Andes Mint Brownies

One thing I’ve always loved are Andes Mints.

My grandma used to keep a stash and I knew exactly where it was. I raided it frequently and thoroughly.

Andes Mint Brownies - Super fudgy brownies loaded with Andes! Chocolate + mint is the best! Meet your new favorite brownies and so easy!!

I’ve made many desserts with a base layer of chocolate, then a mint filling, and a chocolate topping. Love them all, but wanted to change up that pattern.

The brownies have a box of 28 Andes diced and stirred into the batter, and another box of 28 mints that are diced on top. If you like mint, you’re going love these.

Andes Mint Brownies - Super fudgy brownies loaded with Andes! Chocolate + mint is the best! Meet your new favorite brownies and so easy!!

The brownie base is adapted from The Best Turtle Brownies, which I also adapted for Pumpkin Cream Cheese-Filled Brownies, and now with mint.

It’s a fast, one-bowl, no mixer recipe that’s as easy as using a mix. The brownies are ultra fudgy, not at all cakey, ridiculously rich, boldly chocolaty, and perfectly minty.

Andes Mint Brownies - Super fudgy brownies loaded with Andes! Chocolate + mint is the best! Meet your new favorite brownies and so easy!!

The Andes baked into the brownies adds the perfect pop of mint flavor and some texture. Biting into the little Andes pieces amidst the dense, smooth brownie is almost as good as the layer of melted chocolate chips and Andes on top of the brownies.

It’s like a brick wall of chocolate and mints. Best brick wall ever and perfect for the holiday season.

Andes Mint Brownies - Super fudgy brownies loaded with Andes! Chocolate + mint is the best! Meet your new favorite brownies and so easy!!

Make sure when you’re adding the Andes to both the batter and on top, that neither the batter or melted chocolate chips are exceedingly warm or the Andes will melt on contact. Not bad and won’t effect taste, but visually not what I wanted.

Seeing the mint-colored green stripe peeking through is the best.

Andes Mint Brownies - Super fudgy brownies loaded with Andes! Chocolate + mint is the best! Meet your new favorite brownies and so easy!!

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Andes Mint Brownies

The brownies have a box of 28 Andes diced and stirred into the batter, and another box of 28 mints that are diced on top. If you like mint, you’re going love these. It’s a fast, easy, no mixer recipe that's as easy as a mix. The brownies are ultra fudgy, not at all cakey, ridiculously rich, boldly chocolaty, and perfectly minty. The Andes baked into the brownies adds the perfect pop of mint flavor and some texture. Biting into the Andes pieces amidst the dense, smooth brownie is almost as good as the layer of melted chocolate chips and Andes on top. Make sure when adding the Andes to both the batter and on top, that neither the batter or melted chocolate chips are exceedingly warm or the Andes will melt on contact.

Yield: one 8x8 pan, 9 to 12 generous squares

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: about 24-25 minutes

Total Time: about 4+ hours, for cooling

Ingredients:

Brownies
1/2 cup unsalted butter (1 stick)
ounces dark or bittersweet chocolate, chopped (I used Trader Joe's 72% Pound Plus Bar)
2 large eggs
3/4 cup granulated sugar
tablespoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon brewed coffee (leftover or cold coffee is okay), optional but recommended
1 teaspoon instant espresso granules, optional but recommended
pinch salt, optional and to taste
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
28 Andes mints (one 4.6-ounce package), unwrapped and each mint diced into thirds

Topping
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
28 Andes mints (one 4.6-ounce package), unwrapped and each mint diced into thirds

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Line an 8-inch square pan with aluminum foil leaving overhang and spray with cooking spray, or grease and flour the pan; set aside.
  2. Brownies - In a large microwave-safe bowl, add the butter, chocolate, and heat on high power to melt, about 2 minutes. Stop to check and stir after 1 minute. Heat in 15-second increments until chocolate has melted and mixture can be stirred smooth. Allow mixture to cool momentarily before adding the eggs so they don't scramble.
  3. Add the eggs, sugar, vanilla, optional coffee, optional espresso granules (neither make brownies taste like coffee and both enhance and round out the chocolate flavor), optional salt, and whisk vigorously to combine.
  4. Add the flour and stir until smooth and combined without overmixing.
  5. Making sure the batter isn't excessively warm so the Andes don't melt (if yours seems on the warm side, wait for a minute or two before adding Andes), add the Andes. Working quickly and with a light hand, fold Andes into the batter using a spatula or spoon, making sure not to overwork the batter or the Andes will melt.
  6. Turn batter out into prepared pan, smoothing the top lightly with a spatula as necessary.
  7. Bake for about 24 to 25 minutes, or until center has just set and is no longer glossy. The toothpick test is somewhat unreliable because you may hit melted, gooey Andes, but toothpick should come out clean or with a few moist crumbs, but no batter. Allow brownies to cool in pan on top of a wire rack while you make the topping.
  8. Topping - In a small microwave-safe bowl, add chocolate chips, and heat on high power to melt, about 1 minute. Stop to check and stir after 1 minute. Heat in 15-second increments until chocolate has melted can be stirred smooth.
  9. Evenly pour the chocolate over brownies (they don't have to be completely cooled), smoothing the top lightly with a spatula or offset knife; set aside on rack while you unwrap and dice the Andes.
  10. After chocolate has cooled for about 8 to 10 minutes, evenly sprinkle the Andes. The chocolate needs to be warm enough so the Andes will melt into it just enough to adhere, but not too warm or they'll melt completely (not a bad thing in terms of taste, but not what I was going for visually); use your judgment about when to sprinkle them.
  11. Place pan on wire rack and allow to cool uncovered for about 4 hours, or until chocolate has set completely, before slicing. Alternatively, cover with a sheet of foil to prevent fridge smells, and place pan in fridge for about 2 hours, or until sufficiently chilled for slicing. Lift brownies out using foil overhang, slice, and serve. Brownies will keep airtight at room temp for up to 1 week, in the fridge for up to 2 weeks, or in the freezer for up to 6 months. I prefer these brownies slightly chilled and store them in the fridge.

