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Monday, December 24, 2012

Last-Minute Christmas Recipe: Peppermint Brownies with Eggnog Glaze



Heeellooooooooooooooooo! It's Christmas Eve, peoples!

Not that you needed me to tell you that. 

Well, I mean...I think we all know you did. 

Cough. 

Recipe! Right - yes, I have a last-minute one. I'm one of those last-minute people. Try it sometimes. It's fun. 

In a I'm going insanse and about to scream at the top of my voice. 

But still fun!

And oh, is this recipe perfect for last minute needs. And it's easy! Like, "I-can-make-this--and-wrap-a-present-and-sing-along-to-Michael-Buble's-dreamy-voice-crooning-Christmas-carols-all-at-the-same-time"easy peasy. 

But seriously, it is. Because it involves - gasp - a box mix. But not just any kind! One without artificial ingredients and high fructose syrup. 

Never mind that the stuff is in practically in everything. I tend to go for a 80/20 ratio: 80 % organic, clean eats and then 20%  "regular" treats. Kodiak has fantastic box mixes with the best of both worlds: all natural ingredients, whole wheat flour, supreme fluffiness in the final baked product, and a delicious taste. I've tried their pancake mix, brownie mix, and cookie mix. They are all delicious and I love the company and their products! But, of course, any box mix you have in your pantry will also work. 


Best of all? This only has seven ingredients and can be thrown together in 20 minutes or less. So if you need something sweet to leave for Santa, a last minute stocking stuffer, or a midnight snack while you wrap presents  (or, let's be honest, find a way to use up the bajillion candy canes in your house), here you go! 


And by switching out the eggs and oil for Greek yogurt you get brownies that are ridiculously moist, fudgy and sweet enough without making your teeth ache. 


Eggnog glaze - sweet, deliciously decadent, yet light, and oh-so-naughtily nice. Do it! Attempt to not lick it off the spoon, drizzle it over everything in the cookie box, or on top of ice cream. Gingerbread cake or cookies with this would be. ah. maz. ing. 


Oh my....oh my goodness. 


These were addictingly good! My family couldn't keep their hands off of them...and I may have eaten 1/4 of the pan myself. It's the crunchy edges - they get me every time!




My little helpers loved them!


Well, the older one did...I think this one's in hyper-shock from the (small amount of) sugar. Either that, or it's brought out her peppermint beast genes. 

Oh dear. 

Peppermint Brownies with Eggnog Glaze

Ingredients: 
Peppermint Brownies
1 brownie box mix
1 6-8 oz. cup of Greek yogurt
1/3-2-3 cup of water
20 mini candy canes or 6-8 regular sized ones
1/2 cup of chocolate chips


Eggnog Glaze
2-3 Tbsp. eggnog (I used Silk Nog for vegan glaze)
1/4-1/2 cup of powdered sugar (depending how thick you want the glaze to be)

Directions:
1.Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 
 2. Add Greek yogurt to box mix and stir together in large bowl. Add water if too dry, little by little as needed. 
3. Crush two-thirds of candy canes/peppermint sticks and mix into brownie batter. i also added chocolate chips for a little extra chocolate. Almonds would probably be delicious as well. Spread batter in greased pan. 
4. Bake for 35-40 minutes, depending on how soft you like them. 
5. Remove and let cool for 30-45 minutes. 
6. Wisk together eggnog and powdered sugar (adding more powdered sugar for thicker consistency).
Drizzle over cool brownies. 
7. Place rest of candy canes/peppermint sticks in Ziploc bag or between two sheets of parchment paper and crush with rolling pin. Sprinkle over brownies and drizzle with eggnog glaze. 

 Plate and enjoy!

Go make these!



Merry Christmas!

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Update: Hooray for Holiday Baking!

Dear peoples of the world,

I know. What am I doing here? I've shamefully ignored this blog, failed to post ANY recipes, or even update you that my stomach (and the rest of me) resided in another state this year because I did the thing most 18-year-olds do.

I grew up.

Ok, not really. I just headed off to college...which, oh by the way, I loved. 

Like seriously, y'all. I had countless meltdowns about essays, deadlines, being busy, and enduring finals, but I utterly love college!

Except, the not being able to cook very much bit. And eating mostly in dining halls.

Yeah...still, I managed to bake twice this semester, and while both times were at an absurdly late/early time in the evening/morning (it was after midnight, 'kay?), I did bake.

Granted, both times were in the last two weeks of school, but...I'll take the victories I can get.

Anyways...the point of all this is to explain I had a fabulous reason for not posting and that I'm back! I'm back home, where the stove isn't a floor and four doors down away from me, I don't have to lug ingredients down a flight of stairs and into another part of the building - oh, and the grocery store's just down the street from me.

Just call me blissfully happy.

And, and, AND - it's Christmaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaas!

That means it's cookie time and holiday treats time and all the magical, lovely, tantalizing scents and sounds of the holiday season-time.


And eggnog. Can't forget eggnog - because that's definitely the most important thing about Christmas.

Clearly.

But in all actuality  I'm extremely excited. I love food period, but I especially love all the treats, goodies, and dishes that appear in November and December.


(Rasberry chocolate chip banana nut bread)

 Some of the ideas bouncing around in my head?

Pb chocolate cups,

red velvet anything,


eggnog smoothies,

 peppermint hot chocolate,


gingerbread,

chocolate chip scones,


 and cookies.


Every cookie you can think of.


 Just...yes.

I think if I was paid to do nothing but bake holiday treats, I would be happy forever.


What's on your holiday baking list? I'm thinking Emma's amazing Nutella cinnamon rolls or Mama Pea's Eggnog Scones for breakfast on Christmas morning.

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