The Deen Bros. Lighter Creme de Menthe Brownies

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The Deen Bros. Lighter Creme de Menthe Brownies

By Bobby and Jamie Deen

The Deen Bros. Lighter Crème de Menthe Brownies

160 Fewer Calories
11g Less Fat

3/4 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa
2 teaspoons instant coffee granules
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
4 tablespoons butter, melted
2 tablespoons hot water
16 pieces crème de menthe thins candy, coarsely chopped (1/2 cup) (Andes Creme de Menthe thins)
1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1/4 cup fat-free half-and-half

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line the bottom and sides of an 8-inch square baking pan with aluminum foil, allowing 2 to 3 inches to extend over sides; lightly spray the foil with nonstick spray.

Combine the flour, baking powder, and salt in a small bowl. Combine the cocoa and coffee granules in another small bowl. Whisk the eggs and vanilla in large bowl. Whisk in the granulated sugar, brown sugar, melted butter, and hot water until well mixed. Add the cocoa mixture, whisking until blended. Stir in the flour mixture, then the chopped candy, until blended. 

Scrape the batter into the pan; spread evenly. Bake until a toothpick inserted two inches from the side of the pan out with moist crumbs clinging, about 20 minutes.  Do not overbake. Cool in the pan on a rack 20 minutes. Lift the brownies from pan, using foil sides as handles. Gently remove the foil. Cool at least 1 hour.

To make the glaze, combine the chocolate chips and half-and-half in a small microwavable bowl. Microwave on High for 45 seconds, stirring, until the mixture is melted and smooth. Let the glaze cool 10 minutes or until thickened. Spoon the glaze over the brownies. Cool until the glaze is set, at least 30 minutes. Cut into 16 squares.

Servings: 16
Prep Time: 10 min
Cook Time: 25 min
Difficulty: Easy

Per Serving: (1 square) 149 Cal; 2 g Protein; 6 g Tot Fat; 3 g Sat Fat; 2 g Mono Fat; 25 g Carb; 2 g Fiber; 13 g Sugar; 18 mg Calcium; 1 mg Iron; 36 mg Sodium; 32 mg Cholesterol

Test Kitchen Tip: If you’ve ever made a mess cutting brownies – and who hasn’t? – use a plastic knife. It works like a charm. It won’t tear the brownies and you’ll get a nice smooth cut. Who knew?

Original recipe courtesy Paula Deen: Creme de Menthe Brownies

Lightened Up recipe courtesy of The Deen Brothers and the Paula Deen Test Kitchen

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