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Peppermint “Smoke Bomb” Brownies!

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Smoke Bomb5Celebrate July 4th with these fun peppermint brownie cups! Fun to make and sooooo yummy to eat!

I got a little chocolate bomb mold a few months ago and I love it. I have used it for so many creative things! This time, I am using it to make actual bombs- edible smoke bombs that is! The inside of this red candy shell is packed with sweet mint filling that mixes with the dark chocolate of these brownies perfectly!

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Yes, these are a little fussy. It seems like anything super fun in the food realm takes some effort. If you want to make these SUPER easy, they are simply an adaptation from my Candy Cane Brownies from last Christmas. You could certainly add a little blue to the mint filling and just sprinkle stars on top for a fun (and equally delicious) patriotic alternative. OR you could be an over-achiever and make mint smoke bombs. Your choice! 🙂

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Here is how we put these fun treats together: (printable recipe here)

INGREDIENTS:

Brownie:

  • 1cup butter
  • 2 cup sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup cocoa
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup milk

Chocolate Glaze:

  • 6oz. semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 6 tablespoons butter (do not substitute margarine here!)

Mint “Smoke Bombs”:

  • 5 cups powdered sugar
  • 8 tablespoons (1/2 cup) melted butter
  • 2 teaspoons peppermint extract
  • Food color in red and blue
  • One bag of Wilton’s Candy melts in red
  • One bag of Twizzler’s Red, White and Blue licorice (I found them at Target)
  • Large Star Sprinkles
  • Mini Star Sprinkles

DIRECTIONS:

Brownie:

  • Preheat oven to 350F.
  • Cream butter and sugar together. 
  • Beat in eggs, cocoa, vanilla and salt.
  • Add flour and milk (alternating them and mixing well in between)
  • Spoon evenly into 24 cupcake liners in a cupcake tin.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 15-18 minutes (don’t over bake- they will start to pull away from the liner)
  • Cool.  
Chocolate Glaze:
  • Melt butter and chocolate together in the microwave in 30 second increments, stirring in between until completely melted and smooth.
  • Set aside until bombs are made

Mint Smoke Bombs:

  • Melt red candy melts in microwave in 30 second increments, stirring between until smooth.
  • Use a pastry brush to brush melts into a chocolate bomb mold and freeze for a couple minutes until hard. Do two coats- freezing in between.
  • Make mint filling  by adding melted butter to sugar and extract.
  • Mix well, using water to bring it to a thick but spreadable consistency.
  • Divide into 3 parts and color 2 of them red and blue using food coloring.
  • Place all three colors into a large zip-top bag and swirl together with a knife before sealing bag.
  • Cut a corner off bag and pipe mint filling into each red bomb shell- filling them about 3/4 full.
  • Refreeze these for a few minutes before gently popping them out and setting them on a plate. (I took pictures of this process in an earlier recipe here– but I didn’t fill these shells all the way full like I did there).
  • Repeat this process until you have 24 mint bombs ready.
  • Assemble brownies by spooning a little glaze on top of a brownie cup and then setting a bomb on top. Sprinkle edges with small star decorations and freeze to harden the glaze.
  • Once all your brownies are in the freezer, make the wicks by pulling apart the licorice and cutting into 1 to 2 inch pieces of blue. 
  • Dip one end into the leftover red candy melts (you might need to remelt these) and set it on top of a large red star sprinkle to harden. 

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  • Once these have hardened, and your brownies are nice and cold, take a few brownies out of the freezer, dip the end of a “wick” in red candy melts and hold it to the top of a cold peppermint bomb. It should immediately set and hold the wick in place.
  • Then- simply enjoy the smiles as people bite into your yummy (and very patriotic!) peppermint brownies!!!

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My thoughts: Ah…I loved making these. I always wonder if the idea in my mind will come across the way I pictured it, and these did—-makes me smile! I loved sharing these with friends and family too. Makes me wish I had a 4th of July party to go to this year!!! 🙂 I hope you get a chance to try these and that you love them as much as I do!  ~r

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Other fun desserts to make for the Fourth of July!!! (click on a photo to see the recipe):

Bomb Pop Cupcakes!!!American Flag Oreo Pops!!!!Patriotic Tie-Dye Cake!!!!Fire Cracker Cookies!

 

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NYE Ball Drop Cupcakes!

