Christmas Peppermint Brownie Bars
I know what you’re asking, “Was she goofing off this last month?”, “Is she quitting?”, “Did she die and go to heaven?”; so many questions! Well, I wasn’t goofin’ off, I’m not quittin’, but I did die and go to heaven, in a way! This year was great-grandson’s first Christmas and his first visit to our home :) It also was the first time in 10 years that our daughter and both granddaughters were all able to celebrate Christmas together with their respective families! But it doesn’t stop there, oh no! Kenny’s daughter, husband and one of their sons, Gunnar who is stationed here in Florida, will be pulling into our drive on Monday to spend a few days before heading back to Indiana and Gunnar back to base, WOW….
Now, I wanted the house to look very festive this year for all the above reasons and with over 40, yes 40 boxes of Christmas decorations with more battery operated toys bought throughout this past year which will probably be another 2 or 3 boxes, I went a little over-board. Of course Kenny says that I really went a little fanatical this year, but can anyone blame me? The acorn doesn’t fall far from the tree with a mother and two sisters who are and were the same. My sister Pat has calmed down a little but my sister Wanna still goes all out even in her late ’70’s. One of my thoughts in this madness is that some day I might not be able to do it, so why not? I always leave everything up as my mother did until the Epiphany which my mom always called “Little Christmas” and with more family coming, it probably won’t come down until the 12th, a little extra bonus for all the work it took to put it up and a little more recovery time for husband whom I had working like a dog helping me, poor baby!
Kenny and I had a quiet day Christmas with a simple turkey dinner in order to store up the energy to cook for the family get-together on Sunday. Saturday I did a lot of prep work and a little baking so on Sunday my girls could help me throw it all together. I fixed all finger food in lieu of a big sit-down meal and we all sat around the living room and stuffed our faces; no one could even eat dessert! So with dessert, let me share this recipe I found in an old Modern Encyclopedia of Cooking circa late ’40’s.
- For the brownie bars:
- 2 squares unsweetened chocolate
- ⅔ cup flour
- ¼ teas baking powder
- ⅛ teas salt
- ⅓ cup butter
- ½ teas vanilla
- ¾ cup sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 tbsp milk
- For the icing:
- 2 tbsp softened butter
- 1 cup confectioner's sugar, firmly packed
- 1 tbsp hot milk
- Red or green food coloring
- ⅛ teas peppermint extract
- 2 teas white corn syrup
- Dash of salt
- Brownie Bars
- Grease two 8x8 square pans and line bottom with lightly greased parchment paper.
- Melt chocolate and let cool.
- Sift flour, and sift again 2 more time with the baking powder and salt.
- Cream butter and vanilla until smooth, add sugar gradually, creaming well.
- Beat in eggs, one at a time until fluffy.
- Add chocolate, then milk and flour until well blended.
- Divide batter into the two pans evenly and bake in a 350 degree oven.
- Bake for 20 minutes or until barely done; remove to racks and let cool for 3 minutes.
- When barely cool, turn over and remove paper.
- Cream butter and add sugar gradually with the hot milk.
- Add desired color and the food coloring.
- Stir in syrup, salt and extract; beat mixture until smooth and creamy.
- Spread icing over each layer evenly and cut into bars.
- Note: Next time I think I will double the icing recipe as it spread pretty thin and we could have liked more.
So you see, life here at the Selph’s house was pretty hectic and the next few weeks will continue to remain the same with more company and then getting the house back to normal, whatever that may be around here! Coming next, homemade chocolate covered cherries made for daughter and husband and never to be made by yours truly again! What a mess…………..
Hope you all had a very Merry Christmas and that the New Year brings you health, happiness and Lotsa Money……………..Missed you all and more Christmas to come!
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