Mint Chocolate Brownies

Source: Zucchero Dolce

Mint Chocolate Brownies
(Adapted from King Arthur)

For the Brownie Layer

3/4 cup butter (12 tablespoons), melted
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup Dutch-process cocoa
3 large eggs
1 teaspoon mint extract
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder

Preheat the oven to 350F. Spray a 9 x 13 pan with baking spray.

Stir together the melted butter, sugar, and salt. Mix in the cocoa powder, beating until smooth. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating just until each egg is incorporated. Beat in the mint extract.

In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour and baking powder. Stir in to the batter, and then pour the batter into the prepared pan. Use a spatula to smooth the batter. Bake for 15-20 minutes until set (a cake tester or toothpick should come out with just a few crumbs). Cool completely.

For the Mint Frosting Layer

3 cups confectioners' sugar
6 tablespoons melted butter
3-4 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon mint extract
Green food coloring, if desired.

Stir together all the ingredients until smooth. Spread evenly over the cooled brownie layer.

For the Ganache

1 cup chocolate chips
1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons heavy cream

Bring the cream to a boil and pour over the chocolate. Let sit for one minute, then stir until smooth. Pour over the frosting layer, and smooth.

Chill for a few hours, if possible, to make cutting the brownies easier. Enjoy!