Chocolate Mint Brownies

I’m closing out the minty, green, boozy week of St. Patrick’s Day recipes with these chocolate mint brownies for all of you that may be using the Thursday holiday as an excuse to celebrate all weekend long 😉  And also because this is one of the best brownie variations I have made in quite some time. I have always been a fan of chocolate and mint together. Truth be told, I really only ever went to Olive Garden for those Andes mints they’d give you with the check. Bonus if the waiter or waitress would just throw a handful on the table. Instant tip booster! I went on a Google search for some mint brownies with St. Patrick’s Day in mind and found these beauties. It’s a chewy, fudgy brownie recipe with a whole layer of peppermint patties nestled in the middle. Sublime.

If you love the chocolate and mint combo you will absolutely go head over heels for these babies!

How did you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day this year?

Chocolate Mint Brownies

Yield: 24 brownies

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Cook Time: 35 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour


8 ounces unsweetened chocolate
8 ounces unsalted butter
5 eggs, at room temperature
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
¼ teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon instant coffee or espresso
3½ cups sugar
1-2/3 cup all-purpose flour
2 pounds peppermint patties


1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Line a 9 x 13-inch baking pan with foil, shiny side down. Smooth the foil then butter it lightly or coat it with nonstick spray.

2. Chop the chocolate and cut the butter into cubes, then warm them together in a medium bowl set over a pan of barely simmering water, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat as soon as both are melted and smooth.

3. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment or by hand, whip the eggs, vanilla, salt, instant coffee, and sugar on high speed for about ten minutes until foamy and stiff.

4. By hand, stir in the chocolate mixture, then the flour.

5. Smooth half of the batter into the pan. Place a layer of peppermint patties over the chocolate, breaking them into pieces to fill in any large gaps.

6. Pour the rest of the batter over the patties and smooth the top.

7. Bake the brownies for 35 minutes, rotating the brownies midway during baking. When the brownies are done, they will have a firm crust on top but a toothpick inserted into the center should come out wet. Do not overbake the brownies.

8. Let the brownies cool completely, then lift them out of the pan and slice into rectangles.

Storage: The brownies will keep at room temperature for up to three days. They can be frozen, well-wrapped, for up to two months.

(Recipe adapted from David Lebovitz)


58 Responses to “Chocolate Mint Brownies”

  1. Lauren at Keep It Sweet on March 18, 2011 at 5:38 am

    Love the look of the peppermint patty layer and I’d definitely love this brownie!


  2. Lisa (Dishes of Mrs. Fish) on March 18, 2011 at 5:46 am

    I love chocolate and mint together!


  3. Penny Wolf on March 18, 2011 at 6:23 am

    Holy Cow!


  4. Happy When Not Hungry on March 18, 2011 at 6:39 am

    Wow these look delicious! I love chocolate and mint combo all year round, so these are perfect!


  5. Katrina on March 18, 2011 at 8:24 am

    Peppermint patties are one of my favorite treats! These brownies look great!


  6. The Café Sucré Farine on March 18, 2011 at 9:16 am

    These look amazing. I am crazy about chocolate and mint! Have you seen the Andes Candies morsels that they have at some stores in the chocolate chip section? You could do some really fun things with those also!


  7. Melissa on March 18, 2011 at 10:07 am

    YUM! I do a mint brownie with a minty layer on top of the brownies and a ganache on top, but I love the idea of putting a peppermint patty in the middle! Mmmmm . . .


  8. Adam on March 18, 2011 at 12:19 pm

    I’m not a huge fan of chocolage and mint (truth be told, I almost hate it) but seeing all the chocolate/mint themed recipes this week has made me quite interested in trying it again. These might be a good starting point since if I’m too overwhelmed by mint I can just eat the brownie :), and that brownie layer looks insanely good.


  9. d.liff on March 18, 2011 at 12:24 pm

    OH YUM! I LOVE MINT. I’m all about stuffing baked goods lately – cookies, brownies, etc – this is definitely a must-try!


  10. Rhondi on March 18, 2011 at 12:45 pm

    I seriously bookmark every brownie recipe you make to try. I need to get baking as my computer is filling up! I just love all your flavor combinations, and brownies are a favorite dessert in my home.


  11. doughmesstic on March 18, 2011 at 1:04 pm

    Oh Good Lord.


  12. Lauren on March 18, 2011 at 1:28 pm

    The recipe looks amazing and I love mint and chocolate combo’s.

    I was wanting to make this but we do not have York patties here in Ireland, could you recommend anything else for the filling?! 🙁


    • Penny Wolf on March 18th, 2011 at 8:23 pm

      Do you have Junior Mints in Ireland? There would be alot of little ones all over instead of a large one.Also I think they are a little softer.


