So I don’t know about you but for me, whenever one holiday is over, I am always ready to move on to the next. And with Valentine’s Day behind us I have the color green on my mind. For St. Patrick’s Day of course! And I’ll admit, because I can’t wait to see green grass again, what with all the snow we’ve had this winter.
St. Patrick’s Day is also when I’m finally craving mint again after the mint marathon of the Christmas season! My kids and I just had our first Shamrock Shake from Mc. Donald’s of the season. They were impressed to hear that I used to have Shamrock Shakes when I was a kid! “Mommy, you mean Shamrock Shakes have been around THAT LONG!!” Yup, kids always make you feel great about your age don’t they! 😉
So for these St. Patty’s Day treats, I made brookies! You’ve had a brookie before right? Basically a cross between a brownie and a cookie. Brookies have been all over the blogisphere lately. Have you seen these amazing red velvet ones from Something Swanky? Or how about these Thin Mint Girl Scout Brookies from Beyond Frosting? Both look heavenly!
For my brookies, I incorporated two of my favorite things. Mint Oreos and Dark Chocolate mint M+M’s. Not only are they perfect for St. Patrick’s Day with their gorgeous green color, but their subtle mint flavor pairs perfectly with the brownie base and cookie top! And they are just plain fun which is perfect for kids!
For an added bonus, this recipe is easy because it incorporates Ghirardeli browinie mix for the base. I am always looking for an excuse to use Ghirardeli mixes because they are so yummy and easy to use!
Get ready for St. Patrick’s Day by making these yummy mint brookies with your kids! A cross between a brownie and a cookie, these really are the best of both worlds! 🙂
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- 1 Ghirardelli brownie box mix ( I used Chocolate supreme. But Double or Triple Chocolate would work well here as well!)
- ingredients for brownie mix as per instructions on the box
- 8-10 Mint Oreos
- 1 1/4 c. all purpose flour
- 1/4 t. baking soda
- 1/4 t. salt
- 1/2 c. unsalted butter, softened
- 1/4 c. plus 1 TBLS brown sugar
- 1/4 c. plus 1 TBLS granulated sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 t. vanilla extract
- 1/2 c. mini -chocolate chips
- 1/2 c. Dark Choclolate Mint Green M+M's for garnish
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line a 9x 13 pan with foil or parchment paper and spray with baking spray.
- Make brownies according to package directions and pour batter into the prepared pan.
- Break up Oreos by hand and place them on top of the brownie layer. (See photo)
- In a medium bowl, Sift together flour, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
- In a large mixing bowl, cream together the butter, and two types of sugars until blended. Add egg and vanilla and mix. Add flour mixture in two or three additions and mix thoroughly until blended.
- Stir in mini- chocolate chips by hand. Mixture will be thick.
- Divide dough into several parts, flatten them by hand and lay them on top of the brownie and cookie layers in the pan and pat down slightly. (Cookie dough does not have to completely cover brownie and cookie layers). You can allow brownie and cookie pieces to "peek" through. (see photo)
- Press M+M's into the top and place the pan in the oven and bake for approximately 28-36 minutes or until the top is golden brown and the center is set and a toothpick comes out fairly clean.
- Allow to cool for at least 45 minutes before cutting them into approximately 24 bars.
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Zainab @ Blahnik Baker says
I crave mint around this time too!! Love these brookies 🙂
Thank you Zainab! 🙂
Annette Belnap says
Mint chocolate is my favorite! Thanks for sharing!
Thanks so much Annette! 🙂
Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust says
Amazing! I swear, I’m coming here to drool from now on. I never thought about mint brookies. Now I can’t stop!
You can come over and drool whenever you want Dorothy! 😉
Julianne @ Beyond Frosting says
Thanks for sharing my Thin Mint Brookies Renee! You know how much I love mint chocolate, so these are totally up my alley!
Your Thin Mint Brookies are awesome Julianne! I’ve loved all your Girl Scout recipes!! 🙂
I with you and can’t wait to see the green grass too 🙂 These brookies look amazing Renee, I love mint and chocolate any time of the year. Love all these layers going on – especially the mint oreos – yum!
Thanks Kelly! And here is to green grass soon!! 🙂
I’ve actually never had a brookie … I feel like I’m missing out! These look so good! And with the oreos and M&Ms for garnish – so festive! I just started some St. Patty’s day baking this weekend – I need to do some more!
You ARE missing out Ashley! 😉 Best of both worlds for sure!!
I love chocolate mint, so these are calling my name!
Thank you Kara! 🙂
Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl says
While looking at these I just muttered “Oh god, these look so good”. I’m kinda in love.
Too funny Pamela! 🙂
Layla @ Brunch Time Baker says
What a great idea to use the mint Oreos for these brownies! I’ll be trying these soon!
Thank you Layla! 🙂
Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes) says
Yes! That’s all I can muster is yes!!
Ah, these look so delicious! They’re definitely on my “To Make Vegan” list 🙂 Holidays are awesome reasons to bake, I just made a couple king cakes this weekend for Mardi Gras!
