Grasshopper Brownies

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These are my new favorite brownies. They’re also probably the most fattening/sugary brownies I’ve ever made. Coincidence? I think not.

I’ve been wanting to make grasshopper brownies for the past few months. If you don’t know what those are, they’re a layer of brownies topped with a peppermint filling and a chocolate top. Delicious, no? These are so sweet and rich and they absolutely melt in your mouth. I couldn’t praise these enough. It’s like a peppermint patty in brownie form. Just don’t think about how many calories in them and enjoy.

Grasshopper Brownies

Ingredients(Makes 16 servings):

  • 1 1/4 cup flour(I used gluten-free all-purpose flour)
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 4oz(1/2 cup) chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup cooking oil
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 stick butter(or Earth Balance)
  • 1 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 1 tablespoon butter(or Earth Balance)
  • 8oz(1 cup) chocolate chips

Preheat an oven to 350 degrees. Start by sifting together the first 6 ingredients. Melt down the 4 ounces of chocolate and mix this with the cooking oil. Add that to the flour mixture along with the water and egg and mix to form the batter. Grease an 8×8 cooking pan and spread the batter in. Bake for 25 minutes and let this cool completely.

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To make the filling, melt a stick of butter, pour in the peppermint extract and sift in the powdered sugar. This will form a loose filling. Spread it over the cooled brownies in as even a layer as you can.

Tip: If you’re having trouble with the peppermint mixture sticking when spreading, put a piece of saran wrap between your hands and the filling and use that to press the filling down.

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Lastly, melt 8 ounces of chocolate with a tablespoon of butter and spread this out evenly on top of the peppermint layer. Take care to move quickly and gently so that the peppermint layer and the chocolate don’t get mixed together. Let the top harden completely before cutting into these with a sharp knife.

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You can really use any brownie recipe for the bottom; I just included that one for convenience sake(it also makes incredibly moist brownies which is never a bad thing). I wasn’t crazy about the filling as I was making it, but combined with the chocolate and brownies it’s just rich enough not to get lost in the experience. Yes, experience, because these brownies are better than any trip to Disney World.

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44 Responses to Grasshopper Brownies
  1. Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg
    January 26, 2011 | 10:17 am

    Growing up, I had a friend whose mom made a KILLER grasshopper pie. These look just as good!

  2. Val @ Balancing Val
    January 26, 2011 | 10:18 am

    Soo. . . .

    When are you delivering these to me in NJ so I feel better?

    ;)

  3. Rachel (tea and chocolate)
    January 26, 2011 | 10:25 am

    Calories smalories. These look every bit worth it!

  4. Heather
    January 26, 2011 | 10:29 am

    Evan – these look like heaven.

    speaking of heaven.
    Heather + Evan = Heavan

    Just saying.

  5. Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun
    January 26, 2011 | 10:55 am

    Peppermint patty in brownie form? Now just imagine the sheer bliss that could come eating these while riding say, Dumbo in Disney. It would be one of those moment like in the movies where the world slows down and magical music plays.

  6. Holly @ couchpotatoathlete
    January 26, 2011 | 10:58 am

    High calories? Eh, who cares.

    Life is too short to not enjoy a brownie (or 5) now and then.

  7. Liz @ Tip Top Shape
    January 26, 2011 | 11:18 am

    This looks SO good!!! Omg. I want like eight of these right now. If you like these, you HAVE to make these peppermint patty cupcakes!!

    http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/food-network-kitchens/mint-patty-cakes-recipe/index.html

  8. Salah@myhealthiestlifestyle
    January 26, 2011 | 11:20 am

    I’ll take a whole pan of those :-) haha those sound amazing!!

  9. Courtney @ The Granola Chronicles
    January 26, 2011 | 12:29 pm

    I just made zucchini brownies – I think your brownies beat my brownies! :)

  10. Christin@purplebirdblog
    January 26, 2011 | 12:40 pm

    I’m so glad I added you to my google reader so I can see tasty amazingness everyday. You rule.

  11. Corey @ the runner's cookie
    January 26, 2011 | 12:52 pm

    Peppermint in a brownie? Yes, please!!

  12. Kate (What Kate is Cooking)
    January 26, 2011 | 1:01 pm

    I’ve heard of grasshopper pie but I didn’t know it had mint in it. Yum!

  13. Sana
    January 26, 2011 | 1:02 pm

    I just gained 1 lb.

  14. Beth @ Beth's Journey to Thin
    January 26, 2011 | 1:29 pm

    Oh my gosh those look amazing!! I love that they have a layer of gooey deliciousness right in the middle – yum!

  15. Jess
    January 26, 2011 | 1:32 pm

    ohhh my stepmom makes a very similar recipe to these grasshopper brownies, but i think she puts a touch of creme de menthe in the mint layer. a little evil but also adds that punch of green color too:D

  16. Christine (The Raw Project)
    January 26, 2011 | 2:19 pm

    Wow, these look absolutely decadent and amazing – thanks!

  17. Lauren at KeepItSweet
    January 26, 2011 | 3:28 pm

    My mom used to make a version of these and they were one of my favorites. Yours look terrific and delicious!

