About this recipe:The beautiful combination of chocolate and mint baked together into soft, chewy brownie treats. Fun to make (and scarf down) these fun-coloured chocolaty yummies with the kids! Note: If you can't find peppermint extract at your local supermarket, it is available online and at speciality baking shops.
110g plain chocolate
225g margarine, softened
400g caster sugar
2 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
125g plain flour
110g butter, softened
500g icing sugar
2 tablespoons milk, or as needed
1 1/2 teaspoons peppermint extract
6 drops green food colouring
225g plain chocolate chips
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
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Method Prep:30min › Cook:25min › Ready in:55min
Preheat the oven to 180 C / Gas 4. Grease a 20x30cm baking tin.
Melt the plain chocolate in a cup or small bowl in the microwave. Stir at 15 second intervals until chocolate is smooth. Allow to cool slightly. Transfer to a large bowl, and stir in the margarine and sugar until smooth. Beat in the eggs one at a time, then stir in the vanilla. Stir in the flour just until blended. Pour the mixture into the prepared tin and spread evenly.
Bake in the preheated oven until the surface appears dry and the sides are beginning to pull away from the edges of the tin, 20 to 25 minutes. The brownies may look more like cake and may jiggle slightly in the centre; this is normal. Remove from the oven and cool in the tin set over a wire rack.
To make the middle layer, beat 110g butter with icing sugar in a large bowl using an electric mixer. Add milk as needed to get a spreadable consistency. Stir in the peppermint extract and green food colouring. Spread this over the cooled tin of brownies; refrigerate for 30 minutes
In a microwave-safe bowl, microwave chocolate chips with the butter until melted. Stir every 20 seconds until chocolate is smooth. Stir in vanilla and then pour over the chilled brownies and quickly spread to cover the surface. Cool again until firm, about 10 minutes, then cut into squares and serve.
these are delicious highly recommend these. They are a bit sweet you only need a small slice. Were a real hit with my family. Taste even better the next day when served very cold from the fridge. Seems to enhance the peppermint flavour - 12 Feb 2013