Mascarpone Mint Fudge Brownies

The other day I was looking in my fridge and realized a half used tub of mascarpone cheese was sitting in my fridge about to go to waste.  That could not happen.  I knew I wanted to use it to make something for St.Patricks Day but wasn’t quite sure what I wanted to make.  So I did what any good cook would do. I started throwing ingredients together and hoped for the best. Luckily this time it worked out 🙂 There have been times it hasn’t work…..we won’t talk about those times…

I used a small brownie mix which called for a 9 inch pan, but if you wanted to make a homemade brownie that is always an option.  Generally I make homemade brownies but I saw the mix and I figured it was a nice little shortcut.  Instead of using the water that is called for in the mix I used coffee instead.  It brought out the delicious chocolate flavor and made it taste a little less like a packaged mix.  It honestly made difference. I recommend doing this with all chocolate cake and brownie mixes.  The mascarpone “frosting” I made for this brownie is light on the mint flavor and has a creamy texture.  It was absolutely delicious!

I weighed my mascarpone and I had 5 oz left in the tub.  So that is why I used such an odd amount. If you only have half a tub (which would be 4oz) just use a little less of all the frosting ingredients.

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Mascarpone Mint Fudge Brownies

Yield: 8x8 pan

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Ingredients:

Brownie Mix (and all ingredients called for on the box)
Brewed coffee - room temperature
5 ounces mascarpone cheese
1/3 cup powdered sugar
1/4 - 1/2 teaspoon mint extract
3 drops green food coloring
1 - 2 tablespoons heavy cream
Andes Mints for topping - cut into small pieces

Source: Nutmeg Nanny

Directions:

Prepare brownie mix according to package directions. Replacing the water called for in the mix with the room temperature brewed coffee. Follow directions for cooking brownies in a 8 or 9 inch pan. Cook brownies following package directions and once cooked remove from oven to cool on counter.

Once brownies are cool start making the frosting. Add mascaprone cheese, powdered sugar, mint extract, green food coloring and 1 tablespoon heavy cream to a medium sized bowl. Using a hand mixer beat for 30 seconds until everything comes together and looks smooth. If to thick, and not creamy in consistency, then add more heavy cream until you reach desired consistency.

Spread on top of cooled brownies and sprinkle with cut up Andes mints. I recommend storing these brownies in the refrigerator because of the mascarpone cheese.

23 Responses to “Mascarpone Mint Fudge Brownies”

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    Biren @ Roti n Rice — March 9, 2011 at 12:54 pm

    Your brownies look fantastic! Love the contrasting colors of the base and the topping with the Andes mint choc chips. I still have half a bag of those. Thanks for the inspiration!

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    Amanda — March 9, 2011 at 12:57 pm

    Oooo yum! Stumbled these for you and will add a link to you in my St Pat’s newsletter today!

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    Sue — March 9, 2011 at 1:01 pm

    This looks so festive and amazing. I also have some mascarpone cheese just sitting in the fridge, and some Hershey’s creme de menthe kisses that I want to use. Thanks for the recipe, Brandy!

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    Blond Duck — March 9, 2011 at 2:24 pm

    Seriously, write a cookbook!

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    rebecca — March 9, 2011 at 6:03 pm

    this is perfect for saint patricks so pretty too

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    Joanne — March 9, 2011 at 7:33 pm

    Mascarpone and mint are just the things to elevate these brownies to a whole new level of deliciousness!

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    Cakelaw — March 10, 2011 at 5:24 am

    These sound delicious – and the green and chocolate reminds me of grasshopper pie.

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    Lori @ Girl Meets Oven — March 10, 2011 at 6:12 am

    Your mint and chocolate brownies look incredible. I just found them on Tastespotting while looking for minty things to make for Saint Patrick’s Day. Love the idea of using mascarpone cheese for the frosting! Thanks for sharing.

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    Blond Duck — March 10, 2011 at 7:42 am

    Happy Thursday!

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    megan — March 10, 2011 at 9:17 am

    Mascarpone is one of my favorite ingredients and these brownies look incredible.

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    Heavenly Housewife — March 10, 2011 at 9:27 am

    How could this not be divine with all those drool worthy ingredients. I would bathe in mascarpone if i could.
    *kisses* HH

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    Katerina — March 10, 2011 at 2:22 pm

    That is perfect for a quick and delicious snack on a hectic tiring day!

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    Katrina — March 10, 2011 at 2:25 pm

    Yum, Brandy. I was just thinking yesterday that I need to make some mint brownies for St. Pat’s coming up. Love the thick minty fudge layer.

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    Erica — March 10, 2011 at 3:26 pm

    Mandi and I have been drooling over your giveaway 🙂 First off- how good are mint and chocolate together? I’m not sure how it works but it just does! And these are so perfect for St. Patty’s day! Great idea.

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    Avanika (Yumsilicious Bakes) — March 10, 2011 at 3:42 pm

    Those look delicious. Stumbled 🙂

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    grace — March 10, 2011 at 4:56 pm

    senSAtional use for that remaining mascarpone! very timely and very delicious. 🙂

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    Barbara Bakes — March 10, 2011 at 7:58 pm

    So great that a dessert you just threw together turned out so fabulous!

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    Laurel — March 10, 2011 at 11:29 pm

    Mmmm, these look amazing! We’re featuring all things GREEN this week at the M&T Spotlight and I’d love for you to submit this: http://www.makeandtakes.com/spotlight

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    5 Star Foodie — March 10, 2011 at 11:37 pm

    I just love the gorgeous green minty mascarporne layer on top of the brownie! Yum!

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    Reeni — March 11, 2011 at 9:49 am

    Coffee and chocolate were made for each other! And mascarpone was made for everything – love that stuff! Your brownies look like two sides of heaven! So scrumptious.

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    theUngourmet — March 12, 2011 at 12:49 am

    I know I would be crazy for these. I love brownies and my favorite ice cream is mint chocolate chip. These brownies are definitely dangerous!

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    Julia — March 24, 2011 at 7:51 am

    I LOVE mascarpone and wouldn’t have let it go to waste either. Good use of it 🙂

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