    • Diane on March 20th, 2011 at 5:56 pm

      I posted an answer a couple of days ago but it hasn’t appeared–maybe because I included links? My suggestion was to search for “homemade peppermint patties.” There are several recipes out there that look great! Just use the peppermint mixture as the middle filling for these brownies. It might work even better than the real thing! =)


      • Michelle on March 20th, 2011 at 11:55 pm

        Hi Diane, I will check the spam, if there are two or more links in a comment it automatically holds it for moderation and I wasn’t online much of the weekend. Sorry about that!


    • Michelle on March 20th, 2011 at 11:57 pm

      I was going to suggest the same thing as Diane – you could totally make homemade peppermint patties. In fact, in David’s post about the brownies he noted that he tripled the recipe for homemade peppermint patties in his book, The Perfect Scoop, for these brownies.


  13. Jenny Flake on March 18, 2011 at 2:45 pm

    LOVE peppermint desserts, this one looks great 🙂


  14. Amanda on March 18, 2011 at 3:31 pm

    How perfect are these brownies, love this combo!


  15. Tracy on March 18, 2011 at 4:59 pm

    You know, I’m not even a huge mint fan, and I’m totally drooling over these. A must-make!


  16. Amber on March 18, 2011 at 5:18 pm

    Yum! I love any mint chocolate combo. Just wondering though, is it really 3 1/2 cups of sugar?


    • Michelle on March 21st, 2011 at 12:07 am

      Hi Amber, Yep, really 3.5 cups of sugar! The chocolate is unsweetened so the sugar is what adds all of the sweetness to the recipe.


  17. Christina on March 18, 2011 at 6:24 pm

    Oh my goodness yes, I’d like one of those right now please. Chocolate and mint is my weak-in-the-knees combo!


  18. Baking Serendipity on March 18, 2011 at 10:18 pm

    There is so much mint in those brownies! I love it 🙂


  19. Lauren from Lauren's Latest on March 18, 2011 at 11:09 pm

    Sublime is right! I really need to make these now.


  20. Cookin' Canuck on March 19, 2011 at 7:06 pm

    Mint and chocolate – you are speaking my language. These look over-the-top fantastic.


  21. Paula on March 20, 2011 at 12:06 am

    These make me think I’m just having my favourite York Peppermint Pattie in cake form! Delicious looking.


  22. Homemade Sausage Blog on March 20, 2011 at 6:20 pm

    OMG!!! Those browines look outstanding. Mint + chocolate… That’s what i’m talkin about!! Thanks for posting.


  23. The Food Hound on March 20, 2011 at 8:54 pm

    I saw these on David’s blog and bookmarked them to try sometime! Chocolate and mint are made for each other! Like you, I would use peppermint patties. Love them!


  24. RavieNomNoms on March 21, 2011 at 12:36 pm

    Those look great! Mint and chocolate is my favorite combo


  25. Amy's Cooking Adventures on March 21, 2011 at 2:41 pm

    Holy fantastic! And my husband isn’t a huge fan of mint, so they’d be all for me-e!


  26. Evan Thomas on March 21, 2011 at 4:26 pm

    Yum! I’ve made mint brownies before but never layering like this. They look delicious through and through.


  27. bridget {bake at 350} on March 21, 2011 at 5:54 pm

    I made mint brownies last week, too! Great minds think alike? I think I need to make yours, though….they look delicious! 🙂


  28. Sandra on March 21, 2011 at 8:13 pm

    Chocolate and MInt? Bingo!!!!!


  29. Liz on March 21, 2011 at 8:44 pm

    Fabulous!! I have some York Peppermint Pattie lovers in my family 🙂


  30. Caroline on March 22, 2011 at 9:30 am

    How did I miss these?! Peppermint patties are my all-time favorite candy. I have had the brownies with the mint icing on top, but never with peppermint in the middle. I just found my thigh’s new worst enemy!


  31. Glenn on March 22, 2011 at 10:41 pm

    OH…MY…GOODNESS! I’ll be drooling on my pillow tonight! Peppermint patties are high on my list, so I must try this!


  32. Annalise on March 23, 2011 at 10:34 am

    This too has been on my to-bake list since I saw it on David Lebovitz’s site. Yours look divine!


  33. Nici on April 3, 2011 at 7:36 pm

    So yummy and fairly easy too! I ran out of peppermint patties before filling up the pan, so I put reese’s peanut butter cups in the rest. Those were good too. Only problem is I think I need to check my oven’s temp, I think these should have been pulled out at about 28 minutes.


