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Chocolate Mint Brownies

Mom’s Chocolate Mint Brownies recipe features layers of fudgy brownie, mint frosting, and chocolate glaze. The perfect decadent after-meal sweet treat!

a stack of mint brownies on a plate

Chocolate Mint Brownies

Today is my beautiful mom’s birthday.

I have very vivid, and numerous, memories of finding Mom digging in the big chest freezer on the farm.

She might have been looking for something to make for supper. But more often than not, she was searching for her stash of Chocolate Mint Brownies.

Yes, this mint brownie recipe is all Mom.

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mint chocolate brownies

Mint Brownie Recipe

This recipe holds a significant amount of nostalgia for me. It was one of the baked treats that Mom made most often. 

And Mom was smart to figure out that these brownies are EXCELLENT when eaten straight from the freezer. I highly recommend you try this for yourself. Even though the brownies are irresistibly soft and chewy at room temp, straight-outta-the-freezer is pretty darn fun. You might not eat them any other way!

a big bite out of a brownie

Mint Frosting

The brownies are so pretty in their layers, with two different chocolate layers sandwiching a fluffy mint buttercream from both sides. That mint frosting…I can eat it straight from the bowl!

Rich and fudgy and decadent, this mint brownie recipe is the perfect after-meal sweet treat.

Another recipe you might like is my chocolate cake topped with the fluffiest mint chocolate chip buttercream! And these brownie cookies with mint chocolate chip buttercream are SUPER FUN!

mint brownies stacked on a white plate

Mom baked up these brownies with mint frosting all year ’round, but they’re especially fun to make during the holidays and for a St. Patrick’s Day treat. 

I’d love to hear back from you if you make this special family recipe. Also be sure to let me know if you’ve found yourself hiding a stash of chocolate mint brownies in your freezer. Ha!

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brownies with mint frosting

Chocolate Mint Brownies

Yield: 24 brownies
prep time: 15 minutes
Additional Time: 20 minutes
total time: 35 minutes
I’ve been enjoying my mom’s chocolate mint brownies since I was a kid. Rich and fudgy and decadent, and so pretty in their layers, they’re the perfect after-meal sweet treat!
4.6 Stars (100 Reviews)


for the brownie base:

  • 4 oz. good quality unsweetened chocolate
  • c. unsalted butter
  • 2 c. brown sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1-1/4 c. all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. salt

for the mint layer:

  • 2.5 c. powdered sugar
  • 2.5 T. heavy cream
  • 10 T. butter softened to room temperature
  • 1 tsp. mint extract
  • a few drops of green food coloring if desired

for the chocolate glaze:

  • 5 oz. good quality semi-sweet chocolate
  • 5 T. unsalted butter


  • Preheat oven to 350° F. Lightly spray a 9″ x 13″ pan with non-stick spray.
  • For the brownie base: In a medium sauce pan over medium heat, melt the chocolate and butter together. Remove from heat and add brown sugar, eggs, and vanilla. Blend well. Add flour, baking powder, and salt. Mix well. Pour into prepared pan and bake for about 22 minutes, or until toothpick just barely comes clean. For a dense, fudgy brownie, take care to not over bake. Let cool completely.
  • For the mint layer: Prepare the peppermint layer by creaming together the powdered sugar, cream, butter, and mint extract. Once incorporated, beat on medium-high speed for 3 minutes, until fluffy. Tint with green food coloring, if desired. Frost brownie base with this mixture and place in freezer for 20 minutes.
  • For the chocolate ganache: In a small sauce pan over low heat, melt together chocolate and butter. Remove brownie from freezer and spread warm chocolate ganache gently over the cold buttercream. Cool until glaze hardens (refrigerate for 5 to 10 minutes to speed this up), then cut into squares.


from Mom’s recipe box

Nutrition Information:

Serving: 1 Calories: 362kcal Carbohydrates: 48g Protein: 4g Fat: 18g Saturated Fat: 11g Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g Cholesterol: 58mg Sodium: 172mg Fiber: 2g Sugar: 30g
Nutrition information is automatically calculated by Spoonacular. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee accuracy. If your health depends on nutrition information, please calculate again with your own favorite calculator.
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brownies with mint frosting

This post was previously published in 2011. Some of the photographs and text were updated in 2018.

