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Irish Cream Layered Brownies

Irish Cream Layered Brownies are a decadent treat! Fudgy brownies with 2 layers of Irish cream-infused chocolate ganache and buttercream! YUM!Irish Cream Layered Brownies are a decadent treat! Fudgy brownies with 2 layers of Irish cream-infused chocolate ganache and buttercream! YUM!

Top o’ the morning to ya! Isn’t that we’re “supposed” to say as it nears St. Patrick’s Day? Today I want to share an absolutely scrumptious recipe for Irish Cream Layered Brownies. Thee brownies are made of three distinct layers: a mocha brownie, topped with an Irish Cream frosting, which is topped with Irish cream chocolate ganache.

Yes… you might detect an “Irish” theme here. One of our sons gave me a cookbook for Christmas to add to my collection. I found this recipe for these sweet treats in it, and we were thrilled with the results! Perfect for St. Patrick’s Day or any time you want a yummy dessert to serve, I’m confident you’re gonna enjoy them. These brownies are chewy and full of flavor, and I can guarantee you no leprechauns were harmed in the making of this recipe.

Irish cream liqueur is used (sparingly, but it’s in there) to flavor the frosting and the chocolate ganache, giving it a distinctive flavor.  The recipe, as written below will yield 16 delicious Irish Cream Layered Brownies. Here’s how to make them:

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Make The Brownie Batter

Before mixing the batter, preheat your oven to 350°F and grease the bottom and sides of an 8″ x 8″ square baking pan. Set the pan aside while you make the brownie batter. To make the batter, first sift flour, baking powder and salt into a mixing bowl, then set the bowl aside. 

Flour, baking powder and salt are sifted together for the brownie batter.

Melt butter in a small saucepan on low heat, then remove the pan from the heat source. Immediately stir in cocoa, oil, and instant coffee powder. Stir well, to combine, then let the mixture cool a bit (4-5 minutes).

After it’s cooled, stir in granulated sugar, then beaten eggs, stirring well as the eggs are added. Add the flour mixture and vanilla extract, adding the flour mixture a little at a time. Stir well, between additions, to incorporate the dry ingredients into the batter. 

A four photo collage showing the steps for making the brownie batter in a saucepan.

Layer #1- Bake The Brownies

Spread the brownie batter evenly into the prepared baking pan. Bake at 350°F. for 23-25 minutes, or until the center is set, being careful to NOT overcook the brownies. Test by inserting a toothpick into the top center of the brownies. It should come out free of batter. Transfer the pan to a wire rack to cool until the brownies are just barely warm.

Brownies are baked in a greased 8"x8" pan until set on top.

Layer #2- Make The Irish Cream Frosting

While the brownies cool, mix together the Irish cream frosting. Beat powdered sugar and softened butter together with an electric mixer on Low setting. Add Irish cream liqueur, and beat the frosting until it becomes smooth.

Spread the frosting over the entire surface of the slightly warm brownies (if they’re too hot, it will melt frosting). Place the pan in a refrigerator and let the chill for 1 hour. This allows the frosting to firm up before adding the top layer of ganache.

Irish cream flavored frosting is mixed together, then spread on cooled brownies.

Layer #3- Make The Chocolate Ganache Topping

About 15 minutes before the brownies finish chilling, make the chocolate ganache topping. Place chocolate chips, Irish cream liqueur, heavy whipping cream and instant coffee powder in a microwave-safe bowl.

Microwave on High temperature for 1 minute, then stir. Place bowl back into the microwave, and heat it on High another 30-45 seconds. Remove and stir the ganache until smooth. Let the ganache cool slightly (3-4 minutes), or until it is warm and spreadable.

Three photo collage showing chocolate ganache made by microwaving ingredients & stirring until smooth.

Spread the ganache evenly over the entire frosting layer. By the way… the photo below is the same ganache. Different lighting, perhaps? Weird! Cover the pan with plastic wrap, and refrigerate the Irish Cream Layered Brownies until the chocolate is firmly set. This usually takes about an hour or less.

Irish cream chocolate ganache is spread on top of the frosting layer on the brownies.

The Irish Cream Layered Brownies Are Ready To Eat!

After the Irish Cream Layered Brownies have been fully chilled, they’re ready to cut, serve, and enjoy! Cut the brownies into 16 pieces, and dig in. They taste wonderful! Store any leftovers covered in the fridge, or give some to friends and family. We gave extra Irish Cream Layered Brownies to both of our sons so they could enjoy them, too!

The brownies have a light mocha taste, and are chewy and yummy. Those two layers of frosting and ganache will taste awesome, thanks to the Irish cream liqueur infused flavor. Put all three layers together and you’ve got terrific dessert treats for St. Patrick’s Day OR any other day, for that matter! They are dense, rich tasting and oh so good!

Photo showing all three layers: brownie layer, frosting layer, and chocolate ganache layer on top.A stack of Irish cream layered brownies, ready to eat on a white plate.One of the Irish cream layered brownies on a white plate, ready to be eaten.

I really hope you will give these delicious fudgy brownies a try. Remember to plan ahead, to allow for chilling two of the three layers, okay? Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you’ll come back soon for more yummy recipes. Take care, and have a wonderful day.

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Original Recipe Source: recipe submitted by Sue Gronholz in “The Taste Of Home Cookbook”, page 486,  published by RDA Enthusiast Brands, LLC, 2019

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Irish Cream Layered Brownies
Prep Time
35 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Additional refrigeration time
2 hrs
Total Time
3 hrs
 

Irish Cream Layered Brownies are a decadent treat! Fudgy brownies with 2 layers of Irish cream-infused chocolate ganache and buttercream!

Category: Bar Cookies, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Irish cream layered brownies
Servings: 16 brownies
Calories Per Serving: 296 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
For Batter (Layer #1):
  • cup all purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • cup butter
  • 6 Tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 2 Tablespoons canola oil or vegetable oil
  • ¾ teaspoon instant coffee powder
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs slightly beaten, at room temp.
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Frosting (Layer #2)
  • 2 cups powdered sugar (confectioners sugar)
  • ¼ cup butter softened
  • 3 Tablespoons Irish Cream Liqueur
Chocolate Ganache (Layer #3)
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 3 Tablespoons Irish Cream Liqueur
  • 2 Tablespoons heavy whipping cream
  • ½ teaspoon instant coffee powder
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease bottom/sides of 8" x 8" square baking pan. Set pan aside.

  2. MAKE BROWNIE BATTER (Layer #1): Sift flour, baking powder and salt into mixing bowl; set aside.

  3. Melt butter in a saucepan on low heat. Remove pan from heat. Stir in cocoa, oil, and instant coffee powder. Stir well; let cool 4-5 minutes. Add sugar and eggs, stirring constantly as they're added. Gradually add flour mixture and vanilla, a little at a time. Stir well, to fully mix into batter. 

  4. Spread brownie batter evenly in greased pan. Bake at 350°F. about 23-25 minutes, or until center is set. Don't overcook brownies. Test by inserting toothpick into top of brownies. Toothpick should come out free of batter. Transfer pan to wire rack to cool.

  5. MAKE FROSTING (Layer #2): While brownies cool, mix frosting. Beat powdered sugar and soft butter with electric mixer on low setting. Add Irish cream liqueur; beat until frosting becomes smooth. Spread over brownies that are only barely warm. Put pan in refrigerator; chill brownies 1 hour.

  6. MAKE CHOCOLATE GANACHE (Layer #3): Approx. 15 minutes before brownies finish chilling, make ganache. Place chocolate chips, Irish cream liqueur, whipping cream and coffee powder in microwave-safe bowl. Heat in microwave on High for 1 minute, then stir. Put back in microwave; heat another 30-45 seconds. Remove; stir ganache until smooth. Let cool 3-4 minutes until warm and spreadable.

