Peppermint Oreo Brownie Cupcakes

A few weeks ago, I went to the mall with my niece … I call her The Cupcake Girl … she loves cupcakes!  I drug her into Williams-Sonoma … she wasn’t exactly kicking and screaming.  We waited in a short line to pay … short line, but took a long time.  It was lunch time, she was hungry and there were Peppermint Brownie samples on the counter!  The Cupcake Girl enjoyed those brownie samples and inspired me to make these …

Peppermint Brownie Oreos

I had Peppermint Oreos and Nestle Holiday Morsels just waiting to be used!  These brownies are the result of wanting peppermint, chocolate, Christmas colors and cupcakes for The Cupcake Girl.  They taste as fudgy and pepperminty as they look …

Peppermint Brownie cupcakes

This is what you will need …

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Peppermint Brownie Cupcakes

  • 24 Peppermint Oreos (or your favorite flavor)
  • 1 bag Nestle Holiday Chips (10 ounces)
  • 1 Brownie mix & the ingredients called for on the box (eggs, water, oil) (or your favorite recipe for a 9″ x 13″ pan)
  • 1/2 cup crushed peppermint candy (about 10 small candy canes, crushed)
  • 1/2 cup melted chocolate
  • 24 paper cupcake paper liners
  1. Heat oven to 350°F.  Line cupcake pans with paper liners.  Place 1 cookie in the bottom of each cupcake cavity.
  2. Make brownie batter according to package directions.  Add Holiday chips to batter and stir.  Scoop batter into cupcake pans on top of cookies.
  3. Bake for 20-25 minutes.  Remove from oven and cool completely.
  4. Drizzle melted chocolate on brownie cupcakes (I used a plastic squeeze bottle) and add crushed peppermint candy immediately.  Makes 24 yummy peppermint brownie cupcakes!

What are you baking this holiday season?  I look forward to hearing from you :)

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Decorate a Dessert … no experience necessary!

Do you ever take a dessert to a potluck, family gathering or maybe a Halloween Party in a pan?  I do!

Do you ever want to make that dessert look a little prettier than just a typical pan of brownies?  I do!

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Are you a great cake decorator?  I’m not!  OK, I’ve taken classes … don’t have the talent or patience to get everything perfect.  I prefer the relaxed and casual look … simple … easier for me to accomplish ;)

My project was inspired by this cake that I saw and pinned earlier this week.  The creator, Darlene is a very talented cake decorator.   I could not get it out of my mind … loved the colors, design and it had candy corn!  I took her basic idea and simplified …

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Do you remember the Halloween Cupcakes that I made last week using Sixlets and Gumballs?  Well, I still had some candy, gum and frosting leftover.

This whole idea came to me late yesterday morning.  So I baked the brownies (Duncan Hines Chewy Fudge).  While the brownies were cooling, went shopping at Macy’s for a few things … spent waaaay too much time … distracted by Christmas stuff ;)  Then on to Costco … shopped and ordered pizza to take home … so I could finish the brownies.  Do you think it’s a problem that Marco (the guy that works the pizza window) knows me by name?  OMG, I know his name too! He actually said “Brenda, I haven’t seen you in a while!”  I explained that ordering pizza was a habit that we were trying to break ;)

Now I was finally home and loosing daylight quickly … finished the brownies in the house … moved outside to take final photos.  I actually frosted the brownies in the living room on the ottoman (while the hubby was watching and eating pizza) … to get some natural light!!!  I’m sharing this info to let you know how quick and simple the frosting and decorating was to do.

This is what you will need …

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  • A pan of brownies (or any dessert, bars, cake etc.)
  • 1-1/2 to 2 cups of frosting
  • 1 to 2 cups Sixlets and/or Gumballs

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  1. Frost the brownies (I placed my frosting in the microwave for about 15 seconds to make it easier to spread a rather thin layer)
  2. Use the black candy to create a wavy line (leave about 1/2″ between candies)
  3. Make flowers (start with a black center)

decorating experience not required

There is no right or wrong way to decorate … just the way you want to do it!  I still have candy and gum left!  Humm, maybe I should have made more flowers?

I used Halloween colored Sixlets and Gumballs, however I don’t feel that this is specifically “Halloween”.  I love the color combo!  You can always change-up the colors to fit any occasion.

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Confession … these brownies didn’t go anywhere … they stayed home and were enjoyed (after pizza) while watching TV ;)

Thank you again to Sweet Works for sending me the Sixlets and Gumballs :)

I look forward to your comments!

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Polka Dot Brownies

I love polka dots!

All polka dots call me … by name … and I am drawn to them.   The dots can be on plates, purses, note pads … it doesn’t matter … I love all polka dots!

Polka Dot Brownies

I was very happy to make Polka Dot Brownies … they sort of happened by accident … a nice accident!  While doing a little spring cleaning, I found some Reese’s Pieces (leftover from chicks) and a brownie mix …

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I mixed up the brownies … spread the batter in the pan and sprinkled the candy on top and didn’t mix it in the batter … so that it wouldn’t sink to the bottom …

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I was pleasantly surprised that the candy stayed on top of the brownies … creating polka dots!  If you don’t have Reese’s Pieces, how about M&M’s?  Wouldn’t pink M&M’s on chocolate brownies be pretty?  Now I want to sort my candy by color … that means more spring cleaning.

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POLKA DOT BROWNIES

  • 1 brownie mix – 9″x13″ pan size (I used Duncan Hines chewy fudge brownies) and eggs, oil, water (as called for on box)
  • 1 cup Reese’s Pieces (plus additional for garnish)
  • Vanilla ice cream
  1. Prepare brownies and baking pan as directed on box.
  2. Spread brownie batter in prepared pan, sprinkle 1 cup Reese’s Pieces evenly over batter.
  3. Bake as directed on box.
  4. Cool, cut and serve with ice cream.  Garnish with more candy (polka dots) if desired.

