When I think of baking in May, I think of all things mint chip! My older brother's birthday is in May, and he loves mint and chocolate. In the past I've made this Dark Chocolate Mint Chip Cake, but this year I wanted to try taking that same flavor combination and adding it to brownies. And let me tell you, these Mint Chip Brownies do not disappoint.
These Mint Chip Brownies combine a rich and fudgy brownie with a light, fluffy mint flavored frosting. Adding chopped chocolate on top gives them an added bit of crunch.
Adding crème de menthe to both the brownies and the frosting gives them the perfect minty flavor without being too overpowering, and that fresh mint flavor balances out well with the rich chocolate.
Now let's get started! Line an 8 or 9 inch square pan with parchment paper and preheat your oven. Heat up the butter and chocolate in a double boiler or in the microwave, stirring just it until it melts. Go ahead and transfer this chocolate mixture to a stand mixer, add in the sugar and crème de menthe, and mix on medium until it is well blended.
If the mixture is still hot, let it cool slightly before adding in the eggs, one at a time, mixing until combined and scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, and salt before adding it into the chocolate mixture and mixing just until combined.
Carefully pour the batter into the pan and smooth it out with an offset spatula until it is even. These brownies will bake for 30-35 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the center of it comes out clean.
Once the brownies are out of the oven and cooling in their pan, you can get started on that lightly, fluffy mint chip frosting. Start by creaming together the butter and cream cheese until smooth and then add in spoonfuls of confectioners sugar followed by the crème de menthe and a drop of green food coloring. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and mix until light and fluffy.
Once brownies have completely cooled, gently spread frosting over them and then top with finely chopped chocolate. Cut brownies into four rows. Turn and cut into another four rows to make sixteen squares. Chill in fridge until ready to serve.