Recipe: Grasshopper Mint Brownies

So the other day, after all this horrible, awful snow that we’ve gotten, I wanted to bake.

I always want to bake, but being stuck once I get home really makes me want to bake. To create. Well, honestly, to eat. I really wanted to make a red velvet cake. It’s Mr. Chocolate’s favorite cake. He didn’t get one for his birthday. I decided I would make him one. As well, we were having dinner with his mom and I figured I’d take dessert. It was perfect!

As I was researching for recipes I got a text message from his mom asking if we had any powdered sugar. She had just taken her red velvet cake out of the oven & didn’t have enough powdered sugar to finish the frosting.

ARE YOU KIDDING ME?

Ok. Back to square one.

What in this world should I make now? Chocolate sounds amazing, as always. But another cake? Do we really need two cakes for dessert? I could just not make anything at all, but I really want to bake something. I’ve been bitten by the bug, and I won’t stop until I actually get in the kitchen.

I decided on brownies. But man, brownies can be so boring. Don’t get me wrong, I love brownies, and I have a good recipe I follow.  But just brownies, I want jazzed up. Exciting. Oh, I know!! I’ll make grasshopper mint brownies!

I searched Pinterest for ideas. How in this world do I make mint brownies?? I’ve had them before, often. It can’t be that hard to do. Right?? Have I gotten in over my head? Wow, all these recipes look like there are lots of steps. What in this world.

Ok, yes, these brownies do have several steps. But they are worth it. And the steps, not hard. I promise.

As always, I kind of suck at taking pictures while baking/cooking. But I rock at making messes, so it all equals out.

Here’s my one and only picture of these bad boys.

Grasshopper Mint Brownies

Grasshopper Mint Brownies

 

Brownies

3/4C Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
1/2t Baking Soda
2/3C Vegetable Oil
1/2C Boiling Water
2C White Sugar
2 Eggs
1 1/3C All Purpose Flour
1t Vanilla Extract
1/4t Salt

* Preheat the oven to 350. Spray a 9×13 pan with cooking spray that contains flour. I use Crisco brand.

* Stir together the cocoa powder & baking soda. I recommend sifting the cocoa powder, as mine was full of lumps & bumps. Add half of your vegetable oil (1/3 cup) and your boiling water, mix this until it is well mixed and it has thickened. Add in the 2 cups of sugar, the eggs, and the remaining 1/3 cup of oil.

* Mix in the flour, salt, and vanilla. I added my flour slowly in stages.

* Pour the mixture into your pan and bake for 35-40 minutes. Allow the brownies to cool before you ice them.

Mint Icing

2 1/3C Powdered Sugar
1T Peppermint Extract
3T Milk
1 stick Butter, softened
Green Food Coloring (optional)

* Beat the butter until smooth and fluffy.

* Slowly add in the powdered sugar in 1/3 cup increments. Alternate adding your milk after every 2-3 scoops of powdered sugar.

* Once your butter cream is smooth and creamy, add your food coloring until it comes to the perfect shade of green for your liking and your peppermint extract. I added about a full tablespoon before I really liked the flavor of it, but you may want to play around with it, adding a little at a time, until you like the flavor.

* After your brownies have cooled you can ice them. Plop all the lovely green frosting right on top of your brownies & spread out evenly. Let this set in the fridge for at least an hour, this step makes spreading the glaze on top way easier.

Chocolate Glaze

1C (heaping cup) Chocolate Chips
1 stick Butter

* Cut butter into smaller cubes. Place butter cubes & chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl. Microwave in 20-30 second intervals, stirring between each, until glaze is shiny and smooth. (It took me about 2-3 minutes).

* Pour the glaze on top of the frosted brownies. Use an off-set knife or spatula and spread evenly on top of the brownies.

* Place back in the fridge for at least 1 more hour. This hardens the glaze and makes them easier to eat.

 

So yes, they were pretty labor intensive, as far as how many steps were involved. But oh so worth it. And oh so yummy.

I even figured up the points values on these bad boys. I was terrified as I was figuring them up. That number was HUGE when it was still set for 1 serving. Oh my goodness, the panic. But I figured them for 48 servings.

48 servings – 4 Points Plus
24 servings – 8 Points Plus

Either way, amazing.

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Biggest Sweet Tooth on Record

It belongs to me.

I should know. I work in the dental field.

I can not get enough sweets right now. I’m craving them like its my job.

Don’t believe me? Last night I had 3 brownies and a piece of apple cake. Don’t judge me!

I also don’t know how to remedy this problem. And its made worse by the fact that I’m a stress baker. And I just love baking in general. So what did I do this weekend? I baked. Cookies and brownies. And let me just tell you, they were the best brownies I have ever made. Ever!

I did give away a large portion of the cookies I made. But I also ate plenty of them. And don’t get me started on the brownies. There’s still half a pan sitting in the kitchen. I will eat one (hopefully just one) tonight after class.

On top of my sweet tooth and being a stress baker, I’m a stress eater. And this part of it all is not going so well for me. As you can see from the 3 brownies & the slice of apple cake consumed yesterday. It’s like my body is saying “Eat it, no one will know.” And so I do. The other morning, while the one I love was up-stairs, slowly getting his butt out of bed, I ate 2 cookies. I knew we were going out to get breakfast. But I ate them anyway. And I didn’t tell him, because I didn’t want him to judge me. Seriously!

Am I secret eating again? And why? The one I love doesn’t care if I eat. I promise. He likes the fact that I’m not a skinny girl.

But why am I feeling the need to do this again? What is wrong with me? I’ll try to find excuses to be allowed to eat. “Oh, we’re not going out for another hour, but I’m hungry now. I’ll just have this brownie… or 2, or 3.” I need to stop this. I don’t know how. And more importantly, I don’t know why I’m doing this again. It’s like I’m trying to self-sabotage my WLJ. I’m turning to food when I’m bored/lonely/excited/etc. Like last night, I was rewarding myself with brownies & cake for each chapter I finished reading for homework. Seriously! Who does that?? Finish a chapter, have a brownie! Finish for the night, have 2! Yeah, it was that kind of night.

So tonight’s goal is only 1 brownie. Finishing my homework and having a brownie. One. One single, lonely, brownie.

It’s going to be a hard night.