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!!

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

Andes Mint Brownies

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes

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.

Ingredients

Brownies

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter (1 stick)
  • 6 ounces dark or bittersweet chocolate, chopped (I used Trader Joe’s 72% Pound Plus Bar)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 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

Instructions

  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

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

12

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 440Total Fat: 27gSaturated Fat: 16gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 57mgSodium: 47mgCarbohydrates: 45gFiber: 4gSugar: 32gProtein: 6g

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