With St. Patrick’s Day coming up, I have really been wanting to make something green. The first thing that came to mind were my mom’s Exquisite Mint Sticks! I have memories of these when my parents ran a catering business many years ago. They would often make them for weddings, and I always loved the aroma of mint and chocolate coming from the kitchen. It smelled divine!
Exquisite Mint Sticks
2 squares unsweetened chocolate
½ cup butter
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
½ cup all-purpose flour
½ cup chopped nuts, optional
Melt butter and chocolate together in large bowl. Beat eggs and stir in sugar. Stir into chocolate mixture. Add vanilla, flour, salt, and nuts, if using. Mix well. Pour into greased 8×8 pan. Bake in 350 degree oven for 25 minutes. Let cool.
Topping 2 tablespoons butter, softened
1 cup sifted confectioner’s sugar
1 tablespoon cream
drop oil of peppermint
food coloring, if desired
Blend all ingredients together. Spread over cooled brownie. Let set or refrigerate until firm.
Melt chocolate and butter together; drizzle over topping. Chill and cut into small bars.
This recipe is really very easy; however, it does require multiple steps, so you will have to plan accordingly. I made these last week, then promptly stuck them in the freezer because I was going out of town, so my children haven’t even seen them yet. I think I am going to pack them as a special treat for their school lunches tomorrow!
Up next: Whole Wheat Irish Soda Bread…for my sister’s wedding!