This week's Tuesdays with Dorie was chosen by Karen of Welcome to our Crazy Blessed Life: brrrr-ownies! The inclusion of mint, in the form of York Peppermint Patties, makes these brownies extra special. As flavor combinations go, chocolate and mint is right up there for me with chocolate and peanut butter so I had high hopes for these brownies.
I confess that when it comes to brownies, the ones from the box taste just as good to me as most homemade recipes. That said, I generally make them from scratch instead of buying the mix because it's so easy. This recipe was no different - melt chocolate and butter in a double boiler, then whisk in sugar, eggs, vanilla extract, flour and salt. Finally, the peppermint patties are chopped into little bits and folded into the batter before baking. I was careful to chop mine quite small thanks to some tips from the other bakers (one of the advantages to baking at the last minute, you get to benefit from everyone elses' experiences!) who'd had some trouble with their brownies. I'd lined my pan with aluminum foil, which I sprayed generously with cooking spray, and I had no trouble getting my brownies out of the pan or off of the foil. They cut easily too and smelled amazing!! The mint was very fragrant!
The minute they were cool, I tried a brownie. My first thought upon taking a bite - "wow, these are really, really rich." They were even too rich for me to have a second, which is saying a lot because I really love brownies. I gave most of them away to my friend (Shane doesn't like mint, otherwise I'd have shared with him as rich chocolate treats are definitely his cup of tea), but I haven't been able to touch base yet and get her thoughts. Hopefully she and her coworkers enjoyed them. Big thanks to Karen for hosting this week! She will share the recipe on her blog today or, alternatively, you can find it on page 103 of Baking: From My Home to Yours.
Also, I want to thank those of you who sent luck and positive thoughts to Shane at his race this past weekend. He did incredibly well and I'm hoping to find time to share photos and more information on Wednesday :)