Monday, December 27, 2010

Love To Fudge (Peppermint Cookies N' Cream Brownies)

Hey there! Are you all enjoying the holidays? And did you get the gifts you were hoping to? I'm happy to say I got my greatest wish despite some bumps along the way, and Christmas was then wonderful =D. Not only did I receive some awesome kitchenware, cookbooks, and jewelry from P's family; but also thrilling news that my best friend N finally made it home and would be coming to visit on Wednesday. With another tarte tatin and lots of girl talk to look forward to, I couldn't ask for a better transition into the New Year.

Fudgetastic (Happy Holidays =D)

Speaking of New Year's, may I recommend these Peppermint Cookies N' Cream Brownies for your next holiday party? Chopped up cookies are mixed into a fudgy brownie base to add richness and crunch. Meanwhile, the mint flavor is a fun nod to the weather outside. These babies are a bit extravagant, I have to say (especially compared to my go-to chewy cocoa brownies). Yet what better time to indulge a little than while you're joyfully gathered with those you love? Hope you enjoy these, and I'll see you all next year!

Peppermint Cookies N' Cream Brownies [Printable Recipe]
Adapted from Baking Bites
Makes 24 to 32 brownies (9 x 13-inch pan)

XIAOLU'S NOTES: While I love the peppermint flavor, these would still be delicious with regular Oreos. You could also play around with other chopped up cookies or even candy bars. For those who'd prefer a smaller batch, simply halve the recipe and bake in an 8-inch square pan. Also, I actually overbaked this batch by a few minutes, so if you follow the recipe your brownies should be even fudgier than my photo shows. If you prefer a sturdier slice, simply bake 5 minutes longer.

1 cup MINUS 1 Tbsp unsalted butter
6 oz. unsweetened chocolate, chopped
2 1/2 cups sugar
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp pure vanilla extract
4 large eggs, room temperature
1 1/3 cups all purpose flour
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2 1/2 cups roughly chopped peppermint Oreo-type cookies (about 15)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 9 × 13-inch baking pan with parchment paper, and grease areas not covered by paper (if any) lightly.

In a medium-large saucepan over low heat, melt together butter and chocolate, stirring occasionally. Whisk in sugar and salt until thoroughly combined. Continue heating and stirring until the entire mixture is hot and smooths out somewhat but is not bubbling.

Remove from heat, and let cool slightly (about 5 minutes) to avoid cooking the eggs when added. Stir in vanilla, then add eggs one at a time, whisking immediately after each addition and mixing until each egg is fully incorporated before adding the next egg. Whisk in flour and cocoa powder thoroughly until mixture is uniform.

Switch to a spatula or large spoon and fold in 2 cups of chopped cookies. Pour batter into prepared pan and spread out evenly with spatula. Sprinkle remaining 1/2 cup of cookie pieces on top of batter.

Bake for about 35 to 40 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out with moist crumbs, but not coated with batter. Cool brownies in pan for about 20 minutes, then lift brownies in the paper out of the pan and place on a wire rack to cool completely before slicing.

56 comments:

  1. Mmmm looks delicious! I'm a huge fan of brownies, especially those that are a slight twist on the classic recipe. As a fan of the Mint Oreo as well, this seems like the perfect combination of two wonderful sweet treats! Thanks for sharing, I can't wait to give this one a try! And Happy New Year!

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  2. O_O there's mint oreos?! haven't seen them where i live though :( i'm sure it'll taste good with the normal flavoured ones or with chocolate or strawberry cream..yum!

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  3. I am going to be making brownies next week - I just hope they look as good as yours!

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  4. I'm so glad to hear that everything turned out okay in the end! I hope you have a wonderful New Year's babe! These brownies sound wonderful. I'm always up for indulging my intense love of the peppermint/chocolate combo!

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  5. Can't wait to see what you continue to do into the New Year. I think these would be great over a girly catch up. Actually, any excuse will do ;)

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  6. Xiaolu - so happy to hear that your friend arrived despite the weather! I am sure you had a great holiday... and those brownies - you know my Mom would surely love them - she likes anything with mint and chocolate! I must make them for her while she's here.

