Wine & Dine: Chocolate Mint Brownies

Wine & Dine: Chocolate Mint Brownies

Kris Allen shares a recipe for Chocolate Mint Brownies and recommends a bottle of creamy cocoa cappuccino wine to wash them down.
Chocolate Mint Brownies

Ingredients:
1 cup melted butter or vegetable oil
1 cup white sugar
1 cup brown sugar, packed
3 eggs
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
3/4 cup cocoa powder,
1 cup all purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon Clabber Girl Baking Powder
1 cup chopped chocolate mint candies
1 cup chopped walnuts or a mix of nuts and chocolate chips, all optional Frosting
2-3 cup confectioners' sugar
1/2 cup softened butter or margarine
3-6 tablespoons warm water, as needed

Instructions:
Preheat oven to 350 F. Line an 8 by 10 inch brownie pan with parchment paper and spray sides with non-stick cooking spray.
In a large bowl, blend butter or oil, sugar, eggs, and vanilla. Fold in cocoa and blend well, and then remaining ingredients to make a thick batter. Fold in walnuts and chocolate mint candies. Spoon into pan. Place on a baking sheet and bake 25-28 minutes until just set.
Cool well.
For the frosting, blend all the ingredients on slow speed of mixer until things are combined. Increase speed, and add water, as required, to make a soft icing. Spread icing on brownies. Decorate with additional mint candies.


Makes 12-16 brownies


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