Friday, January 29, 2010

Kneaders Double Chocolate Peppermint Brownies

1 c. butter
4 oz unsweetened chocolate
2 c. sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
4 eggs
1 c. all-purpose flour
2 c. chocolate chips

Melt the chocolate and butter in a 2 quart bowl in the microwave on high for 3 minutes, stirring every 20-30 seconds until the chocolate is melted. Cool slightly. Add sugar, eggs and vanilla and mix well with a spatula. Add the flour and stir to combine. Stir in chocolate chips. Spread into a buttered 13x9-inch pan. Bake at 350* for 25 minutes. Do not overcook. Cool.

½ c. butter or margarine or shortening, softened
2 c. powdered sugar
2 drops mint flavoring or to taste
1 drop pink food coloring

In a small bowl, beat the sugar, butter and mint flavoring until smooth. Add food coloring to make a light pink. Spread evenly over cooled brownies and then chill.

Chocolate Ganache:
½ c. chocolate chips
¼ c. heavy cream
Crushed peppermint or candy cane

Put the chocolate chips and cream in a small bowl. Microwave on HIGH for 1 minutes stirring every 20-30 seconds until chocolate is melted. Do not over heat. Immediately pour over the brownies. Decorate with crushed peppermint. Wait 15-20 minutes before serving.

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