Hello my lovely three dimensional people! Life has been just bonkers lately. I’ve been freelancing a bit around town and my schedule is, how shall we say, wonky. Last week-ish, I was planning my baking project for the week and was scrolling through some ideas I had for upcoming posts. I know I want to do something a little theme-y for 4th of July, and I also know I want to continue to explore using fruit in my desserts. In addition, I’ve been thinking about getting away from desserts all together for a while and delving back into bread.
We all know I love the carbs.
As excited as I am about these upcoming bakes, I just couldn’t find the motivation to do something out of the box. I was feeling like something homey and comfortable. I needed brownies in my life. I was actually at a baby shower last weekend and a friend and I were chatting about the blog. She asked me what my favorite thing is to bake. Without hesitation, I said, “Brownies. Absolutely.” But not just any brownies.
I am a firm believer in the classic and delightful combination of mint and chocolate. Personally, I think these are best when made with Andes Mints. I didn’t have any, nor could I find any in all of Kansas City. I’m not sure what I did to the retail grocers of Kansas City to make them just despise me, but it must have been bad to warrant the removal of all the crushed Andes mints in the entire metropolitan area.
Anyway, I used mint M&Ms. Not as good as Andes Mints, but still crazy awesome. They make my tummy super happy. 🙂 Let’s get on this like fringe at Coachella!
Here we have all our dry ingredients- sifted cocoa powder, flour, baking soda and salt.
And the wet works! We have here granulated sugar, butter, eggs, vanilla, vegetable oil and the M&Ms.
Whisk together all the dry ingredients. Just dump them in a large bowl and whisk away. No time limit here on the whisking. Just be sure all the ingredients are well combined and you can no longer distinguish between the cocoa powder and the flour.
Now, we turn our attention to our other ingredients! In a medium saucepan, melt together the sugar and butter, but be careful not to allow the mixture to boil. As the butter melts, whisk to combine it with the sugar. Whisk until everything is completely combined and the mixture is smooth. Pour mixture into a large mixing bowl.
Now add in the eggs, vegetable oil, and vanilla.
Whisk until all the ingredients are well incorporated. Be sure to whisk very quickly so the ingredients are incorporated before the residual heat has a chance to cook the eggs. That wouldn’t be very egg-ceptional.
See what I did there. 🙂
Now you should have a bowl of the wet ingredients and a bowl of dry ingredients.
Pour the dry ingredients into the wet and stir with a wooden spoon until everything is well combined. Now you have brownie batter!
Stir in the lovely M&Ms. At least…all the M&Ms you haven’t snacked on during the rest of this process.
Now, prepare a 9×13 inch baking dish by spraying with baking spray. Pour the batter into the prepared dish and bake at 350° for 30 minutes.
After 30 minutes, remove from the oven and allow to cool completely on a wire rack before you even consider the idea of thinking about meditating on cutting them.
As soon as they are cool, feel free to cut and enjoy!
These are so melt in your mouth good…the mint is the perfect amount of refreshing amidst the richness of the chocolate. They are so perfect at the end of the day with a cup of coffee, or first thing in the morning with a cup of coffee, or after lunch with a cup of coffee. You don’t HAVE to pair them with coffee, but it is a very good idea.
The point is, they are scrumptious goodness just waiting for your tummy. Have fun! Try them!
Nosh on, friends!
Yield: About 32 bite size squares Prep: 10-15 minutes Bake: 30 minutes
1 1/4 cups unbleached all purpose flour
1 cup cocoa powder (sifted)
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
2 sticks unsalted butter
1 1/3 cups granulated sugar
2 tsp vanilla extract
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 cup mint M&Ms
- Preheat oven to 350°
- In a large mixing bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa, salt, and baking soda. Set aside.
- In a medium saucepan over medium heat, melt together butter and sugar but do not bring to a boil. Whisk together until completely mixed. Pour this mixture into a large mixing bowl.
- To the sugar and butter mixture add vanilla, eggs, and vegetable oil. Whisk until completely combined.
- Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and stir until well mixed.
- Gently stir in the mint M&Ms. All the yum.
- Pour in a prepared 9X13 baking dish.
- Bake for 30 minutes. Let cool completely before cutting and serving.