Mint Chocolate Brownies

 These Mint Chocolate Brownies are a family favorite!  Everyone always asks for the recipe for these amazing brownies!
 These Mint Chocolate Brownies are a family favorite! Everyone always asks for the recipe for these amazing brownies!
 Post from March 2013, photos updated March 2017

So a few weekends ago, we went to visit my brother and sister-in-law to celebrate my niece’s birthday and just to hang out.  Oh and to eat cupcakes.  (And . . . now I’m drooling.  Obsessed with those cupcakes.)  Remember?  I made her that cute doll?

We were sitting around, chatting, when my husband decided, in his most affectionate way, to mock me.  And given that we were with my brother, there was no lack of willing participants to jump on board.  He decided to bring up, nay, Google, a guy who I was . . . let’s go with obsessed . . . with in high school.  (Seriously, my cheeks are getting red just typing this.)  And of course, he couldn’t remember his name.  Enter my brother, who what he lacks in brotherly affection he makes up for in memory.  He quickly supplied said name and there we had a Google-fest of information.


 These Mint Chocolate Brownies are a family favorite! Everyone always asks for the recipe for these amazing brownies!

And then I remembered!

It was Valentine’s Day and I was like seventeen.  I vividly remember sitting in front of my parents computer, and pulling up my email.  Remember the connecting sound that AOL used to make as you dialed in?  I sat in anticipation as the three boxes lit up and then I heard those three magic words, “You’ve got mail!”  Yes!!  I opened the mailbox to see what it was . . . it was from him!!

My heart was racing, and I clicked to open the email.  Digital roses!!  So much better than actual roses because they will never ever die!!

Ok, now my heart was pounding.

I started reading the message from him, my jaw hanging open.  I was shocked.  It was a confession of his love for me!  Really!!  I was excited, I was mesmerized, I was OVER THE MOON!!

And I didn’t know what to do!  So I rushed to tell my brother what had happened.  I asked for his advice and wondered what my next move should be . . .

His response?

“Ha!  Oh thank god you didn’t respond yet!  That was totally from me pretending to be him.”


 These Mint Chocolate Brownies are a family favorite! Everyone always asks for the recipe for these amazing brownies!

As I told this story over cupcakes, my wonderful sister-in-law (who also has an older brother) looked at her husband, my brother, in shock and said, “That is horrible.  You seriously need to apologize to your sister right now.”

I’m still waiting on that apology.

And this morning, as Gavin sat at the top of the stairs whistling to his sister, and then yelling to Nathan and I that she was climbing the stairs, something she is not allowed to do and he knows it, I realized that it is just part of nature for older brothers to torture their younger sisters in a whole host of ways.

So for all tortured little sisters everywhere who just found out their Valentine was fake, I give you mint chocolate brownies.  Perfect for St. Patrick’s Day.  The anti-Valentine holiday, full of whiskey filled desserts, decadant mint and chocolate deliciousness, and of course, green beer.

 These Mint Chocolate Brownies are a family favorite! Everyone always asks for the recipe for these amazing brownies!

These Mint Chocolate Brownies are a recipe my mom passed down to me, though it was by no means original to her.  I love it.  It’s easy, it’s delicious, and it doesn’t disappoint (unlike ill-intentioned brothers and fake Valentines).  Seriously, everyone I make this for asks me for the recipe.  And my mom always made her own brownies from scratch, but she had far more patience than me.  I just head to the nearest box of fudgey brownie mix that I can find.

So if you are a teenager full of unrequited love or just looking for a good chocolate fix, look no further.

