March 17, 2012

{St. Patty’s Day}

Mmmmm… St. Patrick’s Day.

To me that means delicious corned beef & red potatoes (we don’t much care for cabbage here)!

This was a pretty low key day as we really didn’t do much celebrating. No crafts…and we didn’t even wear green!

But we did enjoy a delicious meal of corned beef, red potatoes, green beans, rolls, lime sherbet/sprite drinks and the best brownies I’ve had a in a long time. Seriously…these were yummy!

Make them & see for yourself:


Layer 1:

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. water
  • 1/4 cup fudge ice cream topping
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 cup cocoa
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips

Layer 2:

  • 1 tub vanilla ready to spread frosting
  • 1/2 tsp. peppermint extract
  • Few drops green food coloring

Layer 3:

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. cocoa
  • 1-1/2 Tbsp. water
  • 2 Tbsp. butter
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In heavy saucepan, melt butter with brown sugar and water. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly, and boil for 1 minute. Remove from heat and blend in fudge topping with wire whisk. Add sugar, beating well. Then add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.

Add flour, baking powder, salt, and cocoa and mix well. Stir in 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips. Spray bottom of 9x9" square cake pan with baking spray containing flour. Spread batter evenly in prepared pan. Bake at 350 degrees F for 20-25 minutes or until just set. Cool completely.

In small bowl combine frosting, green food coloring, and mint extract and beat well until frosting is evenly colored. Spread over brownies in pan.

In medium bowl, combine powdered sugar and cocoa and mix with wire whisk. In microwave safe bowl, combine 2 Tbsp. butter and 1-1/2 Tbsp. water and microwave for 30-45 seconds until butter melts. Add to powdered sugar mixture and beat with wire whisk until smooth. Stir in vanilla. You may need to add more water to reach a pouring consistency. Then carefully pour this frosting over the green frosting and gently spread to cover. Don't worry if some of the chocolate frosting mixes with the green frosting; that just looks pretty!

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