I bake a lot, especially during the holiday season. I have a confession though… I’ve never made brownies from scratch…until today! But it was SO easy and they were delicious, soft, and chewy. My kids’ schedules and the insane holiday rush just keep me on the go and I’m sure you can relate. When life gets hectic like it so often does around the holidays and as a parent, it’s just easier to reach for boxed mixes. After baking up this amazing mint brownies recipe today I definitely think I’ll be baking brownies from scratch more often. They’re SO easy to make, especially with the help of Reynolds disposable bakeware with parchment paper inserts which means no extra pans to clean, no cooking sprays needed since it’s non-stick, and it’s disposable so I don’t have to worry about my pans coming back home if I send them off to say, a bake sale or a friend’s house.
Last week I was voluntold (there wasn’t even an option of backing out) that I had to bake something for a bake sale for my daughter’s band program. Like the clumsy mother I tend to be sometimes I forgot to write it down and also forgot to program it into my phone’s calendar. Go me! So, anyways, there I was at the store this morning bright and early before I even had my caffeine buying all of my baking supplies so that I could rush home and bake these brownies. Luckily, the Reynolds Kitchen website has a ton of recipes that are perfect for holiday baking and also great for bake sales so that took care of trying to decide what to make to begin with. I sliced the mint brownies recipe into decent sized brownies, saved one to share with my kids
but then I ate it, packaged them up all pretty and sent them on their way. By they way, these mint brownies were a huge hit at the bake sale.
You won’t believe how easy it is to make mint brownies from scratch and the ingredients for just the basic brownie are items that we all have in our cupboards. When you’re melting the chocolate chips and butter, you can use a stainless steel bowl and a pot of simmering hot water (not too much water though) to create your own double boiler. I do recommend being careful with this method. Sometimes when you’re stirring, the bowl may move, and steam can come out the sides so hold your bowl while you stir using a potholder and that should help. Once the chocolate and butter are melted, remove the bowl and be careful not to overcook because you don’t want to burn your chocolate.
Turn your brownies into a “sweet” holiday gift!
If you use my free printable “Made With Love” Tags, they’d make a great gift for a neighbor. It’s entirely possible to make disposable bakeware gift-worthy, I promise. It’s all about presentation. See, isn’t it cute?! If you visit the Reynolds website you can receive $1 off one Reynolds Bakeware item! Just in time for all of your holiday baking!
Mint Brownies Recipe
- 1/2 C. unsalted butter
- 3/4 C. semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 C. packed light brown sugar
- 1/2 C. sugar
- 1 C. all-purpose flour
- 1 TBSP cocoa powder
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 3/4 C. Andes Mints, chopped
- 3/4 C. Mint M&M's
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Add butter and chocolate chips to a medium metal bowl and place over a pot of simmering water to create a double boiler. Stir continuously.
- Let the chocolate mixture cool for about 10 minutes. While cooling begin preparing your other ingredients.
- In a large bowl add your eggs, brown sugar, sugar, flour, cocoa powder, vanilla, and baking powder.
- Add into the egg and sugar mixture and mix well.
- Pour batter into 9x12 Reynold's bakeware and bake about 25-30 minutes or until brownies pull away from the side of the pan.
- Remove from oven and top with mint M&Ms and Andes Mints.