Junior Mint Brownies

You know you’ve been struck by a major craving when you think about a food all day long. Well, that happened to me today. I’m not sure I remember what triggered it but all of a sudden, I was thinking about one of the best events on the planet – the day the Junior Mint met the brownie. O.M.G. A decadent chocolate brownie made richer and minty with the addition of my personal favorite movie theater candy. I knew I was done for as soon as I realized I actually had all the ingredients at home – well, except for the Junior Mints but, hello, I live near a store! So, I got home (after a quick trip through a convenience store!), whipped up a batch because it really doesn’t take that long, put it in the oven and proceeded to make dinner. 20 minutes later, junior mint brownies and I wasn’t even done with dinner! I’m not going to lie – patience has never been my strong suit. Especially not when confronted with warm, ooey-gooey, minty, chocolaty brownies. You know you want one so what are you waiting for?

Junior Mint Brownies
– recipe adapted from Cooking Light

Cooking Spray
1/4 cup butter
32 (about 3 oz) Junior Mints
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/8 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa
1 large egg
1 large egg white

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees

2. Coat bottom of an 8-inch square baking pan with cooking spray.

3. Combine butter and mints in a 2-cup glass measure; microwave on HIGH for 30 seconds or until soft. Stir until smooth, and set aside.

4. Lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cup, and level with a knife. Combine flour, soda, and salt in a bowl. Combine sugar, cocoa, egg, and egg white in a large bowl; beat at medium speed of a mixer until well-blended. Add mint mixture; beat well. Add flour mixture; beat at low speed just until blended. Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake for 20 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean; cool completely on a wire rack.

Yield: 16 brownies (serving size: 1 brownie)

Note: Two large (1.5-oz) mints or 6 miniature chocolate-covered peppermint patties may be substituted.

Calories 121 (29% from fat); Fat 3.9g (sat 1.1g, mono 1.4g, poly 1g); Protein 2.1g; Carbohydrate 19.5g; Fiber 0.2g; Cholesterol 14mg; Iron 0.7mg; Sodium 81mg; Calcium 7mg