fully before spreading on the mint cream!
mint cream brownies
                   Mint Butter Cream Filling             
4 oz Neufchatel cheese                         
3 cups powdered sugar
3 tbsp butter                          
2 tsp salt                                              
1 tbsp heavy whipping cream
1 tsp peppermint extract
 
  So this mint cream filling turned out to be an amazing happy accident.  I had intended to use regular cream cheese but when I went to the fridge to grab my cream cheese, I only found Neufchatel.  Apparently I had forgotten that I had used up all my cream cheese on my last baking session!  But you’re not reading this to hear about my grocery woes, you just want to know how you can make this delicious treat, so here we go…
  In a medium bowl whip together Neufchatel cheese and butter until it’s light and fluffy.  Add in powdered sugar one cup at a time, being sure to whip between each cup until you reach a stiff consistency.  Add in cream, salt, and peppermint extract then continue whipping until all of the ingredients are fully incorporated.

 

 Now you’re ready to spread this creamy yumminess on top of the fully cooled brownies.
mint cream brownies finished frosted

 

But we’re not done yet.  After all, this is the naughty treat, right?  So let’s indulge and take this to the next level of deliciousness.

 

 Chocolate Topping

 

2 cups dark chocolate chips
2 tbsp butter
1 tbsp half and half
 
In a saucepan over medium-low heat, combine all three ingredients stirring constantly until the combination is fully melted.  Remove from heat and then pour the  chocolate on top of the mint cream topping.
  Chill until the chocolate topping has hardened, then serve and ENJOY these delicious mint cream brownies!
mint cream brownies

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