Ode to Baker
Sean and I met on my first day at SGS and bonded over chocolate mint cupcakes from Cupcakes of Westdale at a going away party (ironically). Needless to say, I made chocolate mint brownies for Sean’s farewell party last Friday.
Honestly Sean, these are super easy to make. This is the shopping list:
- 1 package of chocolate fudge jello mix
- bag of white sugar
- bag of flour
- bottle of vanilla flavour (small)
- bottle of peppermint flavour (small)
- bag of chocolate chips (semi-sweet)
- 8×8″ glass pan, get some cling wrap and a swipe of margarine and smear it all over (i.e. grease the pan)
- set of measure cups & spoons
- two mixing bowls and one microwavable dish
- a spatula for scraping mix
- a wooden spoon
Here’s how much you need to measure out:
- ½ cup margarine
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon (tsp) vanilla
- ½ or 1 tsp peppermint extract (you can leave this out for plain brownies)
- 1 cup flour
- ½ tsp salt (I assume you already have this)
- ½ cup chocolate chips
Here’s how you assemble the brownies:
- Preheat the oven to 350F.
- Place margarine in a microwavable bowl. On med-low power, cook in 30 sec increments until very soft (but not liquid goo). It usually takes about 1 minute if the margarine is cold. FYI, butter works just as well but takes longer to soften.
- In one bowl, add melted butter (using the spatula to scrap it all out). Add sugar, egg, vanilla and peppermint (if using). Mix with the wooden spoon so the sugar dissolves.
- In the other bowl, combine the flour, salt, and jello mix. Add the dry to the wet in two batches, mixing in between. Stir from the edges to the centre so all the dry gets mixed in. Add the chocolate chips (you can also mix in walnuts or pecans if you like nuts or even better, pieces of Skor but only if you make them without mint).
- Scrape the mix into the greased pan. Bake for 18-20 minutes at 350F (a toothpick or knife blade should come out clean in the centre). Don’t over cook it.
- Let it stand at room temperature on top of the stove for at least 10-15 minutes before cutting it into squares. Otherwise, it just sticks to the knife and doesn’t come out well … however, if you scoop it out with a spoon while hot, you can eat with ice cream and that’s delicious. Just be careful not to burn the roof of your mouth.
Let me know if any of the directions don’t make sense and keep in touch!