Savannah!! So excited to have you here! 🙂 I just checked out your “groovy hummus” page and I love the King’s Bread! (and all the Manet paintings!) It looks delicious! And I love the name of your blog. It makes me think of you sitting in class munching on carrots and hummus dip. (it always makes me hungry!) 😉 I would LOVE to see how you would make these brookies vegan!! I bet they would be great!!
Thanks for sharing with us at MM this week! I love how festive they look and I bet are so delicious! Pining!
Thanks for pinning Deb!! 🙂
Claudia Krusch says
I need to make those for my son!
If he’s anything like my kids Claudia, I’m sure he’d love them! 🙂
Jessica @ Jessiker Bakes says
These are so crazy cute!! I love love love m&ms and how themed this is!
Thank you Jessica! When holidays come around, I always bring out the M+M’s!! 🙂
Consuelo @ Honey & Figs says
I’ve never had brookies, but they look amazing and I’d love to do so. These sound so fun with the green oreos and m&m’s 😀
Thanks Consuelo! You would LOVE brookies!! 🙂
Tina @ Tina's Chic Corner says
I love love love everything about these! First, I love mint. Second, I love baking with green goodies around St Patty’s day but I’m kinda picky about it… it can’t be too green (if that makes sense). And these have just the right amount of green to celebrate the occassion and still be delicious looking!! 🙂
PS I think my comments are going to your spam. 🙁
You are funny Tina! And I totally get what you are saying about the amount of green in food! 😉
Oh, and I don’t think your comments are going to my spam because I can see them just fine. Did you get some kind of strange notification???
Lindsay @ Life, Love and Sugar says
And now you have me thinking about missing green grass. 🙂 I’m so tired of sweeping up the dead grass that makes it’s way into the house.
What a great idea for these! I have yet to make brookies – gotta get on that! Pinning.
Green grass: *sigh…. I’ve given up hope of seeing any of that around here till about mid April! But you’ve gotta make brookies Lindsay! They are scrumptious!! Thanks for the pin! 🙂
Jocelyn @BruCrew Life says
Those mint Oreos and M&M’s get me every year at this time. Love that you added mint to the brookies! I’m craving them like crazy now!
Thank you Jocelyn! I’ve been eating these mint M+M’s straight out of the bag lately because I so can’t resist them!! 😉
Oh man my kids would love these! Thank you for sharing.
Thank you Korilynn. My kids sure did! 🙂
This is one reason why I love St. Patrick’s Day so much — chocolate and mint! The colors and flavors are so festive — these look so delicious, Renee. 🙂
Amy @Europe's Calling says
These look Delicious! Brownie’s are definitely my favorite, so I can’t wait to try them out!
Julie @ This Gal Cooks says
These look so good, Renee! M&Ms and Oreo s are two of my favorite indulgences. WIN!
Pretty sure this is one addictive treat! Thanks for linking up with What’s Cookin’ Wednesday!
These look amazing! How many dozen cookies is this recipe supposed to make? Can we substitute in the Ghirardelli chocolate chip cookie recipe? It says it will make 4 dozen cookies. Thanks in Advance!
These are bar cookies so it depends on how big you cute them. I normally cut them into 24 bars. ( 6 rows times 4 across). I am not sure what the “Ghirardelli chocolate chip cookie recipe” is…..do you mean for the cookie layer?? It sounds like it might be too large a recipe for the cookie layer, though I can’t be sure…..
Thanks for the response Renee.
Ghirardelli has a chocolate chip cookie recipe:
11 1/2 ounces Semi-Sweet Chocolate Baking Chips
1 cup butter or margarine, softened
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar, packed
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 1/4 cups unsifted flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
And a chocolate chip blondie recipe:
1 cup Ghirardelli Semi-Sweet Chocolate Baking Chips
8 ounces Ghirardelli Classic White Chocolate Baking Bar
1/2 cup unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
2 large eggs
1/3 cup granulated white sugar
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon salt
Any comments on either would be appreciated
Well, if you cut the first recipe in half, it would be pretty similar to the portions of ingredients that I used in my own recipe. The thing about the cookie portion of the recipe is that you want the dough knid of thick so you can manipulate it over the top of the brownie batter. I can’t vouch for either of those recipes since I haven’t made them before. I can just vouche for the recipe I made! Good luck!! 🙂
rachel brink says
Did you use a 9×13 brownie mix? The ghirardelli chocolate supreme box mix that I have is for a 8×8 pan?
I used the one for an 8×8 pan, but put it in a 9×13 so it would make a thinner layer! 🙂
I’m going to substitute Easter Oreos and pastel M&M`s . I think they would be adorable. Thank you for the ideas!
Susan, I think that is a PERFECT idea!! They will be SO cute!! Enjoy!!! 🙂
Hello, Just made these to bring to a get together tomorrow and it looks and smells amazing. Thank you for the recipe.
So glad they worked well for you RubyAnn! 🙂