Monday, March 15, 2010

Experi-mint-ing

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Dark Chocolate Mint Brownies.

They look pretty good. Well, at this angle, they do.

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Made with bittersweet chocolate.

About 10 ounces.

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And a whole bag of these mint chips.

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Okay, I might have over done it with the mint. They were mighty minty.

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I originally threw together a few ingredients with cookies in mind, but as I mixed it together, the batter didn’t seem quite thick enough. So, I quickly grabbed a small square baking pan and poured the batter into that instead to try and salvage into brownies.

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But, because I was curious, I scooped some of the batter back out and baked it on a pan in the oven right along side the brownies.

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Hmmmm. I was right. Flat cookies. Flat. Flat. Flat. Dagnabbit.

But the brownies still had hope even though it seemed like they baked forever.

So when I finally pulled them out of the oven, I couldn’t wait until they cooled to dig in.

The green dotted top was just too mesmerizing.

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So, I quickly cut a piece … or, maybe four… for myself. Yummorama.

See the melted chocolate. I stirred the remaining chocolate chips from the bag into the batter with the mint chips and they melted beautifully. But the mint ones didn’t…

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… making the brownies difficult to cut and still look pretty.

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That’s okay. My tummy didn’t mind.

Here’s the rundown if you want to make and improve on them. Maybe you’ll have a little better luck.

Dark Chocolate Mint Chip Brownies

10 ounces bittersweet chocolate chips (reserve remaining chips from bag to stir into batter)
1/3 cup butter
1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 salt
1 cup sugar
3 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla
12 ounces mint chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Melt 10 oz. chocolate and butter in a small bowl in the microwave on medium. Melt for 1 minute and stir. Repeat until melted and smooth. Set aside to cool.

In a medium bowl, combine flour, soda and salt. Stir together with a wire whisk and set aside.

In your mixer, beat sugar, eggs and vanilla.

Add chocolate mixture to sugar. Then add flour mixture. Mix until combined.

Stir in mint chips and remaining chocolate chips.

Pour into a greased and floured 8X8 inch pan and bake forever. I mean about 35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out almost clean.

Note: If I did these again, I would bake in a bigger pan so they wouldn’t be so thick. The brownies fell slightly as the cooled and I might even go mintless.

Enjoy! Maybe.

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karey said...

yummy. those look delicious, even in the messy pictures. ;)

March 15, 2010 10:37 PM
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Missy said...

These look and sound yummy. Mint and brownies all in one.

March 15, 2010 10:38 PM
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Connie said...

yum.. i love mint chocolate chips.

March 15, 2010 10:39 PM
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Kristin said...

You could use the “Perfect Brownie” pan!!! We have one and it is really cool. You put the grid slicer in, before you put it in the oven….beautifully cut brownies every time. And it easily maneuvers around chunks like mint chips!

March 15, 2010 10:40 PM
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Lori said...

LOVE Chocolate Mint…and brownies? That’s icing on the cake..or brownie in this case;)

March 15, 2010 10:43 PM
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Bakesperiments said...

Oh my, my sweet tooth is activated! Mint and chocolate is one of my most favorite combinations. These look divine!

March 15, 2010 10:46 PM
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kristan roland said...

How funny!! I made mint brownies tonight for my blog tomorrow too!! These look delicious!!! :)

March 15, 2010 10:49 PM
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Katherine said...

I love minty brownies…these look great!

March 15, 2010 10:52 PM
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Katy said...

you must be in a “green Mood”!! :) they look great!

March 15, 2010 10:53 PM
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Sarah said...

Love the chocolate and mint combination. Don’t you love the Guittard chips? The milk chocolate ones are to die for. I end up eating them straight out of the bag…

March 15, 2010 10:56 PM
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Jen P said...

You know what I love so much about your site Bakerella? (…I know, you’re sitting on the edge of your seat…) that you post recipes and creations that aren’t perfect. These brownies look like something I would make in my kitchen! They look delicious even if they aren’t perfect and beautiful.

March 15, 2010 11:03 PM
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Alecia@ Hoobing Family Adventures said...

Um, yum. Those look so good. Mint is my favorite.

I need a piece of random baking advice. What should I make for my daughter’s 1-year old birthday? She is new to most sugar and cake, frosting. Should I just go for the full on sugar coma or ease her into it somehow?? I cannot wait for the “first cake” picture but don’t know what I should serve.

Thanks!

March 15, 2010 11:06 PM
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Jen P said...

