Thursday, December 15, 2011

Peppermint Brownies

Yucky is the only word to describe this day:
* Up since 4am with sick 2-year-old (unknown virus causing fever and crankiness)
* Pouring rain
* Sick 2-year-old who woke up over 3 hours earlier than normal STILL won't nap!

Fortunately, these brownies are pure yumminess.

They are not particularly healthy, but I made them for the teachers' appreciation lunch at Big A's school tomorrow and I figured if anyone deserves a little indulgence, it's the teachers.

1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup butter
1 cup sugar
2 large eggs
1 tsp peppermint extract
1 cup whole wheat flour
2 tbls good quality pure cocoa powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt


1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 tbls coconut oil or butter
1/2 tsp peppermint extract

Place chips and butter in heat safe bowl set over simmering water and melt. Remove from heat and stir until smooth. Let cool slightly. Whisk in sugar, eggs and peppermint. In a smaller bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa, soda and salt. Stir dry ingredients into wet and mix just until combined. Scrape batter into a greased 9x9 square pan and spread evenly. Bake at 350F for 16-18 minutes. Do not overbake.

For glaze, melt chips, oil/butter and extract in heat safe bowl over simmering water. Remove from heat and pour over cooled brownies, spreading evenly over the entire top surface. Refrigerate until glaze is set and then cut into squares. Makes 16 brownies. Extras (if there are any!) can be frozen.

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