I have mentioned before that our oldest son (age 25) is very hard to buy presents for. So this last Christmas we asked him if there was anything special he would like for Christmas. He thought for a long time, and finally said he would like to do a family game night while he was in town, and have me make him something special for dinner. As a mother, you can imagine how happy I was, that he wanted to spend time as a family and wanted me to cook for him, as well as all five of us being together which doesn’t happen very often any more. It took a while to figure out a time and date that we all had free, but we squeaked it in last night. I made Chicken with Walnuts for dinner as he really likes Chinese food and stir fry. And for dessert, I finally decided on these luscious, minty brownies.
As in most families, we all have different tastes and favorites. But when thinking about what to fix for dessert, the one thing we all have in common is a love for chocolate and mint. As soon as I saw a picture of these brownies, I knew this was what I wanted to make for our family game night. I also didn’t have a lot of time to make something elaborate, and wanted all of us to be able to snack on them while playing a board game. These brownies were perfect. The mint cream and chocolate of the peppermint patties turn a plain brownie into a decadent dessert. They are very rich and very satisfying. If your family likes chocolate and mint together or enjoys peppermint patties, they would love these.
For our game night we played a card game that our kids introduced us to called Dominion. My husband and I enjoyed it a lot. There is a lot of strategy involved, but it didn’t take a long time to learn. I was able to hold my own against some very smart family members so I was happy about that. Not that I am competitive or anything. I didn’t even have to hide the brownies and black mail them in order to let me win. Although if I needed to, I’m sure these brownies would have done the trick. I’ll have to remember that for the next time we have a family game night. Do you have a favorite game that your family likes to play? I’d love to hear about it if you do. The next time you play it, consider making these brownies. They will make you a winner with your family, one way or another!:)
York Peppermint Patty Brownies
8 ounces unsweetened chocolate
- 8 ounces unsalted butter
- 5 eggs, at room temperature
- 2 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- 1 Tbsp. instant coffee or espresso (you won’t taste this, just makes it taste more chocolaty)
- 3 1/2 c sugar
- 1 2/3 c all-purpose flour
- 16 regular size York Peppermint Patties (other brands may not work as well)
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
- Spray a 9×13-inch pan with cooking spray. Line it with parchment paper, and spray the top with cooking spray as well. Chop the chocolate and cut the butter into cubes, then warm them together in a medium bowl set over a pan of barely simmering water, stirring occasionally. (Be sure you don’t get any water into bowl with chocolate). Remove from heat as soon as both are melted and smooth.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, whip the eggs, vanilla, salt, instant coffee, and sugar on high-speed for about ten minutes until foamy and stiff. (Make sure your eggs are at room temperature).
- By hand, stir in the chocolate mixture, then the flour.
- Smooth half of the batter into the pan.
- Place a layer of peppermint patties over the chocolate, breaking them into pieces to fill in any large gaps.
- Pour the rest of the batter over the patties and smooth the top.
- Bake the brownies for 30-35 minutes, rotating the brownies midway during baking. When the brownies are done, they will have a firm crust on top but a toothpick inserted into the center should come out wet. Do not over bake the brownies.
- Let them cool completely, then lift them out of the pan and slice into rectangles. The brownies will keep at room temperature for up to three days. They can be frozen, well-wrapped, for up to two months.
Recipe from the Brown Eyed Baker