Mint Cookies and Cream Brownies

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Mint Cookies and Creme Brownies

It was a blustery spring morning at Turner Falls in Oklahoma.  Our home for the weekend was a simple pop-up camper, shared with friends, Steve and Joan, and our combined offspring.

It could have been worse. Maybe. Restroom accommodations were better than an old-fashioned outhouse, but just barely. Because it was Spring Break, 3 or 4 port-a-potties were installed across the parking lot to accommodate the overflow of campers.

Following breakfast the first morning, I reluctantly trotted to the port-a-potty. After getting comfortable (no easy task considering I had to hold my nose at the same time), the wind rudely took advantage of my failure to lock the door.  Without so much as a knock, apology, or explanation, the door flew open, and not just a few inches either. Oh no, the door opened all the way, banging on the side as if signaling the whole world to take notice. The door seemed plastered to the outside wall in that position, refusing to provide any privacy.

I was horrified, especially when I realized my family and friends were staring/giggling/dying laughing at me. You can probably imagine the challenges and gracefulness involved in closing a wide-open, glued-to-the-wall port-a-potty door from the inside.

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Our typical camping set-up. Circa 1991

Grasshopper cookies are another camping memory. (I realize these come in many forms, but I’m referring to mint Oreos.) Eating them never fails to bring on flashback-fever.

So when I saw the recipe for Cookies and Cream Brownies, I was anxious to try it with grasshopper cookies. I am happy to report they are just as good as the original recipe, especially if you like the mint-chocolate combination.

Use your own favorite brownie recipe for the base, if you like, but I’m warning you. The frosting and ganache are rich so a decadent brownie would be overkill in my opinion. I use my microwave brownie recipe, and I think it’s perfect.

 

Cool Mint Cookies and Cream Brownies
 
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 16
Ingredients
Brownie Base:
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup melted unsalted butter
  • ¾ cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon instant espresso (optional)
  • 6 Oreo cookies, chopped
Frosting Layer:
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 4 tablespoon butter, room temperature
  • 2-3 tablespoons heavy cream, plus a little extra
  • 7 Cool Mint Oreo cookies, crushed
Chocolate Ganache:
  • 4 ounces semi-sweet chocolate (I like Ghiradelli)
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons butter, room temperature
Instructions
Brownies:
  1. Blend eggs, sugar, salt, and vanilla with a mixer (hand mixer works fine) about 1 minute until light.
  2. Add melted butter and keep beating.
  3. Sift flour and cocoa together and add to other ingredients at low speed just until the flour disappears. Stir in cookies.
  4. Pour into 8-inch square pan lined with parchment paper or non-stick aluminum foil.
  5. Bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool.
Frosting:
  1. Beat room-temperature butter until light and fluffy.
  2. Add powdered sugar and heavy cream until consistency is spreadable. (This will likely require some additional cream.) Gently stir in cookie crumbles.
  3. Spread over cooled brownies. Chill.
Chocolate Ganache:
  1. Break chocolate into small pieces and place in a small bowl. Heat heavy cream in microwave on MEDIUM for 2 minutes or until boiling.
  2. Pour heavy cream over chocolate and let it sit for 30 seconds.
  3. Gently stir cream and chocolate together in circular motion until smooth.
  4. Add butter a small piece at a time and stir until smooth.
  5. Spread on top of iced brownies.

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Vicki Walton June 23, 2012 at 1:13 pm

That was a FUNNY story! I thought things like that only happens to ME. I was just telling my husband how much I would like to try camping again. I don’t do well in the outdoors – a simple mosquito or chigger bite can last for one to two weeks keeping me in misery. And I can’t sleep when it’s hot. Maybe when it’s cooler in the autumn we can go. The Mint Cookies and Cream Cookies look great! Gonna have to give them a try.

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Staci June 23, 2012 at 9:04 pm

I will NEVER forget watching you try to step forward (hunched over with your shorts at your ankles) trying to reach for the port a potty door!!! It had us kids laughing for quite a while!!! Sooo many fun memories of us camping together. I was telling Mike the other day how much I loved having French toast on camping trips because you always brought white bread…and we never got white bread at home! Lol

The brownies look so good!!!! I’m gonna have to make them!!

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Paula June 24, 2012 at 6:54 am

Staci,

Whoa! That may be too many details. :-)

I didn’t realize your mom was a white bread Nazi. Loved our camping breakfasts, especially Orange Waffles.

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Gary June 24, 2012 at 5:48 am

Great story. Great recipe. Great picture.

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Paula June 24, 2012 at 8:08 am

That was a funny story though I can imagine how embarrassed you were. I think I would have headed straight for home!!
These brownies look delicious and the orange waffles you mention in the comments sound wonderful.

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Domenica June 24, 2012 at 11:30 am

<3 mom

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sis June 24, 2012 at 8:00 pm

Made my day!

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Lorraine June 25, 2012 at 5:27 am

What a story! That is one for the forever memory books! Good thing they didn’t have cell phone camera’s back then or it just might had been all over facebook. Yikes!

Mint and chocolate is Abbey’s favorite (also the most popular ice-cream ordered at Friendly’s Restaurant where she is a server). Your recipe looks delicious and your photo perfect!

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Wendy June 25, 2012 at 8:28 am

Thanks for the laugh! Yup! Those are the disasters typical of camping. Now, maybe it’s just me, but do you really want to share a brownie recipe on the same page as the porta-potty story? Oh wait..they’re mint! Sorry..couldn’t resist. Love your blog!

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Susan June 26, 2012 at 3:41 am

Oh no! Very funny though. The brownies look fantastic!

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Paula June 26, 2012 at 9:42 pm

Hi Susan, Great to hear from you! Hope all is going well.

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`Suzanne June 26, 2012 at 11:22 am

How funny, but sad story of camping :D. Your brownies look perfect and I do like mint so these would be wonderful to me. Microwave brownies you are kidding I will have to give them a try.

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Paula June 26, 2012 at 9:41 pm

Microwave brownies are absolutely fast and fabulous. I don’t always make them in the microwave because sometimes I want squares and they are best in the microwave when made in a round pan. I bet you couldn’t tell any difference in the taste whether baked in the oven or microwaved.

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The Café Sucré Farine June 26, 2012 at 11:42 am

Oh Paula, you have me laughing so hard I’m almost crying at the picture of you in my mind! I know it wasn’t funny at the time but I’m sure it gave a lot of laughs over the years. I went to a Gary Smalley marriage conference once and he said that one of the things that families, who remain strong with good relationships, have in common is CAMPING! That sounded crazy to me but he went on to say that there are always crisis situations that make everyone have to work together when you’re camping and later the memories also help bond the family members together. I’m sure your family still smiles at this recollection!
The brownies are gorgeous and so delicious looking! How in the world do you cut them so straight? I think I need to go back to “cutting school”!

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Paula June 26, 2012 at 9:37 pm

Hi Chris, Love the words of wisdom from Gary Smalley. I agree. Even though I’m not really a big camper, I was happy to do it to make memories with family and friends.

About cutting those brownies, a knife dipped in hot water and dried off works like magic–but somehow, I bet you already knew that. :-)

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