Tomorrow is St. Patrick’s Day, and if you aren’t a green Jell-O kind of person or you don’t really love corned beef and cabbage, you’re in luck.
We figure that everyone, we mean everyone, loves brownies with mint flavoring. Grab a shamrock cookie cutter at the craft store, and make these delicious brownies.
Mint Swirl Shamrock Brownies
Adapted from www.fabeveryday.com
- 1 1/2 cups white sugar
- 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
- 3/4 cup butter melted
- 3 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 8 oz. cream cheese softened
- 1/4 cup white sugar
- 1 egg yolk
- 1 teaspoon mint extract (not peppermint)
- 4 drops green food coloring
- Heat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 9×13″ baking pan with parchment paper, and spray parchment paper with non-stick spray.
- Mix 1 1/2 cups sugar, flour, cocoa powder, salt, and baking powder together in a mixing bowl.
- Mix butter, the 3 whole eggs, and vanilla extract together in a separate bowl; add butter mixture to the bowl with the flour mixture and stir batter until well mixed.
- Pour the batter into the prepared baking pan and set aside.
- Using a stand or hand mixer, beat the softened cream cheese, 1/4 cup sugar, egg yolk, mint extract, and food coloring at medium speed until everything is well mixed and the color is nice and even.
- Place dollops of the green mint topping on top of the brownie batter in the pan. Using a butter knife held upright, dip through the dollops and into the batter, then drag the knife to one side of the cake pan to create a swirled marbling effect with the green and brown. Repeat in rows, then do the same going up and down until you’ve got a nice swirl pattern.
- Bake in the preheated oven until edges are brown and center is set, about 30 minutes.
- Remove pan from the oven and let brownies cool completely, about 30 minutes.
- Remove the brownies from the pan by lifting the parchment paper (with brownies) out of the pan. Using a shamrock-shaped cookie cutter, cut shamrocks out of the brownies. These can be stored in the fridge before serving.