Peppermint Brownie Cups

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I am at it again! I can’t seem to get enough of chocolate and peppermint this time of year! This time I used one of my favorite recipes and adpat it a bit. I based this recipe off of this recipe and this one.  I wanted to mix it up a bit and this time decided bake them in muffin cups instead of in a cake pan. Even if you don’t use my recipe, feel free to try your own brownie recipe as the base for these yummy treats!

These have become one of my favorites this holiday season. Aside from being delicious, they are cute and festive. The perfect combination of chocolate and peppermint with a dense brownie texture. I love that they are individually portioned making them perfect for any Holiday party, treat tray or to pack in a lunch!

The best part is unlike baking a pan of brownies, these are a snap to portion for later. If you are anything like me, you rarely bake brownies unless you know others will be consuming them as well. If not you have two options, eat a few and allow the rest of the pan to stale or eat the entire pan yourself in a day or two (I usually do the latter of the two options.)  The solution my friends?? Bake your brownies in a muffin pan!
I baked these on Wednesday night and took a few to work. I froze the rest of these after they baked and cooled. I sealed them individually in heavy duty freezer bags and placed them carefully in the freezer (you don’t want anything to crush them so you may need a good deal of freezer room). To enjoy, I just took one out of the freezer and allowed to come back to room temp. So yummy! I microwaved it for 7 seconds to warm up and enjoyed with a mug of hot chocolate!

If you are looking for a treat that is sure to please now and later, you have to give these a try!

 I rate this recipe a 9

Peppermint Brownie Cups
6 TBS butter
6 oz  semisweet chocolate (chopped
2 oz. bittersweet chocolate (chopped)
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1/4 tsp peppermint extract
1/4 tsp vanilla
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup Milk Chocolate Chips
2 cups Andes Peppermint Crunch Baking Chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Line a muffin tin with paper liners. Lightly spray liners with cooking spray.

In a heat-proof bowl, melt together butter and chcolate in the microwave in 30 second intervals stirring after each interval until smooth. Allow to cool for 5 mintues.

In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl; set aside.

Whisk or beat the sugar into the chocolate mixture. Add eggdecember-057s and peppermint extract mixing until combined and smooth. Add flour mixture and mix until combined. Gently fold in the 1/2 cup chocolate chips and 1/2 cup Andes Peppermint Crunch Baking Chips.

Carefully pour batter to prepared each muffin liner filling about 2/3 full. Sprinkle a few Andes Peppermint chips over the top of each individual brownie. . Bake for 18-23 mintues or until a cake tester comes out with a few crumbs.

*Baking time will depend on your oven, watch carefully so you don’t overbake! Mine were done in 20 minutes.

Allow to cool before removing from muffin pan.
Keep brownies in cupcake liners until ready to serve  to help prevent them from drying out.

*I got 14 brownies, it will depend on how you fill the muffin cups on how many you get.

I’m It

I have been tagged by SugarPlum, so here goes nothin!!

1. Last Movie I Saw In A Movie Theater?
The Dark Knight (A+)

2. What Book Are You Reading?
I am not reading any books right now but I have been reading the Wall Street Jouranl and NYT daily.
 
3. Favorite Board Game?
I love Scattegories (though it is not a ‘board’ game) and Scrabble

4. Favorite Magazine?
Entertainment Weekly.

5. Favorite Smells?
Fresh baked bread, fresh cut grass, light crisp floral scents (not all at the same time)

6. Favorite Sounds?
The oven timer sounding that my goodies are done baking and ready to be eaten

7. Worst Feeling In The World?
Having disappointed someone you care about

8. First Thing You Think of When You Wake?
What day is it??

9. Favorite Fast Food Place?
QDoba

10. Future Child’s Name?
Hmmm,

11. Finish This Statement—“If I Had a Lot of Money, I’d…go on vacation and pay off debt.”

12. Do You Drive Fast?
The cops think so, ha ha

13. Do You Sleep With a Stuffed Animal?
No.

14. Storms—Cool or Scary?
Cool.

15. What Was Your First Car?
Family Station Wagon, soooooooo NOT cool

16. Favorite Drink?
Iced Tea

17. Finish This Statement—“If I Had the Time, I Would…
learn a foreign language”

18. Do You Eat the Stems on Broccoli?
Yes

19. If You could Dye your Hair Any Other Color, What Would It Be?
Strawberry Blonde.

20. Name All the Different Cities In Which You Have Lived.
I plead the fifth, ha ha, very non-impressive I assure you

21. Favorite Sport to Watch?
Football

22. One Nice Thing About The Person Who Sent This To You
She inspires my inner baker with her blog recipes and photos

23. What’s Under Your Bed?
Wicker Baskets with a variety of cards (in case I need to send one: birthday/anniversary/baby, etc)

24. Would You Like to Be Born As Yourself Again?
I know no different so, probably.

25. Morning Person or Night Owl?
Morning!! Get er up and Get er done!

26. Over Easy or Sunny Side Up?
Over Medium

27. Favorite Place to Relax?
In a hammock (preferable in a tropical location, ha ha)

28. Favorite Ice Cream Flavor?
Soft Serve Vanilla

29. Of All the People You Have Tagged, Who Is the Most Likely to Respond First?
Whoever reads this first, I guess.

 

I am now tagging some wonderfull fellow bloggers, Please, Please, PLEASE go to their sites, they have great recipes sure to put a smile on your face!! Promise:

Ally

Katie

Sing for your Supper

Erin

Michele

I’ve been Tagged!

