Alright, these Copycat BYU Mint Brownies from Scratch were a long time overdue, but here we are and you’re just going to love them!! We even provide a brownies from scratch recipe!
So many Copycat BYU Mint Brownies from Scratch recipes called for an in the box mix, which we happy to love boxed brownies for some reason, but we know that many of you are looking for a brownies from scratch recipe so our copycat BYU mint brownies from Scratch can be made with the box or homemade!
Most chocolate mint brownies recipes make a really thick and cake-like brownie, which is totally fine, but Cade and I tend to like a more thin and fudgey brownie like Ina Garten’s Outrageous Brownies. Look at that shiny top!! You can use that recipe for the base if you’d like, or this one has more common household ingredients.
Copycat BYU Mint Brownies From Scratch
Last fall we were working in our front yard when two missionaries from our church came wandering up, lost, cold, and afraid.
Haha, just kidding, they weren’t at all, but they did ask if they could help with our yard work, to which I quickly said, oh no we are totally good! And Cade said, yeah, we would love it!
I always feel bad making someone help us with something that we don’t REALLY need help with, but it turned out it was all meant to be.
Cade asked the missionaries if they could go next door with him and help our neighbor who is battling hard against cancer so not only did they get in extra service, but later they came to our house to invite us to find more opportunities to serve and since that’s something we really push in our family we were all for it. In fact, it’s what led to that huge food drive we pulled off. Remember our post on Feed the Hungry Ideas? All because those missionaries had a great idea and helped us pull it off.
Anyway, Elder Bratt has the same birthday as Cade and his mom, Nancy introduced us to this copycat BYU Mint Brownies from Scratch recipe. She originally got it from her roommate at BYU, Anne. I think I need to meet both ladies. You know how you just get people’s hearts sometimes? I totally get Nancy’s. I can seriously feel what a kind and humble lady she is.
That’s kind of my favorite thing.
How to Make Mint Brownies From Scratch
Alright, let’s get to business and talk about how to make mint brownies from scratch. There are a lot of opinions on chocolate or cocoa powder in brownies but we found that for an easy homemade brownies recipe cocoa powder is the best choice. Mixing it with melted butter will heat up the cocoa and just like warming any spices in a pan it will bring out more flavor.
Mix your eggs really well into the batter. This isn’t a quick bread or muffin recipe so you aren’t going to ruin the texture by mixing, but under-mixing the eggs will leave you with a dull topping.
The rest is just dump, stir and bake!
If you’re using our brownie recipe, and you’ll notice in the picture that I TOTALLY forgot to half the recipe for the frosting, but our recipe is for half the frosting so don’t panic!
Mint frosting is made by simply combining butter, powdered sugar, milk, mint extract and food coloring. It’s easy and totally perfect for chocolate brownies.
Most ganache recipes use cream, but this is how to make chocolate ganache without cream and you only need two ingredients; butter and chocolate.
To make chocolate ganache, gently warm butter and chocolate chips together in a saucepan over medium heat. You can also use a microwave safe bowl and melt in 20 second increments.
BUT if you get an oily, wet looking mixture it means the ganache has split. To recover your ganache, warm a little milk and add it a splash at a time and whisk again and again and you should recover your ganache to it’s silkiness.
Copycat BYU Mint Brownies from Scratch
Copycat BYU Mint Brownies from Scratch
- 1/2 Cup Unsalted Butter
- 1 cup white sugar
- 2 Large Eggs
- 3/4 Teaspoon Vanilla
- 1/3 Cup Cocoa Powder
- 1/2 Cup Flour
- 1/4 Teaspoon Baking Powder
- 1/4 Teaspoon Salt
- 1/2 cup butter softened
- 3/4- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 1 Tablespoon milk
- 1/2 teaspoon mint extract
- 5 drops green food coloring
- 12 oz. semi-sweet chocolate chips and
- 1/2 cup butter melted together in microwave
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour an 8-inch square pan.
- In a large saucepan, melt 1/2 cup butter. Remove from heat, and stir in sugar, eggs, and vanilla.
- Beat in 1/3 cup cocoa, 1/2 cup flour, salt, and baking powder. Spread batter into prepared pan and bake for 25-30 minutes. Remove from the oven and cool completely.
- In a large bowl, beat the butter until smooth. Add the powdered sugar, milk, extract and food color and beat until smooth. Frost the cooled brownies.
- In a saucepan or microwave safe bowl, melt the butter and chocolate chips until smooth and quickly pour over the brownies, spreading evenly with a knife. Chill until set.
Yes, you can make brownies in a blender!