Sunday, March 16, 2008

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Hey, those brownies look like an Andes that looks like a brownie that looks like an Andes! lol

Over the weekend I became rather festive and decided to make Mint Chocolate Brownies with Green Frosting as an ode to St. Patrick's Day. The turn out? Yum! I only ate one of them (a girl has to watch her figure, you know!) and I made my DH take the rest of them to the j.o.b to share with co-worker's (they've now come to expect this, lol). We're nowhere near being Irish but that doesn't mean we can't celebrate!

Mint Chocolate Brownies

1/2 cup butter (1 stick)
4 oz. unsweetened chocolate
1 1/2 cups sugar
3 eggs
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp salt

Mint Frosting
1/4 cup softened butter
2 1/2 cups confectioners sugar
1 1/2 to 3 tbsp milk
1/2 tsp peppermint extract
Green food coloring

Chocolate Topping
3/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips
3 tablespoons butter

1. Heat the oven to 350° and spray an 8-inch square baking pan with nonstick spray. Place the butter and chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl and microwave for about 45 seconds. Stir until smooth. In a separate bowl, whisk sugar and eggs together. Add vanilla extract and chocolate. Stir in the dry ingredients until mixed thoroughly. Pour into baking pan, then bake for 25-30 minutes or until a knife inserted in the middle comes out clean. Cool completely.

2. To make the mint frosting, cream the butter and confectioners sugar. Add the milk 1 tablespoon at a time and beat until smoot. Add peppermint extract and tint to the desired shade with green food coloring. Frost the cooled brownies, cover, and chill in refrigerator for 1 hour.

3. To make the chocolate topping, pour the chips into a microwave-safe bowl, add the butter, and microwave on high for 1 1/2 minutes or until the chocolate melts. Stir until smooth. Pour the chocolate over the brownies and smooth it with a spatula. Refrigerate for 1 hour or until the coating hardens.

4. Bring the brownies to room temperature, then cut into squares.

The horrible disfiguring accident:

I know that most of us celebrated the holiday over the weekend so, Happy Recovery!

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