Three Layer Mint Brownies
Line a 13 x 9 pan with parchment paper. Spray with cooking spray. (I like to spray the pan, too to hold the parchment in place.) Leave ends out so you can pull the brownies right out of the pan when they are done.
Preheat oven to 350.
4 bars (4 ounces) unsweetened baking chocolate, broken into pieces
3/4 cup (or 1 1/2 sticks) butter, cut into pieces
Put chocolate and butter into a glass bowl and melt in the microwave until mixture is smooth when stirred. Check often and be careful not to burn it! Depending on your microwave, it should probably take about 1 1/2 - 2 minutes.
2 cups sugar
Stir with a spoon until well blended, then add:
2 tsp. vanilla
Blend well, then add:
1 cup flour
Mix and spread into the prepared pan. Bake at 350 for about 30 minutes. Cool completely.
1 stick butter (1/2 cup)
6 T. milk
4 T. instant pudding, vanilla (if you're making the frosting green. If you're making pink frosting, butterscotch pudding is delicious- it makes it taste kind of like those butter mints)
4 cups powdered sugar
1 tsp. (or less) mint flavoring
Few drops green or red food coloring
Mix well with a hand mixer or in a stand mixer. Spread on completely cooled 1st layer. Put in fridge until well set.
Melt in microwave:
3 squares(3 ounces) unsweetened or semi-sweet chocolate
4 T. shortening
Again, melt until you can stir it until smooth, but it needs to be liquid. Pour over 2nd layer tip pan and gently spread until covered and even. Put in fridge until set. Pull the whole block of well chilled brownies out with the parchment paper. Cut into squares. Store in airtight container. You can layer them between waxed paper. They also freeze very well. Merry Christmas!!!