Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
- 1 cup (2 sticks) salted butter
- 1 cup Dutch processed cocoa powder (dark cocoa powder)
- 2 cups granulated sugar
- 4 large eggs
- 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
- 1 1/3 cup flour
- 1 12 oz (or close to 12 oz) jar hot fudge sauce
- 1 cup (2 sticks) salted butter, slightly softened
- 1/3 cup heavy whipping cream
- 2 teaspoons mint extract
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- drop or two of green food coloring
- 4 cups powdered sugar
- 2 oz semisweet chocolate
Prepare brownies: Preheat oven to 350. Line a 9×13 pan with foil and spray with nonstick vegetable oil spray. Set aside. In a large bowl, whisk together the cocoa and melted butter until smooth. Stir in sugar until combined. Stir in eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each. Stir in vanilla. Fold in flour JUST until you no longer see flour streaks in the batter. Gently fold in hot fudge sauce (you may need to heat it just enough to spoon/pour out of jar) Spread batter in prepared pan and bake for about 20-25 minutes — test brownies with a toothpick before removing from oven. The toothpick should have a few fudgy crumbs on it, but NO RAW batter. Let brownies cool completely.
Prepare frosting: In the bowl of a mixer, beat butter, cream, and both extracts on medium speed until smooth. With mixer speed on low, slowly add powdered sugar and mix until just combined. Add food coloring and increase speed to medium high and beat for about minute, until frosting is light, smooth, and fluffy. If frosting is too thick, add another Tablespoon or two of cream and beat for 30 more seconds. Add chopped chocolate and mix on low until incorporated. Frost cooled brownies. For easiest cutting, cover and chill brownies before serving.
This recipe makes a large batch but the ingredients can easily be cut in half and the brownies can be baked in an 8×8 pan, for a smaller amount. Not a fan of mint? Omit the mint extract and green food coloring and you’ll have chocolate chip brownies. If dark chocolate isn’t your thing, you can also substitute regular unsweetened cocoa powder.