Mint Chocolate Brownies


  • 1 box of fudgey brownie mix
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 8 TBSPs of butter softened, like almost melted
  • 2 TBSPs milk
  • dash of green food coloring
  • 1 1/2 tsp mint extract
  • 6 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 8 TBSPs of butter


  1. Bake up your brownies. Let cool in the refrigerator for a half hour (at least).
  2. Combine the powdered sugar, milk, butter, green food coloring, and mint extract. Pour over the cooled brownies and smooth out with the back of a spoon. Refrigerate for another half hour.
  3. Melt the chocolate chips in butter in the microwave or a small saucepan over medium-low heat. Pour over the chilled brownies & mint. Tip the pan to make it spread evenly. Pop back in the refrigerator to let it set, at least a half hour.
  4. To make slicing easier, dip your knife into a hot glass of water and wipe off the excess water between each slice into the brownies.


 These Mint Chocolate Brownies are a family favorite! Everyone always asks for the recipe for these amazing brownies!


    • says

      Dorothy, I don’t necessarily believe that, but I’m going to go with it anyway. Also, I literally photographed them, packaged half for you, and drove the rest to my husbands office in the span of an hour so that I could get them away from me. 🙂

    • says

      Oh no!! Now I really should send you brownies!! Lol. If it makes you feel any better, my sweet babysitter was talking on Friday night, and I had to beg her to stop because everything she was saying was making me feel SO OLD!

  1. says

    My brother (5 years younger) still managed to torture me as a kid. On a different note, these brownies look amazing, my little guy would love them too. Thanks so much for sharing.

  2. Chelsea says

    These look amazing! I really want to make these for Christmas! What boxed brownie mix did you use? They look like my perfect texture or brownie! 😀

  3. Chelsea says

    Hi again! I left a comment earlier asking what brownie mix you used for these brownies, but I forgot to ask what size pan does this make? 8×8 or 9×13? And if it does make a 9×13 pan, could the topping recipe part be split in half in order to accommodate a 8×8 pan of brownies? Thank you!

    • says

      It makes a 9 by 13 pan. It’s basically a three layer type of recipe. You make the brownie mix part (just using the mix, not the directions on the box), and divide that in half – making the top and the bottom. Then there is the caramel middle part. I’m not sure it would work in an 8 by 8 inch pan.

  4. says

    DELICIOUS looking!!! If only I didn’t have to make them. (0: Do they taste month? Have you ever tried using peppermint instead of mint? When we have used the mint our brownies tasted more like spearmint than mint. But when we used peppermint, they have a mint taste.
    Aspen Jay recently posted…Party #3: French CafeMy Profile

    • says

      Hi Aspen! I’m sure if you like the taste in peppermint extract, than you will love it with this. You can’t go wrong with Peppermint and Chocolate. To me, the peppermint extract has a really different flavor than mint, but if you love it, go for it!

  5. Cindy says

    Being 63 I’ve come to the conclusion that all brothers including younger ones are a pain in our backside!! And he is already passed! But if something happens and no one is near it, we blame him, he was that kind of of guy!!

  6. says

    Hi Lisa,

    They look super indulgent so you have won me over already, haha. I love making brownies and have used a variety of flavours like dark, milk and white chocolate, vanilla, chocolate orange etc. but never mint. I am always a bit wary of it, not sure why as I love mint chocolate.

    Yours look like millionaire shortbread brownies without the hard base, so yummy and as I said really indulgent. I will give this one a go I think, mint and all to get myself on the minty bandwagon of yummy goodness. Thanks for a great post and mouthwateringly good pics.
    lee recently posted…The ultimate New York baked cheesecake (best recipe)My Profile

  7. Tracy Finlayson says

    Absolutely fabulous recipe. Thank you for sharing. I cook stuff a lot of the time and send to my brothers, sister who live away like about 4500kilometres away!! In fact, they wait for them and if I don’t make something for a while, they ask for it.!!

    • says

      Hi Elaine, I haven’t tried freezing these ahead, but I think it can be done. I would flash freeze them for an hour as a single layer (cut up) and then move them to a sealed container layered with paper towel between them.

  8. Ally says

    Is this recipe for an 8×8 or 9×13 pan? I don’t use box brownies so I don’t know how much the mint and chocolate are supposed to cover and don’t want to make too much or too little!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

CommentLuv badge