Friday, March 21, 2014

Brownie Mix/Recipe

I had to hold off posting this until my daughter opened her birthday gift, lucky for you she couldn't wait until Sunday!
Lots of fun stuff; perfume, new kitchen towels & dishcloths, Crate & Barrel gift card and the brownie mix with mint M&M's.

The girl likes mint but you can substitute any flavor of M&M's and change the extract to your liking. 
I think I will try coconut next, one of the boys likes coconut M&M's. And his wife likes the peanut butter flavored variety. This is starting to sound like a commercial for M&M's!
I also sent the birthday girl this pan for her brownies. 
These are my new favorite pans, worth every penny!
And don't you just love weck jars?
Enough with the free advertisements, on to the recipe...

Homemade Brownie Mix: (adapted from chef in training)
6 c flour
4 t baking powder
4 t salt
8 c sugar
8 oz unsweetened special dark cocoa
2 c vegetable shortening

In a LARGE bowl sift together flour, baking powder and salt.
Add sugar and cocoa. Blend well.
With a pastry blender cut in shortening until evenly distributed.
Put in an airtight container and store in a cool, dry place. 
Use within 10-12 weeks.

Mint M&M Brownies:
3 eggs, beaten
1 t mint extract
1/2 c M&M's

Preheat oven to 350°F.
In a medium bowl, combine eggs, vanilla and brownie mix.
Beat until smooth.
Spread batter into 8x8" pan. 

Sprinkle with M&M's.
Bake for 15-20 minutes until brownies are done.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Red Velvet Cookies

Confession time:
February's Dessert of the Month Club cookie was a recipe ripoff! 
I searched for quite awhile for a great Red Velvet Cookie recipe, even tried some out on the family but couldn't find one that I thought was better than the original Chocolate Puffs.
So I just added red food coloring to the recipe. Sometimes simple is the right answer.
Simple is my favorite.

Red Velvet Cookies
1/2 c butter
3/4 c cocoa
1/4 c oil
2 c sugar
2 t vanilla

4 eggs
2 t red food coloring
2 c flour
2 t baking powder
1/8 t ground cinnamon
Powdered sugar - sifted

Melt butter, add cocoa and oil stirring until smooth. Pour into large bowl; gradually add sugar, blending thoroughly. Add vanilla and the eggs, one at a time, beating between each addition.

Stir in food coloring.
Sift flour, baking powder, and cinnamon; stir into the chocolate mixture.
Cover and chill 8 hours. Form into balls and roll in powdered sugar. 
Bake on an ungreased cookie sheet at 375 degrees for 8-10 minutes.