I haven't posted in a bit, and haven't known what to post for a while, but I was reminded the other day at how much I love making desserts, and not just any desserts, the best desserts, so I decided I can share my love for dessert baking with all of you. :)
Rick's mom just had surgery on her knee, and she LOVES mint brownies, so I decided to do what I do best (haha, or what I like to think is one of the things I do best...) and make a tasty treat. I didn't have a lot of time so I went to Albertson's and bought a brownie mix, but it wasn't just any brownie mix (I don't like to skimp on quality with my sweets, I don't want to make okay desserts, I want to make AMAZING desserts), so I bought the most expensive brownie mix I could see (I forget the brand, but if I remember it I will update this) since I didn't have the time to make it from scratch, and went home to get busy (in a good way).
I made the brownie portion, put it in the oven, then moved onto the mint frosting portion. The recipe goes as follows for the mint frosting:
1/4 cup softened butter
2 1/2 cups confectioners sugar
3 tablespoons of milk
1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
green food coloring
To make the mint frosting, cream the butter and confectioners' sugar. Add the milk 1 tablespoon at a time, beating until it is smooth and spreadable. Beat in the peppermint extract and tint to the desired shade with green food coloring. Frost the cooled brownies, cover, and chill for 1 hour.
Luckily, I realized that it said to cream the butter and sugar... I had never done that, so I looked up how to do it. Thanks to the site http://www.meninaprons.net/2006/07/how_to_cream_butter_and_sugar.html (yes, that is www.meninaprons.net), I learned that you get the somewhat softened butter and take a pastry blender and smash it occasionally adding a little sugar, until it is fluffy.
|This takes some time and patience, but is so worth it. It ended up being pretty tasty, if I do say so myself. After that, you melt chocolate chips and 3 tablespoons butter together and put on top of the cooled brownies. Refrigerate for about an hour and it is good to go! |
Needless to say, Jaleen loved the brownies and they were gone in about 48 hours. They were so delicious, I might make more tomorrow, since I didn't get to give any to my dad. I am also trying a recipe for sweet rolls tomorrow. Wish me luck on this endeavor. Below is the closest pic I could find as to what they looked like. Unfortunately, I didn't take any pictures of mine.