Tuesday, May 29, 2012

peppermint patty brownies

yesterday: day off. non-rushed morning coffee time.
then i put on my comfy jeans, my mom's old shirt with giant colorful buttons..they look like candy, it's amazing. and i've totally taken the shirt as my own.

i might have danced around a little, smeared pink lipstick on my mouth and went out into the world (venice.) to test ride sparkling good looking bicyles.

i also experienced pizzeria mozza for lunch.
gimme that mozza pizza! i love the heck out of it. THE crust, ah.

fast forward to
this morning. alarm. cereal, bites of oranges, quick!
i put on baggy jeans, pulled my hair back in the tightest knot i can muster..which is just a start really, because my hair has it's own hidden agenda.
then there's the 8 bobby pins..and still wacky hairs are springing out at random. they will not be tamed!

i put on a chef's jacket. clunky kitchen shoes. a hat. i look in the mirror and still feel like i'm a kid playing dress up. i totally wouldn't recognize myself on the street.

and then i go knead and chop and try not to ruin anything or burn my arm off. by the end of the day i'm fiending for a smoothie, a chair, and maybe some chocolate.

probably some chocolate.
definitely chocolate.

brownies are easy.
and they'll be refreshing if i stir peppermint patties in. get my logic?

chocolate and mint is such a thing..
thin mints. mint choco chip ice cream. andes mints. chocolate mint silk milk.

and these. fudgy peppermint patty cocoa brownies. i put bite size cubes of them in the olive boat. this makes me want to have a party.

they're wonderful when i'm well-rested and wearing earrings.
they're even better when my feet hurt and i appear to have been hit by a speeding bicycle.

Peppermint Patty Brownies
cocoa brownies from smitten kitchen via alice medrich

10 tbsp (1 1/4 sticks) unsalted butter
1 1/4 cups sugar
3/4 cup pus 2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
heaping 1/4 tsp sea salt
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
2 large eggs, cold
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 cup peppermint patties, halved or quartered

preheat oven to 325. line the bottom and sides of an 8 inch square baking pan with parchment paper or foil leaving an overhang on two opposite sides. combine the butter, sugar, cocoa powder, and salt in a medium heatproof bowl and set the bowl in a wide skillet of simmering water.  stir occasionally until the butter is melted and the mixture is smooth and hot. remove the bowl from the skillet and set aside to cool until it's just warm, not hot. it will look gritty at this point. (these steps should be able to be done in a microwave as well.)
stir in the vanilla extract with a wooden spoon. add the eggs one at a time, stirring after each addition. when the batter looks thick, shiny, and well-blended, add the flour and stir until you cannot see it any longer, then beat vigorously for about 40 strokes with the wooden spoon or spatula. fold in the peppermint patty chunks and spread into the baking pan. 
bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out mostly clean, a few moist crumbs is ok, about 25-30 minutes. let cool completely on a rack. cut into squares. 
like most chocolatey things, they'll be even better the next day. 


  1. !!!!
    I LOVE peppermint patties!!
    This has got to be the best idea I have ever heard!!!