Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Mint Brownies from Mama

Well, my gift tins have been put together and just await delivery! The first recipe I will share is one that my mom does. She calls it Christmas Mint Brownie. It is a layered dessert that any chocolate lover will really want to eat and it even adds some color to your dessert plate. The brownie base is a dense, fudgy, cakey (I know...HOW can it be all three...I don't know, it just is!!!) brownie. The recipe doesn't say cake flour, but for some reason, I thought it did...SO I used cake flour. It turned out fine, so if you wanted to use AP flour, go for it; if you wanted to use cake flour, go for it! Just make the brownies!!!! Okay, back to this wonderful and rich dessert. After allowing the brownie to cool, you top it with a mint flavored icing type topping. This is then spread over the brownie and then cooled. After cooling, a chocolate topping is spread over and chilled again. When you cut these brownies, you have a wonderful layered brownie with just a punch of green! It's the perfect combination of chocolate and mint. Hey, it can serve as your chocolate and after-dinner mint! WooHoo! Since it's so festive and green, this is a great dessert for Christmas...so I'm sending it to FoodBlogga and her Christmas cookie event. Check out the MANY cookies and bars that are there. You may find what you want to make....if you don't make this first! :-) Christmas Mint Brownie
Cake:
1 cup flour
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup softened margarine/butter (1 stick)
4 eggs
1 1/2 cups (16 oz.) Hersheys syrup ( this does come in a can)

Mix, beat until smooth. Pour in a greased 13X9 pan. Bake at 350 for 25-30 minutes. Cool COMPLETELY. MINT:
2 cups confectioner's sugar
1/2 cup softened margarine (NOT the light version...this will NOT work, it separates!!!)
1 Tablespoon water
1/2-1 teaspoon peppermint extract
3 drops green food coloring

Mix until smooth. Spread over cooled cake and CHILL. Topping:
6 T butter/margarine
1 cup chocolate chips

Melt over low heat and let cool. Pour over filling, cover, and chill for at least an hour. After you make this, you can chill until ready to serve. Cut in small squares or even triangles for something different!

10 comments:

Peabody said...

Those would be great for Christmas! Yum.

Susan from Food Blogga said...

It's barely 4 am right now, and I'm salivating over these brownies. They are the most fudgy, moist brownies ever, Claire! Hats off to you and your mom! Cheers, Susan

Alisha (Cook. Craft. Enjoy) said...

Although all your goodies look fabulous, those bars look awesome! I'm going to have to give them a try.

eatme_delicious said...

Oh those look so good. I told my boyfriend about them (since he's a mint chocolate lover) and he was excited. I'll definitely be trying them!

Claire said...

Peabody - They are...thanks!

Susan - Chocolate mint for breakfast...it would get rid of morning breath! ;-) Thanks!

Alisha - I hope you like them!

Eatme - Yay!!! I hope he enjoys them. I'd go ahead and use the full teaspoon of peppermint extract for him, then!

gail@more than a song said...

Oooh I'm drooling, I'm a fan of mint almost anything! But with chocolate, be still my heart! Looks very good.

Miss Scarlett said...

I HEART chocolate mint anything. I just made the Peppermint Cookies & Creme brownies that were all the buzz in the Food Blog world here in the last few weeks. The ones using Trader Joe's Peppermint Joe Joe's cookies. As awesome as the peppermint cookie recipe is, I must say - I do like that layer of green mint filling. Reminds me of the mint brownies at Starbucks (which are okay...but so not worth the calories!) Yours look better!

Claire said...

Gail - I actually like chocolate and mint together better than chocolate alone!

Miss Scarlett - We don't have Trader Joe's so I guess I didn't pay attention to that recipe. I also don't go to Starbucks much (I know...sheltered...actually, too much time at the hospital!), so I haven't seen their brownies! Glad you thought these looked good.

Jane said...

You know that I HAVE to try these!
:)

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