Can we have my annual pity party for one? No? You don’t feel bad for me that I have to go back to work today after two months of “not” working? Not is in quotation marks because I worked a fair bit between trips, FYI. It’s okay if you don’t feel bad for me, I’ll just go talk to my teacher friends, they understand what it means to mourn the end of summer. Luckily, I have a lot of teacher friends!
To celebrate the last days of summer I’ve spent two days at the beach, eaten plenty of tasty food, and imbibed delicious frozen beverages; it’s best to go out on a high note! Hopefully the warm weather will hold so I can have some relaxing fall days on the beach. I love beach living.
When you spend your days at the beach, you need easy delicious treats. Baking the same recipe can get boring, so I’m always looking for inspiration to jazz up a favorite recipe. Little York Peppermint Patties in my favorite brownie recipe was inspiration from above. A dark fudgy brownie is perfectly accompanied by these minty candies. The brownies are rich, decadent, and amazing! Feel free to jazz them up with whatever inspires you!
One Year Ago – Fall Favorites
Dark Chocolate Brownies with York Peppermint Patties
Adapted from MMMMM Brownies
Yield – 8” x 8” pan, 16-25 pieces
1/2 cup sugar
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons water
1 teaspoon instant coffee
10 ounces bittersweet chocolate chips
1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
2/3 cup flour
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
25 mini York Peppermint Patties
- Preheat the oven to 325 ˚F. Grease an 8” x 8” square pan and line with parchment paper leaving an overhang. Grease that too.
- In a medium saucepan melt the butter, sugar, water, and instant coffee. When melted add in the chocolate chips and stir until combined and melted. Add in the eggs one at a time and then the, stir to combine. Add in the flour, soda, and salt mixing until just combined.
- Pour in about half the brownie batter, layer the peppermint patties and then cover with the remaining batter. Bake for 20-25 minutes until the top is shiny and crusty and a toothpick comes out almost clean. DO NOT OVER BAKE!
- Let cool slightly and then slice and serve!