Tech Guy bought a big package of After Eight chocolates at Costco the other day and it reminded me of a very yummy brownie recipe. It's from Chocolate American Style by Lora Brody. These are peppermint brownies with After Eight chocolate in them (I have made them using York peppermint patties as well). I think it was a good thing that we had a giant package of the chocolates otherwise Tech Guy probably would have devoured them all before any actually got into the brownies. So if you have a chocoholic at your house (we may have just a couple at ours) make sure you get an extra box/bag or two at least! :)
adapted from Chocolate American Style
4oz unsweetened chocolate
1/2 cup butter
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup sugar
3 extra large eggs
3/4 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/2 tsp peppermint extract
approx. 20 After Eight/York peppermint patty chocolates
Preheat oven to 325 F. Butter an 8" square pan and line with parchment paper overlapping it on two opposite sides. Butter parchment.
Melt chocolate and butter together in a heatproof bowl over a pot of simmering water. Set aside. Sift together dry ingredients in a small bowl and set aside.
Put eggs and sugar in the bowl of your mixer/medium bowl and mix at medium-high speed until pale and fluffy. Turn your mixer speed to low and add in vanilla and peppermint extracts. Add in the melted chocolate mixture and mix well. Add in the dry ingredients and mix until just blended.
Pour half of your batter into the prepared pan. Layer chocolates evenly on top. Carefully pour remaining batter on top of the chocolates so as not to disturb them. Make sure you cover the chocolates otherwise the they will make a gooey mess all over the top of your brownies and you won't get that nice minty layer.
Bake the brownies for 30-35 minutes. You want moist crumbs on your cake tester.
Let the brownies cool completely in pan and use parchment to lift them out. Cut into 16 squares.
Now you will have the perfect minty, fudgy treat!