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Grasshopper Brownie Bars

Grashopper brownie bars 3Whether you are looking for a festive St. Patty’s Day treat, or just in the mood for the delightful combination of chocolate and mint, this allergy friendly grasshopper brownie bar recipe is sure to please.

I love anything made with chocolate and mint but, why do we call it a “grasshopper”? After a quick Google search, I learned that a popular 50’s after dinner drink made with crème de menthe and crème de cacao is the origin. It got its name due to the green tint in the crème de menthe. Mystery solved!

So, with that little tidbit of history, hop into your kitchen and whip up a batch of these tasty treats. You might even want to put on a little Elvis Pressley or Chuck Berry to set the mood.

Happy Baking!

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GRASSHOPPER BROWNIE BARS

FOR BROWNIE LAYER:

  • 1 box Lillabee Fudgy Brownie Mix plus additional ingredients to prepare batter ( 1/3 cup butter/margarine,  2 tsp vanilla extract, 2 eggs)
  • 2 tsp peppermint extract or 1/8 tsp peppermint oil 

 

FOR MINT FILLING:

  • 1 cup non-hydrogenated shortening or butter (room temp)
  • 3-4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp peppermint extract or 1/8 tsp peppermint oil
  • ¼- ½ cup milk (rice, coconut, cow, etc.)
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • 2-6 drops green food coloring (optional)

 

 FOR CHOCOLATE TOP LAYER:

  • 1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
  • 2 T non-hydrogenated shortening (room temp)

 

STEP 1: PREP

Place rack in center of oven and preheat oven to 350˚ F. Line pan with aluminum foil, leaving 4” or excess foil hanging over the sides. This excess foil will be used as handles to aid in removal from pan once the three layer dessert is complete. Lightly grease 9”x9” square pan.

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STEP 2: MAKE BROWNIES

Mix Lillabee Fudgy Brownie Mix as directed on the back of the box . Add in the peppermint extract / oil along with the vanilla extract. Bake as directed. Let cool completely in pan before layering frosting and chocolate topping.

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STEP 3: MAKE MINT FILLING

Using  paddle attachment on standing mixer blend shortening/butter, salt, vanilla, peppermint extract/oil until smooth. Add 1 cup powdered sugar and mix until incorporated. Alternate a splash of milk with ½ cup powdered sugar until desired sweetness and consistency is achieved. Add one drop of green food coloring at a time until desired color is achieved. (This can be made up to a week in advance and stored in an airtight container or sealed plastic bag. Bring to room temperature when ready to use.)

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STEP 4: ASSEMBLE LAYERS

Assemble grasshopper brownie bars in the pan the brownies were baked in (with foil liner). Top cooled brownies with 1 cup mint filling and spread evenly with offset spatula or rubber spatula. Put in refrigerator to chill for 30 minutes.

 Grasshopper Brownie Bars chill

Melt 1 cup of chocolate chips in microwave on 50% power setting in 30 second intervals, stirring frequently. Once chocolate is melted and smooth, stir in 2 Tb shortening until incorporated. Pour over mint filling and spread with offset spatula until mint filling is completely covered. Chill in refrigerator for another 30 min.

 

STEP 5: CUT AND ENJOY!

To remove from pan, use foil overhang as handles and simply lift up and out of pan. Place on a cutting board and cut into squares.

 Grasshopper Brownie cut

NOTE: You will have extra mint filling. Use it to frost cupcakes and cookies or try our Chocolate Mint Cake Truffles recipe. YUM! 

Rocky Road Brownie with Graham Cracker Crust

 

Hooray! Winter is finally here! When the snow falls and the temperature outside drops, I love to retreat to my kitchen to warm my home with the heavenly aromas of fresh baked sweet treats. Lately, I have been dreaming of toasted marshmallows around an open fire. Which, lead me to memories of s’mores as a child and then, rocky road candy. Random, I know, but I haven’t been able to get it off of my mind. Chocloate, peanuts, marshmallows, graham crackers…. Yes, please! So check out this delightful brownie creation. These treats are so simple and delicious! I think brownies are the perfect everyday indulgence. You don’t need a special occasion to enjoy a rich fudgy rocky road brownie. So go ahead, enjoy!

  • 1 box Lillabee Fudgy Brownie Mix 
  • 1 1/2 cups gluten free graham crackers (crushed very fine into crumbs)
  • 6 Tbsp. butter or margarine
  • 1 Tbsp. sugar
  • 1/4 c. mini chocolate chips or chopped dark chocolate
  • 1/4 c. chopped peanuts (optional)
  • 1/3 c. mini marshmallows

For graham cracker crust: 

Preheat oven to 375. Line 9×9 baing pan with aluminum foil leaving extra hanging over on two sides. Grease foil. Chop graham crackers into fine crumbs using your food processor, or place in a plastic baggie and crush with a rolling pin. Combine graham crumbs with 1 Tbsp. sugar and 6 Tbsp soft butter/margarine until well combined. Transfer into your 9×9 foil lined square baking pan and press a thin layer into the bottom of pan with your fingertips. Bake graham cracker crust for about 8 min., or until the edges begin to brown.

Remove from oven and let cool as you make fudgy brownie batter as directed on the back of the Lillabee box. Reduce oven temp to 350.

 

Transfer fudgy brownie batter into the graham cracker crust. Gently spread batter around using a spatula. 

Here’s a Lilla-tip: Use a greased rubber spatula to spread the thick and rich brownie batter evenly in the pan. You can use a little melted butter/ margarine or non-stick spray oil of your choice. It works like a charm every time. 

Bake brownies for approximately 20 minutes, until toothpick inserted one inch from edge comes out mostly clean with some fudge. Brownies are always more fudgy when a little underdone.

Remove from oven and top with chopped peanuts, mini marshamallows and mini chocolate chips. Bake for 3 min, or until marshmallows puff and brown slightly. In these photos I did not chop the peanuts… They seemed too chunky. Next time I will definitely chop them into very small pieces and sprinkle all over the top.

Let cool for 10-15 minutes, lift from pan by using the longer sides of foil as handles. Let cool completely. Cut into squares and share with someone you love.

Happy Baking!