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87 comments on “Chocolate Mint Brownies”

  1. I just love your deserts although I do love the other food too, but the deserts are my favorites. My girls just love you. We can’t get enough.

  2. Did you know how your printed copy looks? Hubby said it was not in English. I had to copy it and paste it to my word pad to get a readable copy.

    1. Hello Eileen – I’m not sure what happened there for you. I just tried printing it off myself, and it printed just like the copy in the post.

  3. I made these last night to take to the family this Sunday, my granddaughter’s college graduation day! So excited because they tasted totally awesome.

    I had to make some recipe changes…I changed the shortening to Coconut Oil, only because that was what I had on hand. I used Hershey’s Special Dark Cocoa in place of the unsweetened coconut, with blending it with the Coconut Oil first. And too, I added more chocolate glaze and used Watkins pure mint extract instead peppermint–again just using what I had on hand.

    Thanks for posting your Mom’s awesome recipe.

  4. I made this tonight and they are good but super rich. I would only be able to handle a small piece after dinner. Also, they weren’t as moist as I would have wanted them to be… other than that they were great. I’m sure my coworkers will love them at our carry in tomorrow.

    1. Hi Jessica – I’m glad you liked these! I am wondering if yours were baked a bit too long, because I always think of these as a pretty moist brownie. Just a thought, if you make them again. :)

    1. Hi Ann! Does Greg remember them stashed away in our freezer, just as Chris does?!! Nice to hear from you – hope your family is doing well. See you at John’s wedding next month?

      1. Oh yeah! I have visions of diving into the freezer when your mom wasn’t looking. Gave the recipe to a chocoholic at work and she can’t wait to make them. Didn’t your mom have a brownie recipe that used Andes mints in them? Adam, Claire and I will make it to the wedding (Ann and Nora going to Glacier NP for girlscouts). Can’t wait to see everybody!

      2. Hi Greg! I couldn’t remember any brownies using Andes mints, so I asked Mom. She doesn’t recall any, either. Sounds like a great idea, though! I also remember the round Schwann’s chocolate covered mint ice cream bars in the freezer and a mint cake with a layer of fudge and mint whipped cream. Kind of her signature combo. Wow – a Girl Scouts trip to Glacier – that’s awesome! See you in a few weeks in SD!

  5. I made these and they were delicious! But I did have one question. . .the texture of the brownies was kind of lumpy and uneven when I made them – could this be due to the fact that I did all my mixing w/a fork? Could I solve this problem by using beaters? Thanks!

    1. Hi Kate – thanks for letting me know you made these! I’ve been eating these since I was a kid, and can’t say that I’ve ever noticed lumpiness. The fork might be your issue, but it’s not necessary to use beaters. I just use a rubber spatula and stir until the batter is smooth.

  6. SnoWhite @ Finding Joy in My Kitchen

    My mom makes something very similar — love it!

    I just found you through a MN blogger link … nice to meet another MN food blogger!

    1. Hi Joan – great to hear from you!! I’m sure our moms share a few recipes – it’s fun to know you like them, too.

  7. Kim at Quit Eating Out {Recipes to Make Dining Out a Choice, Not a Chore}

    Hi Brenda! This makes me want to make Mint Squares (I checked, and the recipe from my mom~in~law is a bit different). And I’m so anxious to try this version of your Mom’s!! Thanks a bunch for linking up to Saturday Swap. Have a wonderful weekend Friend!!!!

  8. Stephanie Meyer (Fresh Tart)

    Brenda, those are just GORGEOUS! What a lovely thing to keep in the freezer – lucky guests.

    1. Thanks Stephanie. They seem so “normal” to me, as they were just a staple at our house. But, yes, they are gorgeous. And delicious!

  9. I just ADORE Mint Brownies!!!! I have yet to make my own but always fall over backwards with happiness when I am some where that there are these minty chocolatie treasures. :-) Yours looks absolutely mouth watering!!!

  10. Jennifer @ Jane Deere

    I’m in! These look soooo good! My husband and I LOVE Andes mints, so I know we’ll be fighting over these brownies!