Isn’t it interesting how smart you think you are as a teenager, especially an 18 year old heading off to college and then as the years pass you realize you not only knew absolutely nothing about life, but your parents were far more wise and wonderful than you ever imagined? I’ve had some serious reflecting while making these peppermint patties brownies and I hope you’ll indulge me.
Cooking and baking has always been a part of my life, but I never really realized it. My family has 5 children, and I fall right in the middle. More important than that is that we are all very spread apart. I hope my mother wont mind, but she really struggled with infertility and complications in carrying a baby full term so while I just entered my 30’s I have siblings in their 20’s and 40’s.
I always thought that was so old, now I feel like every year I only know myself more and more so it’s something to look forward to. Anyway, because we were all in totally different stages of life my parents made it a big deal that every single night we had dinner together. No matter if we had to eat a little earlier or a little later we made it happen. I have so many memories of all of us bustling around the kitchen, Michael and Amy setting the table and arguing over who got the little green cup, Rachelle calling from college to ask advice from Dad or tell Mom about some crazy roommate, Jennifer clipping her hair back in those old metal clips-you know the half up half down hairstyle as she got ready for work at Boston Market and I was pulling the crescent rolls out of the oven and throwing them into a bread basket for the table.
Then I got older and really wanted to find out who I was, do my own thing and experience life. I was working so hard at my own life I didn’t appreciate what I had, a full house of people who loved me and cared for me.
It may seem silly but I’ve always loved my mom’s KitchenAid. It is where my dad and I made my first batch of oatmeal raisin cookies, where mom taught me to make cookie cake and where I started playing around with recipes. It was white and always worked like a charm. Now that I’m older I’ve learned that when you want to know who you are you look to your family and the answer is provided.
I have my own white KitchenAid now as well as my own children to be in the kitchen with and I’m reminded that I come from a home that was centered on love and I hope to have the same for my children. KitchenAid was probbably a part of your life too which is why I want you to have your own!
Now a quick note on these brownies. They are so crazy easy to make. This is my new go to recipe for brownies because although Ina’s Outrageous brownies are amazing these are fast and taste fantastic. They can easily be cut in half too. And the peppermint patty topping is just like the real deal only it truly is even better. Just mix it all up in your KitchenAid and then form it into a disc. Place between two sheets of saran wrap and roll it into the size of your pan. Set it aside while the brownies cool a little. Top it all off with a chocolate topping that consists only of chips and butter that you’ve slowly melted together in the microwave, and you’ve got yourself a really delicious brownie. And I mean it. These are so fantastic!
What is Peppermint Tea Used For?
Peppermint tea is an herbal tea made from the leaves of peppermint plant.
Peppermint tea is sometimes called the “tummy healer” because it soothes many stomach ailments.
Peppermint tea is also said to aid in digestion.
Is Peppermint Safe During Pregnancy?
Peppermint is used for the relief of indigestion and nausea, and treatment of irritable bowel syndrome, diverticulitis and other chronic intestinal ailments.
Peppermint is safe during pregnancy and some find that it eases the discomfort of morning sickness.
How Do You Know When Brownies Are Done?
The easiest way to check brownies for doneness is to stick a toothpick in the center right around the time your recipe says it should be done.
A few moist crumbs on the toothpick means you will have moist and chewy brownies.
If it comes out clean, it’s done to a cake-like brownie.
If there are any traces of uncooked batter, let it continue baking for another few minutes and repeat the process until the toothpick comes out clean.
Peppermint Patties Brownies
Peppermint Patties Brownies
For the brownies
- 2 1/4 Cups Sugar
- 3/4 Cup Brown Sugar
- 1 Teaspoon Vanilla
- 1 1 /2 Cup Canola Oil
- 6 Large eggs
- 1 Cup Sifted Cocoa Powder
- 1 1/2 Cups Flour
- 3/4 Teaspoons Baking Powder
- 1/2 Teaspoon Salt
- 1 Cup Chocolate Chips
For the Patty Topping
- 7 1/2 Cups Powdered Sugar
- 1 Teaspoon Peppermint Extract
- 5 Tablespoons Corn Syrup
- 3 Tablespoons Shortening
- 5 Tablespoons Evaporated Milk
For the Chocolate Glaze
- 1 Cup Semi Sweet Chocolate Chips or half milk half semi sweet
- 1/2 Cup Butter
- Heat the oven to 350 and line a 9x13" pan with foil then spray with cooking spray.
For the Brownies
- In a standing mixer, beat together the sugars, oil and vanilla until smooth.
- Add the eggs one at a time with the mixer on low speed.
- In a separate bowl, whisk together the cocoa, flour, baking powder and salt.
- Add the chocolate chips and fold them in so they don't sink to the bottom of the brownies during baking.
- Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix on low until combined.
- Pour into the greased pan.
- Bake for 35-45 minutes or until the center is set.
- Allow the brownies to cool for 20-30 minutes and then opening the saran wrap, gently lay the peppermint on the brownies.
- Pour the chocolate all over the brownies.
- Allow to set or just go for it. 😉
- Set aside.
- In the bowl of a standing mixer with the paddle attachment, mix together the powdered sugar, peppermint, corn syrup, shortening and evaporated milk.
- The mixture will take a little time to come together and may be crumbly.
- Press together into a disc and set on a long piece of saran wrap.
- Fold the saran wrap over the patty and use a rolling pin to roll into a 9x13" rectangle.
- Set aside.
For the chocolate
- In a microwave safe bowl, add the chocolate and butter.
- Melt for 30 second intervals stirring in between until smooth.