  7. Spread ganache over frosting layer. Cover pan; refrigerate until ganache is set (45-60 minutes). Cut into 16 pieces; serve. Store (covered) in fridge.

Nutrition Facts
Irish Cream Layered Brownies
Amount Per Serving (1 brownie)
Calories 296 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Fat 15g23%
Saturated Fat 8g50%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 5g
Cholesterol 44mg15%
Sodium 107mg5%
Potassium 126mg4%
Carbohydrates 39g13%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 32g36%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 274IU5%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 23mg2%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Chocolate Mint Cookie Bites

Chocolate Mint Cookie Bites are shortbread-like cookies, with peppermint flavoring in the cookie and the frosting! They’re easy and delicious!
Chocolate Mint Cookie Bites are shortbread-like cookies, with peppermint flavoring in the cookie and the frosting! They're easy and delicious!

Okay… these yummy cookies are probably not the fanciest cookies you will ever eat, but they sure taste good! Who needs PERFECT looking cookies anyways? Chocolate mint cookie bites are so easy to make, and when topped with pretty green frosting and some sparkly sprinkles, they are amazing! I adapted the recipe from an old cooking magazine I’ve had for years, and want to share it with you today.

The combination of flavor from chocolate AND peppermint shines in these shortbread-like little cookies! These cookies are light in texture and big in flavor, and I think you will really enjoy them. Kids can help with the frosting and sprinkles, because they really don’t have to be fancy! Let me show you how easy these little cookies are to make, in practically no time at all!

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Make The Cookie Dough

Before starting to make the cookie dough, remember to preheat your oven to 375°F. It only takes a few minutes to make the dough, so to save time, you will want your oven preheated and ready to go!

Using an electric mixer (or stand mixer), cream together softened butter and powdered sugar (confectioners sugar) until smooth. Add melted (but cooled) unsweetened chocolate and peppermint extract to the bowl and beat again, until fully combined. Beat in the all purpose flour, adding 1/3 cup at a time, until all the flour is incorporated into the dough.

Butter is creamed with powdered sugar for the cookie dough.Melted chocolate and peppermint extract are mixed into the cookie dough.All purpose flour is gradually beaten into the cookie dough mixture in the bowl.

Now add regular sized (or miniature-sized) semi-sweet chocolate chips to the batter. STIR the chocolate chips into the batter until fully combined. This cookie dough is now ready and it will be quite thick.

Semi-sweet chocolate chips are stirred into the cookie dough until combined.

Ready To Bake The Chocolate Mint Cookie Bites!

Drop the dough for the chocolate mint cookie bites by Tablespoonfuls onto ungreased baking sheets. Leave a couple inches of space between each cookie. I usually try to use a small cookie scoop for this, so the cookies are all about the same size. You should have enough cookie dough for about 30 cookies, so you need a couple baking sheets or you will need to cook them in batches.

Bake the cookies at 375°F. for 6-8 minutes or until the cookies are firm and set. Oven temps can vary quite a bit, and in our oven this takes 7 minutes, so keep an eye on them. They don’t spread out too much, either. Once done, let the cookies cool (on the pan) for 3-4 minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to finish cooling completely.

Tablespoons of dough for the chocolate mint cookie bites are placed on baking sheets to cook.

Time To Make The Frosting For The Cookies

While the cookies are baking OR cooling, make the green peppermint frosting. In a medium bowl, beat together softened butter, powdered sugar, milk, peppermint extract and a couple drops of green food coloring. Mix until the frosting is a beautiful green color and is completely smooth, with no lumps!

Once the chocolate mint cookie bites have completely cooled, it’s time to frost them. I frost the cookies one at a time, so the frosting is still a bit “wet” and the sprinkles can adhere to it. Spread a small amount of frosting onto the top of each cookie, and them immediately add a pinch of sprinkles on top. I hold the cookie in one hand, and add the frosting with a small knife. Then, holding the cookie over a small bowl of sprinkles with one hand, I add the sprinkles using my other hand. That way, any “wayward” sprinkles fall back into the bowl of sprinkles!

Place the frosted/sprinkled cookie back on the wire rack, and repeat with the next cookie, continuing until all cookies are frosted and sprinkled. Let the frosting set tp (firm up) slightly before serving the cookies.

Green peppermint flavored frosting is mixed together in a bowl while cookies bake.After the cookies cool, they are topped with some of the peppermint green frosting.Colorful sprinkles are added to the top of the frosted chocolate mint cookie bites.

Ready to Eat Some Chocolate Mint Cookie Bites?

Once the frosting has firmed up, the cookies are ready to be enjoyed. The insides are light in texture, and each of the chocolate mint cookie bites is filled with chocolate chips! The frosting AND the cookies themselves, have a wonderful chocolate mint flavor, which I think you’ll enjoy!

Chocolate mint cookie bites rest on wire racks while frosting firms up.A look at the inside of one of the chocolate mint cookie bites, which has been cut in half.

I really hope you enjoy these delicious cookies! At Christmas time red, green and white sprinkles are the way to go, but you can also highlight these for St. Patrick’s Day, and use only green and white sprinkles. However you make them, I think you’ll enjoy the quick, easy recipe, and their great taste! Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you will come back soon for more family-friendly recipes. Have a great day.

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Recipe adapted from: “Taste of Home” magazine, December/January issue, 2004, pages 27-28, contributed by Anne Revers, published by Reiman Publications

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Chocolate Mint Cookie Bites
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
7 mins
Total Time
17 mins
 

Chocolate Mint Cookie Bites are shortbread-like cookies, with peppermint flavoring in the cookie and the frosting! They're easy and delicious!

Category: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chocolate mint cookie bites
Servings: 30 cookies (approx.)
Calories Per Serving: 138 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
For Cookie Dough:
  • ¾ cup butter (no substitutes) softened (room temp.)
  • ½ cup powdered sugar (confectioners sugar)
  • 2 ounces unsweetened chocolate (2 squares) melted, cooled
  • ¼ teaspoon peppermint extract
  • cups all purpose flour
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips (regular or mini)
For Frosting:
  • 2 Tablespoons butter softened (room temp.)
  • 1 cup powdered sugar (confectioners sugar)
  • 1 Tablespoon milk
  • ¼ teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 2 drops green food coloring
  • COLORED SPRINKLES (approx. 2-3 Tablespoons)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375°F.

  2. Make Dough: Using electric mixer (or stand mixer), cream softened butter and powdered sugar until smooth. Add melted, cooled unsweetened chocolate and peppermint extract; mix until combined. Beat in flour gradually, adding 1/3 cup at a time, until all flour is incorporated into dough. STIR in the chocolate chips, until combined. Dough will be thick.

  3. Drop the dough by Tablespoonfuls onto ungreased baking sheets. Leave 2" between each cookie. There's enough dough for approx. 30 cookies, so you need to use a couple baking sheets or bake the cookies in batches.

  4. Bake at 375°F. for 6-8 minutes or until cookies are firm and set. Oven temps can vary, so keep an eye on them. When done, let cookies cool (on the pan) for 3-4 minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to finish cooling.

  5. Make frosting while cookies bake or cool: In a medium bowl, using an electric mixer, beat together softened butter, powdered sugar, milk, peppermint extract and a couple drops of green food coloring. Mix until frosting is a beautiful green color and is completely smooth (no lumps).

  6. Once cookies have completely cooled, it's time to frost them, one at a time, while frosting is a bit "wet" and sprinkles can adhere to it. Spread a small amount of frosting onto the top of a cookie; immediately add a pinch or two of sprinkles on top. Place frosted/sprinkled cookie back on wire rack. Repeat process, continuing until all cookies are frosted/sprinkled. Let the frosting set up (firm up) slightly before serving the cookies. Enjoy!

