Cocoa Fudge Mint Brownies {Gluten-Free Recipe}

These gluten-free, fudge-like brownies have a thin layer of delicate mint running through them . . . in the form of an After Eight Mint!Cocoa Fudge Mint Brownie Recipe -- These fudge-like brownies have a thin layer of delicate mint running through them . . . in the form of an After Eight Mint! Where have I been?

Well, it’s five weeks today that my dad’s been in the hospital. What should have been one week is now five, and it’ll still be another few.

This was elective heart surgery that was going to give my dad a “new lease on life.”  His shortness of breath was going to be gone, and he’d be able to hike in his beloved Santa Monica Mountains again.

Ironically, his heart is doing great.  It’s the numerous complications that have been keeping him there.  In the last couple of days though, it seems like things are finally beginning to turn around.  Phew.

He’s very weak, and his spirits are quite low.  I’m working on turning that around, too.

My mom, who has her own set of health issues, isn’t able to visit him, so it’s the longest time in their fifty-two year marriage that they’ve been apart.  It’s both heartbreaking and lovely to see how much they miss each other.

I believe my dad will be back home with my mom soon, and a while after, I’m hoping he’ll climbing those mountains again. Cocoa Fudge Mint Brownie Recipe -- These fudge-like brownies have a thin layer of delicate mint running through them . . . in the form of an After Eight Mint!In the meantime, there’s not much like the comfort of chocolate, so I made brownies.

Not just ordinary brownies, either! Cocoa Fudge Mint Brownie Recipe -- These fudge-like brownies have a thin layer of delicate mint running through them . . . in the form of an After Eight Mint!Have you ever had an After Eight, Mint Chocolate Thin?  Cocoa Fudge Mint Brownie Recipe -- These fudge-like brownies have a thin layer of delicate mint running through them . . . in the form of an After Eight Mint!They’re quite special.  Growing up, my friend Aimée’s family always seemed to have these around the house — and I always seemed to be eating them!

These individually wrapped candies are a creamy mint fondant inside a crisp, delicate, dark chocolate coating.

Of course they’re delectable on their own, but I thought it might be nice to have a thin layer of them in a brownie. Cocoa Fudge Mint Brownie Recipe -- These fudge-like brownies have a thin layer of delicate mint running through them . . . in the form of an After Eight Mint!So I made it happen. 

You should too!Cocoa Fudge Mint Brownie Recipe -- These fudge-like brownies have a thin layer of delicate mint running through them . . . in the form of an After Eight Mint!

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Cocoa Fudge Mint Brownies {Gluten-Free Recipe}
 
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Makes about 2 dozen brownies
Ingredients
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • ¾ teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 cup gluten-free all-purpose flour
  • 1¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder, sifted
  • approximately 32 After Eight Mint Chocolate Thins (about 1¼ boxes)
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F and adjust a rack to the center.
  2. Melt the butter and set it aside to cool. Use the butter wrappers to grease the bottom and sides of a 9 x 13 x 2-inch baking dish. Set aside.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, whisk the eggs with the sugar, vanilla and salt until it's light in color and thick, about 2 minutes. (Use an electric mixer if possible.) Fold in the cooled, melted butter.
  4. In another bowl, mix the gluten-free flour with the sifted cocoa powder. Now fold this into the wet ingredients and mix until you no longer see dry spots and it's smooth.
  5. Add about half of the batter into the prepared baking dish and smooth it out with an offset spatula. Add one even layer of the After Eight Mint Chocolates directly on top of the batter. There should be no spaces between them, and you can cut some of them to fit into the corners snugly. Cocoa Fudge Mint Brownie Recipe -- These fudge-like brownies have a thin layer of delicate mint running through them . . . in the form of an After Eight Mint!
  6. Spread the remaining half of the batter on top of the candies evenly, and place the baking dish in the oven just until the batter is cooked all the way through and is set, about 40 minutes.
  7. Let the brownies cool in the pan for at least 45 minutes and then slice them into 2 dozen evenly sized pieces.

While I wish I could tell you Nestle sponsored this post, I’m just singing the praises of their oh-so-delicious After Eight Chocolate Mints because I love them. 🙂

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Comments

    • valentina says

      MMMMM is right, Dorothy! I am loving the sound out that Hershey’s bar! Thank you for the good thoughts! XOXO

  1. Doralece Dullaghan says

    Valentina,
    So sorry to hear about your parents. I can tell you that for my husband prayer and chemo are the best cocktail and I will keep your parents in my prayers as others have done for Bill and my mother who broke her hip. I will try these these brownies this weekend. They look delicious!!
    Hugs to you!!
    Doralece

    • valentina says

      Thank you so much Doralece. I love hearing from you and I have had you and Bill in my thoughts, too. What a fighter he is, and what a loving, wonderful family you have. Sending lots of love. (Hope you enjoy the brownies!) XOXO

  2. says

    My heart aches when I hear that your parents can’t be together. And the mint brownies, comfort food just when It’s needed the most! Stay strong and keep good thoughts during this most stressful time.

  3. says

    So glad to hear that your father is doing well! This must be – and must have been – an extremely hard time for you and your family.

    Not that I have a great mind, but am I allowed to say, “great minds think a like?” I made brownies the other day and stuff them with dark chocolate and mint Dove chocolates. Okay, they weren’t gluten-free, but they were really good!

    • valentina says

      You do have a great mind — and if I’m lumped in with you in the cooking department, than I have a great mind too! 🙂 Thanks for the kind words for my dad. xoxo

  4. says

    I was just thinking about you a day or so ago, and realizing I haven’t been to see him. I am relieved he’s had a turn for the better. The recipe looks amazing.

  5. says

    I’m sorry to hear that your dad has been in the hospital for 5 weeks – but, glad he’s finally on the mend. My dad used to love After 8 Thin mints so I am very familiar with them – but, I’ve never had them in quite such a delicious brownie – gosh this looks good – now am gonna have to add some chocolate chips to my oats to keep from eating my screen! 🙂

  6. says

    Right, I need to make these brownies. After Eighs are just the best. I was so into them as a kid I’d beg for the After Eight Easter Egg just so I could get hold of some, even though it meant a dark chocolate shell to contend with. I know I would love these squares with that complete layer of minty treasure at the centre.

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