chewy mint brownies

while hangin’ with cola man, m & i saw one of his ultimate league games. it was the first time i saw a game and it was a lot of fun. a sport with lots of skill, strategy and wind power … and fun!

part of the fun of being in being in the league aside from the comradery, exercise and creativity – from chants to theme games, they find ways to keep it lively. so what does any of this have to do with food? well, at the end of the game, both teams dedicate a cheer to the other. cnc’s team came up with a fun-spolsion – which was true to its name. on the other hand, the opposing  team gave cnc’s team … brownies!

cnc shared his brownie with us and OMG, it was sooooooooooooooooo good that i had to get the recipe. so, here it is!

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup Dutch-processed cocoa
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons instant espresso powder
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons boiling water
  • 2 ounces unsweetened chocolate, finely chopped
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 1 teaspoon mint extract
  • 2-1/2 cups sugar
  • 1-3/4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon table salt

Preparation

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Spray 9X13 (metal, rather than glass) with nonstick cooking spray. Note – if you double this recipe, it fits great in a half sheet pan.

Whisk cocoa, espresso powder, and boiling water together in large bowl until smooth. Add unsweetened chocolate and whisk until chocolate is melted. Whisk in melted butter and oil. (Mixture may look curdled.) Add eggs, yolks, and mint and continue to whisk until smooth and homogeneous. Whisk in sugar until fully incorporated. Add flour and salt and mix with rubber spatula until combined.

Scrape batter into prepared pan and bake until toothpick inserted halfway between edge and center comes out with just a few moist crumbs attached, 30 to 35 minutes. Transfer pan to wire rack and cool 1½ hours.

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original recipe from an ultimate player in seattle, wa

variation to recipe:
for regular brownies, substitute the mint with two teaspoons of vanilla

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