This recipe for creme de menthe brownies puts a modern spin on the popular vintage dessert. Fudgy brownies are baked from scratch before they're topped with a creamy mint crème de menthe layer followed by a rich chocolate coating. Your search for St. Patrick's Day desserts ends here!
I don't know the exact origins of creme de menthe brownies, but I do know that they've been around for a long time. In fact, my mom has a recipe for them that's written on a recipe card by her grandmother (my great-grandmother). And since truly good things tend to stick around, here we are, still making creme de menthe brownies for St. Patrick's Day.
Creme de menthe brownies (which are technically crème de menthe brownies, but I'm omitting the accent to keep Google happy 😉) are made up of three layers:
- A fudgy chocolate brownie base.
- A sweet and creamy mint layer, made with crème de menthe mint-flavored liqueur.
- A rich chocolatey coating.
This recipe is a more modern take on the classic recipe passed down from my great-grandmother. I decided to substitute my favorite brownie recipe (with some minor tweaking) for the brownie base because the original recipe calls for a can of chocolate syrup (huh?) and because I'll use any excuse to make my favorite brownies.
The other two layers I left unchanged. The mint layer in the center is made from a combination of crème de menthe, melted butter, and confectioners' sugar. Crème de menthe is available in both green and white/clear varieties. The two taste identical, but make sure you use green crème de menthe if you want the mint layer to be green.)
And the chocolate layer on top? It's a combination of melted chocolate and butter. Basically it's my two favorite food groups blended together to create a rich and creamy chocolate coating. It's the cherry on top of this festive, nostalgic dessert.Print