Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Grasshopper brownies

Easy easy!! I made this recipe when I had to bring a dessert to a holiday party at our 2 year old's daycare. This is the perfect thing to make when you feel too guilty to just pick something up at the store, don't have enough time to whip up something from scratch, and you want something that isn't too typical but will still be a crowd pleaser.

  • 1 family size box of brownie mix, plus additional ingredients (eggs, oil) as specified on the box
  • 10-oz bag of Andes Creme de Menthe baking chips (found by the chocolate chips...or you could chop up 10 oz of regular Andes mints)
  • Peppermint extract (make sure it is PEPPERMINT and not just MINT...unspecified mint could be spearmint, which is NOT going to work).
  • 1 tub of chocolate frosting

Prepare the brownie batter as the package directs. Stir in the entire bag of Andes baking pieces. Bake as directed.

Add one teaspoon of peppermint extract to the tub of frosting, and stir to combine. Frost brownies when cool.

And there you have it, grasshopper brownies. Doctored-up stuff from a box...just call me Sandra Lee!

(sidenote...ugh- not a Sandra Lee fan over here. But this recipe IS very "semi-homemade-y")


Kate said...

1st: I am so with you on Sandra Lee and her tablescapes. That said, I LOVE this! I mean, so much that if I go to the grocery store tonight (it's a toss-up), I will buy these ingredients and make it.

Kate said...

Okay, I made them! Sort of. My Kroger didn't have any Andes products or even plain mint chips. I made them with 1c. semi-sweet chocolate chunks and I chopped up about 6 York Peppermint Patties. Yumm-o as Rachael Ray says. I still want to make them your way. My coworkers who get the leftovers are going to love you!

Anonymous said...

Wow, Kate, you act fast! hehe.

Good idea with the Peppermint Patties. I don't think you can go wrong with a chocolate/mint combo.

kelli said...

I seem to remember reading in the comments of Swistle's post about mint brownies, that Andes mint chips are seasonal. Some places only stock them at Christmastime for baking.

I have been thinking about these all day. It is good I don't have a car tonight or I would be sabotaging my diet and going to get the ingredients too.

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Anonymous said...

I just went grocery shopping at Wal Mart tonight and saw that they carry the Andes baking pieces.

Mary Beth said...

How can I volunteer a recipe? My friend Shea posted this one on Facebook and it sounds GREAT if you want to post it sometime....

Tilapia and Almonds

1) Grind raw almonds into a powder (I used a coffee grinder) and mix with lots of shredded parmesan. Set aside. 2) Sprinkle garlic salt on fish. 3) Dust tilapia filets in flour. 4) Dip in beaten egg. 5) Roll in your almond mixture. 6) Pan saute in butter - yes - butter!! (ok, I mixed half butter and half olive oil). 7) Saute about 5 mins on each side and then check for doneness when the fish flakes with a fork.

I served it with spinach salad, steamed rice, and green beens stir fried in olive oil with a splash of sesame oil and with sesame seeds.