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Double Chocolate Mint Brownies

Hey there chocolate mint lovers!

Here is a fun and simple twist on our already delicious fudgy brownies. These double chocolate mint brownies remind me of Girl Scout Thin Mint cookies, only chewy… YUMMY!

The trick to making them really minty is in the peppermint oil. It turns out that not all peppermint oil extracts are created equally. My friend and pastry chef, Kim Boos at Tee&Cakes clued me in on this. Kim recommended Lorann Oils Natural Peppermint Oil available locally in Boulder at Peppercorn or online. But take caution… This stuff is CONCENTRATED! It even says on the bottle “keep out of reach of children”. A few drops goes a long way toward mint chocolate perfection.

Prepare brownies as directed on the back of the box, mix in 1/8 tsp of peppermint oil with the vanilla. Add chocolate chips with the contents of cocoa bag. Bake as directed. And remember, brownies are always best when slightly under-done. I always take them out early, then let cool completely to get them to set up (even though it’s hard to resist diving right in when they are warm and gooey).

Happy Baking!

Lillabee Ancho-Pecan Brownies

Recipe and photo by Chef Christopher Cina

www.christophercina.com

  • 1 Box Lillabee Fudgy Brownie Mix
  • 1/3 cup butter or margarine (We use Earth Balance Soy Free Buttery Spread)
  • 3 tsp ancho chili powder (usually found in the grocery store with the ethnic foods)
  • 2 tsp gf vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs at room temp (Lillatip: if your eggs are cold submerge in warm water for 3 min)
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans to stir into batter
  • 1/4 cup very finely chopped pecans to top brownies

Follow the directions on back of box. Add ancho chili powder to the butter, vanilla and eggs. Stir in 1/2 cup pecans at the end. Top with finely chopped pecans just before putting into the oven.

Follow baking directions on back of box. Keep in mind that all ovens are slightly different. To ensure the perfect outcome, test with a toothpick inserted 2 inches from the edge at 25 min, then again every 5 minutes until toothpick comes out mostly clean. Brownies are always better a little better when underdone to make sure they stay fudgy.

A huge thank you to Chef Cina for this delicious recipe! Happy Baking!