Jingle Bells

On Wednesday I made two batches of brownies for dinner with my local makeshift family. The first batch was just plain brownies. A variety of family members are allergic to a variety of nuts so while I normally like to mix in some sort of peanut butter element (like Reese's Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups), I restrained myself. Thank goodness because unbeknownst to me an extra allergic to peanuts friend was going to be there! But the second batch of brownies was a little more fun. I am calling them HOLIDAY BROWNIES.

Should I? Probably not. Am I going to anyway? Yes! So perhaps you will recall that as a non sequitor  comment in a previous post I mentioned my current Ghirardelli Peppermint Bark kick. No? Well, I am on a kick with the Peppermint Bark. So I decided to chop it up and throw it in the brownie mix.

And then I thought to myself, "Dude, I totally have Starlight Peppermints that I could crush and decorate the tops of the brownies with for extra cuteness! SWEET!" What I did not think to myself was, "Dude, you so do not have the right tools to accomplish that! You need a seal tight plastic baggy and a mallet and candy canes."  So I commenced trying to crush up Starlight Mints. It went......badly. But I did manage to get a few usable shards. 

Finished product: 

As it turns out, my local clan doesn't do peppermint and chocolate combination. But since they turned out to be extra tasty, I was more than happy to eat them all by myself.  

They are a nice departure from the only two foods I have been eating lately: Homemade vegetarian burritos and steel cut oatmeal with baked apples, cinnamon, and brown sugar. They are both good and filling meals, but not quite as decadent as HOLIDAY BROWNIES.