January 04, 2011

Peppermint Surprise Brownie Bites

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Sometimes a girl just has to have her chocolate.  You know?  Anything in moderation is ok, right?  Well, to control the eating of these brownies, I did share them with my neighbor.  Let me tell you, they definitely are yummylicious! 

Sometime before the Chrismas holidays I came across a Holiday Cookies magazine from America's Test Kitchen.  That is where the recipe for the Eggnog Creams came from that I shared with our cookie exchange this year.  I was looking through the book the other night and I decided, these don't have to just be for the holidays!  Every single cookie in this book looks awesome and it is my plan to make every single one of them.....over time of course!  Since I had some leftover peppermint patty candy from Christmas I decided to start with the Peppermint Surprise Brownie Bites.  I have made a brownie similar to this before - with the peppermint patties in them, but they were heavy and dense and made me not really care for them.  These brownies are perfect for the peppermint patty!  They are light but fudgy and have a top layer that will peel right off (if you want it to!).  Oh so yummy.  Good thing I sent over half the batch to the neighbors house!



Peppermint Surprise Brownie Bites
from America's Test Kitchen - Holiday Cookies 2010

3/4 cup flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 stick unsalted butter
2 ounces unsweetened chocolate
2 large eggs
1 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
16 (1-1/2 inch) York Peppermint Patties, unwrapped

Preheat oven to 350.  Line 8-inch square baking pan with foil, allowing excess foil to hang over pan edges.  Lightly spray with cooking spray. 

Combine flour, baking powder and salt in a small bowl.  Set aside.

Microwave butter and chocolate in a separate bowl, stirring occasionally, until smooth, about 1 minute.  Set aside to cool slightly, 2-3 minutes.

Whisk eggs and sugar together in large bowl.  Add chocolate mixutre and vanilla and mix until well combined.

Add flour mixture and stir until just incorporated.  Measure 1 cup of batter and set aside.  Pour remaining batter into prepared baking pan, arrange peppermint patties on top of batter, spacing 1/2 inch apart.  Smooth remaining batter over candy.  Bake 30-35 minutes, until just set in the center.  Cool completely, about 2 hours.  Using foil overhand, lift brownies out of pan and cut into squares.

20 comments:

  1. These look wonderful. And, I bet you made your neighbor happy!

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  2. Good to see you baking up a storm in your kitchen Shelby. Wish we were neighbours for you to share:D

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  3. Hmmm, they sound great.

    Happy New Year Shelby!

    How do you like living in Albany? Have you found some cool places yet? Albany is a nice city. What I like best about it is how close it is to many of the places I like to visit.

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  4. I also share a lot with neighbors, friends, parents...just so that I don't end up eating all of my goodies! Portion control, right? :)

    Your brownies definitely look yummylicious...I like the surprise factor a lot! :)

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  5. Chocolate is a must I agree. ;) Beautiful brownies....and the mint center....so good.

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  6. Ohh that looks great. I love peppermint.

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  7. oh yum! i just adore the mint chocolate combo!

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  8. Oh my goodness... Can I be your neighbor? :) They look fantastic!

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  9. Oh Shelby, these look amazing!

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  10. Sounds like a must try brownie! Happy New Year!

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  11. OMG, how amazing is this! I'd have never thought of putting a peppermint pattie inside a brownie, but I'm darned sure going to try it now! Mouth already watering in anticipation...

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  12. I like surprises like that. ;) They look amazing Shelby!

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  13. The surprise in the middle is perfection!

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  14. This brownie has been on my must make list all Christmas and I still haven't made it. I must, I must!!!

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  15. Ohh peppermint and chocolate how can you go wrong. This is a recipe to save, nice work!

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  16. These are my kind of brownies, with peppermint - superb :)

    Have an Excellent 2011! :)

    Gera

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  17. These look absolutely sensational, Shelby. I adore both peppermint patties and brownies. I know I would definitely want more than just a "bite" of these beauties!

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  18. They do look very gooey and moist. Unfortunately, this girl hates chocolate so no, I don't have to have it. Even more unfortunately, my family loves chocolate so I do have to make it. Thanks for the recipe. :)

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  19. I have a teenaged boy and a couple of friends here today who would most likely enjoy these!! =)

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  20. Oh how FUNNY! I did not see this post, but clearly we were in nearly the same conundrum!! Well you know what they say - great minds think alike :) These look great!

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