August 14, 2007

Peppermint Brownies and Peppermint Frosting

I promised--promised--I would post this Peppermint Brownies recipe to help ease El-e-e's chocolate mint pregnancy craving, and WHERE THE HELL HAS IT BEEN? Lolling indolently in my recipe box, too fat to move, that's where.

Peppermint Brownies
24 small (1.5-inch) peppermint patties (13 oz bag)
1.5 cups (3 sticks) butter, melted
3 cups sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla
5 eggs
2 cups flour
1 cup cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt

My god, can you believe those ingredients? Don't think about it. Just avert your eyes as you preheat your oven to 350 degrees F and grease a 9x13 pan. Ha ha, this recipe actually clarifies that you should remove the wrappers from the peppermint patties! Yes, go ahead and do that so you don't FORGET and put them in WRAPPED.

Mix together the melted (unwrapped!) butter, the sugar, and the vanilla. Add eggs and mix until well-blended. Add salt, baking powder, cocoa, and flour; blend well (and CAREFULLY, remembering that cocoa powder wants nothing more than to live on your walls and ceiling).

Put 2 cups of batter in a bowl and set aside. Put remaining batter evenly in pan. Arrange patties in a 4x6 pattern over batter (not touching the pan) and press down so that tops of patties are roughly level with batter. Spread reserved 2 cups of batter over top.

Bake 50-55 minutes or until brownies begin to pull away from sides of pan. Cool completely in pan on wire rack. Top with Peppermint Frosting if your heart can take it.

Peppermint Frosting
4 tablespoons butter, softened
generous 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
generous dash salt
2 and 2/3 cups powdered sugar
3 tablespoons milk (little more if necessary)

(The weird measurements are because I got this from another recipe which was for an 8x8 baked item, so I increased the quantities but they didn't come out nice and even.)

Cream butter, peppermint extract, and salt. Gradually add half the powdered sugar, creaming until light. Add remaining sugar, and the milk. Beat until smooth.


JayJenny said...

Mmm, those sounds delish!

el-e-e said...

Holy cats, those look sinful. PERFECT!

The funny thing about all this is that my husband is one of those people who loathe the combination of mint + chocolate. Weirdo.

Mrs. M said...

good grief you're killing me over here! my heart can't even take reading that. I'm going to the grocery this weekend! YUM!

Tessie said...

"too fat to move". HEE!

Seriously, THREE (3) sticks of butter and THREE (3) cups of sugar? Count me in!

Devan said...

Those sound SO good. I must click away now, because 3 STICKS of butter! Oh yum. I mean, bad! Bad butter. And chocolate... mmmmm

Great, now I've drooled on my keyboard.

Melissa H said...

Are you SURE you have to unwrap the butter? I find the wax paper gives my brownies a delightful texture ;)

Thanks for sharing the funniest recipe i've read in a long time (and I don't even like chocolate/mint foods much) :)

LoriD said...

If you now tell me that peppermint patties are seasonal, I might just curl up in a ball and hibernate until mint chocolate season.

Swistle said...

I like to make this recipe at Christmastime, because it makes SO MUCH, even I don't want the whole pan. I eat HALF the pan and cut the other half up into yummy brownielettes for other people.

LoriD-- Worry not! I saw the York peppermint patties at Target just yesterday.

Jenny H. said...

I amy have just had a teeny,tiny "o" reading that recipe.


You know I am gonna have to try them this week. Which will be good since mu hubby is out of town for three weeks... TMI?

Katie said...

Oh man. I just felt my waistband snap. Yum. I think these would be great at Christmas time!

Pixie said...

I think I gained 5 pounds just reading that! I will be making those thins weekend while my husband whines and complains about how we shouldn't have junk food in the house since we are trying to lose weight blah, blah ,blah. Then he will eat most of the pan himself.

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Jen said...

Oh my, Swistle. I just made these (how can one see a recipe that calls for 3 [3!] sticks of butter and not make it?) and they are Divine. I've been eyeing your blog from Katie's, and I am now officially glad I did.