Yes yes, long time. I know, okay? Gimme a break.
This past weekend I had to make some baked goods for work. Thankfully, this should be my last time for awhile, as we’ve recently promoted several people, so now they can bake for the ingrates in my department. Anyhoodle, I wanted to make something different, so I looked up recipes for some sort of minty brownie. I’m not a big chocolate fan, so when I make it, I want it to be something different than the norm. [The exception to this is boxed brownie mix on poker night, because those people don't pay me enough of a rake to get fancy.]
I stumbled across the recipe for this on the Hershey website. And before you think I’m starting to shill for companies, I’m not; there were no Hershey products used during the dubious recreation of this recipe. [But hey, if anyone wants to send me free crap, feel free.] The recipe looked good because the work involved was minimal but it would still taste like something special when I brought to it work. And when I taste-tested it at home the night before.
Peppermint Brownies, adapted from Hershey’s Sensational Peppermint Pattie Brownies
24 small (1.5 inch) chocolate covered peppermint patty candy
3/4 cup butter, melted
3/4 cup oil
3 cups sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup cocoa powder [I prefer Dutch-processed, but that's up to you and your conscience.]
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
Heat oven to 350 F [or 325 F if using a glass pan as I did].
Mix together butter, oil, sugar and vanilla. Add eggs and beat until blended. Slowly stir in dry ingredients. Reserve two cups of batter, and spread remaining batter in greased/lined pan. Place peppermint patties on top of batter, roughly 1/2 inch apart. Spread remaining batter over the patties.
Bake for about 50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out mostly dry or the brownies start to pull away from the pan.
Now, my end product looks quite different than the one on the original recipe; I assume if I had used the Hershey’s candy recommended, it would have looked more similar. Regardless, these were really tasty, if a bit sticky on the bottom from the melted candy.