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April 30, 2009

Malted Mint Brownies


Back in March, the good people from Oh Nuts! graciously offered to let me sample anything I wanted from their website. Was this a dream?! Yipee! After spending a lot of time combing through their enormous selection, I eventually settled upon Turkish Antep Pistachios and dried red sour cherries. I had lofty plans for them, but they were both so incredibly delicious I ended up just enjoying them right out of the bag, in all their naked glory.
And if free Pistachios and cherries weren't enough, Oh Nuts! included a one-pound bonus bag of Mint Cookie Malted Milk Balls which can be best described as a hybrid between Thin Mint Girl Scout Cookie and a Whoopers candy - or otherwise known as the world's most best candy ever. Seriously!
One recent afternoon when I was looking for a cupcake recipe on Epicurious, this mint brownie recipe got my attention. I wondered if I could swap out the nuts for chopped malted mint ball and figured I just had to give it a shot. I also figured if I was going to go for mint brownies I had to go all out; I doubled the amount of peppermint extract. I was a little concerned that I might have overdone it but was instead rewarded with one of the most delightful brownies I've ever concocted. It might sound a tad ridiculous, but if glitter was edible, that's what these brownies would taste like! Bright and jazzy, fun and full of sparkly texture. I made these as a birthday dessert at work and everyone who had one went bonkers over them!

Malted Mint Brownies
Yield: I cut these on the small side and was able to get about 36 servings.
brownie recipe adapted from Epicurious

Brownies
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter
4 ounces unsweetened high quality chocolate, chopped (please don't use Baker's brand, it's terrible!)
4 large eggs, at room temperature, lightly beaten
2 cups sugar
1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons peppermint extract
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon of salt
2 cups Mint Cookie Malted Milk Balls, cut and quartered*
Topping
1/2 cup of white chocolate chips or white Candy Melts
1 teaspoon of shortening
1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract
green food coloring gel (not the water based type), optional
6 Mint Cookie Malted Milk Balls, finely chopped

Brownies
Melt butter and chocolate in small saucepan over low heat until smooth. Set aside.

Preheat oven to 350F. Line a 9"x12" baking pan with parchment or foil, being sure to leave some excess hanging over the sides (this makes it easier to the brownies out of the pan later.) Lightly butter the surface of the paper. Set aside.

Using electric mixer, beat eggs and sugar in large bowl until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Slowly add cooled chocolate mixture, flour, peppermint and vanilla extracts and salt; stir until just blended (don't over mix!). Add the chopped mint cookie malt balls and mix until they are evenly distributed throughout the batter.

Transfer batter to prepared pan. Bake until tester inserted into center comes out with moist crumbs attached, about 25 minutes. Bang the pan on the counter to force them to fall. Cool pan on a wire rack.

Topping
Melt chocolate in a zip lock bag (or in a small bowl) on low power in the microwave until the chocolate is fully melted. Add the shortening and mix until well combined and the chocolate is a bit runny. Add the extract and green food coloring gel (you can decide how much color you want to add) and mix well.

Cut one of the bottom corners off the zip-lock bag (small cut) and use it to quickly drizzle the chocolate over the brownies (if you're using a small bowl, use a fork to drizzle the chocolate). Scatter the reserved 2 tablespoons of chopped mint cookie malted milk balls, if desired.

Let the brownies get cold in the refrigerator, at least 2 full hours and best overnight. Remove the brownies from the pan using the parchment paper and cut into squares.

Note: These brownies taste good when they are warm but they taste 10 times better after they have cooled completely.

* You can buy them from Oh! Nuts (a one-pound bag would make enough for two recipes with some left over. Alternatively you could try using 2/3 cup mint chips/Andes Candies, 1/3 cup roughly crushed Nabisco Famous Wafers, and 1 cup of Whoppers (Note: I haven't personally tried this substitution but I think it should work just fine.)




81 comments:

  1. Hello pretty girl !
    Ton gâteau ressemble à une oeuvre d'art, on dirait du Jackson Pollock, il est trés beau !
    Et il doit être délicieux, j'adore le chocolat !
    Kisses from France,
    Tatieva

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  2. I would love to try the chocolate malted milk balls - I've seen lots of recipes lately for cookies, etc.with those.

    icywit@gmail.com

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  3. These sound wonderful. Love malted milk balls and with the mint, I bet they are wonderful!