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  7. Ok, that looks divine but I can't eat any more sweets! Please don't make and photograph such gorgeous stuff that people wanting to diet can't resist :o)

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  8. Those look marvelous! Brownies have to be fudgy... ;-P

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  9. I'm so happy to hear that your friend will be able to finally make it out. Sounds like you had a really nice holiday as well. I have to admit, I'm not a big fan of mint in my brownies so I might try this out as a non-mint version.

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  10. I LOVE the new design! Very clean, airy; it draws the eye to your beautiful photography.
    Your brownies look delicious! Hope you have a great New Year!

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  11. Unfortunately, I don't think we have mint-oreo here...otherwise, I would be really keen to give this a go... Enjoy your holidays and time with your friend!

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  12. Yum! I adore those oreo cookies....they make an amazing brownie addition.

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  13. Beautiful. Just beautiful. So thick too! J'adore!

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  14. Can't go wrong with brownies! The Oreo addition sounds yummy!

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  15. happy to hear that your holidays are working out nicely! although it goes without saying, these brownies are extraordinary. :)

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  16. Mmmm, these look fantastic! Peppermint plus chocolate is one of my most favorite combos, so this looks amazing to me!

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  17. Yum! How wonderful do these look! I am your newest follower

    xo

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  18. as usual, totally gorgeous presentation. I would love to be able to bake and style and shoot like you hehe ... Happy New Year! ♥

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  19. Thanks, everyone! I'm glad you enjoy these and welcome to those of you who're new to my blog.

    To Shirley and others who don't have access to peppermint Oreos, feel free to substitute normal Oreos or even other sandwich cookies. Or, if you're really dedicated, you could make your own peppermint Oreos using the following recipe and adding 1 1/2 teaspoons peppermint extract to the filling: http://www.mybakingaddiction.com/homemade-oreos/ Hope that helps!

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  20. Im so happy you had a lovely Christmas, and that your friend is visiting! How special :) These look so delicious - just what my man would love, he goes mad for anything peppermint OR cookies n' cream, so there you go, two in one!
    Heidi xo

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  21. Xiaolu, you are such a creative food stylist! I am not sure what I like more, the photo, or the fudge...;-)

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  22. Mmm these look delicious! I made something much more simple but along the same lines and I plan on sharing them soon. I'm glad your holiday worked out and you get to see N after all that stress!

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  23. These look so good!! Also, nice changes to the blog. It's more colourful now :)

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  24. Hi Xiaolu, great new blog look! Very pleasing to the eye. And I just love the bright green pop on top of those brownies. Great idea and I think I'd like to try these :)

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  25. i love the new look! perfect fresh look for the new year.:)

    (also, these brownies look to dieeee for. mmmmm!)

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  26. Heidi - Sounds like he would definitely enjoy these. Please let me know what you think if you make them :).

    Angie - aw you are so sweet! thank you thank you!

    smalltownoven - I can't see your take on these!

    warmvanillasugar - I'm glad you like the updates. It's funny how attached I got to the old colors.

    New York City Girl Expat Abroad - Thanks a lot! It's actually just a large old cutting board but I like it's rustic charm.

    Irina - Thanks for commenting on the new look. Please do give these a go and let me know what you think!

    amanda - Glad you're liking what you see. Happy New Year!

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  27. Looove oreos :))) and a new page is here :) i love it! Have a happy new year :)) sending kisses :)

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  28. Xiao, Thank you so much for being one of HomeMadeS readers. I do appreciate your comments. Happy New Year 2011, may the year bring us closer and be friends in harmony. Cheers!

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  29. I'm glad to hear that you had a fabulous Christmas. These brownies look perfect and I love the visible flecks of green :D Happy New Year to you too! :)

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  30. That is the most delicius flavoring brownies.

    Have a wonderful and happy new year to you and yours.

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  31. I want some with warm milk now though I confess I am not a big fan of peppermint.

