Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Chocolate Lovers Beware

I celebrated my 35th birthday recently.  What was I so scared of?  Thirty-five is no big deal.  It's very much like thirty-four and thirty-three actually.  There were many things that made this birthday special.  I wanted to share one of those things with you- my most favorite brownies.  This is my sister's recipe, but this year my sister-in-law and brother made them for me (and cooked me dinner!).  Before I share the details, we need to go over a few things...the pros and cons to these swoon and coma-inducing brownies...

Cons (some may consider these Pros as well):

1) There is a lot of sugar in these brownies.
2) There is a lot of butter in these brownies.
3) You may not be able to eat just one.  Or just two.
4) Other family members will try to eat them all if you don't hide them well enough.


1) The recipe calls for a lot of eggs (Major Pro if you've got 11 dozen eggs in your fridge).
2) The recipe calls for Peppermint Patties. Yes, it does.
3) These brownies are chewy.
4) They're majorly chocolaty.
5) Anyone you feed them to may fall madly in love with you.  Hence, you have to be careful with these brownies.
6) They look like this...

York Peppermint Patty Brownies (recipe from my sister, Emily)

24 small York Peppermint Patties, unwrapped
1 1/2 cups (yes, 3 sticks) butter, melted
3 cups sugar
1 tbsp. vanilla
5 eggs
2 cups flour
1 cup cocoa
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt

Stir together butter, sugar and vanilla in a large bowl.  Add eggs.  Beat well.  Stir in flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt.  Blend well.  Reserve two cups of batter.  Spread the remaining batter in a greased 9 x 13 inch pan.  Arrange peppermint patties evenly on top of the batter.  Spread reserved batter over the top.  Bake at 350 degrees (for a metal pan) or 325 degrees (for a glass pan) for about 40 minutes or until set and a sharp knife comes out relatively clean.  Cool completely before cutting into large squares.  These freeze beautifully. Pin It


  1. These look just heavenly but alas, I will never make this recipe because I am so madly in love with York P P's that I will not be able to resist the brownies as long as they exist in this house.

    Aunt V.

  2. Oooh. Love mint. Love chocolate. Love butter & sugar. I must try these! Thanks for sharing.

  3. I fell into a coma just reading this. Peppermint patties are going on my shopping list, yes indeed!

  4. MMMM - that sounds really good! I love chocolate AND Peppermint Patties. I might have to try these at some point. I already have a favorite brownie recipe, but . . . change is good for the soul, right? And the palate, yes? :-)

    Happy belated B-day, BTW!

  5. These look delicious! I love mint and chocolate together. I also have your baked oatmeal recipe and a couple others on my list! Happy belated birthday1

  6. Ok...this is a "must try" since chocolate is my (nearly) best friend! :) Thanks for sharing!!
    AND Happy Birthday! You are right...35 is no big deal...enjoy!


  7. Those sound so yummy! I love anything with mint and chocolate together! :) Happy belated birthday! I'm 38 . . . and oh how I wish I was still 35! The big 40 is approaching too quickly. My mom had my youngest brother at 40 and I thought she was sooooooooooooo old! :)

  8. Oh these sounds so delicious. I could use a whole pan right now!

  9. Oh that sure looks good, a little too rich for me though, wonderful treat to take to a gathering though, I bet folks would love it.
    Hugs and blessings, Barbara

  10. Happiest of birthdays to you! I'm glad you have found that 35 is nothing to be scared of as I am coming up to that number in a few months.

    Those brownies look absolutely delicious. We will try making those this week on vacation. My son has fallen in love with York peppermint patties (um, how did this happen? the child isn't allowed to eat candy!) and will think a recipe using them beats anything else!


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