Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Creme De Menthe Brownies

Passing Notes Today:  Mrs. G

Hi Ladies! 

St. Pat's may be past us, but the month of March is the best time to make Creme De Menthe Brownies!  I make them every year, usually only in March ..... They are one of those desserts that are so rich and decadent, that I couldn't imagine eating them all the time.  A moment on the lips, lifetime on the hips .... right? 

Well, since Easter is early this year and I have decided that I am doing such a killer job on my weight loss plan, I am going to make these for a post Easter Brunch Delight! 

I have to admit, I was a little tempted to find a generic recipe on the Internet to try out and share.  The recipe that I use, is my Grandmother's... it was her mother's...Grandmother's and probably her mother's.  I felt like if I told the world about them, I would somehow be disgracing this coveted recipe.  BUT, then I thought .. they are so amazing that everyone should know about them.  Pay it forward, right?!?  So, here it goes, my family's recipe that has been passed down through the generations. 

I love the handwriting, the note off to the side "good" and the amount of butter that is used?  EEK!  Don't think about it, if you figure the amount of the butter that is in every little bite .. it's minimal.  Here it goes!

Creme De Menthe Brownies
9 x 13 pan - lightly sprayed with cooking spray
1st layer
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter
4 beaten eggs
1 cup flour
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. vanilla
1 - 16 oz. can of Hershey's Chocolate Syrup
Bake for 30 min. at 350 degrees - cool completely
2nd layer
Mix 1/2 cup butter and 2 cups confectioners' sugar
4 tbsp. of creme de menthe
1 tsp. of milk
Beat until smooth and spread on cooled cake
3rd layer
Melt 6 tbsp. of butter with 1 bag of chocolate chips
Beat until smooth and spread on cake - refrigerate.
Refrigerate until the top layer is smooth and then cut.  The brownies are very rich, so you can cut smaller bites.  Take the brownies out of the fridge and let them sit for 30 min. before cutting, otherwise the top chocolate layer may crack. 
When you pass them out, don't forget to say "you only need a small piece, don't be greedy.  A pinch is enough!"  That's what we used to hear as children.  But when no one was looking, I always ran back for more!!!

Note from Mrs. Kelly:  Ok, we ALSO make creme de menthe brownies in our family.  Our recipe is just a little different.  I love the handwritten recipe.  When I made these this year, I cheated and used a box mix (shudder) and then made the topping.  Thank you for sharing!

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