When I was in high school, my mother, the most creative parent I know, began to come up with new and innovative ways to discipline me. When I got busted for skipping school (with a boy), she didn't let me off restrictions until I read the book Why Wait, a very loooooonnnnggg discussion on why teenagers should wait until marriage to have sex. When she caught me being snotty to another kid in the church youth group, I was put on restrictions until I read the book How To Win Friends and Influence People. She is really good at what she does.
Naturally, though, creative parenting can lead to creative teenagers. There were a few times I bought my way off restrictions early by sharing my fresh-picked blueberries, for instance; or the time I made Creme De Menthe Brownies for her birthday to butter her up. Since then, I have learned that these chocolate mint brownies really can, in fact, win the chef many friends. I have brought these to countless potlucks; even one memorable one in which I received a marriage proposal.
Our family got this recipe from my Grandmother's friend Doris. I can't remember exactly the first time we had these, but I'm pretty sure it was one June when we were at the beach house in Nag's Head, North Carolina. I may have been in middle school at the time, or early high school. What I do remember is how we devoured these brownies and how Mom and I fought over the last ones. They are a three-layer concoction of pure sweetness and delight. At some point, Mom procured the recipe so that I could make them for her, and over the years I have made them many times over, once even for the wedding reception of one of my sisters. Usually, Mom and Grandma and I argue over who has the recipe, and there have been times when Grandma has had to call Doris and get us a new copy, but I have now put a copy in my personal recipe binder for safekeeping. I will publish it here for posterity, because it would be a sad day indeed if we ever lost the recipe for good.
- 1 cup butter (yeah, that is a lot)
- 2 cups sugar (call the dentist)
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 4 eggs (and a cardiac surgeon)
- 4 oz unsweetened chocolate, melted
- 1 cup sifted flour
- 2 cups confectioners' sugar
- 1 stick softened butter
- 4 Tbs green Creme de Menthe (you will have to go to the liquor store for this, which I did even when I was pregnant - pretty embarrasing)
- 6 oz dark chocolate chips
- 6 Tbs butter
- Cream margarine, sugar and vanilla.
- Beat in eggs.
- Blend in chocolate and stir in flour.
- Bake in greased cake pan for 30-40 minutes at 325 degrees (convection ovens work best).
- Cool brownies completely.
- Mix confectioners sugar, 1 stick butter and creme de menthe until smooth.
- Spread on cooled brownies and refrigerate until set.
- Melt chips and remaining butter and stir until smooth.
- Spread on top of brownies and refrigerate until set.
Yesterday was Mom's birthday, and for probably the fifth time, this is what she requested. I was happy to oblige. The Carnivore was thrilled to see what I was making, and Fat Baby helped lick all the mixing bowls, spoons, and even the mixer. He ate so much that I am actually starting to worry about the amount of liquer in the Creme de Menthe.