fudgy THIN MINT brownies & free THIN MINT printables “just because!”

confession: within the last 8 months i have changed my belief system about brownies.

so, i told one of my best friends {one who makes amazing food-products frequently} that i felt that brownies should only be made from a box. i had never had “real” brownies.

my granny, {may she rest in peace} always made, what she called “saucepan” brownies.
to this day, i will say it is THEE ONLY thing i ever had from her kitchen that i said, “eh. i don’t need that immediately in my body!” {she made bread that is now sold in bread stores…revolutionized the ginger snap… etc. she was brilliant with an oven.}

 

so i told my friend i wasn’t sure i believed in brownies unless they came from a costso box that said ghiradelli on them…

my girlfriend then brought me the fudgiest, gooiest brownies i’ve ever had and declared them “real”. it was just days after having a baby, and i tell you, without getting too dramatical on you… oh ok i will:

it was like i was stevie wonder with a new set of eyes!

this is such a great brownie recipe that i knew with a little extra minty love they’d fit right into my chocolate/mint and girl scout cookie phase i seem to go through this time of year…

so, i whipped up some tags, ya know, “just because”, that you can take with a box of thin mints, or a stack of these brownies, or a bag of these thin mint stuffed oreos that my girl ashton made over at something swanky! {but really they could go on anything, all year…}

click on this to go see her recipe and pin it for later too:
http://www.somethingswanky.com/thin-mint-stuffed-oreos-thin-mint-printable/
want to download all of these cute tags?
click here for all 3 THIN MINT Printable PDFs 
 
note: the round tags are 2in and could be printed on round stickers,
the other two are 4 to a page so they’ll be about 4×5 when cut.
cute, right??

thick n fudgy thin mint brownies {from scratch}

2 sticks butter
2 cups sugar
2 tsp. vanilla extract
4 eggs
3/4 cup Hershey’s cocoa
1 cup flour
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 pkg. chocolate chips {i use semi-sweet ghiradelli}
1/2 box thin mints {or grasshoppers, or the good homemade kind!}, roughly broken
1-1/2 bags of Dark Mint Dove® Chocolates, opened

what to do:

preheat oven to 350 and grease a 9 X 13 pan.  in a sauce pan, melt the butter.  remove from heat, and stir in sugar and vanilla.  add eggs, one at a time, beating well with
a spoon {or transfer to a mixer.}  add cocoa, and beat until well blended.  add flour, baking powder, and salt, beat well.  stir in chocolate chips and fold in thin mints.  pour batter into pan.  bake (30 – 35 minutes), and let rest for 2-3 minutes for middle to “deflate” and then place opened Dove® chocolates over the top while it’s still hot and leave them to melt. {if you spread them, you’ll lose the cool swirls!}.

{to use recipe as non-mint perfect fudgy brownies, just omit the chocolate on top, thin mints, and use 1 whole bag of chocolate chips instead of 1/2.}

note: these are perfect the first day, and fudgier the second.


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About Meg

I am Meg, a photographer and designer and a wish-i-owned-a-house-er. My husband and I are self-declared foodies and LOVE projects. We blog about food and DIY adventures from sunny San Diego with our two cutie kids and have an apparel line at colormeapparel.com to keep us busy. Email me at colormemegblog@gmail.com to work with me!

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