Fudge Mint Gooey Brownie Bars

Hot fudge, mint Oreo cookies, and Andes mint chips make these Fudge Mint Gooey Brownie Bars seriously a chocolate explosion in your mouth.  These are for the chocolate lover in all of us.

Fudge Mint Gooey Brownie Bars - brownie, mint cookies and baking chips, and hot fudge make these bars irresistible www.insidebrucrewlife.com

 These gooey brownie bars need to happen in your kitchen ASAP.

I mean look at the layer of hot fudge coming out of it.  What is stopping you from making these?

So the other day, I got an intense craving for mint and chocolate.  I had most of the stuff in my cupboards to make these right away…just had to run to the store for the mint Oreos.  Now here’s the kicker!  I can’t even eat these.   [Read more...]

Chocolate Mint Cookies

Chocolate Mint Cookies using cake mix

I know Christmas is long gone, but you want another chocolate mint cookie recipe right?

This week I worked on cleaning out some of the cupboards in our kitchen.  I organized my baking liners and drink mixes, got rid of extra plates and cups we don’t use, and looked through my baking supplies.  Turns out I am a baking supply hoarder.

I stopped looking through that particular cupboard after I counted 15 bags of different baking chips.  It was easier just to shove it all back in and close the door.  That cupboard is scheduled for clean out on another day because I don’t think I really want to know how many bags of chips, marshmallows, and cake mixes I have accumulated.

Chocolate Mint Cookies using cake mix

This chocolate mint cookie uses a cake mix up and some of the baking chips that fell out when I opened the cupboard door.  Apparently I overbought on the Christmas baking chips this year because I still had 2 bags left of the mint and dark chocolate pieces.  Every time I went to Walmart, I felt the need to buy a few bags of Christmas baking chips, so now it is quite possible that I am stocked for Christmas 2013.

Who am I kidding?

If I don’t bake with them, chances are very possible that I will eat them when I am craving chocolate like a mad lady at midnight!  Anyone else do this???

Now I am really hoping that some of you crazy bakers have the same problem as me because this is one cake mix cookie you need in your life.   And I am talking like now…as in right this very minute.  Don’t do another thing today until you have this cookie in your oven.  You will thank me later…or curse me when you can’t button your pants.  Either way…you’re welcome.

Chocolate Mint Cookies using cake mix

This chocolate mint cookie is kind of a cheater.

 It starts with a cake mix, but by the time it comes out of the oven, you will not recognize it as cake anymore.  These taste like a deep fried Oreo, minus all the fat from frying, if you eat them right from the oven.  It was so super chocolate-y and divine that I was glad I had someone else to give them too.

The thought crossed my mind that I should just hide these from everyone and make something else to give.  But my tight jeans reminded me why that wasn’t such a good idea.  Curse you holiday bulge!!!

Chocolate Mint Cookies using cake mix

If you make these chocolate mint cookies (AND you definitely should) I want you to know that I hold no responsibility for the tight pants that will come from eating the whole batch.  Now I know I just told you to bake these before anything else today, BUT I don’t recommend making these cookies if no one is home with you.   You will probably want to eat all of them…at least hide them in the back of the kitchen closet for your midnight raids.

Chocolate Mint Cookies using cake mix

Or you could freeze the leftovers like I did.   I enjoyed the last two before I went to bed last night.
Just pop the bag in the microwave for 10-20 seconds,  and it’s like they are fresh from the oven.

 

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Chocolate Mint Cookies

Prep Time: 45 minutes

Cook Time: 9 minutes

Yield: 36 cookies

Chocolate Mint Cookies

Easy chocolate mint cookies from a cake mix.

Ingredients

1 chocolate cake mix (
8 Tablespoons butter, melted
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
4 oz. cream cheese, softened
1 1/2 cups mint Oreo cookie chunks
1/2 c. chocolate and mint chips

Instructions

  1. Whisk together the butter, egg, cream cheese, and vanilla. Add half of the cake mix and mix well. Add the other half of the cake mix and cookie chunks and mix again. Stir in the chocolate mint pieces by hand.
  2. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. Roll dough into 1 or 1 1/2 inch balls. Place on un-greased baking sheet or a Silpat. Bake at 350* for 9 minutes. Cool on the baking sheet for 2-3 minutes. Remove to a wire rack to cool completely. Store in a covered container for 4-5 days. Makes 36 cookies.

