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Thin Mint Brownies

Thin Mint Brownie Pie

Girls Scouts.  So many wonderful memories.  We talk about “Make New Friends, But Keep the Old.”  I remember cookie sales and cookie deliveries almost in the middle of the night.  One time at a tennis court at 10:00PM.  Seems like that was the only place this lady spent her time.  I don’t know how Krista found her at home to sell her cookies!

Thin Mints are my favorites.  I don’t usually buy them because I don’t need them around the house to tempt me.  But this cute little girl was with her momma outside a store on a very windy Friday.  She was trying to sell the most of anyone in the troop.  She was campaigning for the Girl Scouts and I was impressed.  So I bought this box of cookies.

I was tempted to open them when I saw a box mix of Duncan Hines Snack Size Brownies in the pantry.  Why not add a little more chocolate to the brownies and a little mint?  We all know how much I like to use mint.  (Check back to the Christmas time cookies.)  These just have to be good.

So I quickly gathered my ingredients.  I put a sleeve of Thin Mints in a plastic bag and beat them up into small chunks with my wooden mallet.

Crumbled Thin Mints

I topped these brownies with 8 more cookies.  (Just to remove the temptation.) There were a few left so I put them in the freezer for safe keeping.  We all know how frozen cookies lose their flavor!

Give these a try and support the Girl Scouts at the same time. They are fine women when they grow up.  I have two of them in my family to prove that.

Speaking of Girl Scouts….it has been a few weeks since we met a new friend.  Come and meet my new friend Rachel who love’s her disorganized life at New Friend Friday.

Peppermint Roundup

I have been really into Peppermint this month.  I have added it to lots of recipes.  So, here is a round up in case you want to put together your own Peppermint Party.

Pink Peppermint Christmas Chip Cookies 

  • 1 cup Crisco solid shortening (not butter flavored)
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 18 drops red food coloring
  • 1 teaspoon Mexican vanilla
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon soda
  • 1 cup Andes Peppermint Crunch baking chips
  • 1 cup Nestle Toll House Holiday Semi-Sweet Morsels  (red and green)

Cream together Crisco, sugar, brown sugar, vanilla, food coloring and eggs until light and fluffy.  Sift together dry ingredients and add to creamed mixture.  Mix chips in by hand to avoid crushing the chips.

I used a small cookie scoop to measure equal size cookies on insulated cookie sheets.

Bake at 350° for 15 minutes on insulated cookie sheets (shorter time on dark or non-stick pans)

Cool on waxed paper and store in air-tight container.

Peppermint Snowball

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Red Velvet Peppermint Brownies

I love how the world goes round and recipes change with each cook.  A friend of Krista’s gave her a recipe that she got from someone else and by the time we were done with it.  Voila!  A new iteration.

Kathleen R. shared a recipe that she likes to make adapted from How Sweet It Is. Kathleen’s notes said to mix brownies by hand.  I couldn’t agree more Kathleen!  Brownies require a very delicate touch.  I added peppermint extract to the butter cream and topped with crushed candy canes.

These were sweet, creamy and minty.  They also tasted better the second day.  Enjoy!

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FUNFetti Cake, Brownie, Ice Cream Mash Up


The only secret to this recipe is add kids for fun.  I don’t know if my kitchen has ever seen so much fun!  That and hearing the kids conversation as they enjoyed the fruits of their labor.  “What if the world was made of candy?  EVERYthing would be gummie bears.  Your eyes would be M&Ms and your hair would be licorice.  You would sleep on a bed of whip cream with marshmallows for pillows.” “Miss Krista, your glasses would be made of licorice too” said Cadence.  Maddie said, of course, “You would take a bath in milk.”  Cameron said, “with sprinkles on it.”  “Sprinkles on what” I asked. “EVERYthing!”

Buy the mix.  Read the directions. Then use your imagination.  The pictures tell most of the story.

1.  Follow the Funfetti directions.

2. Dip store made waffle bowls into melted chocolate chips and then confetti and/or sprinkles. (There is a whole story about making your own waffle bowls in 90% humidity and getting thoroughly aggravated that I will save for another day.)  




3. Cut cooked funfetti into small squares and soften your favorite flavor of ice cream.

4. Add ice cream and funfetti selections into a large bowl and hand the kids some big spoons.  Watch the magic happen.  




5. Sit down with the kids and enjoy!











This would be a fun thing for Home is Where the Heart Is Wednesdays and Thursday’s Favorite Things.

