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December 19, 2016
3 Must-Have Mint Chocolate Desserts

3 Must-Have Mint Chocolate Desserts

The Hood Answer Mom, Elizabeth M. Ward, M.S., R.D.

I have a thing for mint chocolate desserts, especially around the holidays.  My affinity for that particular flavor combination probably dates back to making mint chocolate brownies as a kid every year with my mother. The brownies were always part of the cookie gift plates she took such time to plan and arrange as gifts for our neighbors and relatives.

If you’re as enthusiastic about chocolate and mint pairings as I am, you you will love these Dark Chocolate Brownies with Peppermint Whipped Cream for their great taste as well as their simplicity.  Chances are, you already have the ingredients in your kitchen. This festive dessert is perfect for when you don’t have much time to devote to baking.

Here are two more of my go-to mint chocolate dessert recipes: 

Mint and Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies are perfect for people who prefer a hint of mint and a more pronounced chocolate flavor. Kids love to help make these, and they especially enjoy rolling the dough into balls and making the thumbprint in the middle just before baking. Instant espresso powder intensifies the chocolate, but it’s OK to leave it out or use the decaffeinated kind to prevent an energy surge in small children. 

Mint Chocolate Brownies number among the more elegant of holiday goodies.  The brownie bottom is homemade, but you can use a mix to save time and they will turn out just fine. The mint cream is to die for, and the ganache topping, a simple combination of butter, chocolate, and Hood Heavy Cream, helps to make these brownies even more special.  


Elizabeth M. Ward

Elizabeth M. Ward

Elizabeth M. Ward, M.S., R.D., is a writer, nutrition consultant, and mother of three. She is the author of several books, including MyPlate for Moms, How to Feed Yourself & Your Family Better and Expect the Best, Your Guide to Healthy Eating Before, During, & After Pregnancy . Ward is also a contributing writer for Muscle & Fitness Hers and Men's Fitness magazines.

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