My all time favorite dessert is Creme de Menthe Mint Brownies. In my previous life, I would make brownies from a box mix, cover it with a layer of creamy mint goodness and then top with an easy chocolate ganache. We would put them in the freezer to save and eat throughout the month. See, in my family we could restrain ourselves to just 1 a day. But now, between the husband and kids, I have to stake my claim and eat them as fast as I can! That doesn’t make me a bad mom, does it?
Over the past few years that I have been flour free and sugar free, these are by far the thing I missed the most. I figured out a way to make the top two layers sugar free, but I didn’t have a brownie recipe I enjoyed… until my post earlier this month for the Ultimate Gluten Free / Sugar Free Brownie. Then the light bulb went off. If I can make brownies now, I can make Creme de Menthe Mint Brownies!!! Yay!!! Ok, I’ll stop jumping up and down now.
As you can imagine, as soon as I came to this realization, I had to set out to make these brownies. Like, right away. In the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day, I made these look like a Shamrock. I used these super cute small heart pans for each of the leaves. (For typical brownie bars, use a 6×8 baking pan.)
The first layer is a rich and chewy brownie. It as made of mostly chocolate chips, giving it an authentic chocolatey flavor that can’t be beat! Once the brownies have cooled, they are ready for the Creme de Menthe Buttercream.
The second layer is a Creme de Menthe Italian Meringue Buttercream. Don’t let the term “Italian Meringue” scare you. You can do this! And it is so totally worth learning. Italian Meringue Buttercream (IMBC) is the smoothest frosting you have ever tasted. It is silky and melts in your mouth. Once you try this, you will never go back to American Buttercream. But, in case you want the American Buttercream variety of this frosting, you can find it here, though it is not Sugar Free.
Top the Buttercream with the third and final layer: rich chocolate ganache. Butter and chocolate chips are melted together and (once cool) poured onto the brownies. Allow the ganache to cool completely and harden before serving these amazing Creme de Menthe Mint Brownies.
These three layers are truly scrumptious. They melt away in your mouth, just begging you to come back for more.
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