12 Treats of Christmas: Mint Chocolate Brownies

Simple One-Pot Mint Chocolate Brownies

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Have you just come to the realization that you have to bring something to [insert name of holiday function] and you (a) don’t bake, (b) have children climbing all over you, and/or (c) have run out of time?  These mint chocolate brownies are quick, simple and a great treat to bake with the little ones.  This recipe doesn’t even require a stand mixer.  All you’ll need is a pot, a whisk, and an 8-inch baking pan, in addition to a few simple ingredients.  For what it’s worth, my little helper is not quite four years old and did a pretty good job following instructions.  I assure you, you’ve got this.  Please enjoy our super-simple Mint Chocolate Brownies as the last of our 12 Treats of Christmas.

Mint Chocolate Brownies

Ingredients:

1/2 cup unsalted butter (1 stick)
10 oz. bittersweet chocolate chips (1 package)
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
4 extra large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 package Andes Candies, unwrapped (Let the kids do the unwrapping, but don’t be surprised if a few candies go missing in the process!)

Instructions:

Line your 8-inch pan with aluminum foil, leaving an overlap of a few inches of foil hanging over the sides.  Spray or butter the foil.

Next, melt butter and chocolate in a pot over low heat, stirring occasionally until melted.  Set aside for 20 minutes to cool.

Once the chocolate has cooled, preheat your oven to 350 degrees F, and enlist the help of the little ones to finish the brownies.

Using a whisk, add the sugar.

Next, whisk in the eggs, one at a time.

Stir in the vanilla.

Gently add the flour and salt.  Mix well.

Transfer 1/2 of the batter into the baking pan.  Smooth with a spatula.

Lay in the Andes mints, one by one, to form a chocolate mint layer.  Kids love helping with this part!

Pour the remaining layer of batter over the candies and smooth with a spatula.

Bake for 50 minutes.  Insert a toothpick to determine when done;  allow for some additional cooking time in five-minute increments if the toothpick comes out with brownie batter all over it.  If the toothpick is clean, your brownies are done.

Allow to cool; then pull the brownies out of the pan using the aluminum foil overhang.

Cut and serve.  These are wonderful served on their own or à la mode.  Store in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to one week.

Abbey

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Mint Chocolate Brownies

Ingredients:

1/2 cup unsalted butter (1 stick)
10 oz. bittersweet chocolate chips (1 package)
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
4 extra large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 package Andes candies, unwrapped (Let the kids do the unwrapping, but don't be surprised if a few candies go missing in the process!)

Directions:

Line your 8-inch pan with aluminum foil, leaving a few inches of foil to overlap over the sides. Spray or butter the foil.

Next, melt butter and chocolate in a pot over low heat, stirring occasionally until melted. Set aside for 20 minutes to cool.

Once the chocolate has cooled, preheat your oven to 350 degrees F, and enlist the help of the little ones to finish the brownies.

Using a whisk, add the sugar.

Next, whisk in the eggs, one at a time.

Stir in the vanilla.

Gently add the flour and salt. Mix well.

Transfer 1/2 of the batter into the baking pan. Smooth with a spatula.

Lay in the Andes mints, one by one, to form a chocolate mint layer. Kids love helping with this part!

Pour the remaining layer of batter over the candies and smooth with a spatula.

Bake for 50 minutes. Insert a toothpick to determine when done; allow for some additional cooking time in five-minute increments if the toothpick comes out with brownie batter all over it. If the toothpick is clean, your brownies are done.

Allow to cool; then pull the brownies out of the pan using the aluminum foil overhang.

Cut and serve. Store in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to one week.

Abbey

Serving up craft ideas, event ideas, and general dry wit, Abbey enjoys travel, cooking, and spending time with family, friends, and her cocker spaniel. She also has a collection of license plates reflecting the several states where she has resided. If you have a question about, well, anything, Abbey can usually find the answer. She loves planning trips, volunteer work, crafting, cooking, and learning new things to share with the Live Pretty audience.

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