I worked at Starbucks through 2 holiday seasons and starting about August each year, people started asking about the holiday pastries, especially the Cranberry Bliss Bars and the Mint Brownies. A few weeks back I posted my version of the Cranberry Bliss so it’s only fitting that I post a Mint Brownie knockoff too. It’s pretty darn close to the real thing too!

Mint Brownies

Ingredients

For the brownies:
1 cup sugar
2/3 cup flour
1/2 cup cocoa
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup oil
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
For the mint layer:
1/3 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
Green food coloring
For the chocolate layer:
1/3 cup whole milk
1/4 cup butter
6 ounces semi-sweet chocolate
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup powdered sugar

Instructions

    To make the brownies:
  1. Preheat oven to 350. Line an 8×8 pan with parchment (or aluminum foil). Combine sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder, and salt. In a separate bowl, whisk oil, eggs, and vanilla. Add flour mixture and stir gently to combine Stir gently to combine. Spoon into prepared baking pan. Bake until toothpick comes out clean, about 25 to 30 minutes. Cool completely before proceeding.
  2. To make the mint layer:
  3. Use an electric mixer to beat butter until light and fluffy. Add powdered sugar a little at a time until it reaches buttercream consistency. Add extracts and food coloring. Spread over brownies. Place in refrigerator (or freezer if pressed for time) until hardened.
  4. To make the chocolate layer:
  5. Put butter and milk in a small saucepan. Once the butter has melted add chocolate and whisk vigorously until melted. Remove from heat and add vanilla. Let cool for about 5 minutes. Use an electric mixer to add powdered sugar. Spread over mint layer. Place in refrigerator to harden slightly before slicing.
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