Super Bowl Means Super Food

So, it is time to get ready for a Super Food Spread on the 50 yard line for the SUPER BOWL.  That is the best part for me.  I have to keep up with scores for a “little project” I have at work, so I do watch the game. It is important to me to have everything ready and easy to serve before guests arrive.  Right now my choices are wide open as to what I will serve to make my buffet the “winning score” for the game crowd.  My youngest daughter says she is “side-lined” and isn’t watching the game because she’s on a diet and all that food is too fatty.  Remember a party is a people event with food present, not a food event with people present.  Right!  Like I’m in step with that!

Now, what to serve for the pre-game dish?  I like some munchies like the Noodle Nibbles or Deviled Cashews as a starter.  A veggie and dip tray with a low fat cold dip is a way to “kick off” the party and it can be easily freshened during “time outs.”  I like to add some of the BLT Bites, pickled jalapeño slices and a variety of olives from the deli section at the store to this tray too for a “kick off.”  Then I like a hot dip such as spicy chili con queso with tostada chips (they sort of remind me of a penalty flag).  A dry roasted snack like Tidbits served in the Chex Mix party bowl is a “first down.” You can make your favorite snack mix or buy a bag of ready-made.  They are tasty and so easy but, in a very attractive dish.  


A half-time show stopper is pizza (delivered) and small sliders.  You can pre-grill the burgers before the game starts and keep them warm in a very slow oven.  Serve them on small buns with a variety of flavored mayonnaise and mustards.  This usually calms the crowds into a lull while they watch the super half-time show.


Then, by the fourth quarter, everyone is ready for something sweet.  Some bite-size sweets to sweeten up the fans of the losing team are a “rule.”    Remember that cookie exchange in December?  It comes in handy here again. The Potato Chip Cookies are a “touch down” for fans of both teams!  And the Brownie Bites are a “field goal” in the last minutes of the 4th quarter to end this party on a sweet note.

Good luck to your favorite team and have a “Super” cooking time….can’t wait for those commercials.  I have a lot more snack, soup and dessert ideas in my recipe box. Take a ramble.

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Cookie Exchange Day 11-York Sensational Brownies

A chocolate mint turned into a brownie.  Delicious!

York Sensational Brownies

  • 1 1/2 cups (3 sticks) butter or margarine, melted
  • 3 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Mexican vanilla
  • 5 eggs, room temperature
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup Hershey’s cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 24 small (1 1/2-inch) York Peppermint Patties (unwrap)


Preheat oven to 350°.  Prepare with non-stick cooking spray a 13 x 9” baking pan.

In large bowl with spoon or wire whisk, stir together butter, sugar and vanilla. Add eggs; stir until well blended. Stir in flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt; blend well. Reserve 2 cups batter; set aside.  Spread remaining batter in prepared pan.

Unwrap Peppermint Patties. Arrange patties in single layer over batter, about 1/2 inch apart. Spread reserved 2 cups batter over patties. Bake for 50 to 55 minutes or until brownies begin to pull away from the sides of pan. Cool completely in pan on wire rack, then cut into squares.  Do not over bake.  Cool in the pan, but cut and remove to an airtight container if not serving the same day.  This is a delicious brownie and as easy as any box mix. 

Brownie Bites and Peanut Butter Balls

Chocolate, chocolate and a little more chocolate!  The brownie bites are a hit
no matter when.  The holiday baking always include these.  The first time I
made them I had my youngest daughter over and we made 2 batches of this
recipe.  It is her birthday today!  It took the two of us melting, mixing and then cutting to get them done.  It was fun.

These package well for Christmas gift packages!  They were always the hit of my
cookies to all my guys at work.  One year my boss said these saved the day for his family Christmas party.  I always make up 4 or 5 different cookies and package them for my co-workers and the doctor’s office staff.  I’m not sure who gets the best gift.  My baking time is precious to me.  

These are great for the Christmas tins I give my friends.  Momma got this recipe from someone who said it was the Reese’s real recipe.  They are chocolate and peanut butter and taste real good.  I made mine in 1-inch balls and they were about 2 bites which are just the right size.   I usually cool mine on a couple of jelly roll pans in the garage before dipping them in the chocolate.  One evening I had put them out to cool and was cleaning up the kitchen when it occurred to me I had 2 cats.  Where were they?  As I rushed to check on my candy the cat dashed out the door to the garage just ahead of me.  I found the other one asleep in her corner. The candy was safe.  I could imagine them playing with those little balls like they were a tasty toy!