It’s gonna be a white Christmas!




It’s been snowing for 27 hours at the time of this blog post (4ishpm). Yesterday’s snow was heavy, today it’s light and tomorrow another 4-8 inches are predicted. Looks like all that talk and singing are gonna come true this year, we’ll have a white Christmas. Another really awesome thing about snow is that, to kids, it’s like the biggest and best toy. My kids have gone to a local hill sledding with friends, snowshoeing, dump truck driving, sledding here at the house and traipsing all around the yard. It’s almost dark and they are still out there and not even complaining about the cold. Momentarily, though, they will be in and demanding hot chocolate.


With all this hybernating and Christmas music it’s inspired me to do many things out of the ordinary including bake.  I saw this recipe online this past week and knew that I had to make it.  I mixed it up a little by using a brownie mix but not just any brownie mix, the most amazing brownie mix I have ever tasted.  It’s by Barefoot Contessa and it’s called Outrageous Brownie Mix and they aren’t kidding.  There are two separate packages in the box, the chocolate powder and chocolate chunks.  You melt the chunks with butter then mix it with the powdered chocolate before adding two eggs.  So flippin’ awesome!

Peppermint Candy Cane Brownies

Barefoot Contessa Outrageous Brownie Mix

2 C powdered sugar
4 T butter, softened
1 1/2 t peppermint extract
1 T milk
red food coloring but just enough to make it pink

Chocolate Glaze:
1 cup chocolate chips
6T real butter

1 large handmade crushed candy cane

After the brownie has been baked put it in the fridge to chill.

Prepare the frosting: Combine all frosting ingredients and beat until light and fluffy. Add extra milk by teaspoonful if you need a little more. Spread evenly over cooled/chilled brownies and place back in the fridge to chill again while you do the final step.

Chocolate Glaze: Place chocolate chips and butter in a microwave-safe bowl and cook for 30 second intervals until smooth. Set aside for a few minutes, stirring occasionally, so it can cool off just a bit. Then quickly spread on top of brownies. Sprinkle with crushed candy canes and place back in fridge until chocolate is set.



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