Saturday, August 15, 2015

Chocolate Mint Brownie


1 cup butter
8 oz coarsely chopped semi-sweet chocolate
1 1/2 cups sugar
4 eggs
2 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup plus 3 T flour
1/4 cup cocoa 

Melt chocolate and butter in microwave in 30 second intervals, stirring in between each interval until chocolate and butter are smooth.  Cool 10 minutes.

Line a 9X13" pan with parchment paper leaving an overhang on the edges.  

Whisk sugars into cooled chocolate mixture.  Add eggs, one at a time, whisking well after each addition.  Whisk in vanilla.  Fold in remaining dry ingredients and whisk until smooth.  Pour batter into 9X13" pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes.

Mint Frosting:

1/2 cup butter, softened
2 cup powdered sugar
2 T milk
1 1/4 tsp peppermint extract
1 drop green food coloring

Beat butter until smooth and creamy.  Add powdered sugar and milk.  Beat on low for 2 minutes; then beat on high for 1 more minute.  Add peppermint extract and food coloring (if desired) and beat an additional minute. Frost brownies and refrigerate 1-4 hours.  This allows the chocolate layer to go on more easily.

Chocolate Layer:

1/2 cup butter
1 heaping cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Microwave in 30 second intervals; stirring after each interval.  Once melted and stirred smooth, spread over chilled mint layer using an off-set spatula.  Refrigerate.  Pull brownies out by the parchment paper and cut.  I like to remove mine from the refrigerator about 15-20 minutes prior to cutting.  Store in refrigerator.  

If you love mint - these are for you!!!

Monday, August 10, 2015

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Bars

1 cup butter 
2 cups sugar
1/2 cup peanut butter
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
2 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup or more semi-sweet chocolate chips

Melt butter and brown sugar together in pot on stove top stirring until melted.  Turn off heat and add peanut butter.  Stir until smooth and allow to cool.

Combine flour, baking powder, and baking soda in large bowl and set aside.

Add eggs to the butter and sugar mixture stirring well to blend.  Add vanilla and stir well.  Add flour mixture to butter and sugar mixture stirring until well combined.  Stir in chocolate chips (leaving some for sprinkling on top of batter).  

Spoon batter into a 9X13" greased pan.  Using an offset spatula spread batter to edges of pan.  Sprinkle with remaining chocolate chips and bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes.  Allow to cool before cutting into squares.  I cut my pan 4 rows by 6 rows - this will give you 24 bars.