Nutrition Facts
Chocolate Mint Cookie Bites
Amount Per Serving (1 cookie)
Calories 138 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Fat 9g14%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 2g
Cholesterol 15mg5%
Sodium 49mg2%
Potassium 59mg2%
Carbohydrates 15g5%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 8g9%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 169IU3%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 9mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Here’s one more to pin on your Pinterest boards!Chocolate Mint Cookie Bites are shortbread-like cookies, with peppermint flavoring in the cookie and the frosting! They're easy and delicious!

Classic Pizzelle Cookies

Classic pizzelle cookies are beautiful, delicious treats made in a pizzelle press. They are light, crisp, and imprinted with amazing designs!
Classic pizzelle cookies are beautiful, delicious treats made in a pizzelle press. They are light, crisp, and imprinted with amazing designs!

A couple of years ago I got a pizzelle press using a gift card I was given. I had been “looking” at them for quite some time, and was thrilled to be able to get one online (without using my own money-yay!). The very first recipe I made using this appliance was this one for classic pizzelle cookies. YUM!

Pizzelle cookies are known for their beautiful, intricate designs which are cooked onto both sides of a thin round cookie. We enjoy their crispness and uniqueness, too! Pizzelle press appliances are very reasonable and there are a variety of models (and price ranges) available online. There’s many flavors and types (sweet and savory) of pizzelle recipes available, but today I want to show you how to make basic pizzelle cookies.

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Make The Pizzelle Cookie Dough

Place the eggs and granulated sugar in a large mixing bowl. Beat well on low speed, using a hand mixer, until well combined and slightly thickened. Add melted (but cooled) butter and vanilla extract to the bowl, and mix only until just combined (about 15 seconds).

Three eggs and granulated sugar are placed in mixing bowl.Cooled, melted butter and vanilla extract are added to the pizzelle batter and combined.

In a large separate bowl, whisk together all purpose flour and baking powder. Add these “dry” ingredients to the “wet” ingredients and mix only until the ingredients are combined. Be careful NOT to overmix the batter.

All purpose flour and baking powder are whisked together in bowl.

Dry ingredients are added to the bowl of wet ingredients and combined.

Time To Cook Classic Pizzelle Cookies!

Preheat your pizzelle press (lid closed) following the manufacturer’s instructions for your model. Once the machine has thoroughly preheated, place a dollop (about a Tablespoon) of the thick cookie batter onto the center of each circle. Remember to follow the instructions for your particular appliance as to the quantity of batter to add! Once the lid has closed, the batter will spread out onto the gridded design, much like a waffle.

Cook classic pizzelle cookies for the time specified in the directions for your particular appliance (usually only a couple minutes). When done, remove the cookies immediately from the machine. Bring the machine back to heat before continuing to cook the remaining cookies.

A pizzelle press being preheated before adding batter.Pizzelle cookie batter will be added to the center of each circle and then will be cooked.

Trim And Cool The Cookies

When you take the pizzelle cookies off the press, place them on a wire rack to cool. If there are any extra bits of cookie around the edges, simply use kitchen scissors or a knife to remove them while still warm. Think of it as giving these cookies a little trim around the edges, if necessary. As the cookies cool, they will become crisper.

Continue cooking until you have used all the batter up. Don’t fret if some of your classic pizzelle cookies aren’t perfect… it happens. If it is your first time making these delicious cookies, know that they still taste absolutely delicious!

Classic pizzelle cookies cooling on wire rack after being removed from machine after cooking.

Time To Enjoy Some Classic Pizzelle Cookies!

The beautiful imprint of the patterns on the pizzelle cookies is what gives them their charm! Crisp, light and delicious, they are a perfect food gift for the holidays (or any time). Who wouldn’t enjoy receiving a Christmas plate stacked with these little beauties! YUM!

Beautiful designs are imprinted on both sides of classic pizzelle cookies.A side view of how thin the classic pizzelle cookies are.Holding up one of the crisp, classic pizzelle cookies, which is ready to be enjoyed!

I hope you have the opportunity to make these unique, yummy, classic pizzelle cookies for those you love! Thank you for stopping by, and I hope you’ll come back again soon. Take care, and enjoy your day!

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Original recipe source: Cuisinart Pizzelle Press instruction manual (came with the appliance), page 5, published by Cuisinart, 2017

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Classic Pizzelle Cookies
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
3 mins
Total Time
13 mins
 

Classic pizzelle cookies are beautiful, delicious treats made in a pizzelle press. They are light, crisp, and imprinted with amazing designs!

Category: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: classic pizzelle cookies
Servings: 24 cookies (approx.)
Calories Per Serving: 101 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 3 large eggs
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • 8 Tablespoons butter (1 stick) melted, and cooled
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • cups all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
Instructions
  1. Place eggs and sugar in a large mixing bowl. Beat on low speed, using a hand mixer, until combined/slightly thickened. Add melted (but cooled) butter and vanilla to bowl; mix only until just combined (about 15 seconds).

  2. In a large separate bowl, whisk together flour and baking powder. Add to egg/sugar mixture. Mix only until combined. Do NOT overmix.

  3. Preheat pizzelle press (lid closed) following manufacturer's instructions. Once preheated, place about a Tablespoon of batter onto the center of each circle. Follow instructions for your appliance as to quantity of batter to add. Cook for time specified for your particular appliance (usually a couple minutes). When done, remove cookies immediately from machine. Bring machine back to heat before continuing to cook remaining cookies.

  4. When you take cookies off the press, place them on a wire rack to cool. If there are any extra bits of cookie around the edges, use kitchen scissors or a knife to remove them while still warm. As cookies cool, they will become crisp. Enjoy!

Nutrition Facts
Classic Pizzelle Cookies
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 101 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 33mg11%
Sodium 43mg2%
Potassium 54mg2%
Carbohydrates 13g4%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 150IU3%
Calcium 21mg2%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Here’s one more to pin on your Pinterest boards!Classic pizzelle cookies are beautiful, delicious treats made in a pizzelle press. They are light, crisp, and imprinted with amazing designs!

Easy Smoky Almonds

Need a simple, delicious appetizer, snack or food gift? Make a batch of Easy Smoky Almonds, covered in sauce, and roasted to perfection!
Need a simple, delicious appetizer, snack or food gift? Make a batch of Easy Smoky Almonds, covered in sauce, and roasted to perfection!

Years ago I found a recipe for smoked almonds and jotted the recipe down on a 3×5″ index card. I’m not sure of the source for the original recipe, since I didn’t write it down at the time. The recipe card was put into my old, well-worn recipe box, where it sat for years.  After re-discovering it, I knew I had to make these yummy snacks again (and take photos).

The recipe is simple. Unblanched almonds are mixed with a simple mixture of Liquid Smoke, water, and vegetable oil. After being covered with flavoring, they are roasted in the oven for 20-25 minutes. They come out of the oven wonderfully browned and crunchy! After roasting, the almonds are then lightly salted. They come out of the oven wonderfully browned and crunchy! YUM!

It really is super simple to make this recipe. The recipe as written will make one cup of Easy Smoky Almonds. However, the recipe is super easy to double or triple, depending on the amount of almonds you want. They’re a great snack (we love to munch on them)! It’s also fun to put out a bowl of the smoky almonds with other appetizers. You can also put them in a cute container and give them as a tasty food gift for celebrations or holidays.

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Prepare The Almonds For Roasting

First, you will need to preheat your oven to 300°F. You will want the oven nice and hot, since it hardly takes any time to prepare the almonds for roasting.

In a small bowl, combine the liquid smoke and water. Most grocery stores sell Liquid Smoke. It is a highly concentrated liquid that is quite smoky flavored. This mixture is what will flavor the almonds well.

Water and liquid smoke are combined to help flavor almonds.

