Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Créme de Menthe Brownies

Top of the morning to ya Lads and Lassies and Hooray for St. Patty's Day 2015! What better way to celebrate a holiday (or any day for that matter) than with some sweet treats? And nothing pairs together quite like chocolate and mint. I love chocolate in any form really, but my absolute favorite way to have mint is with a créme de menthe liquor. I knew I needed to figure out a way to merge these two loves and today seemed like the perfect time to debut the 
choclatey gooey minty goodness 
that is these brownies!  

Today, the women's club at my school is hosting a St. Patrick's Day Bake Sale. I don't typically bake during the week as my time is limited so it was great that I was able to quickly whip these up this morning! You guys I literally made these while I was running around working out and getting dressed this morning. They are so easy and quick. 

The Brownies: 
Brownie Ingredients:
3/4 cup flour 
1/2 butter 
1/2 cup unsweetened baking chocolate 
1/2 cup sugar 
1/2 cup brown sugar 
1/2 cup chocolate chips
3 eggs 
1 tsp baking powder 
1 tsp vanilla extract 
1/2 tsp peppermint extract (optional) 

Brownie Directions:
>>Preheat Oven to 350  
>>Line an 8X8 Pan with Parchment Paper OR simply Grease the pan. 
I prefer to use parchment paper because brownies never seem to want to come out of the pan. 
>>Bring a small amount of water to boil in a saucepan 
>>Place a glass or other heat safe bowl into the saucepan. It should hover over the water and not actually touch the bottom. 

>>Place baking chocolate and butter into the bowl. Allow it to melt and remove from heat 
>>Whisk sugar, brown sugar, baking soda, and eggs into the melted chocolate/butter mixture 
>>With a spatula, fold in the flour and chocolate chips 
>>Pour brownie mix into your 8X8 pan and bake for ~30 minutes 

*Allow the brownies to fully cool before frosting 

The Frosting: 
With an electric mixture, mix the following together: 
1 cup softened butter 
2 cups powdered sugar 
1/4 cup milk 
4 tbsp green créme de menthe 
2 tsp vanilla extract
green food coloring (optional) 

 I wanted this frosting to be on the liquidy side so that it would drizzle down the brownies, but it you would like a thicker frosting-simply add in additional powdered sugar until you reach your desired thickness. 

After frosting your cooled brownies, garnish with sprinkles and mini chocolate chips. 

While most of these went to their intended purpose, they were too too delicious to not keep a few for myself as study treats tonight-it's going to be a big party. Ha!

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