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  4. Wow. I am the biggest fan of peppermint so I am really wishing I could eat one of those brownies right now. They look and sound perfect.
    I checked out Oh, Nuts. They also make an espresso malted milk ball. I'm totally intrigued with the idea of making brownies with those too!!
    Michelle

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  5. Oh wow, look at those beauties. You've turned up the volume on those nuts, I say!

    I could kill for some pecans, pistachios or macadamia!

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  6. Those brownies look awesome!! Oh nuts looks like a pretty cool site...I will have to set aside some time to really peruse the items. I thought the dried kiwi looked pretty interesting though...I love dried fruit.

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  7. These look gorgeous! Can only imagine that they taste just as good!

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  8. I would be all over their dried mangoes.

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  9. Last week I made the malted milk cheesecake off your blog...and gave you some credit of course when I blogged about it :-)
    It was fabulicious!!!
    These look great. Another keeper.

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  10. OMG...I love that website and I know I will use it often. How about those chocolate dipped apricots? MMMMMM I love the look of the minty malted milk balls you used too. Too many wonderful things to choose from!!
    Linspj@aol.com

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  11. Looks good!

    If I could try something from their site, I'd go for the Sugar Free Coffee Truffle, since I should be watching my sugar intake. :)

    http://bakersanonymous.blogspot.com

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  12. I would love to try the dried figs or th dried kiwi, i've never had them before and they look delicious. They would also be fun to incorporate into a recipe.

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  13. Wow, these look good!
    Since I really want to try this recipe, I'm going to have to choose the Mint Cookie Malted Milk Balls. YUM!

    Another great post =)
    ~mel

    http://shortpersonsmom.blogspot.com

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  14. I think it has to be Roasted Salted Cashews for me!
    saradavis1 at gmail

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  15. I would love to try the fruit leather. They look delish! I wouldn't even know which flavor to choose!

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  16. Did you save some for me..?!!
    The coffee caramel balls intrigued me, and the California dried peaches are just some comfort food fav's. Now I gotta see about making those brownies... I didn't even know mint flavored malt balls existed- YUM!

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  17. I want to try those malt balls! Yummy!

    http://kimprine.blogspot.com/

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  18. That looks sooo good. I want! I would pick the sugar free chocolate so I can make something delicious for my diabetic friend.

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  19. Oh and I don't think I could win because I live in Canada but if I could I would pick dried raspberries!

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  20. I think I'd take just about anything from the candy or chocolate sections. Those mint malt balls sound pretty darn good. And did someone mention pistachios?

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  21. OH, it all looks SO good! I would choose the sour watermelon slices! I am a sucker for a good sour candy!

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  22. I would love to try the Peeled Roasted Chestnuts. I have always wanted to try a chestnut but never had the opportunity to do so.

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  23. Those mint cookie malted milk balls look really yummy, I would love to try those.

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  24. ooohh - those look SOOO good. Now I'm hungry. LOL!!

    I make a similar brownie - Creme de Menthe Brownie - no malt balls, but still yummy mint flavor.

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  25. These brownies look amazing! I've been a lurker here for a bit, but haven't ever commented. So, HELLO! i love your blog!

    I took a quick look at Oh! Nuts... seems like a good place to buy bulk items! Since I love sweet and salty together, I would love to try their Dark Chocolate covered Pretzels! Dark chocolate is my favorite, so these are right up my alley!

    landensmom26@yahoo.com

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  26. I can't decide between the strawberry & cream malted milk balls or the french vanilla malted milk balls. I'll go with...French vanilla. What an awesome giveaway, and the brownies look yummy!

    laurel (at) penguinbot.com

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  27. I'd love to get the Chocolate Covered Espresso Beans! They sound yummy :)

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  28. oh wow. That site has way to many wonderful things and while I almost chose the Minted malted milk balls I definitely had to go with

    Coffee and Cream malted milk balls, oh the recipes that could come!

    Christina
    foodisrelational.blogspot.com

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  29. I'm excited to try your recipe. Those brownies look yummy. But first...I'll need to order me some of those amazing mint malted milk balls!

