Brownies with Chocolate Ganache and Mint Buttercream

fudgy brownies with chocolate ganache and mint buttercream

Neither Blake nor I have 1 ounce of Irish blood coursing through our veins (Update! Mom just informed me that I DO have a teensy bit of Irish in me, from my Grandma Renelt. Why did I not know this until now?!?!), so St. Patrick’s Day doesn’t hold a particularly personal place in our family’s March traditions. But we do enjoy a good Irish meal to join in on the festivities. And, of course, an awesome “green” sweet treat!

These Brownies with Chocolate Ganache and Mint Buttercream simply fascinated our girls. I think my “droopy” ganache technique threw them off a bit, as I tend to keep my brownies a bit more clean-cut…(example 1)…(example 2). But they quickly got over their wonderment and on to sinking their teeth into them, as you can only imagine and expect.

The brownie base is dark and fudgy, with a hint of mint. Then another layer of mint, in the form of buttercream, is swirled on top of the droopy chocolate ganache. I couldn’t keep my fingers out of that buttercream…it totally reminds me of those little butter mints I used to hoard at weddings when I was a kid. Do brides and grooms still serve those delicious things?! I haven’t seen them in ages! And to top off this sweet little brownie package…little bites of Andes mints and a sprinkle of cocoa powder. Irresistible, I tell you!

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Here are a few more recipes my family enjoys this time of year:

grasshopper cake

 Judi’s Grasshopper Cake

Mom's Chocolate Mint Brownies

 Mom’s Chocolate Mint Brownies

Reuben Dip

Meghan’s Reuben Dip

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Brownies with Chocolate Ganache and Mint Buttercream

Yield: about 25 brownies

Ingredients

    for the brownies:
  • 1/2 c. (1 stick) unsalted butter, diced
  • 3 oz. unsweetened chocolate, chopped
  • 1-1/2 c. sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 tsp. instant espresso powder
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp. pure mint extract (not peppermint)
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 3/4 c. flour
  • for the chocolate ganache:
  • 1/4 c. heavy cream
  • 1 T. light corn syrup
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 c. semi-sweet chocolate chips (I recommend Guittard brand.)
  • for the mint buttercream:
  • 1/2 c. unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1-1/2 c. powdered sugar
  • pinch of kosher salt
  • 1 T. heavy cream
  • 1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp. pure mint extract (not peppermint)
  • green food coloring
  • additional:
  • cocoa powder
  • chopped Andes mints

Preparation

for the brownies:

Preheat oven to 325°. Fold a 16'' long piece of foil to an 8'' x 16'' strip and place it in an 8'' × 8'' metal baking pan, leaving overhang on 2 sides. Repeat with another sheet of foil in opposite direction, lining pan completely. Spray foil with nonstick spray.

Stir butter and chocolate in heavy large saucepan over very low heat until chocolate is melted. Remove from heat and whisk in sugar, then eggs, 1 at a time. Whisk in espresso powder, vanilla, mint, and salt. Sift flour over and stir to blend well. Transfer batter to prepared pan. Bake brownies until puffed and dry-looking and tester inserted into center comes out with some moist batter attached, about 30 to 35 minutes. Cool completely in pan on rack.

Using the foil as an aid, lift brownies from the pan. Cut into desired size - mine are about 1-1/2'' square. To get ultra clean cuts, dip your knife into warm water after each cut and wipe the knife clean. If the brownie is sticking/tearing at all when you cut, place it in the freezer for 10 to 30 minutes to firm it up, and then continue cutting.

for the chocolate ganache:

Place all glaze ingredients in a small saucepan and simmer over medium heat, stirring constantly until the chocolate is melted and the mixture is smooth. Cool for about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally until the glaze is thickened a bit, but still pourable. Stir until completely smooth, then drop a large teaspoonful onto the center of a brownie square, and spread it out slightly at the edges to make it drop over the edge. Repeat until all brownies are dripping with ganache. Let set while preparing the mint buttercream.

for the mint buttercream:

With a mixer, cream the butter with a paddle attachment on medium high speed about 2 minutes, until lightened in color and a bit fluffy. Add powdered sugar and salt. Mix on low until incorporated, and then turn up the speed to medium high and beat until smooth. Add cream, vanilla, mint, and green food coloring as desired.

Add buttercream to a pastry bag fitted with a medium star tip and pipe frosting onto the center of each brownie square's ganache. Press in a few pieces of chopped Andes mints and then sprinkle with cocoa powder.

Store refrigerated. Remove from refrigerator about 20 minutes prior to serving.

Source

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42 Responses to “Brownies with Chocolate Ganache and Mint Buttercream”

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    Amy — March 8, 2013 at 7:37 am

    OH YES! I crave this combination like crazy.

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    Maria — March 8, 2013 at 8:03 am

    Mint and chocolate! Yes please!

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    Marly — March 8, 2013 at 8:15 am

    I love mint and chocolate together! These brownies look delish!

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    Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen — March 8, 2013 at 8:26 am

    Mint and chocolate is always a hit at my house and I might have a bit of a problem sharing these, they look so good!

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    Sommer@ASpicyPerspective — March 8, 2013 at 9:02 am

    Swoon, swoon, swoon! Love the idea of mint buttercream. :)

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    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — March 8, 2013 at 9:19 am

    These look so lovely! Perfect for St. Patty’s day.