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  32. We have no peppermint oreo cookie here :(

    Have fun with your gal pal next Wed!! Good friends are precious! Happy New Year, Xiaolu!

    xx

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  33. Love the composition though am not a big fan of peppermint! Wish you a wonderful new year !

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  34. Those brownies look GORGEOUS and absolutely delicious. Excellent baking and photography!

    (I commented yesterday but for some reason it didn't appear).

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  35. I love the flavours of these brownies! Happy New Year!

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  36. Happy New Year and happy holidays to you! Love peppermint and chocolate :)

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  37. I am not much of a brownie lover, but my gals LOVE this, esp. something with mint in it.Beautiful pictures.

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  38. Oh you rock the boat sweet Xiaolu... take a look at those brownies! Love the mint in there, and the burst of colour it adds to the browns! Nom Nom Nom!! Happy New Year...and am glad you finally get to meet N!! have fun...and a fabulous 2011!

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  39. Wishing you the happiest New Year yet! And with treats like these, I don't see why it wouldn't be a sweet one. ;)

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  40. So in love with the green against the brown. Very pretty and i am sure delicious!

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  41. Sips and SpoonfulsJanuary 2, 2011 at 5:06 AM

    Wow....your photos just keep getting better and better! I love love love the green!!! Happy new year Xialou and can't wait to see what your blogs brings us this year!

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  42. Just Cake Girl - glad you like the new design! happy new year, girl!

    Arfi - thanks for stopping by. it's really been my pleasure to follow your gorgeous photos and recipes. Thanks for being a lovely blogger friend :).

    Lorraine - thanks and you too!

    elra - thanks, sweetie! happy new year to you too :).

    tigerfish - please don't be afraid to try these with other cookies minus the mint. these are really good fudgy brownies even on their own and of course milk is a must!

    maameemoomoo - aw I'm sorry to hear that. please check out my response above linking a recipe for making your own Oreos if you're up for it. You could also use any other cream filled sandwich cookie in its place :).

    ? - I understand, but these are good with any cream filled cookies so please don't be afraid to play with other fillings!

    Nourhan - thanks so much for coming back and commenting again! i really appreciate it and happy new year!

    Ellie - you too =D!

    Y - isn't it such an awesome combo? happy holidays to you too babe :).

    Soma - I certainly hope they like it. Thanks for your kind words, as always!

    Deeba - you're the sweet one ;p. I did especially like the pop of color. Without it, the photo would have been quite plain! Happy new year, dear!

    Hannah - thanks, hun! I can't wait to see all the delectable creations you post in the comming year!

    crustabakes - I'm glad you like it :). I wasn't sure the colors would work, so I'm quite relieved. And of course the taste is dynamite, so I hope you guys give it a try.

    Lick My Spoon - aw you're making me blush! same to you, and wishing you the happiest new year!

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  43. it looks delicious! i always want to be good ini cooking and phtgrpy :D

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  44. Those brownies look gorgeous!! Happy 2011 <3

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  45. Stunning photo as always. And I love brownies with mint. Chocolaty, minty goodness. And so glad to hear your friend is or was visiting. Happy New Year!

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  46. happy new year! and omg, mint oreos! I would love to try them.

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  47. These recipes are so good. I especially like those owl cookies. Yumm!

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  48. These look so amazing!! I love how the crushed up oreos look and it's so fun that the filling is green.

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  49. Xioalu, I want to try this recipe but I got confuse with the sugar. Is it granulated sugar or castor sugar ? Thanks...

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  50. Hi Tika! It's just granulated unless I specify otherwise. Hope you like them!

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  51. These are amazing!! Everyone loved them and they disappeared really quickly! I've added a link back to your site as credit for the recipe - hope thats ok.
    http://themorethanoccasionalbaker.blogspot.co.uk/2012/03/mint-oreo-fudge-brownies.html

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    1. So glad you got hold of mint Oreos and that you got to try/enjoy these brownies! They're a big fav of mine and I make them at least once every few months =). Happy to have your link - thanks!

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