I am posting this recipe especially for Jenny. I recreated this recipe a few years ago originally from a Bakers Chocolate recipe. I added a few items and changed a few other items to pay tribute to my husbands Irish heritage, and he and everyone else really liked them. They were moist, chewy, minty and nutty. The cream cheese minty frosting is an added bonus. You can make your own as I did here or buy the canned variety, & add peppermint extract to the canned frosting. I personally prefer to make my own, it is just as easy.I usually make this especially for St Patricks Day. Keep refrigerated
FOR THE BROWNIES: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. (325 for glass baking dish)Spray or grease a 9X13X2 inch pan LINED WITH FOIL with cooking spray or butter, and set aside till needed.
Microwave chocolate and butter or margarine in a large microwave safe dish on high for 2 minutes or until butter is melted. Stir until chocolate is completely melted.
Stir sugar into chocolate until well blended. Mix in eggs, peppermint extract & mint liqueur. Add salt and baking powder to flour & stir to mix, then add flour,chocolate chips & nuts to chocolate mixture, & stir till well mixed. Pour into prepared pan. Bake in preheated oven for 30 to 35 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out with fudgy crumbs. Do NOT OVER BAKE. Cool in pan & cut into squares. Frost & Top each brownie with an Andes mint candy.
TO MAKE THE FROSTING: Beat butter & cream cheese at medium speed of an electric mixer or until creamy. Gradually add powdered sugar, beating until light and fluffy. Stir in peppermint extract & mint liqueur. Add melted chocolate & stir to mix. Top brownies with chocolate sprinkles if desired. Makes about 3 cups frosting. To melt chocolate put in bowl and microwave for about 1 minute, if not completely melted do in 30 second intervals, but watch closely.