Indulge and enjoy every bite of this After Eight Brownies Recipe. These mint brownies are perfect for Christmas time or any time of year. Cut them into small squares and share them with family and friends!
There's just something about this brownie recipe that draws me in. Maybe it's the fudgy brownie texture or the fact that this sweet treat doesn't take long to make. Either way, it's the first recipe that I think of this time of year because any dark chocolate fan or fan of mints becomes just as obsessed with the flavor as I am.
It's a richer brownie, but that doesn't mean that you can't pair it with whipped cream or even a scoop of vanilla ice cream. It's your treat - enjoy it however you want.
If you're a fan of delicious desserts, be sure to check out these 3-Ingredient Brownies! It's another yummy recipe that I love.
Grab your baking dish and the simple ingredients listed below to get started on this rich brownie dessert.
- Cocoa powder
- Baking soda
- Salted butter
- Hot coffee
- After Eight mints
See the recipe card for quantities.
How to Make After Eight Brownies
The simple steps below will guide you in making the best homemade brownies recipe ever.
Start by adding parchment paper to a 9X9 baking dish and preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Stir the baking soda and cocoa powder together. Add ½ the butter and mix.
Stir in the hot coffee.
Add the rest of the butter, eggs, and vanilla extract. Mix.
Now, add the dry ingredients.
Mix until smooth.
Spread the brownie batter into the pan and top with the mints.
Put the pan in the oven and bake for 45-50 minutes or until the middle slightly jiggles.
Let cool, then serve.
Expert Tip: If you want to add a little bit more mint flavoring, add a couple drops of peppermint extract to the brownie batter.
- Use chocolate chips - Using mint during the holiday festive period is a great idea, but you can also add or replace it with chocolate chips. White chocolate chips or mint chocolate chips are never a bad idea.
- Use different types of dinner mints - Even though this recipe is specific with the type of thin mints used, any type of mints will work. It's all about getting that peppermint essence flavoring!
- Add toppings - A little bit of melted chocolate dribbled on top adds sweetness to each square. Melting chocolate bars and then drizzling is a fast and easy solution. You can also crush up candy canes and sprinkle a few on top for more mint flavor during the holiday season. (plus, it's a good way to use up any leftover candy canes!)
- Leave out the coffee - I feel that for the best results, the coffee adds a nice touch and taste, but you can opt to leave out the coffee and instead focus on the other flavors of these chocolate brownies.
For more mint dessert recipes, check out these Candy Cane Brownie Cookies.
You'll want to have the following items on hand to create this After Eight brownies recipe:
- Electric mixer (optional)
- Square pan
- Parchment paper
Since this brownie recipe makes a larger batch of brownies, there is a good chance that you'll have some leftovers. Let the brownies cool to room temperature, and then store them in an airtight container.
The ingredients in this sweet treat make it a good option for freezing, so if you want to add some baked brownies to the freezer, place them in a freezer-safe bag and store them for up to 1-2 months.
If you're worried that the brownies aren't cooked all the way, the skewer test is your best bet! Place a clean skewer or toothpick into the center of the baked brownies. If it comes out clean, or with just a few moist crumbs, the brownies are fully cooked.
This sweet treat is actually dark chocolate, filled with a sweet minty flavor! Most people enjoy them as an after-dinner mint and savor the way that the taste and texture perfectly coat the inside of their mouths.
If the brownies are missing that fudgy factor, there's a good chance that they were overbaked. Follow the directions on the recipe card, and be sure to do your best not to bake them for too long.
It's important to let the brownies cool before attempting to cut into them, or else they might crumble and break apart. Placing the pan of brownies in the fridge or freezer can help them cool down quickly, but it's not a requirement to do so.
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After Eight Brownies Recipe
- ¾ cup cocoa powder
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ⅔ cup salted butter (melted & cooled to room temperature)
- ½ cup hot coffee
- 2 cups sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 ⅓ cups flour
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 16 after eight mints
- Preheat oven to 350. Line a 9x9 baking dish with parchment paper.
- In a medium bowl stir together the cocoa powder and baking soda. Add half the butter and mix well.
- Add the hot coffee. Stir until the mixture thickens.
- Add the remaining butter, vanilla, and eggs. Mix well. Now, add the dry ingredients.
- Mix until smooth.
- Spread in the prepared pan. Top with the mints.
- Bake for 45-50 minutes until the center only jiggles slightly. Cool completely.