Fig-Mint Brownies

1 1/2 Cups All Purpose Flour

1 Teaspoon Salt

1/4 Cup Dutch-Processed Cocoa Powder

1/4 Cup Lightly Packed Fresh Mint Leaves, Finely Minced

1/2 Teaspoon Instant Coffee Powder

1/4 Teaspoon Baking Powder

1 1/2 Cups Granulated Sugar

1 1/4 Cups Dried Black Mission Figs, Chopped

1/2 Cup Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips

10 Ounces Bittersweet Chocolate, Finely Chopped

2/3 Cup Canola Oil

1/2 Cup Dark Brown Sugar, Firmly Packed

1 Cup Vegan Sour Cream or Greek-Style Yogurt

1 Teaspoons Vanilla Extract

1/4 Teaspoon Peppermint Extract

Preheat your oven to 325 degrees, and lightly grease a 9 x 13-inch baking dish.

In a large bowl, sift together the flour, salt, and cocoa. Toss in the minced fresh mint, instant coffee, baking powder, and granulated sugar, mixing together thoroughly. Add in the chopped figs and chocolate chips, and toss to coat in the dry mixture. This will help prevent them from sinking to the bottom of your brownies during baking.

Place the chopped chocolate and oil in a separate, microwave-safe bowl, and heat for about 60 seconds. Stir vigorously, and continue to heat at intervals of 30 seconds, stirring well each time, until the chocolate is completely melted and smooth. Mix in the brown sugar, sour cream or yogurt, and vanilla and peppermint extracts.

Let the chocolate cool for a few minutes so that it doesn’t melt your chips, and then pour that wet mixture into the dry. Stir just enough to bring the batter together into a thick, fudgy mass, and transfer it into your prepared pan. Press it out into one even layer. Scatter the quartered sandwich cookies over the top, and press them gently.

Bake for 45 - 50 minutes, until the top no longer looks glossy and is somewhat crackled, and the edges are firm. Do not be alarmed if it still seems extremely wet. Let cool fully and completely. Blot any excess oils off with paper towel if necessary before slicing.

Makes 16 - 24 Brownies

©Hannah Kaminsky