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Antaeus Test Kitchen: Mint Julep Brownies

The Kentucky Derby may be postponed from its usual May to September, but that does not mean you can’t still celebrate, at-home style. Director of Development Alice Dutton shares her recipe for Mint Julep Brownies, inspired by the official drink of the Kentucky Derby – a mint julep.


Brownie Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 C sugar
  • 5 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 2 eggs + 1 egg yolk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp Kentucky bourbon*
  • 3/4 C unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/3 C vegetable oil
  • 1/2 C all-purpose flour
  • 1/8 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch (or tapioca starch)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3/4 C chocolate chips

Topping Ingredients

  • 1 C heavy cream
  • 3 tbsp powdered sugar
  • 1 tbsp Kentucky bourbon*
  • 1 tsp mint oil



  1. Preheat oven to 325°F.
  2. Cut butter into small chunks and place in a microwave safe container. Add sugar and microwave for 1 minute. Whisk eggs separately, then combine with melted butter and sugar. Add vanilla extract, bourbon and oil, and whisk to combine.
  3. In a separate bowl, sift cocoa powder and flour, then add in baking powder, salt and cornstarch, and stir to combine. Pour the dry ingredients into the wet, combine with a rubber spatula, and stir for a couple of extra minutes to help the dough develop gluten (to make it extra chewy). Then stir in chocolate chips.
  4. Prep an 8-inch metal pan with parchment paper or aluminum foil and spray with nonstick cooking spray. Pour batter evenly into the pan, and then (optionally) gently sprinkle an additional tablespoon of sugar across the top to glaze. Place in the oven, and bake for 25-30 minutes, or to your preferred level of done-ness. After removing the brownies, let them cool in the pan for at least an hour before cutting and serving.
  5. For the topping: Add cream, sugar, bourbon and mint oil to a mixing bowl. Use a hand mixer on a medium setting for about 2 minutes, until peaks begin to form. Add the topping to your cut brownies with a spoon or a piping bag, and garnish with a mint leaf. Enjoy!

* If you’re sharing these brownies with kids, or anyone avoiding alcohol, you can skip the bourbon and leave the rest of the recipe unchanged. PSA: Alcohol doesn’t fully cook out of baked goods unless you bake them for hours! So even without the topping, these brownies still contain alcohol when they come out of the oven.


+ Mint Julep Brownie recipe is a modified version of: https://www.handletheheat.com/chewy-brownies/

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