It's Girl Scout cookie season! My favorite time of the year for cookies! I bought a box of Thin Mints (and maybe a few more) from my niece this year. Although Thin Mints are so tasty they can easily be enjoyed on their own, I decided to incorporate them into this Thin Mint Brownie Trifle. Oh yes, that's right-I folded Thin Mints into the brownie batter to give them an extra minty flavor. Then I scooped some mint chocolate chip ice cream on top, drizzled chocolate sundae topping over the ice cream, and garnish the dessert with (what else?!) a Thin Mint cookie. I placed my brownies into mini trifle dishes, but a 4 inch deep bowl works just as well. These brownies are very "cake like" so they will rise quite a bit. But don't be alarmed by their size. Once they melt with the ice cream and chocolate sundae topping, they turn softer and more "fudge like."
These Thin Mint Trifles are not only putting me in the cookie mood, they're getting me pumped for St. Patty's day, too. Anything green and minty and chocolatey is right up my ally! I might need to hit my niece up for a few more boxes before March is over! Here's how I made this decadent dessert:
1 cup flour; 1 cup granulated sugar; 1 cup cocoa powder; 1/4 tsp. baking soda; 4 eggs; 1 cup vegetable oil; 1 stick unsalted butter; 10 Thin Mint cookies, broken into quarters; mint chocolate chip ice cream; 1 jar chocolate sundae topping
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease an 8x8 pan or line with parchment paper. Using the paddle attachment of an electric mixer, cream the butter and sugar. Add the eggs, one at a time. In a medium size mixing bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, and cocoa powder. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients. Mix on low speed for 30 seconds. Move to medium speed and mix until combined. Use a spatula to fold in cookies. Pour batter into the pan
Bake for 30-40 minutes, or until edges are set and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. When brownies are cooled, cut into 4 large squares. Place into the bottom of mini-trifle dishes or 4 inch deep bowls. Scoop a generous scoop of ice cream over top of each brownie. Place sundae topping into a piping bag fitted with a round decorating tip (or you can use a spoon). Drizzle sundae topping over the top of each trifle. Garnish with a Thin Mint.