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. 


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

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)

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!

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