Place unblanched, unsalted almonds in a bowl, and pour the Liquid Smoke and water mixture over them. Stir well, to ensure all the almonds are coated. Once they are covered with the smoky flavoring, add a teaspoon of vegetable oil. Stir the almonds again, to fully coat them with oil.

A mixture of liquid smoke and water is poured onto the unblanched almonds in a bowl.A teaspoon of vegetable oil is added to the smoky flavored almonds.

Ready For The Oven

Cover a baking sheet with a piece of parchment paper (or aluminum foil). Spread the almonds out on the paper in a single layer, and put the almonds into a preheated oven. Bake at 300°F. for 20-25 minutes. STIR THE ALMONDS A COUPLE TIMES DURING THE ROASTING TIME!

When done, the almonds will be crunchy and nicely browned. Remove the baking sheet of almonds from the oven.

Almonds are placed in a single layer on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet for roasting.Nicely browned and crunchy, the easy smoky almonds are removed from the oven.

A Little Salt For Added Flavor!

Lightly sprinkle the roasted almonds with salt, to taste. Let them cool to room temperature before serving.

Roasted almonds are sprinkled with salt before serving.

Time To Enjoy Some Easy Smoky Almonds

Once the almonds have cooled, they are ready to eat, OR you can package them up for gift giving! That’s it! See how EASY they were to make? I hope you enjoy them as much as we do.

Easy Smoky Almonds are served in a pretty bowl.

Thank you for stopping by today. I appreciate your time, and trust you will have the opportunity to make these delicious easy smoky almonds. Please come back soon for more family-friendly recipes. Take care, and have a great day!

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Easy Smoky Almonds
Prep Time
3 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
23 mins
 

Need a simple, delicious appetizer, snack or food gift? Make a batch of Easy Smoky Almonds, covered in sauce, and roasted to perfection!

Category: Appetizer/Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: easy smoky almonds
Servings: 4 (serving = 1/4 cup)
Calories Per Serving: 214 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 1 teaspoon Liquid Smoke
  • 2 teaspoons water
  • 1 cup almonds
  • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
  • salt to taste
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 300°F.

  2. In a small bowl, combine the liquid smoke and water.

  3. Place unblanched, unsalted almonds in a bowl, and pour the Liquid Smoke/water mixture over them. Stir well, to fully coat. Once covered with smoky flavoring, add vegetable oil. Stir again, to fully cover almonds with oil. Spread almonds on a parchment paper (or foil) lined baking sheet in a single layer.

  4. Bake at 300°F. for 20-25 minutes. STIR ALMONDS A COUPLE TIMES DURING THE ROASTING TIME! When done, the almonds will be crunchy/nicely browned. Remove from oven. Lightly sprinkle with salt, to taste. Let almonds cool to room temperature, then serve. Enjoy!

Nutrition Facts
Easy Smoky Almonds
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 214 Calories from Fat 171
% Daily Value*
Fat 19g29%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 4g
Monounsaturated Fat 11g
Sodium 3mg0%
Potassium 252mg7%
Carbohydrates 8g3%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 8g16%
Vitamin A 1IU0%
Calcium 94mg9%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Here’s one more to pin on your Pinterest boards!Need a simple, delicious appetizer, snack or food gift? Make a batch of Easy Smoky Almonds, covered in sauce, and roasted to perfection!

Parmesan Garlic Cheese Ball

Make a Parmesan Garlic Cheese Ball for a snack, party or potluck! Simple to make, this yummy appetizer is spread on a variety of crackers!
Make a Parmesan Garlic Cheese Ball for a snack, party or potluck! Simple to make, this yummy appetizer is spread on a variety of crackers!

If you’re on the lookout for a simple appetizer or snack, I hope you will give this Parmesan garlic cheese ball a try! It only takes a few minutes to mix together and shape, and then it is refrigerated before serving. YES… it is THAT EASY! I’m not sure where or who I got the original recipe from because I found it written on a 3×5 card in one of my old recipe boxes I’ve had for years.

This is a wonderful recipe to share at a a party, potluck or just to have around for a quick snack with crackers. It has a lot of flavor, and is easy to spread on your favorite crackers. Guess what? It is super simple to give as a delicious food gift, too, for a treat made (especially by you) for someone you love.

The recipe as written makes one cheese ball (approx. 8 servings), but can easily be doubled to make a larger cheese ball or a second one the same size. Here’s how to make it:

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Let’s Make This Easy Parmesan Garlic Cheese Ball!

Place softened cream cheese, chopped pimientos, minced garlic, grated Parmesan cheese, and sliced green onions in a mixing bowl. Use a fork to mix these ingredients together (until fully combined). **NOTE: The reason the cream cheese needs to be softened is so it will mix much easier with the other ingredients.

Cream cheese, pimientos, Parmesan, garlic and green onions are combined in bowl.

Line a small ramekin with plastic wrap, leaving the plastic extended far past the edges of the dish. Place the cheese ball mixture firmly into the ramekin, and pack it down with a spoon. Once filled, cover it tightly with the remaining plastic wrap, then press down to flatten and compact the top of the cheese mixture.

Place the Parmesan garlic cheese ball into the refrigerator and let it chill for at least two hours, for best results.

Cheese ball mixture is molded into a container before being refrigerated.Covered with plastic and pressure applied, the cheese ball is ready for the refrigerator.

Serving The Parmesan Garlic Cheese Ball

After the Parmesan garlic cheese ball has been refrigerated for at least two hours, it is ready to serve! Unwrap the cheese ball, and carefully invert it (turn upside down) onto a serving plate (so the flat side is facing down).

Serve the cheese ball with an assortment of crisp crackers, a knife to spread it with, and enjoy the great flavor of this appetizer or snack!

Parmesan garlic cheese ball on a plate, ready to be spread on crackers.A close up of the Parmesan garlic cheese ball next to crackers on a plate.

I saved this bite of the Parmesan garlic cheese ball on a cracker just for you! Go ahead… take a bite! It is delicious, and I’ll bet you will want another one. I am confidant you will enjoy each bite!

The Parmesan garlic cheese ball is spread onto a cracker for eating.

Thank you so much for visiting this blog today. I hope you enjoy making and eating this Parmesan garlic cheese ball. Please come back soon for more family-friendly recipes. Take care, and have a wonderful day, friends.

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Parmesan Garlic Cheese Ball
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
0 mins
Total Time
5 mins
 

Make a Parmesan Garlic Cheese Ball for a snack, party or potluck! Simple to make, this yummy appetizer is spread on a variety of crackers!

Category: Appetizer/Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Parmesan garlic cheese ball
Servings: 8 (approx. 1 oz. per serving)
Calories Per Serving: 77 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 8 ounces cream cheese ,softened (light or regular cream cheese)
  • cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • ¼ cup thinly sliced green onion ,green stem and white bulb
  • 2 Tablespoons chopped Pimiento
  • ½ clove garlic ,finely minced
Instructions
  1. Line a 4" wide ramekin (or very small container) with plastic wrap, leaving plastic extended well past the edges of the dish.

  2. Place softened cream cheese, pimientos, garlic, grated Parmesan and sliced green onions in a mixing bowl. Use a fork to mix together until fully combined.

  3. Place mixture into lined ramekin; pack it down firmly with a spoon. Once filled, cover tightly with remaining plastic wrap. Press down to flatten and compact the top of the cheese mixture. Place covered, cheese-filled ramekin in refrigerator; chill at least two hours, for best results.

  4. To serve: Unwrap cheese ball; carefully invert it (turn upside down) onto a serving plate (flat side down). Serve with an assortment of crackers, a knife to spread it with, and enjoy the great flavor of the cheese ball! Store leftover cheese ball, (covered) in refrigerator.

Recipe Notes

Caloric calculation made using light cream cheese.