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  30. These malted mint brownies look incredible!! Those malted mint balls...man oh man, where to start? They look delish, and I can only imagine how wonderful they taste in these brownies. Can't wait to try these!

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  31. I think I would want the mint cookie malt balls or the chocolate covered pistachios. Yum!

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  32. These look amazing - I love chocolate and mint together! I would love to try some malted milk balls.

    mnswishers@earthlink.net

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  33. I want to try a pie crust from nuts, so I'd probably get the macadamias.

    Paige
    peleejam(at)yahoo.com

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  34. i've never liked malted milk balls, but i have a feeling that would all change after sampling a mint-flavored version. these brownies are an excellent use for them! and after looking at the oh nuts site, i'm pretty sure there's nothing i wouldn't enjoy. :)

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  35. oh. my. gosh. i was never a fan of the malted balls, i mean i'd have a few at easter and maybe a few at christmas... but THESE... well these are just a whole different story aren't they?? MINT. i'm so excited to try these. cus i have to make these brownies, ya know :)

    flamegoddess65@aol.com

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  36. would it sound too copycat-ish to say that those mint malted balls sound amazing?

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  37. I would take some hazlenuts, they are my husband's favorite.

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  38. Any nut that is chocolate covered. Pure heaven!

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  39. Those malted milk balls look delicious, but I could never turn my back on chocolate covered almonds YUM! my favorite
    nguyen23@tcnj.edu

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  40. The diamond truffles look divine. Just the name itself makes me salivate! I hope I win!

    shen[dot]margaret[at]gmail[dot]come

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  41. AnonymousMay 04, 2009

    YUM!
    Can't believe they carry a candy I have been looking for all over!
    Chocolate and candy rocks - they're rocks that are filled with either fruit flavored candy or chocolate! Childhood fave!!!
    I also ADORE margarita flavored jelly beans!
    Thanks, Tammy
    tlstickland (at) netscape (dot) net

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  42. I'd LOVE To try anything on their site! Those mint malted balls look excellent, but I think the sweet and salty peanuts might be the winner!

    tbmroberts at yahoo dot com

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  43. Love the green bits in the brownies, makes them looks so festive! I haven't had mint anything in a while.

    Thanks for a chance to win and the coupon code!!
    ~ingrid

    Duh, almost forgot. If I were to win I would order a pound of hazelnuts, out of the shell. I've never baked with them and would love to give 'em a try. I've heard (and seen) that they are fantstic with chocolate.

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  45. The mint malted milk balls look good, but the maple malted milk balls look even better to me.

    I've seen varieties of malt balls at Harry and David stores, so they might be another source for jazzing up brownies in this fashion. Deciding between eating them and baking with them is always going to be tough though.

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  46. These look YUM!! I would have to choose the Dazzle Malted Milk Balls, as they are so pretty and sparkly, but also delicious!
    sweetiesbykim@aol.com

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  47. Coffee caramel balls are good. Ooh and pomegranate cordials! I'm a sucker for chocolate-covered pretzels with sprinkles. And I've never been able to find honeycomb peanut candy that is kosher! That's exciting.
    Do I have to pick just one?

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  48. Me, me...please draw my name!!! :)

    OK...just one thing? I'd love those mint cookie malted milk balls so I could make your recipe! The coffee & cream ones have definite possibilities as well!!!

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  49. I am a thin mint fanatic so naturally i am dying to try the mint cookie malted balls you featured! YUM!!! You lucky girl...

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  50. I would love to try the dried kiwi...your recipe looks great!

    cinesnail@gmail.com

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  51. I would love to try the Chocolate Peanuts. I think your brownie recipe is very creative.

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  52. Sorry, I forgot my e-mail address. melodyj(at)gmail.com

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  53. Mmmm, I'd want either a big huge bag of assorted candy sticks (love those things!) or some grape rock candy. Bet those would bake up great in something...

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  54. The "whole dried cherries in dark chocolate" sound pretty heavenly to me!
    Although, I'm totally going to have to make your brownies, too. YUM!

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  55. Lisa lm.frantz@gmail.comMay 04, 2009

    I just made these but used regular malted milk balls. Also took out some flour and sugar and replaced with malt powder and some instant cafe mocha powder (the instant coffee had sugar in it, hence taking out some sugar but not getting rid of the sweetness). I used french vanilla extract and some espresso instead of regular vanilla and peppermint. Drizzled with some white chocolate mixed with a little kahlua. They are pretty killer.

