Tonight, I took a chance and tried something new. It worked out really very well, if I do say so myself.
First, I made brownies. I used my go-to brownie recipe that never fails, even when I try.
What I did differently tonight is to spread half the batter into the pan before I unwrapped some mini York Peppermint Patties and threw them into the pan before coving them up with the rest of the batter. I baked this for 25 minutes at 350, then added a few drops of peppermint extract to the chocolate glaze before topping them off.
Yum, is all I can say. I think I've figured out what I'm going to make for this year's Christmas baking exchange.
1/2 cup butter
1 cup white sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 cup flour
1/4 tsp baking powder
- Preheat oven @350
- grease/flour your 8x8 pan
- Melt butter, and set aside to cool a little
- In a separate bowl, mix sugar, eggs and vanilla.
- Add melted butter.
- Add flour, cocoa and baking powder
- Spread into pan - bake for 25-30 minutes
Once the brownies come out of the oven, make a chocolate glaze with ~3 tbsp melted butter, 3 tbsp cocoa powder, a tbsp of honey, a tsp of vanilla, a cup of icing sugar and a few tbsp of milk. Mix it all together and pour on top of still-warm brownies. Let cool.
Another Note - I never measure for glazes, so these are estimates.
Last note for now - I skipped the vanilla entirely when I made the peppermint version of this.
Ok, last note, I promise - If you eat more than 1/16th of this recipe in a sitting, you're almost guaranteed to gain 10 pounds. You might choose to take this risk, but if you do, please don't try to claim that I didn't warn you.