Notes

If you can't find the chocolate and mint baking chips, you can substitute the Andes mint baking chips.

http://insidebrucrewlife.com/2013/01/chocolate-mint-cookies/

 

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Brownie Mint Rice Krispie Treats

CURRENTLY I AM

Brownie Mint Rice Krispie Treats

EXCITED FOR - Thanksgiving with my hubby’s family…can’t wait to snuggle those nieces and nephews.
MISSING – my sisters and brother and their little munchkins.
WEARING - jeans, black & orange top with a black & cream striped cardigan and silver flats with my bling owl necklace
LISTENING TO -  The Parent Rap…funny stuff if you have kids.
TRYING - to not lose my patience when kids are doing the things kids do so well.

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Fudge Mint Popcorn

It’s time to eat your greens.  And by greens, I mean girl scout cookies in this Fudge Mint Popcorn.  It is the best way to eat those greens.
Fudge Mint Popcorn - chocolate covered popcorn with mint cookies and candies www.insidebrucrewlife.com
You didn’t think I meant the  spinach, kale,
broccoli or cucumbers that are all rotting away in my fridge crisper.
Veggies! Who needs them anyway?
Oh yea, my sugar laden body that is supposed to be eating them
so it will be ready for our cruise and beach vacation!
Maybe a padlock on my baking cupboard would help?
Oh, and maybe if I stopped hiding food for research purposes.
Or better yet, if I was just good and didn’t buy it.
Like that’s going to happen:-)
Are you laughing with me yet???
You all see how much I bake…
and really it is THAT much!
Seriously though…back to eating some green this weekend.
It is kind of a holiday so I’m thinking about celebrating
by popping green m&m’s and bowls of Fudge Mint Popcorn
while chilling on the couch with my little family!
Wait, did I say green coated popcorn?
Now there is a great idea…
I should have coated the entire thing
with the green chocolate instead of just drizzling.
Hhhhmmmm maybe next time.
My brain doesn’t think that fast when sugar is near.
Basically I have to keep lots of scraps of paper and notebooks
around for when an idea pops into my head.
There is no rhyme or reason to when this might happen.
Commercials, at the gym, junk food, cereal boxes, sadly even sitting in church.
All of a sudden it just pops in…
and could pop back out if I don’t write it down.
This popcorn jumble happens to be one of those moments.
Sadly I don’t remember where I was or what I was doing
when I thought, “Hey, fudge mint popcorn would be awesome
if it had m&m’s, marshmallows, cookies, AND sprinkles in it!”
Fudge Mint Popcorn - chocolate covered popcorn with mint cookies and candies www.insidebrucrewlife.com
Now I know that cookie inspired popcorn is not a new thing…
in fact there are quite a few versions on pinterest.
So in no way am I trying to claim something that is already around.
This popcorn does have a little secret though…
come a little closer and I will whisper it in your ear.
(I used walmart cookies because I refuse to pay $4-5 for a tiny little box of those “other” cookies)
 
 
No siree, I am good with generic brand cookies.
Especially when I am throwing all sorts of other goodies in with it,
and because I think they taste just as good.
 
If I had gotten the good ones, I wouldn’t have had enough money
for the extra ingredients…
and really the extra stuff in it really sets it apart!
Gives it the WOW factor!!
Fudge Mint Popcorn - chocolate covered popcorn with mint cookies and candies www.insidebrucrewlife.com
 
 
I’m thinking this would be a great breakfast too:-)
If donuts count as breakfast,
then why not popcorn???
Fudge Mint Popcorn

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 10 cups

Fudge Mint Popcorn

Chocolate covered popcorn loaded with mint cookies, mint candies, and more chocolate.

