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.

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