  18. Tina
    January 26, 2011 | 3:47 pm

    How do you come up with these recipes?! Holy delicious! But, seriously, how does your brain come up with these ideas? I’m impressed.

    • Wannabe Chef
      January 26, 2011 | 3:54 pm

      I think the best recipes come from cooking what you’re craving. Recipes are sort of like little puzzles; once you figure out how the different flavors and ingredients work together, you can layer them or change a few around to make something new and exciting.

      And for every good recipe there’s always one that ends up in the trash, so trial and error definitely plays a factor.

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  20. Leah @ Why Deprive?
    January 26, 2011 | 4:11 pm

    Holy goodness these look amazing! Ive never heard of grasshopper brownies before. I think its obvious I’ve been missing out.

  21. Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga)
    January 26, 2011 | 4:38 pm

    these look amazing!

    i have vegan creme de menth bars that are sort of like these. i love the white middle layer you made. well, i love all the layers :)

    And great job at keeping the white, white. That’s something that no one would notice unless you’ve tried it yourself..things get messy in a hurry!

    • kate
      January 26, 2011 | 6:18 pm

      I agree- layers are the best! These look great Evan!

  22. Melissa @ TryingToHeal
    January 26, 2011 | 9:01 pm

    hot damn those look tasty! my dad would love them since he loves thin mints, and brownies!

  23. Hannah
    January 26, 2011 | 9:31 pm

    I can never see the term grasshopper without thinking of the karate kid :D

    These look scrumptious, even though there’s no peanut butter involved. :P

  24. Sommer@ASpicyPerspective
    January 26, 2011 | 11:18 pm

    Trouble, they look like serious trouble to me! WANT SOME!

  25. MaryBe@AccidentallyVegan
    January 27, 2011 | 9:04 am

    I wonder why anything with mint and chocolate is called grasshopper? Weird. Anyway, these look amazing. If they sold these at Disney it would be a win-win

  26. Stephanie @ The Brunette Foodie
    January 27, 2011 | 9:07 am

    The important question here is can I get them made fast enough to call them “breakfast.”

  27. Crustabakes
    January 27, 2011 | 9:43 am

    This sounds devilly delicious. I will take this over any disneyland trip anytime!

  28. Kori
    January 27, 2011 | 10:41 am

    Yum! My mom always made these for St. Patrick’s Day, but she dyed the frosting green, so they were extra festive. Great treat!

  29. BigFatBaker
    January 27, 2011 | 10:55 am

    Yum, your brownies so delicious! I have never had grasshopper pie/brownies but peppermint patty brownies?? I’m in.

  30. The Chocolate Priestess
    January 27, 2011 | 11:08 am

    I know two men in my house who would go crazy for this. Thanks for the recipe.

  31. Steph@stephsbitebybite
    January 27, 2011 | 12:43 pm

    Oooh!! These sound perfect for winter time :)

  32. Wendy (Healthy Girl's Kitchen)
    January 27, 2011 | 4:03 pm

    These are insanely delicious. I have had them many times. Maybe the world’s most tasty junk food. At least to me they are! But sadly, I cannot go near them, or I will inhale a whole batch. Shame on you for reminding me of them! LOL

  33. Natalia - a side of simple
    January 27, 2011 | 7:41 pm

    My mom always made us grasshopper drinks when we had company over for dinner. It was awesome because it’s basically dessert in drink form before dinner. We were such rebels. I’m going to have to harass her about why she stopped this beautiful tradition… ;)

  34. Tiffany
    January 27, 2011 | 7:56 pm

    Fattening, sugary, fudgey, minty loveliness? Count me in. EVERYthing in moderation!

  35. Cakewalker
    January 27, 2011 | 11:49 pm

    The peppermint patty comparasin dials it in, but my hunch tells me these rule. I appreciate your philosophy that the best recipes come from cooking what you’re craving!

  36. brandi
    January 28, 2011 | 10:46 am

    These look SO good! There’s a local bakery here that makes these, too, and they’re so incredibly rich and minty. I love them.

  37. C&C Cakery
    January 29, 2011 | 3:42 am

    A brownie that tastes like a peppermint paddy? And it’s vegan? Sign me up!

  38. Caitlyn (A Spoonful of Life)
    January 29, 2011 | 9:45 am

    So you broke down an made them, huh!! Lol. They may be sugar-packed and fattening, but they sure are beautiful and tasty!

  39. Jo @ Jo In the Kitchen
    April 20, 2011 | 6:29 pm

    Oh heavens! I think I need these in my life. And my mouth!

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  41. Heather
    December 15, 2011 | 2:02 am

    i was just looking at your peppermint recipe post and decided that i must make these!! i’d love to give some to family members for the holidays. any idea if i could convert them into cupcake shape? (ie how long to bake, how many?)

    • Wannabe Chef
      December 15, 2011 | 4:49 pm

      To make these into cupcakes, I’d add an extra egg so that the result’s a little more cakey, spread them between 9-12 cupcake liners, and bake for about 25-30 minutes testing them at the end to make sure the center’s cooked.

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