This was so easy peasy … I almost feel silly sharing it ;)  As always … I ♥ your comments!

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Peanut Butter Mississipppi Mud Brownies & my summer in a nutshell

Hello everyone, it has been so long since we have talked.  I do apologize for my absence.  Summer has come and gone … fall is finally here … I am planning on getting back in the kitchen.  This is what has been going on …

  • I cleaned out closets, cupboards, drawers … found stuff that I forgot I owned … threw some in the trash, donated some to the Salvation Army, tried to organize what was left.
  • Shredded a ton of paperwork.
  • We are finishing up some home renovations that have been going on forever.  Explanation – we are slow DIYers … we can tear down a wall in 10 minutes … but take 10 years to rebuild it.  Which gives me time to change my mind (about 500 times) on how I want it rebuilt ;)
  • Our helpful dog stuck her head and paws in a box of drywall mud … I tried to clean her up before it dried … some white powder stayed on her nose for days … should have taken a photo … she looked like she had been snorting illegal substances ;)
  • Shredded more paper.
  • Went to Las Vegas and found Elvis …           or Elvises or Elvi? :)
  • Also found this huge chocolate dragon, …
      (and my hubby on his scooter)
  • My hubby was able to wear two shoes this week (YEAH), for the first time since his ankle surgery back in April.
  • Felt guilty for not blogging.
  • Felt extremely guilty for not visiting and commenting on other blogs.
  • Saw the Space Shuttle Endeavour fly over JPL/NASA … absolutely AMAZING …
  • Visited with family and friends that we don’t get to see as often as we would like.
  • Finally had the time to read a Southern Living magazine which brings me to these …

PEANUT BUTTER MISSISSIPPI MUD BROWNIES

(adapted from Southern Living)

CHOCOLATE BROWNIE LAYERS -

  • Duncan Hines Chewy Fudge Brownie mix (or your favorite brand) & additional ingredients as listed on package (eggs, oil, water)

PEANUT BUTTER LAYER -

  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/3 cup butter (softened)
  • 1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup unbleached (or all-purpose) flour
  • 4 cups miniature marshmallows

CHOCOLATE FROSTING -

  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla bean paste (or extract)
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.  Grease and flour a 9″ x 13″ pan.
  2. Prepare chocolate brownie batter according to directions on package.  Spread half of brownie batter in the bottom of prepared pan.  Set remaining batter aside.
  3. Prepare peanut butter layer –  Beat peanut butter, butter, brown sugar and granulated sugar at medium speed with an electric mixer until light and fluffy.  Add 2 eggs, 1 at a time, beating just until blended after each addition.  Stir together baking powder and flour, and add to peanut butter mixture, beating at low-speed just until blended.
  4. Spoon peanut butter mixture over brownie batter; top with remaining brownie batter, and swirl together.
  5. Bake at 350°F for 35-45 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out with a few moist crumbs.  Remove from oven to a wire rack; sprinkle with marshmallows.
  6. Prepare chocolate frosting – Cook butter, cocoa powder and milk in a saucepan over medium heat, whisking constantly, 4 minutes or until slightly thickened; remove from heat.  Whisk in powdered sugar and vanilla until smooth.  Drizzle all of the frosting over brownies.  Cool completely.  Makes about 30 servings.

♦  If you like cold cake, I suggest placing the brownies in the fridge … yum :)

I am ready to make some things for Halloween … how about you?  I♥ your comments … please leave one!

I have to get back to work … there is cabinet waiting for me to paint it.  I don’t think we will ever finish!  ;)

Happy Birthday Oreo!

Today the Oreo cookie is 100 years old!!!

Can you believe it?

He sure has aged well!

Or is Oreo a she?

It doesn’t really matter … Oreos are just wonderful.

HAPPY100th BIRTHDAY OREO!

In celebration of this special birthday … I am just sharing (again) an old favorite way to use Oreos … other than eating them right out of the bag!

It is my Oreo Brownie Cupcake!  Just click here for the instructions.

I’ll be sharing a few more ideas for St. Patrick’s Day soon!

 

 

 

 

Brownie Oreo Cupcakes

This was an experiment … I have made brownie cupcakes before and love the convenience of single servings, no cutting required … but I have never stuffed a Oreo in one.  I have seen many recipes recently with Oreos inside cupcakes, cookies and brownies, so I gave it a try.  I will do it again, but it will probably be an experiment again!

First of all, I must confess that I used a brownie mix.   You see my family prefers brownies from a mix over brownies from scratch.  So, I keep my family happy and my life simple!

I followed the directions on the box and filled cupcake papers with the brownie batter.  I got 13 cupcakes from a mix that made a 9″ x 13″ pan of brownies …

Then put the Oreos in the cupcake batter … and put them in the oven @ 350° for 25 minutes …

This is what happened … the Oreos that I laid on top of the batter, stayed … I stood 3 Oreos on end and 2 fell down …  next time I may do it differently … maybe pour a little batter in the bottom, place a Oreo on the batter and then cover the Oreo with more batter …

I made these cupcakes to take to a birthday lunch … they looked so plain … so I added a little dollop of icing …

They needed more … a few sprinkles “partied” them up … and I put them in individual cupcake boxes for everyone to take home …

These Brownie Oreo Cupcakes were very easy and tasted good.  Let me know if you try it this way or another … I always appreciate input!  Just leave a comment below ….

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