Are these brownies gooey or more cake-y? I’m looking for a brownie recipe that is more fudge-like and not so cake-y. These look delicious!!!!!!!!

March 15, 2010 11:09 PM
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++MIRA++ said...

these are begging for a scoop of icecream! oh and if they are that minty i wonder if u can brush ur teeth with em.lol

March 15, 2010 11:15 PM
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Diane {createdbydiane.blogspot.com} said...

I love mint and those cookies look delicious, as do the brownies.

March 15, 2010 11:17 PM
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Erica said...

I believe you learn more from your mistakes than from your successes. Mine from this week: Splenda works great in graham cracker crusts, but don’t bank on good cheesecake results without real sugar. Brownies look good. Want one with a glass of milk!

March 15, 2010 11:29 PM
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cookie said...

bakerella,
i just wrote a comment on the smiley face cake pops please reply

March 15, 2010 11:29 PM
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Maggie said...

WOW! these look great! I’ll definetly give it a try. Keep up the good work Bakerella! =)

March 15, 2010 11:32 PM
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mer said...

You are fun! I don’t even like mint and chocolate mixed together (strange huh?), but the way you make it look, I almost think I would like it! I cannot wait until your book comes out…..it is going to FLY off the shelves!

March 15, 2010 11:45 PM
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Hannah Q said...

mmmmm… yummy! I will give that a try!

March 15, 2010 11:46 PM
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The Lazy Kitchen said...

Uh…yum. Mint + chocolate is my favorite and I’m still looking for THE brownie recipe. Can’t wait to try this one! :D

March 15, 2010 11:53 PM
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Joy said...

The brownies look great. Don’t worry about the cookies, that always happens to me :D.

March 15, 2010 11:57 PM
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Strawberry Cake said...

Yummorama is RIGHT! I love mint! I will busy making green “red velvet cake tomorrow for st. patty’s day…see what you get me into! : D

March 15, 2010 11:58 PM
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Angela said...

Oh my… they look so yummy!

March 16, 2010 12:07 AM
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stylefyles said...

those flat cookies still look tasty, but the brownies look decadent – and seasonal to boot!!!

March 16, 2010 12:09 AM
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peachkins said...

chocolate mint brownies! Oh,this is wonderful

March 16, 2010 12:20 AM
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Tracy said...

Oh those look soooo yummy Bakerella!!! I wish you could send those in the mail…

March 16, 2010 12:26 AM
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Amanda said...

wow you get Mint choc chips in the USA!!! Nothing like that here in Australia. : ( They look yum.

March 16, 2010 12:29 AM
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Kelsey said...

Mmm, yummy! When I went on a SUPER COOKIE SPREE on Christmas, I made some chocolate mint chip cookies too! But I didn’t like the recipe on the back of the mint chips, so I used the one from the Reese’s peanut butter chips, but substituted the mint chips in for the peanut butter. Mmmm… :]

Those brownies look mighty tasty though!

March 16, 2010 12:29 AM
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Kat said...

Yum these look delicious – I love anything and everything to do with mint. I wish we had mint chips in Australia!!

March 16, 2010 12:48 AM
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WishTrish said...

Mmmm. I think I will stick to the Andes Mints… speaking of which… I have some on hand… and it’s nearly St. Paddy’s… hmmm… I think you may have started something in my kitchen.

March 16, 2010 01:04 AM
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Ebru said...

That looks divine! My recipe collection is growing rapidly thanks to your awesome recipes! :)

March 16, 2010 01:19 AM
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Grapefruit said...

Wow -there’s nothing better than chocolate and mint. Yum :)

March 16, 2010 01:30 AM
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Erica said...

I used those same green chips as my “white chocolate layer” when I tried to make peppermint bark this past December. You are right, it is WAYYYY minty. More then I expected. Also, even after melted, it cooled and hardened FAST. Like way to fast so my top layer was all bumpy and barely had time to get the candycane bits on top. But it was still yum and your brownies look yum too!

March 16, 2010 01:44 AM
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cyndi said...

YUMMY! Sadly we don’t get mint chips in New Zealand, otherwise I would so be making those tomorrow!

March 16, 2010 02:11 AM
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Erin said...

I highly, highly recommend the Polka Dot Cookies recipe on the back of that bag of Guittard Green Mint Chips. Do follow the recipe and slightly underbake the cookies (the instructions say “cookies will be soft in centers but will harden as they cool”) and you’ll get excellent, dense, chewy, refreshing mint chocolate cookies!

The store at which I originally purchased the mint chips stopped carrying them, and in my desperation to recreate the cookie I discovered that Andes mints don’t work as well but mint semisweet chocolate drops from the local chocolate shop do – even if you don’t get that fun green color!

