December 22nd, 2003

crane

My Mother-in-Law's Great Christmas Mint Brownies

These are extremely simple to make, even with all the steps that are involved. They're really worth the doing.

Melt together
3 oz unsweetened chocolate
3/4 cup butter (1 1/2 sticks)
(I nuke the chopped chocolate with the butter for 30 seconds and then 15 second increments until I can stir it smooth) let cool, until it won't cook the eggs instantly.

Beat together
3 eggs
1 1/2 cup sugar
3/4 cup chopped nuts (whatever you like in brownies)
3/4 cup flour

Mix the chocolate mixture in with the egg mixture, and then turn into a well greased (or line it with buttered parchment) 9x13 pan. Spread evenly. Bake at 350 for 25 minutes. Remove from oven, let cool until room temperature.

With a hand or stand mixer beat together
2 1/2 cup powdered sugar
4 Tbs. room temperature (softened but not melted) butter
3 Tbs. milk
1 1/4 tsp. peppermint flavoring
5 drops green food coloring
Until it resembles pale green frosting. Spread it over the brownie base. Put the whole thing in the refrigerator for 15 minutes.

Melt together
1/2 cup chocolate chips (I like semi to bitter-sweet)
3 Tbs. butter

And drizzle over the chilled frosting and gently spread the chocolate glaze evenly over everything. Leave it out at room temperature until the glaze has set, but not hardened, then cut. This is so you don't crack the glaze over all the brownies when cutting them. They can then be chilled until firm, and then re-cut and lifted from the pan. OR, if you've lined it with parchment paper, pull the whole block out when still at room temp, and use a pizza cutter to cut them into squares. Then chill before stacking the squares. These keep best if refrigerated.
crane

Weekend

We made cookies over the weekend. Four batches of 'em, peanut butter, almond tea cookies, the mint brownies, and chocolate haystacks (Jet's still begging for marshmellows). Half to go to church, for John's contribution. The other half go to my co-workers in green and red bundles of plastic wrap. I'm going a bit cheaper, this year, for my co-worker gifts. The pecan clusters of last year were very much appreciated, but they set us back a bit.

In the afternoon, we went to Boulder, and did a little shopping. We wandered around the light-covered Pearl Street Walking Mall, had dinner at the Mongolian BBQ, and then wandered some more. We then hit Toys R Us, and Jet was so happy to just play with the trains, various gifts were bought and stowed in the truck for wrapping when they got home and he got to sleep.

Sunday was cookies for the morning, then a nap in the afternoon, and then John took us all to a new development to wander through the houses and look at them. I like doing that for ideas. Jet loves climbing all the stairs, discovering the kids' rooms, and generally getting to play in a house that's not his. It's a great way for him to figure out that a different house isn't a scary place, and that it's okay to go wandering around a bit to figure out where he is and see what there is. John just wanted to see what there was to see. He's getting mildly itchy feet again. A good thing, as that's when things happen around here.