Mint Brownies for the Big 3-0

I attended a 30th birthday party for a good friend last weekend.  Although the invitation said “no gifts” I couldn’t resist making my friend one of his favorite baked treats.  Gifts of food are always acceptable, right?

These brownies start out simply:  a recipe for dense, chewy brownies from the Baker’s chocolate collection.  While these brownies alone are lovely, the real magic for this recipe happens in what’s on top of the brownies.  Topped with homemade mint buttercream and a semi-sweet chocolate glaze, the combination is like a refreshing and rich “after-dinner” mint.

Mint Brownies (recipe adapted from Baker’s)


  • 4 (1 oz.) squares unsweetened chocolate
  • 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) butter
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup flour

Mint buttercream:

  • 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) butter, room temperature
  • 5 cups powdered sugar
  • 8 Tbsp cream
  • 1 tsp peppermint extract
  • 5 drops green food coloring


  • 4 (1 oz.) squares semi-sweet chocolate
  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter
  • 1/4 cup water
  1. Preheat oven to 350°
  2. Line 9X13″ pan with foil extending over the sides and spray with nonstick cooking spray
  3. Microwave unsweetened chocolate and 3/4 cup butter in microwave-safe bowl until butter is melted, about 2 minutes
  4. Stir until chocolate is completely melted
  5. Stir in sugar
  6. Blend in eggs
  7. Add flour and mix until well combined
  8. Spread batter into prepared pan and bake 28-30 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out with fudgy crumbs
  9. Cool in pan


  1. Blend butter with powdered sugar one cup at a time
  2. Add 1-2 Tbsp of the cream with each addition of powdered sugar
  3. Finally, add peppermint extract and food coloring (optional) and mix until smooth
  4. Spread buttercream onto cooled brownies and refrigerate for about an hour


  1. Microwave semi-sweet chocolate, 1/4 cup butter and 1/4 cup water about 2 minutes until butter is melted
  2. Stir until chocolate is melted completely and cool to room temperature
  3. Pour room temperature glaze over frosted brownies and spread evenly
  4. Refrigerate at least 1 hour
  5. Remove from pan by lifting brownies using foil 
  6. Cut into pieces sized to your liking and enjoy!

Prepared pan

Melted unsweetened chocolate and butter

Mix in sugar

Blend in eggs and flour

Make the mint buttercream

Frost the cooled brownies

Refrigerate frosted brownies at least 1 hour

Once refrigerated, pour glaze onto frosted brownies

The brownies went over well and I think they achieved my goal of Satisfying the birthday boy’s Sweet Tooth.

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6 Responses to Mint Brownies for the Big 3-0

  1. Lauren says:

    YUM! I know what I’m making this weekend! Thanks for sharing!

  2. I think I’ve had these and they are amazing!! So pretty too. 🙂

  3. Louise says:

    Wow, these look good. Can’t wait to have them (hint, hint). Louise

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