Today's recipe is another new one. I have only tested it on myself and 6 kids who are currently wrapped up in decorating gingerbread houses, but the report is that they are a success for all of us! They are extremely rich, so cut these in small squares. (And coming from me, that says a lot!!) So, here you go:
Dark Chocolate Creme de Menthe Frosted Brownies
1 cup softened butter
1 3/4 cups sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1 1/4 cup flour
3/4 cup dark chocolate baking cocoa
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 (10 oz.) bag Andes Creme de Menthe baking chips
these yummy little chips totally melt into the brownie. not seen, but powerfully tasted!
In a large bowl, beat sugar and butter together until creamy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each. Add vanilla, mix well. Combine flour, cocoa and baking powder. Add to butter mixture and beat until smooth. Stir in Andes chips.
Spread into a 9x13 pan that has been sprayed with nonstick cooking spray. Bake at 350 for 35 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
Cool in pan on wire rack. When cool, make frosting:
2 cups sifted powdered sugar
1/2 cup butter, melted
1/3 cup dark chocolate cocoa powder
2 TBSP milk
1 tsp. vanilla
Combine all together and beat at high speed until spreading consistency. Spread over cooled brownies.
To garnish, shave some Andes mints with your potato peeler.
Now, for the "12+" part. Alex really wanted me to put my egg nog recipe in here, but it's not really baking and I am not making it until Christmas Eve, so I have no pictures. But just as a Christmas gift to him, I will throw it in for good measure. Now, I cannot stand egg nog out of a carton. Really, the smell alone makes me recoil. But the homemade stuff is a whole different story. When you see what goes into it, you'll understand why!!
1 cup sugar
1 can Eagle brand sweetened condensed milk
4-6 egg yolks
4 TBSP vanilla
1/2 gallon (good quality) vanilla ice cream
1 gallon milk
nutmeg, to taste
Place all ingredients in a large pot. Heat on stove, stirring constantly, until mixture comes almost to a boil but not bubbly. Remove from heat and let cool. Refrigerate for a few hours so it's well-chilled. My kids are counting on this Christmas morning with the homemade cinnamon rolls...yummy stuff. You can also serve it in a punchbowl, as demonstrated by Clark Griswold. Spiking optional. Wally World Moose Cups also optional.