St Patrick’s Recipe: Creme de Menthe Brownies

If you like chocolate and mint this is a good dessert to help you celebrate St Patrick Days.

Creme de Menthe Brownies

Ingredients

1 11 ounce package dark chocolate pieces

½ cup butter

3 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped

1 cup of sugar

2 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla

⅔ cup all-purpose flour

¼ teaspoon baking soda

⅛ teaspoon salt

Creme de Menthe Filling

Dark Chocolate Ganache

Directions
Step 1
In a medium saucepan, melt and stir 4 ounces (3/4 cup) of the dark chocolate pieces, butter, and the unsweetened chocolate over low heat. Remove from heat; cool.

Step 2
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 13x9x2-inch baking pan with foil, extending the foil over the edges of the pan. Grease foil; set aside.

Step 3
Stir sugar into the cooled chocolate mixture in saucepan. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating with a wooden spoon just until combined. Stir in vanilla.

Step 4
In a small bowl, stir together the flour, baking soda, and salt. Add flour mixture to chocolate mixture, stirring just until combined. Stir in the remaining 7 ounces (1-1/2 cups) dark chocolate pieces. Spread batter evenly in the prepared pan.

Step 5
Bake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes. Cool in pan on a wire rack. Spread Creme de Menthe Filling over cooled brownies. Place uncut brownies in the refrigerator while preparing the Dark Chocolate Ganache.

Step 6
Spread slightly cooled Dark Chocolate Ganache over Creme de Menthe Filling, spreading to the edges with a spatula. Cover and chill about 1 hour or until set. Using the edges of the foil, lift the uncut brownies out of the pan. Cut into bars. Makes 48 brownies.

Crème de Menthe Filling

Ingredients

1 3 ounce package cream cheese, softened

½ cup butter, softened

3 cups powdered sugar

2 tablespoons creme de menthe (or 2 tablespoons milk, 1/2 teaspoon mint extract, and several drops of green food coloring)

Milk
Directions
Step 1
In a large bowl, combine cream cheese and butter. Beat on medium speed with an electric mixer for 30 seconds. Gradually beat in 1 cup of the powdered sugar. Beat in creme de menthe. Gradually beat in remaining powdered sugar. Beat in 1 tablespoon of additional milk, if needed, to make the filling slightly thicker than a frosting

Dark Chocolate Ganache

 Ingredients

½ cup whipping cream

1 11 ounce package dark chocolate pieces
Directions
Step 1
In a medium saucepan, bring whipping cream just to boiling over medium-high heat. Remove from heat. Add dark chocolate pieces (do not stir). Let stand for 5 minutes. Stir until smooth. Cool for 15 minutes.

Source: Better Homes and Gardens

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