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Thursday, March 24, 2011

Cafeteria Brownies

If it hadn't been for a good friend who had me playing racquetball three times a week, these brownies would have caused me to put on the dreaded Freshman Ten or more likely Twenty when I went to college.  I lived in the dorms on campus and had a two meal a day plan at the cafeteria.  I'd eat breakfast and dinner.  Lunch would be a quick brownie snack at the Student Union and dinner always included at least two one brownie for dessert.  I adored these things.  I lived off campus all of the other years of school, but I fed my brownie habit as often as I could.  Then I married, graduated, moved away and promptly forgot all about them.  It was definitely a fickle love affair on my side.  
This year for St. Patrick's day, I remembered those brownies.  Normally, the middle layer wouldn't be quite such a vibrant green, but I had a food color malfunction.  Imagine my surprise when I opened a clearly green colored pointy topped McCormick liquid food color bottle, generously squirted it into my frosting and had it turned BLUE.  Knowing that blue and yellow make green, I opted to add some yellow.  That, however made a very unappetizing pond scum color.  Next I grabbed a jar of leaf green Wilton color paste.  The results were very, very green.  Seeings it was St. Patrick's day, though, that was acceptable.

Cafeteria Brownies:
1 cup butter
1/2 cup cocoa
2 Tbsp honey
4 eggs
2 cups sugar
1 3/4 cups flour
2 tsp baking powder
12 ounces chocolate frosting (make your own or use store bought)
Mint Frosting:
5 Tbsp butter, softened
3 Tbsp milk
1 Tbsp corn syrup or agave nectar
2 1/2 cup powdered sugar
3/4 tsp mint extract
1-2 drops green food coloring
Melt butter and mix in cocoa.  Allow to cool.  Add honey, eggs, sugar, flour and baking powder.  Mix well.  pour batter into greased 9 X 13 pan.  Bake 25 minutes in a 350 degree oven or until done.  Cool 1 hour.  Prepare mint frosting by beating butter and corn syrup.  Add in powdered sugar and beat until smooth and fluffy.  Add the food coloring to the milk and gradually add until the consistency is a little thinner than cake frosting.  Spread mint frosting over cooled brownies.  Place in freezer for a short time to stiffen.  Remove from freezer and carefully add layer of chocolate frosting.  Store leftovers in the fridge.

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29 comments:

sugarswings said...

love these! great for st patty's day!!

Vimitha Anand said...

Oh they look so fudgy and inviting... Can I grab that plate?

Sue said...

I actually like the green:) I love the chocolate frosting!

Rachel said...

I think I gained a few pounds just reading the recipe!!! YUMMY!
Visiting from Foodie Friday! Please hop on over and visit me at cookscleansplayswithpaper.blogspot.com and see my recipe!
~Rachel

Priya Sreeram said...

they look super good ! yum

Drick said...

I have to say, think the blue would have been pretty cool, well, for kids maybe... interesting recipe, a few unexpected ingredients makes me think this recipe could be a few years old... I like it...

BigBearswife said...

oo thanks for the recipe! hubby loves anything to do with brownies!! They look great!

Kate said...

Chocolate and mint...a winning combo!

Joanne said...

I totally had my fair share of those brownies as well! And they were good. But yours look better. I actually really like that vibrant green!

Prathima Rao said...

A fantastic brownie recipe & the icing on the cake for me is the mint frosting!!yummilicious....
Prathima Rao
Prats Corner

Meg said...

Oh yum, brownies are my favorite dessert! I'm always ordering the brownie! Love 'em. Yum!
BTW, you linked up to my pillow case link party, so I moved you down to the regular EBTKS link party. Sorry for the confusion! Thanks for linking!

Ryan said...

I like the green and thought they looked SO yummy and fudgy in my Google reader. I'm a sucker for mint brownies and love that they have both chocolate AND mint icing!!

The Ericksens said...

Wow, those look amazing and I am going to make them for my family. I have been looking for a great brownie recipe so I am really excited to try these!

P.S. I am having a giveaway on my blog, the cutest and most practical diaper bag you have ever seen!

~3 Sides of Crazy~ said...

I love the food color malfunction - the darker green fits with St. Patrick's Day. We've made these for years and wanted to change them up a bit and tried them with creme de cacao and it was a great variation.

I'm just starting to get my energy back so have not been blog reading much, but am hoping to get caught up on yours tonight.

aipi said...

Real treat to eyes, fabulous and beautifully done..

US Masala

Reeni said...

Scrumptious brownies! Love the festive green!

Martha (MM) said...

The green is very festive! These have me craving a brownie - especially since I gave up sweets among other things for lent!! Have a great weekend Kristen :-)

Green Girl said...

the green malfunction looks great to me. and the brownie sounds delicious.

Mike & Val said...

I love this recipe! My high school had the best brownies with a mocha icing and it's probably only because I was active that I didn't gain a million pounds. I've had numerous food colouring malfunctions, it's just never something that really works very well for me, mostly because I'm a little put off by the really bright colours I get from my overcompensation.

Belinda said...

Heh heh...reminds me of my college days...I don't know how I didn't explode from all that I ate. Still a huge weakness for brownies.

TheChocolatePriestess said...

How did you get the recipe?

mywanderingspoon said...

Beautiful brownies and great post.... these days were fun:)

Brian said...

I love the vibrant shade of green! Homemade brownies are awesome and always seem to make any day better.

Wilde in the Kitchen said...

These are so fun, my roommate used to make these and I would sneak them when she wasn't looking :) Guess I can make my own now? Thanks!

Steph said...

I don't think cafeteria food ever looked so good :) YUMMY!

sara826 said...

These remind me of the brownies my daddy used to make! LOVE THEM!

Lizzy said...

What a fun memory! I was always going for the hash browns in our college cafeteria...no wonder I gained weight:/ Love your green food coloring story...sounds like something I would do~but you made it work.

Torviewtoronto said...

this looks fabulous with green on it delicious brownie

chezsasha said...

The mint frosting is beautiful. This was clearly a happy accident : )

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