Dressed Up Peppermint Brownies {Gooseberry Patch}

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Dressed up Peppermint Brownies from Serving Joyfully

I was very excited to get my Gooseberry Patch Hometown Christmas cookbook recently. As always, I couldn’t wait to flip through it and read the recipes, tips, and stories. The recipe I’m going to share with you today is a real winner!  Everyone in our family loved it, and it would also be perfect to take to potlucks or Christmas parties, since it’s very festive looking.

The original recipe called for green food coloring and mint-extract, but I’m not a fan of food coloring and I knew I was going to add some of these Andes baking pieces to the top, so I left out the food coloring.

Dressed Up Peppermint Brownies

What you need:

For the brownies:
3/4 cup butter
3/4 cup cocoa
2 cups sugar
3 eggs, beaten
1 t. vanilla extract
1/2 cup milk
1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp. baking powder

For the frosting:
1/2 cup butter
2 cups powdered sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup Andes baking pieces (or 1/2 tsp mint extract)
1 tbsp milk
2-3 drops green food coloring, if desired

For the chocolate topping:
6 tbps. butter
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2-1 cup Andes baking pieces, or crushed peppermint candy

What to do:

1. Combine 3/4 cup butter (melted), and cocoa in a large bowl; stir until well mixed. Stir in sugar, eggs, vanilla, and milk. Add flour and baking powder; mix well and spread in a greased 13″ x 9″ baking pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes. Do not overbake. let cool.

2. Meanwhile, combine powdered sugar, 1/2 cup butter, vanilla extract, milk, and food coloring. Beat until smooth. If using andes baking pieces, fold those in last. Spread over cooled brownies.

3. In a saucepan over very low heat, melt together chocolate chips and 6 tbsp. butter; stir until smooth. Spread over the top of icing. Sprinkle Andes baking pieces or crushed peppermint candy on top. Cut into squares. Makes 16-20 servings.

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