March 16, 2010 02:17 AM
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Katie said...

Those look really good! Mint and chocolate is a great combo!

March 16, 2010 02:32 AM
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ohel said...

That looks absolutely wonderful. How I wish there were mint-chips in my part of the world!

March 16, 2010 03:10 AM
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Maryam ALAwadhi said...

love it…love it…love it…love it…love it…love it…love it…love it…

i always wonder!!! who gets 2 eat all the yummy stuff u make???

March 16, 2010 03:17 AM
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Jolette said...

Hey, who cares what they look like? Those mint chips are fantastic – they really brighten up the brownies. Not that brownies need brightening up AT. ALL. EVER. But it’s lovely to try something different and see how it works out!

March 16, 2010 03:28 AM
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Leesa in France said...

Oh!! How I LOVE mint!! However, we cannot get novelty items like mint chips here in France!! UGGHHHH!!!! I have to take a trip back to the States for all of my baking needs!!!!

March 16, 2010 03:46 AM
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PeachRainbow said...

Mmmmmmmmmmmm…………Yum Yum Yum!

March 16, 2010 04:09 AM
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Sandie said...

Seriously delish!! *drooling on my keyboard* :P

I love how you can get all these different cooking ingredients in the States, there are no stores here that carry such products so I really enjoy seeing what you use next. Intead of a girly weekend in NY I’d be hunting down baking supplies, lol!!

March 16, 2010 05:24 AM
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Laura W. said...

Mmmm….. *gimme*

March 16, 2010 05:34 AM
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Christine said...

These are adorable; so festive!

About a year ago, I made chocolate mint brownies using miniature Peppermint Patties. Obviously no green, but boy were they choco-minty! Now if only I could find that recipe…

March 16, 2010 05:39 AM
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Mrs. Kolca said...

i don’t like minty flavors, but the brownies look delish.. ^^

March 16, 2010 05:46 AM
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Jessica @ How Sweet It Is said...

Love them. They look so fudgy and I love the green/brown contrast!

March 16, 2010 06:38 AM
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Paulette said...

Happy St.Patricks Day Bakerella, I wonder if you can make irish soda pops. LOL. Brownies look yummy. Luck of the Irish to you. Paulette

March 16, 2010 06:45 AM
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Stacy Pearson said...

Alecia@ Hoobing Family Adventures, For both my kids I made a 5 or 6 inch cake just for them and then made another cake for the party guests (they matched). I did a white cake and made my usually decorator frosting. Both my kids actually took a nap almost right afterward since it was their nap time…all the toys as gifts were more overwhelming to them than the sugar.

Good luck!

And Bakerella – another yummy recipe to go on my hard drive :)

March 16, 2010 07:59 AM
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elle said...

I have never seen mint chip like those. I want to climb inside that minty brown mix!

come see me at secretwifelife.blogspot.com

March 16, 2010 08:08 AM
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Marie said...

Wow, amazing ! I love it. In France, we don’t have mint chips and when I see that, I’m sad…
I WANT MINT CHIPS !

March 16, 2010 08:09 AM
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Nicole said...

hmmmmm….yum! I would definitely eat these. I love chocolates and mint together, though my family doesn’t. what can I saw I’m unique :D

March 16, 2010 08:12 AM
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shelly (cookies and cups) said...

how yummy! I made some cookies like that at Christmas, but with more of a chocolate chip batter and they were good, but I bet the double chocolate would be even better!
Fancy-shmancy mint chocolate too! Awesome job!

March 16, 2010 08:15 AM
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Megan (Best of Fates) said...

I’m not normally a fan of mint, but something about those brownies just calls to me!

March 16, 2010 08:22 AM
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aussiemarina said...

ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh yum another awesome recipe……and i love choc mint !!!!!!!!

yum yum yum yum yum

March 16, 2010 08:28 AM
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Charlotte said...

That looks so good! :D

x

March 16, 2010 08:35 AM
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A Cupcake For Moose said...

They look tasty and “rustic” and tasty! :) Happy St Patty’s day Bakerella!

March 16, 2010 08:43 AM
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Nicole said...

I experi-minted this week, too. I made a batch of brownies two days ago. I used mini-chocolate chips in the batter and made a mint buttercream frosting to go on top with a chocolate glaze over the mint frosting. They are really good and they look so pretty with the mint layer.

Can’t wait to see what you make next! :)

March 16, 2010 09:02 AM
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JESSICA SNEED said...