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    Cassie | Bake Your Day — March 8, 2013 at 9:32 am

    I love the looks of this ganache. Love the mint chocolate too. Ok, I really just love these brownies!

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    Paula - bell'alimento — March 8, 2013 at 9:36 am

    Gurl you are speaking my language!

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    Cookin' Canuck — March 8, 2013 at 10:27 am

    Chocolate and mint is one of my all-time favorite dessert combos. In other words, I’d like a dozen, please.

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    Erika @ The Hopeless Housewife — March 8, 2013 at 11:37 am

    These look so tasty!

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    Laura (Tutti Dolci) — March 8, 2013 at 1:52 pm

    These look fab! I can never say no to chocolate and mint :).

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    Paula — March 8, 2013 at 2:36 pm

    You do make and photograph the most wonderful looking brownies!

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    Blair at TheSeasonedMom.com — March 8, 2013 at 8:03 pm

    Yum! The brownies are gorgeous, and that Reuben dip looks soooo good!

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    Ali | Gimme Some Oven — March 8, 2013 at 10:56 pm

    Love all of those Andes mints! These look like a perfect green sweet treat! :)

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    Erin @ Texanerin Baking — March 9, 2013 at 6:11 am

    These are… what. I don’t even know. Everything about them is perfect. The droopy ganache, the buttercream. The almost pure fudge looking brownies! I wish I had some of these for St. Patrick’s Day. I just made soda bread. Ha. Your brownies are so much more exciting!

    • Brenda replied on March 9th, 2013 at 10:40 am

      Well, I’d love to swap a brownie for a slice of your soda bread, Erin. It’s been many years since I’ve made soda bread!

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    Amanda — March 9, 2013 at 9:07 am

    Holy wow Brenda! These look most decadent!

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    TidyMom — March 9, 2013 at 1:48 pm

    what a fabulous combo Brenda!

    Thanks so much for linking up to the party! I featured your post in my wrap up http://tidymom.net/2013/creative-ideas-for-st-patricks-day/
    Have a fabulous weekend!

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    Jillian — March 9, 2013 at 6:02 pm

    Drool!!!
    Jillian – PS, if you have a moment, I’d love to invite you to check out the giveaway we’re hosting for a $50.00 giftcard to Shabby Apple!
    http://epic-thread.blogspot.com/2013/03/shabby-apple-giveaway.html

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    Lana @ Never Enough Thyme — March 9, 2013 at 7:32 pm

    A fabulous combination and perfect for St. Patrick’s Day!

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    Anna (Hidden Ponies) — March 11, 2013 at 1:26 am

    Haha, I love the “droopy” ganache technique :) We’re not attached to St. Patrick’s Day either, but it’s fun to eat green treats anyway!

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    Donna — March 11, 2013 at 9:29 am

    My twin granddaughter’s 21st birthday in on St. Patty’s Day, this coming Sunday. So I am planning on making these to take to their birthday party! They LOVE chocolate ganache and mint and will love these brownies!

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    Laura — March 11, 2013 at 12:27 pm

    Aren’t these festive? Love them!

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    Julia — March 11, 2013 at 3:53 pm

    Wow these look really fabulous! The mint buttercream sounds amazing..great for St. Patty’s!

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    Jessica@AKitchenAddiction — March 11, 2013 at 3:56 pm

    Love the ganache falling over the sides of the brownies! Perfectly festive for St. Patrick’s Day!

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    Becca from Cookie Jar Treats — March 11, 2013 at 5:33 pm

    Oh I love everything that has to do with chocolate and mint. Andes mints are the BEST! I could probably eat a a few handfuls of those delicious little chips :)

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    Tasha @ ThatsSoYummy — March 11, 2013 at 6:58 pm

    You had me at brownies and chocolate ganache!

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    Dina — March 11, 2013 at 8:42 pm

    these are so cute. love the frosting!

    • Brenda replied on March 12th, 2013 at 9:52 pm

      Thanks, Dina!

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    Kelly Senyei | Just a Taste — March 12, 2013 at 8:17 am

    These are so stunning, and I imagine their flavor matches their looks! Thanks for sharing!

    • Brenda replied on March 12th, 2013 at 9:51 pm

      Thank you, Kelly!

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    Julia — March 12, 2013 at 2:59 pm

    These look to good to be true! I’m trying so hard to stay away from sweets but with st paddys coming up, I have a festive excuse for this delicious treat!

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    Angie — March 12, 2013 at 3:47 pm

    These are just too cute!

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    Jackie {La Casa de Sweets} — March 12, 2013 at 6:41 pm

    Yum, yum, yum!!! They look delicious!

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    Jen @ Jen's Favorite Cookies — March 13, 2013 at 1:01 pm

    I love chocolate and mint together! This looks like the perfect brownie for me. And, I kind of miss those little butter mints at weddings, too!

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    simply.food — March 14, 2013 at 7:18 am

    These brownies look amazing and so very chocolicious. I am drooling at the pics.

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    Shaina — March 18, 2013 at 10:23 am

    Yum, and the Reuben dip…uh, yeah. That.

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    Lucy Dark — April 9, 2013 at 9:54 pm

    These look delicious. Mint and chocolate are classics, but the buttercream adds a new twist.

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