Pipe Dream #74: To Never Use A Box Mix Again – Minted Cocoa Brownies

There is something significant about a brownie that is one part brownie to two parts frosting. Perhaps it is a dire significance. It seems incredible looking at this picture that I and a few other people actually ingested these when our eyes could clearly see what was in front of us. The sheer audacity of 3/4 of an inch of frosting is absurd on paper. But in person…it was irresistible.

The brownies in this recipe are divine. They are dense and fudgy and rich and wonderful. Even without the frosting, they would be wonderful. I will never use box mix brownies again! Well, maybe in a pinch, but now I really have no excuse.

This is a picture of the batter from a previous making. I’ve had these brownies a few times before, you see. I just added it in because it is pretty. I hope you don’t mind.

Here was the batter from this time.

Ok, you got me, I put in two batter pictures to try and tempt you. Just make these! They are awesome!

I was so glad I could find peppermint extract. The lady who wrote the recipe assured me that if I used mint extract instead of peppermint, my frosting would taste like toothpaste. She was adamant. It would have been un-stomachable.

A finishing touch? Oreos. As if these weren’t already perfectly awful.

Have fun! Go running!

With your best interests at heart,


Minted Fudge Brownies

Adapted from Tasty Kitchen

2 cups sugar
1 cup butter
⅓ cups cocoa
4 whole eggs
1-½ cup flour
½ teaspoons salt

¾ cups butter
1 pound (4 cups) powdered sugar
3 teaspoons milk
1 teaspoon peppermint extract
3 drops green food coloring (if desired)

For the brownies, melt sugar, butter, and cocoa together in the microwave (or in a janky double boiler like I did) until fairly hot. Stir to combine and then cool slightly. It’ll look a bit gritty until you add the eggs. Add eggs, beating well after each egg, then add flour and salt and stir to combine. Bake in a 9×13″ pan in a 350ºF oven for 25 minutes. Cool completely before frosting.

For the frosting, mix ingredients together with a hand mixer until smooth and creamy. Frost cool brownies. If you want, you can sprinkle the top with crushed Oreo pieces like I did, or you could drizzle it with chocolate.

4 Responses to “Pipe Dream #74: To Never Use A Box Mix Again – Minted Cocoa Brownies”

  1. 1 Isaac November 21, 2011 at 10:52 am

    These were the bees knees of brownies, pretty sure I had like 6.

  2. 2 Alberto January 3, 2012 at 1:44 pm

    Wow! I only have one word for this recipe! Wow! I adore the mint and the idea that they are similar to Oreo cookies, which are common here in Italy but not so very cute! On second thought, effectively sell them only at Blockbuster! Hehehe:-D Bye bye and see you soon! And excuse my broken English, I’m using google translate as support! :-P

  1. 1 Pipe Dream #141: To Stop Swooning, Craving, Caving – Lemon Bars « piping dreams Trackback on October 3, 2012 at 9:03 am
  2. 2 Pipe Dream #304: To Avoid Another Incident – Kahlua Fudge Brownies | piping dreams Trackback on November 27, 2014 at 9:00 am

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