Where my chocolate mint lovers at?! From Thin Mint Girl Scout Cookies to Mint Chip Ice cream to Peppermint Patties, chocolate and mint have proven they belong together as one of the world’s most compatible flavor combinations. I’m adding another fabulous chocolate mint treat into the mix with these delectable Chocolate Mint Brownie Cups. Let’s dive in!
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A wonderful new Chocolate Mint Recipe
In creating a new chocolate mint recipe, I wanted something relatable and accessible to the home baker. There are a few components to this recipe, however, each one comes together rather easily. I intended the brownie recipe to mimic that of a boxed brownie mix in terms of the sturdy yet chewy texture it creates. And, a little shortcut for you with this recipe if you are short on time or don’t have the necessary ingredients to make the brownie recipe below- just use a boxed brownie mix instead! It’ll save you time and you’ll still end up with a delicious chocolate mint brownie cup. And believe you me, no judgment whatsoever for making life easier! I’m all for that.
The best chocolate ganache
To take these chocolate mint brownie cups up a notch, I added a rich chocolate ganache to the brownies before adding the mint whipped cream. To make the chocolate ganache extra special, instead of using a basic ganache recipe where hot heavy cream is poured over chocolate, I added in sweetened condensed milk. This gives the chocolate ganache an added layer of richness and sweetness that creates the perfect contrast with the chewy brownie and the airy whipped cream. It’s the little things that make the biggest difference, am I right? I find Eagle Brand® sweetened condensed milk to work perfectly in this chocolate ganache recipe.
You’ll have some leftover ganache after you’ve filled all the brownie cups. Save this for drizzling on top of the mint whipped cream before serving. And eat the rest with a spoon!
Topping it all off with a light and fluffy mint whipped cream
Is there anything better than freshly made whipped cream? I don’t think so. And for this brownie cup recipe, this is where it all comes together. A few drops of peppermint extract, a bit of powdered sugar, and a few (optional) drops of green food coloring added to achieve that iconic soft mint green color make this the perfect topping for our brownie cups. Homemade whipped cream is thicker and richer than store-bought and allows you to control the amount of sugar going in. The store-bought stuff has lots of other not-so-natural add-ins as well – no bueno especially when you can make it so easily yourself at home!
When it comes to the mint flavoring, definitely use peppermint extract versus spearmint for this recipe. Spearmint will taste more like toothpaste and we certainly don’t want that ruining our perfect chocolate mint brownie cups.
Tips for Making Chocolate Mint Brownie Cups
- The best way to form brownie cups is to wait a few minutes after removing the brownies from the oven then, using a flat-bottomed shot glass or small drinking glass sprayed with a bit of cooking spray, press down into the middle of each brownie. Allowing the brownies to cool for a few minutes before forming the cups will prevent the brownies from falling apart in the middle because they are too warm. Waiting too long will make it difficult to press down on the brownies. I found waiting about 5 minutes is ideal
- If you have a hard time getting the baked brownie cups out of the muffin tin after they’ve cooled, run a butter knife or small offset spatula along the edges to loosen and carefully lift them out
- Be careful when whipping the heavy cream. Whipping it for too long will result in butter. You’ll know this has happened because the liquid will start separating from the solids and you’ll hear sloshing in the bowl. Keep an eye on the whipped cream and when it begins to look fluffy and forms stiff peaks when the whisk is raised out of the bowl, it’s done
- Be sure to use peppermint extract rather than spearmint in this recipe. Spearmint tends to taste like toothpaste while peppermint extract will give you the true taste of mint we are after here
- You will have extra ganache and whipped cream. I highly recommend eating them straight outta their containers with a spoon. Together or separately, whatever you choose
- These brownie cups are best served just after assembling. If they won’t be served or consumed right away, keep brownies, ganache and whipped cream separate in the fridge until ready to serve then assemble and enjoy
Useful Kitchen Tools for Making This Recipe
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For even more brownie recipes, give these a try:
- Kickass Brownies
- Salted Caramel Brownies
- Brown Butter Blondies with Salted Caramel Buttercream
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