Sunday, February 19, 2012

Fancy Card

I've been catching up on some housecleaning  straightening (I don't know how my craft stuff ends up everywhere when it has its own room) and creating some goodies for a new gig that I'll tell you about later this month.  The weather is beautiful today - lots of sun, for a change!

I want to share that Chocolate Mint Brownie recipe I mentioned awhile back.  It's from 100 Best Holiday Cookies.  I don't think we've baked  much from this cookbook, but based on the brownies, I think we need to be using it a lot more!  I have to say, hands-down, these are the BEST brownies ever and I've been looking a long time for a homemade brownie to love.

1 C butter
4 squares unsweetened chocolate
1 1/2 C granulated sugar
3 eggs
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp mint extract
1/2 tsp vanilla
3/4 C flour

Preheat to 325 degrees.  Grease and flour 9" square baking pan.
Melt butter and choc in double boiler.  Remove from heat and beat in sugar, eggs, salt, mint, and vanilla until well blended.  Stir in  flour.  Spread batter in pan.  Bake 35 mins. until top is firm and edges begin to pull away.  Cool completely.
Beat 6 tblsp butter, 1/2 tsp mint extract, and 2 drops green food coloring at medium speed until fluffy.  Add 2 cups powdered sugar, 1/2 C at a time, beating well after each addition.  Beat in 2 to 3 tblsp milk, one tblsp at a time, until spreading consistancy is reached.  Spread over cooled brownies.

Drizzle with chocolate glaze (1/3 C semisweet choc chips and 2 tblsp butter melted in microwave).

Yummy, yummy, yummy! 

This fancy card is made with some wonderful digital images from Made by Janet.  I love silhouettes and find it very hard to resist them when I find them!

Paper Issues new challenge is Tape It Up!  I've just got some washi tape from Impressions, so I'll have to get right on my contribution for the challenge.   Also, we've got a great deal - if you want to shop at Paper Issues and get a discount of 20%, just use the code chouxchoux at checkout!   Have a wonderful week!

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  1. oh my! your brownies look soo good. I just flew into the kitchen, opened up a fiber one brownie and pretended I was eating one of yours! not kidding! lol. I will have to try your recipe some time soon.
    thanks for sharing.

  2. Lori, your card is sweet, but the brownie's look even sweeter, corny I know!

  3. I don't know what looks more delicious Lori, your gorgeous card or your yummie cookies! Both are amazing!

  4. Those Brownies look so yummy. I dare not make them. Cause I would eat them all... Your card is gorgeous.

    Hugs, Linda

  5. I'm glad you finally found a homemade brownie recipe you love. Mixes have such nasty things in them!

  6. Mmmmmm yummy post Lori, both the card and brownies look delicious.
    Jane x

  7. Lori!
    Seriously, you don't make cards. You make masterpieces! My eyes never know where to go next to make sure I catch it all. Just love your work so much. :)
    And your culinary skills are da bomb! Those brownies look decadent. :)

    Thank you SO much for sharing your wonderful talent and creativity with us again at Make It Monday.
    Hugs and admiration,
    Lisa xx

  8. Gorgeous sparkle! Looking forward to the news....

  9. Lori I live this it is so pretty

  10. Wow! hun, this card is just pretty and it..going to give your brownie recipe a try too...
    Saw this on MIM...

  11. Such a pretty card, love those Cakes.
    I saw it on Make it Monday and had to come take a look

  12. This is a beautiful card and yum to the brownies! So glad I saw you at Make It Monday. ~Diane (I am # 115)

  13. Hi Lori

    Oh my, what a truly beautiful card, so pretty and feminine.

    I'm trying really hard to completely ignore the delicious looking brownies, lol.

    Thank you for sharing with us at Make It Monday this week.

    Michelle :o)

    Remember, to be in with a chance to win the prize from our sponsor this week just leave a comment for another entrant. Be sure to mention you saw them on MIM. The more entries you comment on the more chances you have of winning.

  14. Really gorgeous Lori! And those brownies - YUM!! Thx for linking up to the Make It Monday party!

    M x

  15. Hi, I came over from MIM to take a closer look at your gorgeous card!


  16. This recipe sounds fabulous and your card is so elegant! Thanks for linking up to Share the Love Wednesday!
    Mary @ Very Merry Vintage Style


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