Ingredients

8 cups popped popcorn
1 cups miniature marshmallows
3/4 cup chocolate candies, divided
1 1/2 cups fudge mint cookies, chopped & divided
1 1/2 cups white chocolate chips
1 teaspoon shortening
1/4 cup green candy melts (Wilton)
3 Tablespoons sprinkles

Instructions

  1. Combine popcorn, marshmallows, 1/2 cup chocolate candies, and 1 cup fudge mint cookies pieces in a large bowl. Crush the extra 1/2 cup cookies into crumbs and set aside with the extra chocolate candies.
  2. In a microwave safe bowl, combine the white chips and shortening. Heat slowly, stirring every 30 seconds until melted. Pour over popcorn mixture and toss until everything is coated. Spread out on a wax paper lined cookie tray. Sprinkle with the crushed cookies and the extra 1/4 cup chocolate candies. Let set.
  3. Heat the green candy melts in a microwave safe bowl. Spoon into a plastic bag and cut the tip off one corner. Drizzle over the popcorn and top with sprinkles. Let set before eating.
http://insidebrucrewlife.com/2012/03/fudge-mint-popcorn/
 

Mint Chocolate Cookies and Cream Fudge

Two layers of fudge and cookie chunks makes this Mint Chocolate Cookies and Cream Fudge kind of hard to resist.

Mint Chocolate Cookies and Cream Fudge  - chocolate fudge topped with a mint Oreo cookie fudge  www.insidebrucrewlife.com


Today is my reveal for the Secret Recipe Club.
This month I had the priviledge of choosing a recipe from
Hilary’s blog Baking Bad.
I was pretty excited to get hers because she lives about an hour from me,
but we have never met…one day maybe?
Mint Chocolate Cookies and Cream Fudge  - chocolate fudge topped with a mint Oreo cookie fudge  www.insidebrucrewlife.com
I was so inspired to cook some better food as I went through her blog…
inspired to actually make some yummy food
like this and this.
But my heart is always pounding after
yummy sounding and tasting desserts…
so off I went to check out her treats.
I knew the minute I saw the mint cookies and cream fudge
that this was it…plus I had just bought mint oreos.
Cha-ching!!!!
This was going to be awesome!
And the best part was going back later and
realizing that Hilary adapted it from my blogging BFF Aimee :-)
Mint Chocolate Cookies and Cream Fudge  - chocolate fudge topped with a mint Oreo cookie fudge  www.insidebrucrewlife.com
If you have been reading my blog for any time at all,
you know one major thing about me…
I love to jazz my desserts up with all sorts of sugar bling.
Hilary’s fudge got the royal treatment in my kitchen.
First it was given a bottom layer of dark chocolate fudge.
Then it was topped off with the cookies and cream layer
that had been colored a bright fun green color.
I seem to have a thing for two toned fudge.
Remember the Cappuccino Fudge and the Red Hot Fudge???
This fudge may have converted me from just using
a can of frosting for my fudge.
I absolutely loved how creamy the sweetened condensed milk and fluff made it.
Definitely a good thing I sent most of it to work with my husband…
otherwise I would be face planting
right into the pan of about now!!!
Mint Chocolate Cookies and Cream Fudge

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Yield: about 50 squares of fudge

Mint Chocolate Cookies and Cream Fudge

Chocolate fudge topped with a mint Oreo fudge.

Ingredients

For the Chocolate Layer
2 cups dark chocolate chips
1 Tablespoon butter
1/2 jar Marshmallow Cream (7 oz. jar)
2/3 cup sweetened condensed milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/8 teaspoon salt
For the Mint Layer
2 cups white chocolate chips
1 Tablespoon butter
1/2 jar Marshmallow Cream (7 oz. jar)
2/3 cup sweetened condensed milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/8 teaspoon salt
10 mint Oreos, broken into chunks
green food coloring

Instructions

    For the Chocolate Layer
  1. In a small sauce pan, combine the chocolate chips, butter, sweetened condensed milk, and marshmallow cream over medium heat. Stir until completely melted together.
  2. Stir in the vanilla and salt. Pour into an 8x8 pan that has been lined with wax paper. Refrigerate until set.
  3. For the Mint Layer
  4. In a small saucepan, combine the white chips, butter, sweetened condensed milk, and marshmallow cream over medium heat. Stir until completely melted together.
  5. Stir in the vanilla, salt, and a little bit of green food coloring. Stir in the broken mint Oreos. Pour on top of the chocolate layer. Top with extra broken cookie pieces. Refrigerate until set. Let the fudge come to room temperature before cutting.
http://insidebrucrewlife.com/2012/02/mint-chocolate-cookies-n-cream-fudge-src/

Andes Mint Filled Cookies

chocolate cookies, dessert recipes, sweet recipes
There are certain things that drive me to eat more sugar…
…cleaning up a “lake” on the bathroom floor and a
“waterfall” in the basement just happens to be one of those things.
My youngest decided to fill the tub up to the rim
and then proceeded to do some sort of “wave”.
(Apparently this is some sort of pokemon move that
you would use in a battle.)

