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BYU Mint Brownies

March 17, 2016

HAPPY ST. PATRICK’S DAY! Bring on the green! 

For those of you not from Utah, and not familiar with the famous BYU Mint Brownie the first thing you need to know is that these brownies are GOOOOOOD. 

They are famous around these parts for a reason.

They are everyone’s favorite treat to serve at large gatherings because you (usually) don’t have to make them, they are reasonably priced, and they. are. delicious. Everyone loves a good BYU brownie. 

Another cool thing about them? They are totally St. Patrick’s Day worthy! Look at that cool green mint layer, and it’s also cool that you don’t have to really freak your kids out by trying to serve them green food that probably shouldn’t be green. 

Baby Girl isn’t to the age that she would really know/care what color foods are supposed to be. It’ll all end up on the floor no matter what it looks like. 

Copycat BYU Mint Brownies - these are seriously the real deal my friends. SOOOO GOOD!

Having kids for holidays is the greatest thing ever. I want to start all these crazy traditions with the little ones, for every holiday that ever existed. 

Seriously though, being a mom is just the coolest. Today, Baby Girl helped me make these brownies and ended up with a lot of chocolate on her hands. Needless to say I didn’t clean it up right away and handed her some carrots and ranch to eat with her lunch while I finished up. 

She walked over to me so sweetly, reached her chocolatey hand up to my face, and rubbed it ALL. OVER. She finally noticed she was smearing chocolate all over the place, gasped and tried to wipe it off with her other hand…

Which happened to be covered in ranch at this point. 

… It’s so good to be home. 

Copycat BYU Mint Brownies - these are seriously the real deal my friends. SOOOO GOOD!

BYU Mint Brownies
This copycat recipe tastes like the real deal. Seriously. Nobody will know you didn't drive all the way to BYU to pick these up yourself! Decadent chocolate and fresh mint flavor make these brownies irresistible!
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For the Brownies
  1. 1 cup butter
  2. 1/2 cup cocoa
  3. 2 tablespoons honey
  4. 4 large eggs
  5. 2 cups sugar
  6. 1 3/4 cups flour
  7. 1/2 tablespoon baking powder
  8. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  9. 1 cup walnuts, roughly chopped
For the Mint Icing
  1. 1/4 cup butter, softened
  2. 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  3. 2 tablespoons milk
  4. 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
  5. 2 drops green food coloring
For the Chocolate Frosting
  1. 1/2 cup butter, melted
  2. 2/3 cup cocoa powder
  3. 3 cups powdered sugar
  4. 3 tablespoons milk
  5. 1 teaspoon vanilla
  6. 1/4 teaspoon salt
For the Brownies
  1. Preheat oven to 350Ā° F.
  2. To the bowl of an electric mixer, add melted butter and cocoa. Mix to combine and then cream with sugar, eggs and honey. Add dry ingredients and mix until just combined. Add walnuts and mix to combine.
  3. Pour into a greased 9x13 pan and bake for 25 minutes in a preheated oven.
  4. The brownies will look baked around the edges, but still jiggly in the center when you pull them out. Let cool to room temperature and then put in the freezer for chill for 30 minutes.
For the Mint Icing
  1. In the bowl of an electric mixer, mix butter, powdered sugar and milk until frosting is fluffy. Add peppermint extract and food coloring.
  2. Once the brownies have been chilled, spread icing across the top.
  3. Put in the freezer for another thirty minutes.
For the Chocolate Frosting
  1. In the bowl of an electric mixer, combine melted butter and cocoa powder. Add powdered sugar and milk until frosting is fluffy. Add vanilla and salt and whip until completely combined.
  2. Spread across the top of the chilled mint icing. Leave out at room temperature.
Notes
  1. * The reason we are chilling the brownies in between steps is because we don't want the different layers combining. It is much easier to work with hardened frozen layers! If you don't mind things getting incorporated together, you can totally skip the freezing steps!
  2. ** If you don't like the texture of walnuts, I would strongly encourage you to use a walnut extract or walnut oil of some kind to keep the flavor. Also add about 1/2 cup extra flour to the recipe if you omit the walnuts.
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Copycat BYU Mint Brownies - these are seriously the real deal my friends. SOOOO GOOD!

Do you guys have any awesome St. Patty’s Day traditions with your kids? I’d love to hear them, as I’m just starting them myself! 

Copycat BYU Mint Brownies - these are seriously the real deal my friends. SOOOO GOOD!

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11 Comments

  • Reply Sandi (@fearless_dining) March 17, 2016 at 7:46 pm

    These look incredible…I love chocolate and mint together.

  • Reply Catherine March 17, 2016 at 8:01 pm

    These mint brownies look fudgy and delicious!

    • Reply taythurston March 18, 2016 at 4:03 am

      Thank you, Catherine! They are super yummy šŸ™‚

  • Reply Tamara March 17, 2016 at 8:02 pm

    I love food stories! I can just picture your little daughter… Truly, though, these brownies look indescribably delicious!

    • Reply taythurston March 18, 2016 at 4:04 am

      She is the greatest thing in the world! Even if she does leave my kitchen looking like a tornado hit it! šŸ™‚ Thank you so much!

  • Reply Dee March 17, 2016 at 8:32 pm

    These look amazing! I just love the flavors, and I could seriously eat several! šŸ™‚

    • Reply taythurston March 18, 2016 at 4:04 am

      I won’t tell you how many I had šŸ™‚

  • Reply Kelly @ Mostly Homemade Mom March 17, 2016 at 8:54 pm

    These look insanely good – I LOVE mint and chocolate together!

    • Reply taythurston March 18, 2016 at 4:05 am

      Thanks, Kelly! I do, too!

  • Reply Camilla @FabFood4All March 17, 2016 at 11:03 pm

    Love these, I am the biggest mint fan so really want to reach into the screen and try one of these right now!

    • Reply taythurston March 18, 2016 at 4:05 am

      Don’t you wish it worked like that? Probably good for my waist line that it doesn’t, though! šŸ˜‰

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