Thursday, October 6, 2011

Fightin' Irish Brownies

For my final installment of September's Football Food theme for What's Cooking Wednesday, I thought I'd share a fourth quarter, aka dessert, recipe!  Not only is this a super tasty sweet treat, but it segues nicely into next month's theme (Halloween foods) with a simple name change!  I'd love to give credit where credit is due, but this recipe is a combination of several found on the internet plus a cake recipe from my own mama...

I'm proud to present...

...Fightin' Irish Creme de Menthe Brownies (or Wicked Witch of the West Brownies)

1 20-ounce Ghirardeli Double Chocolate brownie mix
1/3 cup oil
1/3 cup water
1 egg
1/2 cup green creme de menthe, divided
4 cups powdered sugar
1/2 cup melted butter
1/4 cup half-and-half
1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips, melted

Preheat the oven to 325.  Prepare the brownie batter as directed, adding 1/4 cup green creme de menthe.  Bake per package directions (but be careful, because my oven goes quite a bit quicker than the box said, so check your brownies early!).  Refrigerate brownies until well-chilled.

For the frosting, combine the remaining ingredients (you should still have 1/4 cup of creme de menthe...don't forget that part!) except for the melted chocolate chips in a mixing bowl.  Beat on high until smooth.  Remove brownies from refrigerator and frost.  Chill 4 more hours. 

Drizzle melted chocolate over chilled brownies (or use a toothpick to draw a design in the frosting and fill that in), cut into bars, and serve!  Store in an air-tight container in the fridge.

It's not nearly as pretty as I wanted, but that's what happens when you don't pay attention because you're watching a football game....

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