Even though I am traveling, I see that I have been tagged by SweetSavorySouthern. If you have not checked out her blog yet do so NOW! She has some wonderful down home comfort foods that all sound delish!

So here are the Tagging Rules:
Each player answers the questions about themselves. At the end of the post, the player then tags 5 people and posts their names, then goes to their blogs and leaves them a comment, letting them know they’ve been tagged and asking them to read your blog. Let the person who tagged you know when you’ve posted your answer.

What was I doing ten years ago?

I had just graduated high school and was working two jobs all summer to save up for college so I could live it up my Freshman year (and that I did! ha ha).

What are five (non-work) things on my to-do list for today?

1. Finish writing a report for work.

2. Iron my dress pants.

3. Eat at a highly rated restaurant for dinner.

4. Go on a walk down by the river.

5. Watch The Next Food Network Star.

Five snacks I enjoy:

1. Peanut Butter

2. Fat free chocolate pudding

3. Baby Carrots

4. Fresh Fruit (apples, bananas, strawberries)

5. Warm fresh baked bread (more specifically, my grandma’s)

Things I would do if I were a billionaire:

1. Pay off all debt

2. Donate money to Non-Profit charities and foundations (cancer research, homeless vets, animal shelters, children’s hospitals, etc)

3. Fund a Scholarship Program at my old high school and undergrad college

4. Pay for the education of my sisters

5. By my parents a new house

6. Hire a personal trainer

Places I’ve lived:

1. My parent’s house

2. A Co-ed dorm

3. A small apartment with a femal roommate

4. A Condo

5. A House

Jobs I’ve had:

1. Babysitter

2. Data Entry Specialist (collge job)

3. Human Resource Assistant

4. Teaching/research Assistant

5. Counselor

I am tagging…

1. Visions of Sugar Plums

2. And a Cookie for Dessert

3. Our Sweet Life

4. Taste and Tell

5. The Picky Palate

Blogging with a Purpose!

Wow! What a wonderful way to celebrate Spring than to receive an award? Bethany at this little piggy went to market bestowed upon me the “Blogging with a Purpose” award. What an honor to receive an award by a fellow blogger! I am just excited fellow bloggers actually read my blog and know it exists. It is my little hobby and there are no bells and whistles but none of my recipes are too “fancy” anyway. I tend to stick to recipes that anyone can whip up in a pinch to satisfy their sweet tooth or the sweet teeth of others!
Time to spread the love and nominate a few of my faves:
1.First up is Beth at Our Sweet Life. I love her blog and can not wait to make her Creme Brulee! It looks wondeful and I have never tried to make one before. Her picture is enough to inspire anyone to give it a go!
2.Anna from Cookie Madness has caused me to go mad over all of her baked goods! My gosh she updates often and almost all updates include a mouth watering photo of the recipe as well as Anna’s hints or tips for making the recipe. How great is that??
3.Katie from The HyperHome Maker has really caused me to get my life organized. I am inspired by her amount of energy and enthusiasm when it comes to everything domestic. She is truly a Godess!! You have to check out her blog!!
4.BiscuitPusher from the Biscuit Pusher is one of my favorite blogs. She is constantly updating with great recipes and photos that are drool-worthy! I am totally eyeing her Peanutbutter Banana Bars!
5.Last but not least is Elizabeth of Elizabeth’s Cooking Experiments, there are so many comforting recipes on her blog that take me right back to my childhood! Fried Chicken anyone?? Love it!
Award-winners, here’s what you should do:
1. nominate 5 blogs which haven’t had this award before
2. each of the blogs must have a purpose
3. the nominated blogs must make a link back to this page
4. the logo from the award must be put on their blog and it must link back to this blog!

You made my Day!

I would like to extend a huge “Thank You” to Chelley at Sugar and Spice for making my day! to I love Chelley’s blog and visit it often for tride and true savory and sweet recipes. I admire her for the way she is constantly challenging herself with new recipes and techniques while participating in many “recipe challenges” such as the Daring Bakers and Tuesdays with Dorie.

Thanks again Chelley for making my Day!

Now, I am to pass along the good will to 10 other people that make my day… Deborah, Katie, Janey, Ally, Ashley, Erin, Jaime, Nikki, Julia, and Emily.

Please pass this along to 10 people that make your day!