Nutrition Facts
Parmesan Garlic Cheese Ball
Amount Per Serving (1 ounce (1/8 of total))
Calories 77 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 19mg6%
Sodium 198mg9%
Potassium 91mg3%
Carbohydrates 3g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 323IU6%
Vitamin C 4mg5%
Calcium 91mg9%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Here’s one more to pin on your Pinterest boards!Make a Parmesan Garlic Cheese Ball for a snack, party or potluck! Simple to make, this yummy appetizer is spread on a variety of crackers!

Pumpkin Spice Coconut Milk Latte

Enjoy a tasty pumpkin spice coconut milk latte any time! Using canned coconut milk, this latte can be dairy-free, w/out whipped cream topping.
Enjoy a tasty pumpkin spice coconut milk latte any time! Using canned coconut milk, this latte can be dairy-free, w/out whipped cream topping.

Just like that, Fall has arrived just like clockwork! For us here in the Pacific Northwest, this means cooler temps, gorgeous foliage, sweatshirts/fleeces, football games, pumpkin patch visits, and umbrellas. It also means the arrival of pumpkin spice coffee creamer and pumpkin spice lattes! 

This recipe is an old hand-me-down from a while back. You know… the kind where a friend shares a recipe with a friend who then writes it down and shares it with another friend, etc.,  and the original source is lost to the ages. Yeah… that kind of recipe! I am not dairy-free, but my sister-in-law is a vegan (and completely dairy-free), and this is a lovely hot drink she can truly enjoy!

The recipe is for a delicious hot coffee beverage that is made with canned coconut milk! If you are not acquainted with canned coconut milk, it can usually be found in the Asian section of your grocery store. I’ve been enjoying it for YEARS! That’s right… canned coconut milk, and it tastes wonderful in this latte. You can also make it with whole milk as a substitute if dairy products are fine with you. I’ve had it both ways, and I think I prefer the flavor even more using coconut milk!

This latte is a nice alternative seasonal beverage for anyone, especially those who need to be dairy-free, for dietary reasons. The added bonus is that this pumpkin latte (which makes two servings) is absolutely simple to prepare. Here’s how to make two servings of this hot Fall beverage (which you can make ANY time of the year!).

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What Ingredients Will I Need?

The “cast of characters” you will need to make the latte are strong brewed coffee, canned coconut milk, pumpkin pie spice mix, honey, pumpkin puree, and vanilla extract. For the pumpkin puree, you can choose to use homemade puree or canned. TIP: If you need a quick recipe for homemade pumpkin pie spice mix, you can use this one.

I typically use homemade pumpkin puree, which is slightly lighter in color than canned. If you are using canned pumpkin, be sure to NOT use pumpkin pie filling. Use pumpkin puree, and all will be right in the world, okay? Okay!.

Ingredients for the latte include coffee, pumpkin pie spice, coconut milk, honey, pumpkin puree and vanilla.

Preparing The Pumpkin Spice Coconut Milk Latte

The first thing you will need to do is brew one cup of very strong coffee. If you tend to use a mild roast or generic brand of coffee, slightly increase the amount of coffee grounds you use to make it stronger. This amount of coffee made will be split between the two drinks. Once brewed, pour the coffee into a medium saucepan.

Add the canned coconut milk, pumpkin puree, vanilla, pumpkin spice and honey. Whisk or stir well, to combine these ingredients. NOTE: If you do not have access to canned coconut milk, you can substitute one cup of whole milk if you are okay with using dairy products. TIP: When using canned coconut milk, be sure to thoroughly stir the contents before adding to the saucepan. This will incorporate the coconut cream into the coconut milk.

Turn the heat to LOW, and simmer for 4-5 minutes. Whisk occasionally as it cooks, to fully incorporate the spices into the liquid. When the latte is fully heated through (and quite HOT), it is done!

Whisking and cooking the pumpkin spice coconut milk latte until hot in a saucepan.

Ladle the hot pumpkin spice coconut milk latte into two mugs. if desired (optional, but yummy), top each latte with whipped cream, and then sprinkle (or sift) a bit more pumpkin spice onto the whipped cream. Serve hot, and enjoy!

Are you DAIRY-FREE? If you are dairy-free, ladle the hot drink into mugs. Sprinkle each drink with a bit more pumpkin spice mix, then serve and enjoy while hot.

Pumpkin Spice Coconut Milk Latte, topped with whipped cream and pumpkin spice sprinkles.

I hope you enjoy this yummy, hot pumpkin spice coconut milk latte. To me, it’s a little taste of Fall! Thank you for stopping by today, and I sincerely hope you will come back again for another visit and more recipes. Have a wonderful day, friends.

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Pumpkin Spice Coconut Milk Latte
Prep Time
2 mins
Cook Time
5 mins
Total Time
7 mins
 

Enjoy a tasty pumpkin spice coconut milk latte any time! Using canned coconut milk, this latte can be dairy-free, w/out whipped cream topping.

Category: Beverage
Cuisine: American
Keyword: pumpkin spice coconut milk latte
Servings: 2 (1 cup+ per serving)
Calories Per Serving: 360 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • cups strong, prepared coffee
  • 1 cup canned coconut milk , full-fat or low-fat
  • 1⅓ Tablespoons raw honey
  • 5 Tablespoons pumpkin puree (NOT pumpkin pie filling)
  • 4 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • teaspoons pumpkin spice mix
OPTIONAL: Whipped cream and/or sifted pumpkin pie spice, for garnish
    Instructions
    1. Brew one cup of very strong coffee. If you tend to use a mild roast or generic brand of coffee, slightly increase the amount of coffee grounds you use to make it stronger. This amount of coffee will be split between the two lattes. Once brewed, pour the coffee into a medium saucepan.

    2. Add the canned coconut milk, pumpkin puree, vanilla, pumpkin spice and honey to the coffee. Whisk or stir well, to combine these ingredients. Turn the heat to LOW, and simmer for 4-5 minutes, whisking occasionally as it cooks. When the latte is heated through (and quite HOT), it is done! ***TIP: When using canned coconut milk, be sure to thoroughly stir the contents before adding to the saucepan. This will incorporate the coconut cream into the coconut milk (it tends to separate in the can).

    3. Ladle the pumpkin spice coconut milk latte into two mugs while hot. **OPTIONAL- Top each latte with whipped cream, and then sprinkle (or sift) a bit more pumpkin pie spice onto the whipped cream. Serve hot, and enjoy! **NOTE: If dairy-free, simply sprinkle each mug with a bit more pumpkin spice mix, then serve and enjoy while hot.

    Recipe Notes

    NOTE: Caloric calculation was made using the calories for full fat canned coconut milk. If you use low-fat canned coconut milk, the caloric total will be approx. 153. Whipped cream garnish was not included, as this is an optional topping. 

    Nutrition Facts
    Pumpkin Spice Coconut Milk Latte
    Amount Per Serving (1 cup)
    Calories 360 Calories from Fat 261
    % Daily Value*
    Fat 29g45%
    Saturated Fat 26g163%
    Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
    Monounsaturated Fat 1g
    Sodium 25mg1%
    Potassium 507mg14%
    Carbohydrates 23g8%
    Fiber 4g17%
    Sugar 18g20%
    Protein 3g6%
    Vitamin A 5839IU117%
    Vitamin C 5mg6%
    Calcium 43mg4%
    Iron 3mg17%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

    Here’s one more to pin on your Pinterest boards!Enjoy a tasty pumpkin spice coconut milk latte any time! Using canned coconut milk, this latte can be dairy-free, w/out whipped cream topping.

    Mint Brownie Pie

    Mint Brownie Pie is a perfect St. Patrick’s Day (or any other day) dessert! Mint cream cheese filling tops a brownie base. Easy and yummy!
    Mint Brownie Pie is a perfect St. Patrick's Day (or any other day) dessert! Mint cream cheese filling tops a brownie base. Easy and yummy!

