My mom had a batch of these made when I arrived at her house today for a visit and OH. MY. LORD. GOOD. We'd seen the recipe in Real Simple Magazine last week and figured even WE couldn't screw them up. So without further ado, I give you my mom, Jenny The Chocoholic.
I'll be the first to admit that I need help. Having an affinity for chocolate the way I do makes it hard to lose weight. Brownies are my favorite food, and these are some of the best I've ever tasted. In fact, I love brownies so much that I could probably use some kind of intervention program once I get started eating them. Normally when I make a dessert to take to a friend or to a potluck dinner or luncheon, I make my banana pudding because everyone loves it. This is going to be my other go-to dessert. I can see my girlfriends jumping on these.
If you like a combination of chocolate and mint, these are for you, so make some and dive right in. You don't even have to share. I won't tell. They're great with a cup of coffee, a scoop of ice cream, or a glass of cold milk.
1-19 oz. package brownie mix (I used Betty Crocker Fudge Brownie Mix)
1-9.2 oz. bag York Peppermint Patties
Mix brownies according to package directions. Spray an 8x8" baking pan with nonstick cooking spray. Spread half the batter in the pan. Top with 16 Peppermint Patties, laying them side by side. You'll use 16, which will leave you three to eat for a snack later. Spread the other half of the batter over the candy. Bake according to package directions for extra thick brownies, about 50-55 minutes at 325 degrees for a nonstick pan. That's what I used. It will give you directions for different pans on the box. Cool brownies completely before cutting. Cut, and, if you are like me and can't resist having one, enjoy! These are pretty rich, so you may want to cut them into small squares, or just cut them into bigger squares to save on having to take two. Because you know you're going to want two.
Jen, my mom and I will be eating these this weekend. Dean and I will be baking sugar cookies. Since the true baking gene skipped me, I bought Pillsbury cookies with pumpkins in them that are ready to bake. Dean can place them on the pans and help take them off when they're done. He may not like the cookies, but I know several adults in the house who will!
Happy baking and eating!