They look yummy! The foods that sloppy always taste the best!

March 16, 2010 09:32 AM
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Kelli said...

Yum! I love mint and these are so cute for St. Patty’s Day!

March 16, 2010 09:43 AM
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Jamie said...

it’s a week for experi-mint-ing! I tried out mint chocoalte chip cookies using mint extract instead of mint chips: http://bakedwithloveandbutter.blogspot.com/2010/03/mint-chocolate-chip-cookies.html

they came out flat too… must be the mint! oh well, they taste pretty darn good!

March 16, 2010 10:04 AM
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Kim said...

Oh Bakerella…I love you, I love your blog…but your pictures…as CUTE as they are, they make me dizzy! The blurred effect is fun and definitely works, but too much blur makes it hard to see what you want us to see. I know this is your blog, with your pictures and you can and should do what you want, so hey, if you like your pictures, keep doin’ what you’re doin’…more power to you! But, from just a suggestion from one loyal reader…increase your aperture! OK, going into hiding now so your readers many followers don’t yell at me for suggesting this :)

March 16, 2010 10:39 AM
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Carolina said...

Love mint and chocolate combination!! It is so frustrating to see those lovely mint chips and have no place to buy them!! :( I guess I’ll try with mint extract…Thanks bakerella you’re so inspiring! And remember, if at first you don’t succeed, try, try again!

March 16, 2010 10:41 AM
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Jamie said...

I love love love your blog! I find myself getting on here almost everyday to check out what you are making. Love mint and chocolate together…I mean who doesn’t? Can’t wait to try them. And for the record, I love how your pictures look! :0)

March 16, 2010 11:00 AM
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Kristyn said...

Is it a bad thing that it is only 8 am and I’m already craving chocolate. These brownies look amazing! Try cutting your brownies next time with a plastic knife (one of those cheap ones you get for birthday parties and just throw away). Seriously cuts brownies perfectly, you won’t believe it until you try it.

March 16, 2010 11:07 AM
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Danielle said...

This is how I make mint brownies! :) They look yummy! Exactly what I was thinking for St. Patty’s day!

They taste SUPER Yummy with Mint Choc. Chip Ice cream!

March 16, 2010 11:34 AM
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Danielle said...

They look pretty to me, but sorry for your troubles. I had another minty idea in mind for tomorrow, but after seeing this post I might have to stop by the store on my way home.

March 16, 2010 11:41 AM
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Johanna said...

Wow… They sound really yummie… Have to try something like that sometime. When I have time.

March 16, 2010 12:12 PM
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lisa said...

no thanks…ecky

March 16, 2010 12:28 PM
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michelle said...

taste is more important than appearance and these look mighty delicious. thanks for the recipe!

March 16, 2010 12:34 PM
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Michelle said...

This is a question about cake balls: I have made them several times now and they are fun and delicious–but how do I avoid getting cake crumbs in my chocolate (white chocolate is the worst culprit). I think it happens when I push the ball off of the spoon I’m using to dip into the chocolate.

March 16, 2010 12:38 PM
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Holly said...

Yikes..you’ve done it again…you can never ever go wrong with anything chocolate and chocolate and mint are a winning combination!

March 16, 2010 12:39 PM
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Cassi said...

Dark chocolate and mint make life worth living. These look positively faboo!

March 16, 2010 12:51 PM
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New England Candy Co said...

OMG those look so fudgey and delish!!! ? I haven’t seen those minty green chips before, but I’ll be looking for them.

March 16, 2010 01:08 PM
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Christine said...

yum i love mint anything!

March 16, 2010 01:10 PM
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The Chocolate Lady said...

I love mint with my chocolate…i usually use mint flavored cocoa discs, or I have mint chocolate chips (like mini jr. mints)…I love that yours were green…very festive!

Im having a fun give away…Id love for you to win, because I know you would do such fun stuff with it! thechocolateladyblog.blogspot

March 16, 2010 01:44 PM
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Lynette said...

They look really good!

March 16, 2010 01:46 PM
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Alicia said...

Why so many blurry pictures?? Esp. 7271… I used to think your pictures were so good.

March 16, 2010 02:02 PM
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Charity said...

I’ve used the Guittard Mint Chips before (bought several bags at World Market– they were on clearance) and can’t say I’ve had much luck with them. As you mentioned, they don’t melt, and to me they have a bit of an odd flavor and grainy texture. I’m a HUGE mint chocolate fan, and usually like Guittard Chocolate for baking, but the mint chips fell way short of my expectations.

