Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Peppermint Brownies, Puppy

It’s 11:30 and I just realized that I owe the blog a post. Peppermint Brownies it is!!!

This is just about the easiest damn dessert ever. The only catch is that you MUST plan ahead!

Step 1: Go to the grocery store.

• Get a box of brownie mix (whatever kind is your favorite) for a 13x9 pan
• Get a bag of the bite-sized York Peppermint Patties, which will be in the candy aisle.
• As long as you're there, make sure you have the oil and eggs or whatever the box of brownie mix calls for (yes, I have forgotten that part!)

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Step 2: Follow the instructions on the box of brownie mix. I like the chewy brownies, so my personal preference is to follow the non-cake-like directions. YMMV. When I say “follow the instructions,” I mean including the baking instructions. Bake for however long the box tells you to.

Step 3: When your timer goes off to tell you that your brownies are finished baking, take them out of the oven. Leave the oven on (and closed).

Step 4: Put the bite-sized peppermint patties all over the top of the baked brownies.

Usually, I wind up with six rows of 4 patties on top with one patty left over (25/bag). I think my helper, who unwrapped the peppermint patties for me, took his fee in minty goodness.

Step 5: Put the whole shebang back in the oven for FIVE MINUTES.

Step 6: It’ll come back out of the oven looking much like the above picture, with the peppermint patties all melty. Now you are allowed to turn off the oven. :-) I promise your brownies will NOT be over-cooked

Step 7: Use a spatula of some sort so smear the melted peppermint patties all over the top of the brownies like this:

Step 8: This is the most important step! I’m not kidding! Let the whole thing cool overnight. It needs to be completely and totally room temperature, or it’ll be a mess to cut. Trust me.

So that’s it! I did a photo shoot for my latest knitty finished object this afternoon and that morphed into doing some looong overdue yard work. Which morphed into visiting with my favorite puppy. Since my camera was handy, I took some pictures of how big she has gotten!

Sidney, July 8, 2008:

Shots 2 and 3 are what I usually see from my favorite pup, as that’s her “scratch my tummy PLEEEEEEEEEEEEEEASE” position. Ain’t she cute? (and big!!)


floribunda said...

I love the expression on her face in #3! And can't wait to make some of those brownies... maybe just a small batch since DH is going out of town for 10 days! I wonder if I could freeze them?

Celtic Queen said...

Wow she looks like a chubby version of my dog. :) Not that she's chubby, just a different build. And I don't know if I can make those brownies. I'm not patient when it comes to eating fresh made brownies.

SJ said...

OMG, what happened to puppy Sidney! She's so big! (But still so cute!)

You're making these brownies for the next knit day at my place, right? ;-)

Jenn said...

"...took his fee in minty goodness," ha!

Yvonne said...

Wow is she getting big! I love the peppermint brownie tutorial. It's funny, sometimes we are on the same wavelength...I was going to post marshmallow mud square tutorial over the 4th and then my batteries were dead in the camera and I didn't have time to wait for them to charge. Ah, well. C'est la vie!

Jen said...

Oh my gosh - look at that face! :)

roxy =^o^= said...

Puppies & brownies make a day much better :D

floribunda said...

I beg to differ -- you don't need to let them sit overnight... just an hour or so until the minty stuff hardens up a bit. And they are very yummy! (is the one extra mint a consolation prize for having to wait until they cool a bit to cut into them?)

treesy said...

Hmmm, I'll have to try this. Another variation you might want to try is to put half your brownie batter in the pan, then layer the peppermint patties (peanut butter cups are good too) and top with the remaining batter. Bake as usual.