    If you’re looking for a fantastic dessert to have on St. Patrick’s Day, or Christmas, OR any other day of the year, may I suggest this mint brownie pie? It tastes wonderful, due to a brownie layer on bottom and a creamy mint filling on top! It is sooo good!

    A couple of months ago I made (and photographed) this delicious dessert, and was able to share quite a few pieces with several of our neighbors. It was so yummy I could have eaten the entire thing by myself (seriously!)… but my husband and I decided to share this treat (and the calories) with others!

    I had the recipe because it came from one of my “Taste of Home” magazines (from 1999) that I have saved for many, many years. This mint brownie pie is a favorite, and decided this was the time to share the recipe on my blog. Here’s how to make it:

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    Prepare The Brownie Base Layer

    The first thing (after preheating your oven) you will do is make a brownie base for the dessert. To do this, melt butter and unsweetened chocolate in a medium saucepan, stirring often. Once melted, add granulated sugar, and stir well, to fully blend ingredients. Remove the pan from the heat.

    Unsweetened chocolate and butter are melted in a saucepan.Granulated sugar is added to the melted chocolate and butter in saucepan.

    Whisk 2 eggs and vanilla extract in a small bowl, and add this to the chocolate mixture. Mix well, to combine. Stir in  flour, a little at a time. Continue to stir after each addition until all the flour has been blended into the chocolate.

    Whisked eggs and vanilla extract are added to chocolate in saucepan.Flour is stirred into the chocolate mixture, a little at a time.

    Bake The Brownie Base

    Pour the mint brownie pie batter into a greased (bottom and sides) 9″ springform pan. Place the pan on the middle rack of a preheated oven. Bake at 350° F. for 18-20 minutes OR until a toothpick inserted in the middle of the brownie pie comes out clean.

    Remove the mint brownie pie from the oven and let it cool (still in pan) on a wire rack. Do not open the pan or remove the brownie base from the pan.

    Mint brownie pie batter is poured into a greased springform pan.After baking, the mint brownie pie chocolate layer cools in the pan on a wire rack.

    Make The Mint Cream Cheese Topping

    Now it’s time to make the mint cream cheese topping while the brownie base cools to room temperature. Using an electric mixer, beat softened cream cheese and sugar until it becomes smooth.

    Add green food coloring (if using) and peppermint extract to the cream cheese filling, and mix well until combined and all color has blended in. The food coloring is optional, but I recommend it, especially if you’re making this dessert for St. Patrick’s Day! Use a few drops or as much as you wish to achieve a mint green color. Once the filling is fully tinted and blended, gently fold in whipped topping.

    When the brownie layer has completely cooled, gently add the mint cream cheese filling on top. Spread the filling to cover the entire top surface. Cover the pan, and refrigerate the mint brownie pie for one hour (at least).

    Whipped topping is gently folded into the green tinted cream cheese filling.The mint cream cheese filling is spread on the surface of the mint brownie pie.

    Refrigerate Then Decorate The Mint Brownie Pie!

    After the mint brownie pie has been chilled in the refrigerator for at least an hour, it’s ready to remove from the springform pan and decorate for serving. Run a butter knife all the way around between the pan and the pie to assist in releasing the pie from the pan. Melt chocolate chips and drizzle the chocolate decoratively over the surface of the mint brownie pie, any way you wish.

    I also like to pipe stabilized whipped cream (which holds its shape for days) on top and sprinkle with finely grated chocolate. Those are optional, but really do make the dessert look great. If using aerosol whipped cream, spray onto individual pieces just before serving, as it will not hold it’s shape for any length of time.

    Melted chocolate is drizzled decoratively over the top of the mint brownie pie.Whipped cream is piped on top of the mint brownie pie and grated chocolate is added for garnish.

    Grab A Slice Of Mint Brownie Pie… And Dig In!

    Slice the mint brownie pie into 10 wedges, serve… and enjoy this decadent dessert! I’m confident you and those you love will really love this yummy treat! The dense, fudgy bottom layer, and the creamy, mint cream cheese topping makes a wonderful treat for the ol’ taste buds. YUM!

    A slice of mint brownie pie, served on a white plate.

    Thank you for stopping by to check out this recipe. If you’re looking for more St. Patrick’s day dishes, check out my recipes for Irish Chocolate Pots de Créme, Irish Soda Bread, and Corned Beef and Cabbage. I hope you will be able to come back again soon for another visit. Have a GREAT day, and may God bless you.

    Looking For More DESSERT Recipes?

    You can find more dessert recipes in my Recipe Index, which is located located at the top of this page. I have many dessert recipes you will really love, including:

    Interested In More Recipes?

    Thank you for visiting this website. I appreciate you using some of your valuable time to do soIf you’re interested, I publish a newsletter 2 times per month (1st and 15th) with all the latest recipes, and other fun info. I would be honored to have you join our growing list of subscribers, so you never miss a great recipe!
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    Original recipe source: “Taste of Home” magazine, February/March 1999 edition, page 67, published by Reiman Publications, Inc.

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    Mint Brownie Pie
    Prep Time
    15 mins
    Cook Time
    20 mins
    Inactive Refrigeration Time
    1 hr
    Total Time
    1 hr 35 mins
     

    Mint Brownie Pie is a perfect St. Patrick's Day (or any other day) dessert! Mint cream cheese filling tops a brownie base. Easy and yummy!

    Category: Dessert
    Cuisine: American
    Keyword: mint brownie pie
    Servings: 10 slices
    Calories Per Serving: 362 kcal
    Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
    Ingredients
    For Brownie Layer:
    • 6 Tablespoons butter (no substitutes)
    • 2 ounces unsweetened chocolate (2 one oz. squares)
    • 1 cup granulated sugar
    • 2 large eggs
    • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
    • ½ cup all purpose flour
    Mint Cream Cheese Layer:
    • 8 ounces cream cheese , softened
    • ¾ cup granulated sugar
    • ½ teaspoon peppermint extract
    • green food coloring (optional, but recommended)
    • 8 ounces frozen whipped topping, thawed
    For Decorating:
    • ¼ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips , melted
    • 2 teaspoons vegetable shortening
    • Piped whipped cream and grated chocolate (optional)
    Instructions
    1. Melt butter and unsweetened chocolate in medium saucepan, stirring often. Once melted, add granulated sugar, and stir to fully blend ingredients. Remove pan from heat. Whisk eggs and vanilla extract in small bowl; add to chocolate mixture. Stir well, to combine. Stir in flour, a little at a time. Stir after each addition until all flour has been blended into chocolate.

    2. Pour batter into greased (bottom and sides) 9" springform pan. Place pan on middle rack in preheated oven. Bake at 350° F. for 18-20 minutes OR until a toothpick inserted in middle of brownie layer comes out clean. Remove from the oven and let cool (still in pan) on a wire rack. Do not remove brownie base from pan.

    3. Make mint cream cheese topping while brownie layer cools. Using an electric mixer, beat softened cream cheese and sugar until it becomes smooth. Add green food coloring (if using) and peppermint extract to cream cheese; mix well until combined and all color is blended in. Use a few drops or as much as you wish to achieve a mint green color. Once filling is tinted and blended, gently fold in whipped topping. When brownie layer is completely cooled, add cream cheese filling on top. Spread filling to cover top surface. Cover pan; refrigerate for one hour (at least).

    4. Remove chilled dessert from refrigerator. Release dessert from springform pan and decorate for serving. Melt chocolate chips; drizzle chocolate decoratively over surface of pie, any way you wish. Slice into wedges and serve. NOTE: I also decorate top with piped on stabilized whipped cream (which holds its shape for days) and sprinkle with finely grated chocolate. Those are optional, but really make the dessert look great. If using aerosol whipped cream, spray onto individual pieces just before serving, as it will not hold it's shape for any length of time. Store leftovers, covered, in refrigerator.

