This is for Heidi and Patricia and whomever else out there has been asking for my mint stick brownie recipie. This isn't really "mine." I got it from my mother who got it from... umm, I'm not sure where. But despite its unknown lineage, it is still delicious!
Step 1: Make your favorite batch of brownies in a 9x13 pan. From scratch, from box - it doesn't matter. I pick up brownie mixes when the grocery stores have them for $1 and use them for every potluck after that. Let them cool (the brownies, not the potluck).
Step 2: Make the mint topping.
4 T butter or margarine
2 c powdered sugar
2 T cream/evaporated milk (I use regular milk most of the time.)
1 t peppermint extract
a couple drops of green food coloring to make the mint color.
Melt butter and mix all ingredients to make a glaze-like frosting. Spread over pan of brownies. Put brownie pan in fridge to help the topping set while you melt the chocolate.
Step 3: Make the top chocolate layer
2 squares of unsweetened baking chocolate (OR 1 cup of chocolate chips)
2 T of butter or margarine
Melt chocolate and butter together (slowly!). Remove brownies from fridge and spread the chocolate mixture in a thin layer on top. (The "slowly" is inserted there for beginner cooks like myself who think you can melt everything in a saucepan on "high." Chocolate doesn't do so well when it is charred.)
Step 4: Cut brownies into strips. Eat the strips along the edge of the pan. The topping there is uneven and you don't want to give those inferior pieces to your company. Then arrange the rest of the pieces on a plate and serve. My family usually cuts the brownies to 1" by 3" - thus making mint stick brownies and preventing people from getting too much of a sugar rush from the very rich deliciousness.
This receipie was orginally 1/2 the size (translated for the beginners: do everything the same, just use half the amount of every ingredient) and covered a 9x9 pan. I've doubled it here. I mean, really! Who would ever make such a small pan of brownies?!? Maybe someone who isn't in their right mind. Wait - that would include me. What? But I always make... Never mind. This is getting too complicated. Or too implicating. Or too something.