By Annie Gebel
I like cookies. In fact – warm, fresh from the oven cookies are my favorite dessert. However, sometimes I want to bake something a little less time consuming. Cookies usually require me to get off my rear end every 8-15 minutes to take a batch out and put another one in. I’m not complaining, mind you, but sometimes it’s nice to only get up once. What if you feel like me or have some other reason you dislike cookies – what can you take to the office cookie exchange? So glad you asked. Let me give you a few ideas.
Make your favorite brownie recipe (from scratch or the box, doesn’t matter). Once it’s cooled you’re going to top it with a mint sauce/frosting. To make the frosting, melt about 2 TBSP butter and add in some confectioner’s sugar. (If you want it thicker put in more sugar). Once it’s combined and the thickness you want, add a little Crème de Menthe. Originally, when my mother-in-law told me this recipe, she used ice cream topping. I quickly discovered this novelty isn’t available all around the country and started using the liqueur! I usually use a TBSP or so. Because the liqueur has no color, I add a couple drops of green food coloring too. Mix it all up and drizzle or spread over the brownies.
These are a huge family favorite and so easy to make! Melt 2 cups of butterscotch chips and 1 cup of creamy peanut butter in a double boiler. Mix until smooth. Pour over 6 cups of crispy rice cereal and mix it all up before spooning into a 9×13 pan. Press it down and refrigerate until set. You won’t be sorry you made these – but you might need two batches if you plan on taking one out of the house!
Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Blend 1 cup nut butter (I used sunbutter), ½ cup honey, 1 egg, ½ tsp baking soda, ¼ tsp salt, 1 tsp pure vanilla extract, and 1 TBSP cinnamon with a mixer until combined – will be thick! Pour into a non-stick or greased 8×8 baking dish. Bake for 20-30 minutes, let rest, and enjoy! I actually liked these more after they sat for a day or so. I hope you like them too. (from the blog “My Delicious Life”)