  34. Leanne on April 20, 2011 at 5:49 pm

    Either my oven temp is way off or the cook time was off. I baked them 35 mins and they were oozing over the edge of the pan and super burnt. Not to worry, I cut about an inch off each side and the rest were delish (even though they were crunchy on the bottom).


    • Melissa on December 22nd, 2012 at 1:23 pm

      The same thing just happened to me. I’m super disappointed, but I’m hoping that I can just cut off the edges and salvage the rest.


  35. Goddess on April 26, 2011 at 1:26 pm

    Brownies are just so good to my stomach. 😀 It’s pretty bad I can’t have that chewy, fudgy, minty, yummy brownie now..:( cause it’s midnight here.
    Certainly, as the sun starts to rise again, this brownie recipe wont stay as it is cause I’ll make it pass through my excited throat! 😀


  36. Rachel @ Bakerita on May 16, 2011 at 4:39 pm

    These look dangerous!
    Definitely going to need to get some peppermint patties ASAP.


  37. RisaG on May 17, 2011 at 2:56 pm

    Nothing like the combination of mint and chocolate. These look so good. Another one to add to the list of must-makes!


  38. Fergie on May 31, 2011 at 7:42 am

    So delicious brownie recipe.. Chocolate mint brownie is a perfect recipe for me. I love mint since it is refreshing and cool. Plus the touch of the chocolate will take me to heaven. So Yummy!


  39. frawggie on June 23, 2011 at 10:32 pm

    Just a note you can save a bit of cost on the recipe by making your own peppermint patties. 1 can sweetened condensed milk, 5-5.5cups powdered sugar, peppermint extract to taste about 1 Tablespoon, and your choice of dark or semi-sweet chocolate. Combine the milk, extract & 2c powdered sugar until a dough forms, slowly add remaining sugar until a thick ball type dough forms. Remove the dough into balls, flatten into patties & dip into melted chocolate of choice.

    My goal is to make these this next weekend to sell at an upcoming farmer’s market – where everything must be handmade – they really frown on using commercially produced products, and will try them without dipping the peppermint pattie dough into chocolate – just adding the chopped dark chocolate to the brownie mix and then layering the mint dough between the layers of brownie to get a more even minty center.



    • Michelle on June 24th, 2011 at 12:14 pm

      Ooh I love this idea! Definitely come back and share the results!


  40. Audray on November 15, 2012 at 8:28 pm

    Yeah, I tried to make these. I followed the directions exactly. It didn’t turn out anything like that


  41. Alice on December 13, 2012 at 4:31 pm

    They didn’t work out as planned when I baked them. My peppermint patties (york) melted throughout the brownie creating chewey sticky bits. They did not keep their form. Any idea why?


    • Michelle on December 13th, 2012 at 11:05 pm

      Hi Alice, Hmm I honestly would have no clue, as long as you didn’t make any substitutions or vary the recipe in any way.


    • Melissa on December 22nd, 2012 at 2:33 pm

      I’ve figured out that it’s the oven temperature. 425°F is a good 50° too high. Way too hot for chocolate and sugar.


  42. bill on August 3, 2013 at 5:11 pm

    ok so I made these and the baked brownies both today (hey I wanted a brownie) and they are great. though to be honest I think I would combine the recipes: made the batter for the baked brownies and stick the yorks in those.

    Thank you for the great recipes.


  43. Jennifer on February 11, 2014 at 7:57 pm

    These sound awesome…I also make a chocolate mint brownie but use a boxed mix and then adding chopped Andes mints to the batter before baking. My friends love them!


  44. Abigail on December 31, 2014 at 12:50 pm

    Why do you need to whip the eggs, vanilla, salt, instant, and sugar?
    I made these and they do not get foamy no matter how long i whip them.


    • Michelle on January 1st, 2015 at 8:20 pm

      Hi Abigail, It’s part of what gives the brownies their definitive texture. It’s basically like whipping a meringue; on high speed with a whisk attachment, it should absolutely be getting foamy and stiff in 10 to 15 minutes.


      • Abigail on January 2nd, 2015 at 8:26 am

        So what could I be doing wrong that they do not get either foamy or stiff? I’ve melted the chocolate and butter together, and they are liquid, I’m using a Bosch kitchen mixer…???


  45. Laura Gunner on May 8, 2016 at 4:46 pm

    I tried this recipe and I am disappointed. They burnt and I only put them in for 30 minutes! The temperature of the oven was right and everything! Any ideas on why this happened?


    • Michelle on May 9th, 2016 at 9:38 pm

      Hi Laura, Yikes, they definitely shouldn’t burn! If you try them again, give them a go at 350 degrees and see how they fare.


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