Chocolate Mint Bites

2013 turned out to be a better year than I expected. 2012 was… well… stressful. As the end approached, I had wishes for a year that’d be just a bit easier to digest.  Overall, it was.  With every down moment, there were joyful events; the birth of my niece, vacations, epic dinners with friends, my first cookbook shoot, along with loads of magazine and restaurant projects.

I’m expecting that 2014 will be full of just as many milestones.  Family trips are already planned (to the Berkshires and, as usual, to the Cape) and travel to California is in the works.  Between all of this, Eric and I hope to purchase a property of our own (the search has been long… but we know we’ll eventually find the right place). And, of course, there will be plenty of delicious food created and consumed, which I look forward to sharing here.

Speaking of food… let’s talk about these brownies.  My sister is fond of anything with chocolate and mint.  Ice cream? Definitely.  However, these brownies, which my mom has made for us countless times, are her favorite. The best way to consume these bites is right out of the freezer. Yeah, I know… sounds weird. But, trust me, it’s awesome.  They do come out a bit harder than most brownies, but there’s something satisfying about gnawing on that frozen chocolate topping.  If you’re skeptical, try it… then come back and thank me.

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  • Lauren at Keep It SweetDecember 31, 2013 - 8:23 am

    I also love mint chocolate desserts and my mom has a mint brownie recipe she always makes that I love. Yours looks a little different but fudgy and delicious. Happy New Year, Brian!ReplyCancel

  • Merry JenniferDecember 31, 2013 - 8:23 am

    I hope you have a wonderful 2014, Brian. It sounds like you have some lovely things in the works!ReplyCancel

  • Dixya @ Food, Pleasure, and HealthdDecember 31, 2013 - 9:02 am

    i am so glad you had a wonderful 2013 and cheers to 2014 :)ReplyCancel

  • Renee Shuman (@FrolicChocolate)December 31, 2013 - 11:49 am

    Wow, just gorgeous photos. Reminds me of Sprouted Kitchen — which is why I’m so surprised I’ve only just now stumbled onto your blog! I’m really into how simple and impressive this dessert is, too. I can imagine creating an infinite amount of variations on it.ReplyCancel

  • Diane {Created by Diane}December 31, 2013 - 4:43 pm

    right out of the freezer sounds great to me, cold mint…I can almost taste the chill.
    Happy New Year Brian!ReplyCancel

  • AnneDecember 31, 2013 - 5:49 pm

    Too funny! I remember eating this type of mint brownie exactly the same way as a kid! :) Thanks for the recipe – I may have to revisit them for my mint-chocolate-loving husband. Best wishes for a Happy New Year to you and yours!ReplyCancel

  • MonetDecember 31, 2013 - 7:44 pm

    These look delicious Brian, and it sounds like 2014 is going to be a year of goodness and growth. Travel, new ventures, and love. What more could you ask for? And of course, plenty of good food. I can’t wait to see what you make for us! These chocolate mint bites are beautiful to look at (love that green layer!) and I’m sure they’re even more delightful to eat. Happy New Year, my friend!ReplyCancel

  • TieghanJanuary 1, 2014 - 12:13 am

    Sounds like a great milestone of a year, Brian!! Congrats!!

    And these brownies? Now they just look awesome. Love the photos! Happy New Year!ReplyCancel

  • AtikaJanuary 1, 2014 - 7:43 am

    Wow, I’m totally loving this mint brownie.ReplyCancel

  • Katrina @ WVSJanuary 1, 2014 - 2:15 pm

    I’m fond of all things chocolate and mint too! Good luck with 2014 – house hunting sounds like the most stressful thing ever, but once you get the right fit everything will all fall into place. xxReplyCancel

  • Arthur in the Garden!January 2, 2014 - 9:20 am

    Yummy!ReplyCancel

  • bridget {bake at 350}January 2, 2014 - 10:59 am

    love, love, love!

    Happy New Year!!!ReplyCancel

  • KristenJanuary 2, 2014 - 11:44 am

    Oh these brownies look amazing!
    Happy new year, Brian!!ReplyCancel

  • Alison LewisJanuary 2, 2014 - 1:19 pm

    lovely! happy New year!ReplyCancel

  • WenderlyJanuary 2, 2014 - 5:14 pm

    Lovely! And the freezer idea is fabu. can’t wait to try! Cheers to a wonderful 2014 that includes many mornings full of happy *toasts* with a pipping hot cup of coffee!ReplyCancel

  • JulieDJanuary 2, 2014 - 5:38 pm

    These look so good, Brian! Hope your New Year’s celebration was fun!ReplyCancel

  • Brandon @ Kitchen KonfidenceJanuary 2, 2014 - 6:11 pm

    Wow, love this!! They look so decadent and delicious.

    Good luck with the house hunt. And where are you going in Cali this year?ReplyCancel

  • Sylvie @ Gourmande in the KitchenJanuary 2, 2014 - 9:14 pm

    That doesn’t sound strange at all, in fact I always stash extra brownies and cookies in the freezer because I like to nibble on them icy cold!ReplyCancel

  • Jeanette | Jeanette's Healthy LivingJanuary 3, 2014 - 10:21 am

    Fun idea ~ these remind me of those mint Andes candies my mom used to get during the holidays. Wishing you a wonderful New Year!ReplyCancel

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  • Audrey KnoxJanuary 5, 2014 - 10:23 pm

    These look sooo good! I’m brand new to your blog, but I really like it so far, and I hope to discover more recipes, photos, and stories as the year continues!ReplyCancel

  • Molly @DoughvelopmentJanuary 6, 2014 - 11:45 am

    Ahh the Cape is one of my favorite places on earth! And these minty brownies look like they could be a favorite food of mine! Happy New Year!!ReplyCancel

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  • Tina @ Tina's Chic CornerJanuary 10, 2014 - 1:45 pm

    I love chocolate and mint together! These brownies look so delicious! Sometimes a mint layer can come off too green (if that makes sense) but yours looks perfectly delicatable. :) Pinning to make!ReplyCancel

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  • Linda VitalesJuly 25, 2014 - 8:23 pm

    I love it.. it look so good..ReplyCancel

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