Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Grasshopper Brownies

Today we whipped up a batch of chocolaty mint goodness that we affectionately call "grasshopper" brownies. 

This post won't involve the harming of any insects, but I had a few children question what was in their brownies.  (This may be a good thing someday.)  They vividly recall the ground beans or applesauce trials and the "fiber" brownies I have served up in the past.  I guess they really believe I would have enough gall to actually hunt down grasshoppers to make a cake. 

I played along with them for a bit.

How could I have made the filling turn green without using grasshoppers?  Waste not, want not.

I reminded them that a long time ago there were grasshopper plagues and people would eat what was available, especially here in Nebraska.  It was better than starving to death and at one time our beloved Cornhuskers were known as the "Bug Eaters".

I had them hook, line, and sinker!  Luckily, the kids know that I love to tease and spin tales. 

They didn't hesitate one bit when I served up a platter of these wonderful brownies.  I had smacking lips and finger licking until it was all said and done.  Bizarre Foods Nebraska edition will have to wait for another day.

Here's what you need for the brownie base:
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 4 eggs, beaten
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups Hershey's syrup
  • 1 cup flour

Cream the butter and sugar.  Add eggs, salt, vanilla, and Hershey's syrup.  Mix well and add flour.  Pour into greased 9x13 inch pan.  Bake at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes.  When cooled, layer the filling and frosting.

Here's what you need for the "grasshopper" filling:

  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • 1/4 cup Creme' de Menthe
  • 2 to 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
Combine the melted butter, mint, and sugar until it is smooth.  You may need to adjust the sugar so the mixture is spreadable.  Spread the mint filling over the brownie base.  Let firm up a bit in the fridge before adding the frosting.

Here's what you need for the frosting:
  • 1 cup milk chocolate chips
  • 6 Tablespoons butter
Melt the chocolate chips and butter.  Mix well and spread over the green mint filling.  Let set and harden before serving.  I refrigerate the bars.

Serve up these little goodies with a glass of milk and you have happy little critters.  I was inspired by a similar recipe post at http://www.mamainsomnia.com/2011/07/christmas-in-july.html.  I am glad I stumbled upon that post! 

What snacks did you make up today?