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  56. My sister LOVES jordan almonds, so I'd probably get those to give to her. Thanks for the giveaway Julia, your brownies look incredible. I love the green flecks and the white chocolate drizzle. So pretty!

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  57. Wow! so many choices!
    For me... I would have to go with the White Chocolate Covered Pretzels Stringed... sweet, salty, and White Chocolate! YUM!

    danilander87@hotmail.com

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  58. I would absolutely LOVE to try the Mickey Mouse & Characters Lollipops. I love Disney Characters, and I love Lollipops, so what is there not to like about this item!
    Yumm.....I could just imagine myself licking this giant lollipop.
    Everything looks wonderful on the website, but I must choose this item. It caught my attention immediately.
    Thanks for giving a wonderful recipe. I will definately try it!

    MIMIBUNNY11@aol.com

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  59. I would love to try some of those Guylian chocolates. They look beautiful and delicious.

    Can't wait to make the malted mint brownies!! I love mint!!


    WDWGRANDFLO@aol.com

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  60. I want to try those mint malt balls so I can make those brownies!

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  61. Your mint brownie recipe is truly inspiring. Who doesn't love chocolate and mint crispiness over a delicious brownie. The dark chocolate covered blueberries look delicious. Imagine baking those into chocolate cookies? My blog is lazydoit.blogspot.com

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  62. AnonymousMay 04, 2009

    I'd love the mint malted milk balls ~ malted milk balls are my favorite candy, and mint.... well, it would have to be good.

    Julie
    juliemann@insightbb.com

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  63. I would love the try some dried cantaloupe. Or just hand over a big bag of malted milk balls.

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  64. Fruit Leather - 48-Piece Variety Pack

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  65. Thanks for visiting my blog! This looks absolutely delicious!

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  66. Mmmm,dried fruit. I could go for some mangoes. no, no, no make that canalope.

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  67. I totally had to tear myself away from your blog to comment - everything looks so good!!

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  68. hello, malted milk balls is such an innovative way to change up a brownie recipe! they look delicious.

    I would pick the dark chocolate covered hazelnuts from the Oh, Nuts website. It would be neat to use them for a cake layer or brownies as well :)

    jen.jw.wong@Gmail.com

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  69. I love the chocolate covered pretzels!!! Oh you are so lucky to get the samples the malted balls and cherries sound fantastic!!

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  70. I'd get their Honey Glazed Almonds!

    Gorgeous brownies by the way!

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  71. hi,i just came across your site..soo yummy! i am adding you to my reader right now.and these brownies look out of this world! so creative!
    i would love to be a part of this contest. and bc i am soon getting married i would love to try the cute little bride and groom candy sticks :) here is my own Turkish baking blog: http://qte-popcornfactory.blogspot.com/ and my email address is yasust@gmail.com

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  72. I would love to try the Sugar Free Bridge Mix! It looks delicious!

    cmd405@nyu.edu

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  73. GabrielleMay 06, 2009

    After reading this, definitely the cookie malted milk balls!! :D

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  74. These brownies look delicious, so I would probably choose the mint cookie malted milk balls so I could make my own.

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  75. If I won this giveaway, I would order the bulk of walnuts (light or dark variety) and give them all to my mommy :). She loves nuts.

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  76. Mmm delicious! I'm sure that the dark chocolate covered whole cherries would vanish in one sitting with me! Thank you for the lovely giveaway :)

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  77. Good Lawd!! I am so hungry right now after reading everything here. I wanna sink my teeth in some of your Cashew Clusters. I have not had these in years and I love them so much. I remember getting these as a child but they were called cashew pattys. I would go to the corner drugstore and get them. Yummy!
    govgirl@gmail.com

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  78. kristinaMay 19, 2009

    All I have to say is this one is a perfect marriage of malt and mint! If you're a fan of either (or both in my case) - this is a sure fire winner - like all of Julia's recipes.

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  80. Hi Julia,

    I thought you might appreciate this follow-up. I had fun giving this recipe a go, even if the results were... questionable. lol

    http://shortpersonsmom.blogspot.com/2009/08/julia-child-i-am-not.html

    Mel

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