Monday, November 24, 2008

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Here's a recipe I make for every holiday:

We call them "Green Brownies", but we're weird like that. Hershey's calls them "Chocolate Mint Dessert". I think I cut this out of an old Family Circle or Woman's Day magazine. The original recipe calls for a whole layer of chocolate topping. I cut it down to a drizzle and I think it's just right.

Green Brownies

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup softened butter or margarine
  • 4 eggs
  • 1-1/2 cup chocolate syrup

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Spray 9"x 13" pan with cooking spray. In large mixer bowl combine all the above ingredients until smooth. Pour into prepared pan; bake 25 to 30 minutes or until top springs back when lightly touched. Cool completely in pan. You could do this the day before & refrigerate until ready to frost. Frost with:

Mint Butter Cream Frosting

  • 2 cups confectioners sugar
  • 1/2 cup softened butter or margarine
  • 1 TBSP water
  • 1/2 to 3/4 tsp mint extract
  • 3 drops green food color

In small bowl, combine all ingredients and beat until smooth. Top cake layer to edges. Then decorate with:

Chocolate Drizzle

  • 2 TBSP butter or margarine
  • 1/3 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Microwave on medium for 20 seconds at a time in a small micro-wavable cup or bowl, stirring with a fork each interval, until chips are completely melted and combined with butter. Pour into a small zipper baggie, and cut about 1/8" off corner. Drizzle your brownies back & forth, in a decorative manner. Chill in refrig until ready to eat. Cut into small squares, about 1-1/2" square. These are unexpectedly rich and satisfying, so little is the way to go.

These are good cold, room temperature, and even frozen! (For those who store leftovers in the freezer to minimize snacking- yeah- riiiight!)

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