St. Patrick’s Day Brownies

chocolate mint brownies with gold stars
Category: Desserts
Published Date: 03/07/2022
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This recipe post almost didn’t happen. But despite some negative feedback on the appearance, I decided that I had to share this recipe. Why? Well, because my family loves them so much, they finish them within minutes of them exiting the oven every single time. While they may not look appetizing to some, I can tell you that if you close your eyes and take a bite, these St. Patrick’s Day brownies are one of the best brownies you’ll ever taste.

It all started one day when I had the bright idea to make green velvet brownies for St. Paddy’s Day. I pulled up one of our new favorite recipes — Red Velvet Cheesecake Brownies from Broma Bakery and was just going to swap out the red food coloring for green.

I took my two youngest to the grocery store to pick up a couple of things and while down the baking aisle, I started looking at the different chocolate chips. I asked my 12-year-old if she would prefer a cheesecake brownie or something mint for St. Patrick’s Day. It was a tough call but ultimately, she went with mint. So I grabbed mint fudge baking chips, milk chocolate chips, and green food coloring, excited to make a variation of one of our favorites.

 

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I went home, made the recipe and my family loved it. They were moist and chewy on the inside and contained the perfect amount of mint and chocolate. I was excited about this recipe, so I took a picture and sent it to my cousin (who is like a little sister to me).

 

Her reply was “EW, Heather. They look like that stuff that grows on trees.”

 

She then googled “algae on trees and sent me a screenshot.”  And while it definitely hurt my feelings a bit, she wasn’t wrong. They totally looked like it. Google it. You’ll see.

 

So I took to Instagram and asked my story watchers if they thought my St. Patrick’s Day brownies resembled algae. 92% agreed with my cousin. But 78% said they would still eat them, even if they looked like algae. So either, I have very hungry followers or very kind ones (maybe both).

 

I put up another poll in my Instagram stories, asking if I should just leave them brown and maybe add some green sprinkles or sanding sugar. Many were suggesting icing, but I knew that any of those would change the flavor of these St. Patrick’s Day brownies and they were perfect just as they were.

 

One of those kind followers, who happens to also be named Heather, suggested that I add some gold luster dust or gold sugar sprinkles to help take away from the algae appearance.  So naturally, I jumped in my car and picked some up, and rushed back home to try again.

 

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As soon as I added the gold, they looked much less like algae. Unfortunately, they looked much more like moldy brownies. I see-sawed between laughter and tears as I tried to figure out how I was going to salvage these brownies.  I sprinkled them with edible gold stars to try to mask the mold look and my youngest daughter and I both thought they looked like camouflage brownies. Not ideal, but better than mold or algae, I suppose.

 

I sent another photo to my cousin (this time of the inside of the brownies), and she thought they looked like I had taken a chunk of the ground and put it on a plate. I was at a loss. She said she wasn’t questioning the taste, but they didn’t look appealing. Fair.

 

So, I took it to Instagram stories one more time, posted a photo of the inside of the brownies, thinking that maybe seeing the melted mint and chocolate chips would distract their eyes a bit. I asked, “If you saw a photo of these St. Patrick’s Day brownies, would you make them?” 31% said yes.

 

So I posted a photo of the top of the brownies instead and asked, “What about from this angle?” 58% said yes. Okay, not a home run, but much better. So this is why you don’t see the inside of the brownies in any of my photos.

 

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You may be wondering why I’m posting this at all. Well, as I said, they are SO DELICIOUS! I also made these mint brownies again without any food coloring. I guess I’m curious to see which recipe gets more attention. The one with the wow factor (wow factor being that looks like algae) or the one that looks like regular brownies.

 

Either way, I hope you’ll make this recipe for yourself (with or without the green food coloring), and let me know what you think.

 

You can find the mint fudge baking chips that I used at Walmart. If you are unable to find those, they sell a number of other brands. You can also use Andes mints and chop them up.

 

You can find gold luster dust at Joann, in the baking aisle. I also found the edible stars there as well.

 

If you have any questions, please make sure to comment below. I’m always happy to help!

 

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I’ve tried to show the steps in the photos above for you, to make it a bit easier to make these St. Patrick’s Day brownies.