    Nutrition Facts
    Mint Brownie Pie
    Amount Per Serving (1 slice)
    Calories 362 Calories from Fat 153
    % Daily Value*
    Fat 17g26%
    Saturated Fat 10g63%
    Trans Fat 1g
    Cholesterol 34mg11%
    Sodium 185mg8%
    Potassium 163mg5%
    Carbohydrates 51g17%
    Fiber 2g8%
    Sugar 42g47%
    Protein 4g8%
    Vitamin A 377IU8%
    Calcium 70mg7%
    Iron 2mg11%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

    Here’s one more to pin on your Pinterest boards!Mint Brownie Pie is a perfect St. Patricks Day (or any other day) dessert! Mint cream cheese filling tops a brownie base. Easy and yummy!

    Corned Beef And Cabbage

    What’s more Irish than Corned Beef and Cabbage? Baked with cabbage, red potatoes, carrots and onions, this St. Patrick’s Day meal is yummy!What's more Irish than Corned Beef and Cabbage? Baked with cabbage, red potatoes, carrots and onions, this St. Patrick's Day meal is yummy!

    Top of the morning to ya! (said in my most perfect Irish brogue-ha ha!). Today I want to share the recipe for a simple, classic meal of corned beef and cabbage. With a few red potatoes, carrots and onions tossed in for good measure, this really is an all in one holiday meal. It’s also very easy to prepare. Over the years I have used the directions on the package of corned beef to prepare this dish, and have made only a couple very minor changes to this traditional Irish dinner.

    The best part? You don’t even have to be Irish to enjoy it!  You can “pretend” for the day with this simple meal. My husband really enjoys this meal and asked me to make it again last year, so I grabbed my camera and took some photos as I cooked it! The trick is to cook it low and slow, for tender corned beef. Here’s how to make this simple recipe for corned beef and cabbage:

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    Prepare The Corned Beef

    This recipe calls for a “standard-sized 3 pound piece of corned beef. Most packages of corned beef come with a cute little spice packet. If yours does not, you can use a Tablespoon of pickling spice (found in spice section at grocery store). Place the meat on a large sheet of heavy duty foil inside of a large baking dish (9″ x13” works well).

    Sprinkle the meat with the spices. NOTE: The meat will be cooked with the fatty side up. It is fairly common to sprinkle the spices on the fat side, however I have found I prefer it sprinkled on the meat side, with only a tiny bit sprinkled on the fat side. It is your choice.

    Spices cover the surface of a corned beef, ready for baking.The seasoned corned beef is wrapped in foil, fat-side up.

    Baking The Corned Beef And Cabbage

    Once the meat has been seasoned, place it fat side UP in the foil, and seal the foil packet tightly. Place the baking dish with the foil-wrapped corned beef on the middle rack of a preheated 300°F. oven. 

    Wrapped tightly in foil, the corned beef is ready for baking.

    Bake the corned beef for 1½ hours, then remove the pan from the oven. Carefully open the foil pouch, and place carrots, onion wedges and whole, unpeeled red potatoes around the edges of the corned beef. Seal the pouch back up, and cook for 30 more minutes.

    Red potatoes, baby carrots and onion wedges are place around the corned beef.

    Remove the pouch from the oven again, and add the 4 quartered pieces of cabbage around the edges of the corned beef. Re-seal the foil pouch, and place it back in the oven. Bake for another 1½ hours, or until the corned beef has an internal temperature of of 145°F.

    Remove the corned beef and cabbage from the oven, carefully turn the corned beef over so the meat side is UP, and then let it rest for 5 minutes before slicing.

    Cabbage quarters are added to the corned beef and it is baked more.The corned beef and cabbage is fully baked and ready to serve.

    Serving The Corned Beef And Cabbage

    After the meat has rested 5 minutes, slice the meat (fat side down), and serve with the carrots, potatoes, and onions on the side. You can cut the cabbage wedges in half (for 6+ servings), if desired, or serve the whole quarter piece (for 4 servings). Spoon some of the accumulated juices over the meat and vegetables, for extra flavor. Season the veggies to taste with salt and pepper.

    And there you have it… a simple meal in honor of St. Patrick’s Day… corned beef and cabbage. Hope you enjoy it!

    Slices of the corned beef are ready for serving.Corned beef and cabbage served with potatoes, onions and carrots.

    I hope you have the opportunity to make corned beef and cabbage some day. It’s fun to celebrate the St. Patrick’s Day holiday with traditional foods. You can even serve it with slices of warm, delicious Irish Soda Bread on the side. While you’re at it, finish off your Irish dinner with easy, decadent Irish Chocolate Pots de Creme for dessert!

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    Recipe adapted from: a store-bought bag of corned beef.

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    Corned Beef And Cabbage
    Prep Time
    15 mins
    Cook Time
    3 hrs 30 mins
    Total Time
    3 hrs 45 mins
     

    What's more Irish than Corned Beef and Cabbage? Baked with cabbage, red potatoes, carrots and onions, this St. Patrick's Day meal is yummy!

    Category: Main Course
    Cuisine: Irish
    Keyword: corned beef and cabbage, St. Patrick's Day
    Servings: 6
    Calories Per Serving: 647 kcal
    Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
    Ingredients
    • 3 pounds packaged corned beef (+ spice packet) (see note below)
    • 6 medium red potatoes , do not peel
    • 20 baby carrots , or 3 large peeled carrots-cut into 2" chunks
    • 1 large yellow onion
    • 1 medium green cabbage , cut into quarters
    Instructions
    1. Preheat oven to 300°F.

    2. Place corned beef on aluminum foil inside of a large baking dish (9" x13" works well). Sprinkle meat with contents of spice packet (or substitute 1 T. pickling spice). NOTE: meat is cooked fat side up. It is fairly common to sprinkle spices on the fat side, however I prefer it sprinkled on the meat side. It's your choice. Place seasoned meat on foil, fat side UP; seal foil packet tightly. Place baking dish on middle rack of oven. 

    3. Bake for 1½ hours, then remove from oven. Carefully open foil pouch; place carrots, onions and potatoes around the outer edges of the corned beef. Seal the pouch, and cook for 30 more minutes. Remove baking dish again; add cabbage wedges around the corned beef. Re-seal foil; place dish back in oven. Bake for 1½ hours, or until corned beef has reached an internal temperature of 145°F. Remove dish from oven; turn corned beef over so meat side is UP; let meat rest 5 minutes before slicing.

    4. Slice corned beef (fat side down); serve with carrots, potatoes, onions, and cabbage on the side. *Cut cabbage wedges in half (for 6+ servings), or serve the whole quarter piece (for 4 servings). Spoon accumulated juices in foil packet over the meat and vegetables, for extra flavor. Season veggies to taste with salt and pepper. Enjoy!

    Recipe Notes

    NOTE: If corned beef did not come with a spice packet, use 1 Tablespoon of pickling spice as a substitute.

    Nutrition Facts
    Corned Beef And Cabbage
    Amount Per Serving (1 (1/6 of total))
    Calories 647 Calories from Fat 306
    % Daily Value*
    Fat 34g52%
    Saturated Fat 11g69%
    Cholesterol 122mg41%
    Sodium 2829mg123%
    Potassium 1947mg56%
    Carbohydrates 46g15%
    Fiber 8g33%
    Sugar 9g10%
    Protein 40g80%
    Vitamin A 721IU14%
    Vitamin C 137mg166%
    Calcium 105mg11%
    Iron 6mg33%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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    Brown Sugar Glazed Ham

    Brown Sugar Glazed Ham is perfect for dinners or holiday feasts! A honey, brown sugar, OJ and spice glaze coats the ham (boneless or bone-in).Brown Sugar Glazed Ham is perfect for dinners or holiday feasts! A honey, brown sugar, OJ and spice glaze coats the ham (boneless or bone-in).