Chocolate Mint Donuts

Hi there friends.

Grab a cup of coffee and some donuts

and let’s talk shopping:-)
Mostly “Black Friday” crazy shopping!!!
Last week I looked over all the “Black Friday” specials
while my husband drove us to visit family for Thanksgiving.
We found a crazy good deal on a certain item and
just couldn’t pass it up!!!
I mean surely we can battle the crowds and stand
forever to save $150!
My husband’s response…
“How bad can it be?”
Isn’t he cute? Obviously he has never shopped
on that particular Friday before.
mint chocolate donuts
So after filling our bellies full of turkey, stuffing, and some dessert…
ok, you got me, mostly dessert:-)
We ventured out to Walmart.
We just had to laugh at all the irritated people we saw.
Seriously, who goes shopping on Black Friday
and doesn’t expect it to be busy.
These people were so funny!!!
Funny how fast the feeling of Thanksgiving
disappears when you have crazy sales to get to.
We saw people carrying multiple boxes
taller than their heads…and trying to pass people
without being able to see the people!!!
And then getting upset when she dropped them:-)
We saw people staked out beside the shrink wrapped
pallets just waiting to pounce
if someone dares to get an item first.
Then there were the people that had just regular
day to day stuff…like towels.
Towels???
Seriously, you are going to shop for towels on the
worst shopping day of the year?
If you are only going to save a dollar or two,
I recommend just waiting another day or two.
Then we got in line to pay…for an hour and a half at least.
Now when you get in line, do you stand directly behind
the number of the register you expect to pay at???
Or do you form a side line behind a register
THAT ISN’T THERE!
And then each line was bickering back and forth
about who was really number 17!!!
It was super funny stuff people!
We just stood there soaking in all the crazy irritable people!
Lucky for us we had a guy that was easily 6’10″
and weighed 400 lbs. easy in line with us!
I don’t think too many people wanted to argue with him.
It was 2 hours full of crazy Walmart people…
but hey, the laughs from this date (and the savings) were totally
worth it!!!!
Now if only I had actually witnessed a fight or scuffle
over something silly…
you know like waffle makers:-)
So, I’m curious…
did you go shopping on Friday?
did you witness anything funny???
Do you want another donut?
How about just the recipe?
Chocolate Mint Donuts

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 9 minutes

Yield: 16-18 donuts

Chocolate Mint Donuts

Chocolate cake donuts topped with a mint chocolate glaze

Ingredients

1/2 c. butter
2 tsp. vanilla
1/3 c. brown sugar
1/3 c. sugar
1 egg
2/3 c. sour cream
2/3 c. buttermilk
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 c. dark cocoa powder
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
2 c. flour
1 c. andes mint chips
1 c. chocolate and mint chips
1 tsp. shortening

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425* Cream butter, vanilla, and sugars. Add the egg, sour cream and buttermilk and beat again. Combine all the dry ingredients and slowly incorporate them into the butter mixture. Stir in the andes chips by hand.
  2. Fill donut cavities at least 3/4 full. Bake 9 minutes. Let sit in the pan for about 2 minutes, then remove to wire racks to cool completely.
  3. Melt chocolate and mint chips with shortening in a microwave safe bowl. Stir every 30 seconds so it doesn't burn. Dip tops of donuts into the melted chocolate. Sprinkle with chocolate jimmies and green sugar.
http://insidebrucrewlife.com/2011/11/chocolate-mint-donuts/

****Still in a Chocolatey Mint mood…you need to check out the awesome Chocolate Cake that Aimee from Shugary Sweets made!!!

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The last meal that I will be able to see for a while…
I had to make it a good one:-)Today I am putting myself in the hands of the lasik Dr…again.
Yes, I am going to go through the torture of PRK one more time.
And hopefully it will be the last time I need to endure it.
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