March 16, 2010 02:02 PM
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jjanz said...

Those green chips look gross….

March 16, 2010 02:02 PM
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jjanz said...

@ Alicia (#78) I was thinking the same thing. Bakerella’s photos are usually spot on. It seems that she’s going too wide with the aperture and getting too close. To do that, you really need a macro lens….

March 16, 2010 02:06 PM
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Seanna Lea said...

I’ve never seen mint chips like that. Usually I buy the mint chips that are Nestle (or Hersheys) that are mint and chocolate. They have a much better melt factor.

Of course, you might be able to use candy melts and peppermint extract to make your own melt-y mint chips. That could be pretty good!

March 16, 2010 02:37 PM
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Belle Bakes said...

These look AMAZING! A perfect treat for after dinner. I think the messiness of them makes them look more delicious! Ill have to try them! Where did you find the mint chocolate chips?

March 16, 2010 02:42 PM
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Cassie said...

Where can I find the mint chips? I have to order by mail since we are stationed overseas. Thanks :)

March 16, 2010 02:56 PM
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Crazy Sweet Life said...

Whether these brownies are tasty or not, they sure look pretty! What a great festive idea…I wonder what would happen if you used Easter mini-eggs instead of the mint chips…? This might be even messier, but hey it could be really cute for Easter. Thanks for the inspiration Bakerella!

March 16, 2010 03:10 PM
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Heather (Heather's Dish) said...

they’re still gorgeous!!!! i’m not the biggest fan of mint, but if i saw these in a store i would still totally buy them :) GORGEOUS color!

March 16, 2010 04:26 PM
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Angela Willis said...

Could you increase the mint flavor by substituting one of the teaspoons of vanilla for 1 tsp of PURE mint extract (like the essential oil of the plant?)

March 16, 2010 05:42 PM
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hennifer said...

my sister tried many times with those mint chips and no matter what her cookies came out thin. She’s since banned those chips from her house.

i’m curious now.

March 16, 2010 06:28 PM
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Sheila said...

Thank you for sharing! It’s good to know that we are not alone when things don’t turn out exactly as we had hoped.

March 16, 2010 07:06 PM
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Girl Japan said...

It’s fun to experiment, but somethings, things fall flat, and that has happened to me.. esp when I try and wing a recipe.

March 16, 2010 08:23 PM
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Cherie said...

These look totally gourmet !!!!! I wish I could reach through and have a square.

March 16, 2010 08:28 PM
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Sam said...

I tried these mint chips at Christmas. They just don’t melt! I was really disappointed. They look great, but you have to want a crunchy brownie.

March 16, 2010 08:32 PM
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themsrevolution said...

thanks for doing all the experimenting so that we can enter the kitchen with all of your wisdom!

March 16, 2010 09:11 PM
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Amy said...

Bakerella!

I LOVE your site! I visit almost everyday and am always so inspired! My son just had his 1st birthday party and I made cake pops – they were a hit!!!! Check it out if you have time:

http://amyduree.blogspot.com/2010/03/davids-1st-birthday-parties.html

March 16, 2010 09:33 PM
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Sues said...

Oooh! I’m a huge fan of experi-mint-ing!! But I can never find those darn mint chips anywhere. Next time I see them, I NEED to stock up!

March 16, 2010 10:17 PM
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Jaclyn (Huge fan) said...

Hi Bakerella! I swear Im always trying what you make. Well I made the mint brownies tonight and I used a different type of mint. I used the andies mint chips and they melted beautifully! I did not however use as much mint as the recipe called for because i took into consideration what you said about maybe not using mint next time. They tasted good but smelled amazing! I would make it again. keep the ideas coming. I am going to school to be a pastry chef thanks to you and your creativity I think I’ve finally found my place here in this world! I LOVE TO BAKE!

March 16, 2010 10:21 PM
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Pam said...

Hmmm, I wonder if you melted the chips and then swirled that through the batter, if you’d have better luck? And p.s. I love the design treatment you give your photos. It’s so on trend with what’s hot in graphic design, especially for food and home web/print.

March 16, 2010 11:41 PM
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Lizcupcakes said...

I had a similar problem with some butterscotch chips I found in the store here once. They were SO NOT for melting … but hey that’s the only way you are going to find out and usually the results are edible :P

March 17, 2010 03:05 AM
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Katrina said...

I absolutely love the green mint chips! I’ve never seen them before!!

March 17, 2010 06:29 AM
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Emily said...

They look plenty yummy enough to me! :)

March 17, 2010 09:08 AM
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