    My husband LOVES ham! We don’t have it that much during the year, but wow, does he ever love it at Christmas time and at Easter. In the past we’ve bought pre-glazed hams (at Honey-Baked using gift certificates). We’ve also bought hams at the grocery that come with the cute little glaze package attached (where all you add is water).

    Those are all wonderful options, but truthfully, it is sooo easy to make your own homemade brown sugar glazed ham. Today I will show you how you can make your own sauce to baste your holiday ham. The “recipe” is incredibly simple, and the ham tastes wonderful after being fully glazed at 3 different points during the baking time.

    The recipe as written is for a six pound ham, but can be easily adapted for a much larger one, too! Here’s how easy it is to make this delicious glazed ham:

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    Make The Brown Sugar Glaze

    Simple, simple, simple. The sweet glaze is super easy to make! Basically it involves placing the ingredients in a pan and cooking for a couple minutes. That’s it!

    Place brown sugar, orange juice, honey, white vinegar, mustard, onion powder, garlic powder and cinnamon in a medium saucepan. Whisk the ingredients together. Once combined, bring the sauce to a simmer on medium-low heat. Let it cook for about 2 minutes (stirring occasionally) or until the sauce has slightly thickened, then remove the pan from the heat source.

    Brown sugar, OJ, honey & spices are combined in saucepan to cook the glaze.The brown sugar glaze is cooked for 1-2 minutes until it thickens slightly.

    Time To Glaze The Ham – Glaze #1

    TIP: Take the ham out of the refrigerator about an hour before beginning, so some of the “chill” can be take off the meat. *It will cook more evenly if you do this.

    Lay two large pieces of aluminum foil on counter (overlapping slightly in middle). Place your ham right in the middle of the foil. Use 1/3 of the brown sugar glaze to cover the entire outside surface of the ham. If you are using a spiral sliced ham, let some of the glaze drizzle down between slices, if desired.

    Wrap up the ham tightly with the aluminum foil, until it is well sealed. Place the ham in a large baking dish, flat side of the ham facing down in the dish, then place the dish into a preheated 325°F oven (on a middle rack).

    A ham is place on aluminum foil, then coated with brown sugar glaze.Aluminum foil tightly seals the brown sugar glazed ham for baking.

    Baking The Brown Sugar Glazed Ham – Glaze #2

    Bake the brown sugar glazed ham at 325°F for 15 minutes for every pound of meat you are cooking, OR until the internal temperature of the ham reaches 100-110°F. For example, this 6 pound ham was cooked for 90 minutes. As the weight of your ham may vary, it is important to follow these guidelines to ensure a juicy ham!

    Remove the ham from the oven, but TURN up the oven temperature to 400°F, as you remove it. Carefully open the foil wrap, and brush the ham with another 1/3 of the brown sugar glaze all over. Place the ham STILL UNCOVERED back into the now 400°F oven. Cook for 15-20 minutes more. Keeping it uncovered will help the sugar to slightly caramelize on the ham.

    Glaze # 3- The Final Glaze

    Remove the ham from the oven after 15-20 minutes OR when the internal temperature reaches 160°F. Brush the remaining glaze over the surface of the ham, then tightly seal the foil back up, and let the ham rest for 10 minutes (covered), before slicing.

    The ham’s internal juices will redistribute throughout the meat during this 10 minute “resting” time. This will help it to stay juicy when serving. Once “rested”, the ham is ready to slice and eat.

    After baking, another coating of glaze is applied to the ham, then cooked longer.Final glaze is applied to ham after baking, then it rests to redistribute internal juices.

    Ready To Eat

    Slice the ham and serve to your hungry family or guests. This boneless brown sugar glazed ham sliced easily, the meat was fully cooked and juicy, and the glaze added extra flavor!

    Boneless brown sugar glazed ham is sliced for serving.

    You can also use this glaze for your spiral-sliced bone-in hams, too. The simple, but sweet glaze adds a wonderful layer of extra flavor to any ham.

    A spiral-sliced ham can also be used for this recipe.

    We enjoyed our delicious ham slices with French-style green beans and maple cinnamon sweet potatoes. It was a simple, but absolutely delicious meal. The ham leftovers were pretty incredible too, and were used to make ham and cheese scrambled eggs, ham sandwiches, and more. YUM.

    Green beans and a sweet potato are served with a brown sugar glazed ham slice.

    I hope you will consider trying this simple brown sugar glazed ham. I’m confident you will enjoy it on your favorite variety of ham. Thank you so much for visiting this blog. May God bless and keep you, and make His face shine upon you. Have a GREAT day, friends.

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    Recipe adapted from: Melissa, at: https://www.blessthismessplease.com/brown-sugar-glazed-ham/

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    Brown Sugar Glazed Ham
    Prep Time
    5 mins
    Cook Time
    1 hr 45 mins
    Total Time
    1 hr 50 mins
     

    Brown Sugar Glazed Ham is perfect for dinners or holiday feasts! A honey, brown sugar, OJ and spice glaze coats the ham (boneless or bone-in).

    Category: Entree
    Cuisine: American
    Keyword: brown sugar glazed ham
    Servings: 12
    Calories Per Serving: 598 kcal
    Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
    Ingredients
    • 6 pound ham (bone-in or boneless) pre-cooked (intact or spiral cut)
    • ½ cup dark brown sugar (firmly packed)
    • ¼ cup orange juice
    • 1 Tablespoon white vinegar
    • 1 Tablespoon yellow mustard
    • Tablespoons honey
    • teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • 1 pinch nutmeg
    • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
    • ¼ teaspoon onion powder
    Instructions
    1. Remove ham from fridge 1 hour before beginning, to take chill off. Preheat oven to 325°F.

    2. Place remaining ingredients in a medium saucepan. Whisk together, to combine, and bring to a simmer on medium-low heat. Cook for 2 minutes (stirring occasionally) or until sauce has slightly thickened. Remove pan from heat source.

    3. Lay two large pieces of aluminum foil on counter (overlapping slightly in middle). Place ham in middle of the foil. Brush 1/3 of the brown sugar glaze on, to cover surface of ham. If using spiral sliced ham, let glaze drizzle down between slices. Wrap ham with foil, until well sealed. Place ham in a large baking dish, flat side down. Place dish on middle rack in 325°F oven.

    4. Bake at 325°F for 15 minutes for every pound of meat you are cooking, OR until the internal temperature of the ham reaches 100-110°F. As ham weights vary, it is important to follow these guidelines to ensure juicy ham! Remove ham from oven, and TURN up oven temperature to 400°F. Carefully open foil, and pull it slightly away from the meat (but leave it in pan); brush ham with another 1/3 of the brown sugar glaze. 

    5. Place ham (STILL UNCOVERED) back into 400°F oven. Cook 15-20 minutes more. Remove ham after 15-20 minutes OR when the internal temperature reaches 160°F. Brush ham with remaining 1/3 glaze; seal the foil back up, and let ham rest for 10 minutes (covered), before slicing to allow juices to redistribute through meat. Once "rested", it's ready to slice and serve.

    Nutrition Facts
    Brown Sugar Glazed Ham
    Amount Per Serving (1 (8 ounce slice))
    Calories 598 Calories from Fat 342
    % Daily Value*
    Fat 38g58%
    Saturated Fat 14g88%
    Cholesterol 141mg47%
    Sodium 2709mg118%
    Potassium 671mg19%
    Carbohydrates 12g4%
    Fiber 1g4%
    Sugar 12g13%
    Protein 49g98%
    Vitamin A 10IU0%
    Vitamin C 3mg4%
    Calcium 23mg2%
    Iron 2mg11%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

    Here’s one more to pin on your Pinterest boards!Brown Sugar Glazed Ham is perfect for dinners or holiday feasts! A honey, brown sugar, OJ and spice glaze coats the ham (boneless or bone-in).