Thursday, March 6, 2014

Easy Andes Mint Brownies

Whenever I watch food TV shows I frequently hear chefs say that they have made an elevated version of a classic dish. I find this pretentious and wonderful at the same time. For example, to say that you can "elevate" an already perfect dish such as mac n' cheese may seems ludicrous. Who do you think you are? But when you add bacon and breading or have the audacity to deep fry it (yum) then you're absolutely right in saying it has been elevated. Perfection has been perfected.

Where does the brownie fit in in all of this? Ladies and gentelemen, the box brownie has been elevated. Actually, elevated may be taking it a bit too far. Stepped up? Mildly improved upon? Anyhow, it's been varied and it's absolutely delicious. I have never been one to look down upon a box dessert (because they're great) but this is a refreshing change and quite tasty. One of my college roommates used to do this in the BYU days and I thought she was genius. (She actually was a genius, but not just because of the brownies.)

So next time you're snatching that boxed brownie mix at the store, grab some Andes mints too. They're just the ticket to elevating an already delicious classic. 

Easy Andes Mint Brownies

Note: Although this recipe is extremely simple to make, it does take a good amount of time for the chocolate to harden on top. So don't attempt to make them last minute if you are in need of a quick dessert! They require an hour or so of refrigeration.


Favorite brownie mix (and ingredients required on the box)
Andes mints - about 20-25


1. Make brownies according to directions on package.
2. As soon as brownies come out of the oven, immediately place mints on top of the hot brownies as shown below and let melt for about 5-10 minutes.
  3. Spread the chocolate while still soft and melty to form a nice even layer on top of the brownies. Place in fridge to cool for an hour or until set.

That's it! It's that easy! And soooo tasty.

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