  1. Add melted butter and sugar to a large bowl.
  2. Whisk until smooth.
  3. Add both eggs.
  4. Whisk for two full minutes.
  5. Add the vanilla and green food coloring.
  6. Stir until fully combined.
  7. Add flour, cocoa powder, and salt.
  8. Stir until fully combined.
  9. Add mint and chocolate chips.
  10. Stir until evenly distributed.
  11. Pour the brownie batter into the pan and tap on the counter until leveled.
  12. Bake at 350º for 25 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to cool.

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St. Patrick’s Day Brownies


  • Author: Heather l The Super Mom Life
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 9 brownies 1x

Description

These St. Patrick’s Day brownies are perfectly moist on the inside, and have the perfect amount of mint and melted chocolate chips.


Ingredients

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  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs, room temperature
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1.5 tsp green food coloring
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 TBSP unsweetened cocoa
  • 1/2 tsp iodized salt
  • 1/2 cup milk chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup mint fudge baking chips (or chopped Andes mints)
  • Gold luster dust and/or edible gold stars (optional)

Instructions

  • Melt butter in a small bowl in the microwave in 20-second increments. Set aside.
  • Preheat the oven to 350º and line an 8×8 baking pan with parchment paper, leaving parchment along the sides of the pan. This will help you to remove the brownies easily.
  • In a large bowl, combine the sugar and melted butter and whisk until smooth.
  • Add eggs and whisk for two full minutes.
  • Add vanilla and food coloring and stir until fully combined.
  • Add flour, cocoa powder, and salt and mix until fully combined.
  • Add mint and chocolate chips and stir until evenly distributed.
  • Pour the brownie batter into the pan and tap on the counter until leveled.
  • Bake for 25 minutes and then allow to cool for 10-15 minutes.
  • Remove the brownies from the pan by pulling up the two longer sides of parchment paper. Place the brownies on a cooling rack.
  • If you are going to brush luster dust on top, you’ll want the top to cool down or the top of the brownies will start to flake off. If you are going to add sprinkles or edible gold stars, you can then sprinkle those on.
  • Cut the brownies into 9 equal pieces.
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes

 

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These St. Patrick's Day brownies are perfectly moist on the inside, and have the perfect amount of mint and melted chocolate chips.
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  1. The stars are a really smart idea, and thank you so much for sharing where you got them! I would have been looking forever.

  2. OMG, your brownie looks delicious! And wow, you made it so extra with those sprinkled gold stars! Sparkly!

  3. Nnniiiccceeee…this is a new variation of St. Patrick’s brownies! I like it and wanna give it a try.

  4. Looks don’t matter to me, taste matters! I’ll eat these brownies any time 😍 So yummy 👌🏻

  5. I had no idea how many ingredients went into a St. Patricks Day brownie. Reminds me of some of the Indian dishes I cook!

  6. This is a nice green treat on St Patrick`s day. We will have so much fun baking this.

  7. These look perfect for St Patrick’s Day and what a fabulous idea of using mint as well. Can’t wait to try this

  8. The little stars on them make it really cute! I love the recipe, thank you for sharing it. I will try to make it for my nieces and nephew.

  9. Are you kidding me! These brownies look amazing wow…They really look like fresh grass, I love it…Can’t wait to make your recipe.

  10. These look amazing and perfect for St. Patricks! We’re having a little gathering at home with some friends and I can’t wait!

  11. These St. Patrick’s Day brownies look so festive. I can’t wait to make and eat with my family.

  12. I love that you provided photographs with the receipe. These brownies look so delicious, the photographed steps make it not as intimidating to create.

  13. Glad you baked up something delicious to you:) I’d have to wait for the sans mint and food coloring version.

  14. Haha oh my goodness I didn’t think of algae till you said it. I do like the gold stars. I haven’t had brownies in so long, these will be the perfect treat soon!

  15. Hi! Not so sure about the color but if I close my eye, like you suggested, I can taste deliciousness. Thanks!

  16. I think they look cute with the stars on them. I love that you polled your Instagram audience for their opinion. I also feel that taste is what matters in the long run. 🙂

  17. They do look a little crazy but they are still cute! I would try to do maybe the brownie swirl and make the white part green with food coloring. Great idea!

  18. Oh my! This is such a really amazing recipe! It look so good! I know my kids would love this so much!

  19. I think my kids will think twice about the appearance but I`m pretty sure they will love it once they taste it.

  20. These are so cute! I have those gold stars from another baking project and I’ll have to make this with my girls.

  21. Now this is a first. I’ve made green eggs and ham but I’ve never seen green brownies before. They kids are going to love helping me make these.