I have always loved these brownies and can distinctly remember all the way back to when I was very little at our old house before I had any siblings and watching my mom make them at Christmas time. Now the thing I can't remember so clearly, and I might have to ask my mom, is if I actually liked eating these when I was younger or if I acquired the taste for them as I aged. If the latter is the actual truth then it was the light minty, almost an ice mint, green frosting that I loved the looks of wedged between the two layers of chocolate.
The funny thing is I tell everyone about these brownies and get them all enthused, but then end up only making them for very few people,so I guess the message here is if you get these brownies from me then you are either very lucky or special or hey maybe even both. I think the big factor in me not making them as often or for as many people as I want to is that I have never actually owned the Creme de Menthe that goes into them, my mom does but that does me little good since I no longer live at home. With that being said I decided to finally splurge and buy myself a bottle of Creme de Menthe and yes it must be the green version not the clear kind. Oh and an added bonus is that I can now make "Special" hot chocolate with the Creme de Menthe.
The actual brownie part in this recipe is super moist because chocolate syrup goes into the batter and then after the brownies come out of the oven and cool off they're frosted with the Creme de Menthe frosting and finally chocolate chips are melted and then poured over to make the final layer for these lucious brownies. The final step is to let the brownies chill for a bit (yes you must resist the temptation to dig in) and then you can finally cut yourself a square and indulge in these oh so chocolately and minty brownies.
Creme de Menthe Brownies
1/2 cup Butter
1 cup Sugar
1 (16 oz) can Chocolate syrup
1 tsp Vanilla
1/2 tsp Salt
1 cup Flour
Mix ingredients together and pour batter into a greased 13x9 pan and bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes
1/2 cup Butter
2 cups Powdered sugar
4-6 tsp (I usually use more) Creme de Menthe (the green variety)
Cream the butter and sugar together until smooth and then add the Creme de Menthe. Spread over COOLED brownies.
1 cup Semi-sweet chocolate chips
6 tbs Butter
Melt together over low heat. Let cool slightly and then spread over brownies. Chill 1 hour and then ENJOY!