Ball drop Cupcakes7Delicious chocolate cupcakes topped with whipped chocolate buttercream and a white chocolate truffle all dressed up for New Year’s Eve! Happy New Year to you!

These fun little cupcakes are an easy and fun way to ring in the New Year. I used Lindt White Chocolate Truffles for the NYE ball, and my very yummiest chocolate buttercream. Aren’t they cute???

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Here is how we put these fun little party desserts together:

INGREDIENTS:

  • One boxed chocolate cake mix (or your favorite recipe) plus eggs, water and oil to make according to package.
  • 2 sticks of salted butter, softened
  • 2 sticks of unsalted butter, softened
  • 3 cups of powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup of cocoa powder
  • 24 Lindt white chocolate truffles
  • 24 decorative picks (I got mine at Target)
  • 24 New Year picks (I got mine at CK products)
  • Gold food coloring dust (I got mine at CK products)

DIRECTIONS:

  • Unwrap 24 Lindt truffles and put a decorative pick all the way through each one.
  • Use a clean (food only) paint brush and some water to paint the truffle gold using the coloring dust. Hold the truffle by the pick and mix dust with water until it forms a thick paste and can be painted onto the truffle. This may take two coats to smooth it out.
  • Allow painted truffle to dry on a plate or some parchment paper.

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  • Make cake mix according to box instructions and divide evenly among 24 cupcake liners placed in a cupcake tin.
  • Bake according to box, and cool completely.
  • Make frosting by adding softened butter, powdered sugar and cocoa together in a large mixing bowl and beating on high until light and fluffy.
  • Place frosting in a large zip-top bag fitted with a decorating tip, and pipe frosting on each cooled cupcake.
  • Decorate with a truffle and with NYE cupcake picks.
  • Enjoy! (and remind everyone to NOT eat the picks!) 🙂

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My thoughts: These are fun and yummy treats!!! It takes a little time to paint the truffles, but they are such a creamy and yummy addition to this cupcake!  

So, Happy 2016 to each of you!!! Enjoy!!!  ~r

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Other fun New Year’s dessert ideas: (click on the photo to see the recipe)

Fruit Loop Confetti Cups!!Raspberry Confetti KissesCotton Candy Fizz Confetti cookies!

Fourth of July Dessert Ideas!

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Bomb Pop Cupcakes!!!

 

Bomb Pop Cupcakes!

Oh my, I love the fourth of July! I love the picnics, and pool parties, and cookouts, and fireworks…and the time with family!

My parents have always (like always, for as long as I can remember!) had a giant pool party for the fourth and invited our entire extended family for burgers and brats and volleyball and sunshine….and for a competitive display of our best “at home” fireworks we could find, later in the evening. I have so many fun memories of chasing fireflies and waving sparklers with my cousins (that are all grown with kids of their own now!). This year is different. For starters, mom isn’t here to orchestrate the complexities of the celebration. The house is in boxes and bags- ready to show to whomever might be interested in buying, and the pool and yard are immaculately kept. Pool toys and floats are all deflated and either sold or put away. Sometimes I sit on the back porch and watch the fireflies and remember all the laughter and fun.

I know that these times are not forever over. This year is different, but once dad settles into his new place there will be other celebrations and family times over the fourth. This year though…my heart wasn’t in the “create something new and fun” place. So instead, I thought you might enjoy a collection of some of my previous red-white-and-blue recipes. You can click on the photo or the title, to be taken to the recipe.

American Flag Oreo Pops!!!!

American Flag Oreo Pops

Patriotic Polka Dot Cake!!!!

Patriotic Polka Dot Cake!!!

Patriotic Flip Flop Cookies!!!!

Flip Flop Cookies for the Fourth!

Patriotic Tie-Dye Cake!!!!

Patriotic Tie-Dye Cake!

Stars!!

Stars and Stripes Brownies!

Patriotic Bundt Cake!!!!

Red White and Blue Bundt Cake!

And if you are grilling out for the Fourth, you might need these…

BBQ Grill Cupcakes!!

BBQ Grill Cupcakes!

Hamburger Cookie!

Grilled Burger Cupcakes!

However you celebrate this summer, I hope you have fun making memories with your friends and family~ and I hope you enjoy trying fun, new recipes that become a part of your family traditions! ~r

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