Adapted from The Best Turtle Brownies and The Best Pumpkin Cream Cheese- Filled Brownies

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46 comments

  1. Wow these look absolutely delicious! I love anything with chocolate and mint paired together! Thanks for sharing.

  2. Andes mints are definitely a classic candy and perfect in baked goods!

  3. I love Andes mints…and these brownies look amazing. I love how the tops look like a cobblestone path of minty yum!

  4. I love Andes (and York peppermint patties). Chocolate and mint never gets tiresome for me. The tops of these look pretty cool and a double dose in the batter makes them sound even better!

    • I loved the top. It was like making a little art mosaic :) When you bake as much as I do, you have to come up with something to keep yourself entertained :) And York patties, totally forgot about those. They’d be good in brownies too! Hope you had a nice TG!

  5. Chocolate and mint desserts are my favorite during the holidays! These brownies look absolutely amazing!!! Pinned!

  6. Oh, the mint-chocolate combos are back for the holiday season! My favorite!

    I used to love the end of Olive Garden meals because of the Andes mints you got. When I was at my brothers’ house a couple weeks ago, his mother in law came after eating out and had pockets FULL of them, knowing how much he loved them. I ate a *few* myself. ;)

    I’ve never made Andes mint brownies, but I have made junior mint brownies. I also ate a *few* of the crushed mints that you can buy in bags at the grocery store while at my parents.

    Hmmm….wonder why I get sick when I go home?

    • LOL I was thinking about you this weekend, hoping life was just CHILL for you. Alone and happy :) And what is it about older ladies seriously raiding the entire tabletop of restaurants…mini bottles of ketchup, salt and pepper packets, splendas, handfulls of mints, toothpicks, etc. My grandma could have started a restaurant from the contents of her purse :)

  7. Yum! These look seriously decadent and I can imagine eating one right now :)

  8. These sound uber delicious! My mom used to buy Andes mints at the holidays, and I remember trying to open the candy jar as quiiietly as possible to sneak a few of them into my pockets…they’re addictive! I love how the semi-melted bars look on top of these brownies :)

  9. My husband is the mint + chocolate fan in the family… he would love this!

  10. These look absolutely amazing! That’s so brilliant to stir mints into the batter!! You just made my favorite flavors of chocolate and mint look better than ever! Pinned :)

  11. Holy cow these look SO good! Awesome job, you’ve got me drooling on my keyboard lol (TMI??) :P

  12. Ahh those mints! My grandma used to give me boxes at Christmas…

  13. I’ve always loved andes mints too! Especially when they’re cold. These brownies are totally my style. Yum!

  14. What a nice idea! :) They look delicious and super chocolatey! :D

  15. OMG these are mint overload, in a good way!! Two boxes in these brownies? Swoon…. PINNED :)

  16. I’m only familiar with the “After eight” chocolate mints, but I’m guessing it’s more or less the same. Mint and chocolate is such a good combo. This looks super delish <3

  17. I absolutely love Andes Mints too!! I could eat a whole box without a problem. Therefore I would have no problem with these! I love these photos!

    • Thanks, Dorothy! I had fun taking these pics and making these brownies. They are different than most of my stuff and you know how just a little personal challenge can be fun when you bake.so.much.already.

  18. These are SO my kind of brownie! I have something similar in mind to make this week. I heart Andes <3 …and brownies!

  19. OMG!!! Pleeeeease save me a pan of these brownies!! Love + PINNED! xo

  20. Andes mints are the best, these look incredible!

  21. Wow, these brownies are jammed packed with those andes mints! They’re just the right amount of melty on top. :)

  22. Wow these brownies look truly magical!

  23. Aw! Andes mints always remind me of the holidays! If the holiday decorations were out, so was a bowl of Andes. These look amazing.

  24. I love these brownies way too much!! If that’s even possible! ;) The mint explosion is glorious! Pinned!

  25. I’m imagining what these taste like and if my imagination is correct (it probably is), these are amazing. I’ll take two pans, please.

  26. If my mom was your grandma, then I’d definitely be you. :) Mom LOVES Andes Mints and keeps permanent stashes of them in the pantry, her desk at work, and about 7 boxes in the freezer. She’d probably keep them in the car and her purse too if they wouldn’t melt! I love the idea of baking them into brownies. I definitely need to do that for her — it’s her birthday tomorrow!

  27. Did you know there are now Andes mint baking chips? Found them at Tom Thumb here in Frisco, TX. My daughter saw them and went crazy nuts.

  28. I LOOOVE Andes mints and it’s sooo genius how you put them both in AND on these brownies! love em!!

  29. YUM yum! :) Pinned for future reference! Probably sooner than later! :)

  30. These look amazing! The only time I get to eat these chocolates is when I go to Olive Garden. I’m going to have to buy a bag and make these!! Awesome recipe!

  31. These look GOOD! And sound yummy, thanks.

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