Mint Chocolate Brownies

He was always “busy” as my mother so delicately puts it. So busy, in fact, that upon learning that I was on the way, she grew nervous that two little ones under the age of four would be too much to handle. But perhaps I sensed this fear because I was always my brother’s opposite. Shy, while he was so charismatic and outgoing. Careful and calculated while we was so daring and spontaneous. And perhaps because of our differences, he always made sure to look out for me. “His little sister”, was how I was always described.  I’m pretty certain most of his friends didn’t even know my actual name until I was at least 10 years old, because to him, “my little sister” was the only introduction necessary. Sure, he asked our parents if I could sleep in the garage after they brought me home from the hospital, but despite our rocky start, he grew to be the protective older brother that every girl should have. When we were little I had the tendency to wander around in stores and Sean would so frantically scream that I was “getting away” in a frenzied panic until I was safely returned to our shopping cart. When I was 12 he tried to convince my parents that the new Britney Spears CD was far too inappropriate and instead decided to introduce me to the “quality music” of the Beatles and U2. And although I’m sure he’s glad no boy has ever horribly broken my heart…I’m sure there is a little part of him that is disappointed that he never got to valiantly defend me by beating the crap out of some punk who had wronged me. Because that is what big brothers do. Protect their little sisters as well as teach them things they need to know. And having Sean for a brother has given me a vast collection of “things I need to know”. Sean is a person with a wide array of random knowledge. He can tell you how to survive a bear attack and he can go in depth about the history of American Jazz. He taught himself how to play guitar and he taught himself how to read Morse Code. He’s the first person I always call for directions whenever I get lost, because he’s someone who can literally memorize a map. Sean is one of the most hilarious and knowledgeable people I know, and I’m lucky to call him my big brother. And since he has made it a lifelong gig to take care of me, I try to take care of him every now and then too. And like most things, I do that through baking. Sean’s favorite dessert, I was happy to learn, is a mint chocolate cookie that I make every Christmas. So this year, for his 26th birthday, which just so happens to be this Saturday, I decided mint chocolate brownies would be better than a cake. So here’s to my big brother Sean. Happy Birthday!

Ingredients: Makes 2 dozen

  • 1 stick butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoon peppermint
  • 1 1/4 cup flour
  • 2/3 cup chocolate chips
  • 4 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 4 tablespoons half & half
  • 1/2 cup melted white chocolate chips
  1. For the brownies, cream butter and sugar together, beat in eggs, one at a time
  2. Slowly beat in cocoa, peppermint & flour
  3. Stir in chocolate chips
  4. Spread batter into a greased 13 x 9 inch baking dish and bake at 350 for 25 minutes
  5. For frosting, beat butter until light and fluffy and gradually add in powdered sugar
  6. Beat in half & half and melted chocolate chips
  7. Spread frosting over brownies, once the brownies have cooled completely

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