York Peppermint Patty Brownies

Hi everyone!! Hope you all had a fantastic holiday weekend! I definitely got to relax some as well as finish up some work that I had been putting off a bit. Anyway, over the weekend I decided to bake some brownies, and since I love mint and chocolate together, I thought it would be fun to put some mini peppermint patties in the brownie batter before baking them. It turned out really well!! The chocolate from the peppermint patties melted so the brownies were extra gooey! I also think this would be good with mini Reese’s cups or rolos.

Peppermint Patty Brownies

Ingredients

1/2 cup butter, melted
1 1/4 cups sugar
3/4 cup cocoa powder
2/3 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 eggs
1/3 cup flour
12 mini peppermint patties

Directions
1. Preheat oven to 325. Grease a 9X13 baking dish. Set aside.
2. In a large bowl, whisk the sugar, cocoa powder, and salt together. Pour in the melted butter. Stir in the vanilla. Beat in the eggs one at a time, until just combined. Stir in the flour, mixing until the batter just comes together.
3. Pour half of the brownie batter into your baking dish. Place the peppermint patties on top of the batter. Pour in the rest of the brownie batter, smoothing so that it is evenly distributed.
4. Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until the top begins to crack and the brownies test clean with a knife. The brownies will be quite gooey, but this is mostly due to the melted chocolate from the candies. Let cool completely. Slice into squares and sprinkle with powdered sugar, if desired.

Again, I really liked these brownies! They were a lot of fun to make and we shared them with a bunch of our friends.

Broiled Grapefruit

Hey all!! So we’ve just moved back to school and classes have begun! It has definitely been a busy couple of days, but I think that this is going to be a great semester!!
I’m not a huge breakfast eater, but as I have a couple of very busy mornings this semester, I’ve been looking for simple breakfast recipes that aren’t too heavy, but will keep my energy levels up until lunch. Lately, I’ve been loving whole wheat toast with butter and a broiled grapefruit. Its nice and warm, and also really delicious!

Broiled Grapefruit
Ingredients
1 grapefruit, cut in half
2-3 teaspoons brown sugar per half
Directions
Set your oven to broil.
Run a paring knife around each grapefruit half, between the fruit and the peel. Then section each grapefruit half so that it is easier to eat after its been broiled.
Sprinkle the sugar on the grapefruit halves and place in the oven for 5-8 minutes, or until the sugar is caramelized and bubbly.
Remove from oven, let cool about 1 minute. Eat while still warm!!

I’ve also seen versions of this recipe using honey instead of the sugar, but I haven’t tried that out yet. I bet it is delicious though!!

Have a great day!