I have come to the conclusion that I will never be a cool music person.
You know, like one of those people who listens to obscure bands and finds meaning in lyrics and is always suggesting songs and making playlists for people?
That will never be me.
Basically because I only like songs that are on the radio.
Also, I don’t really need songs to have a deep meaning. They just have to make me want to dance, even though I can’t dance because my body never seems to do what my mind thinks it can.
Seriously, if I could dance like my brain says I should, I would probably never do anything else.
Even my husband has like all these weird old school country songs on his iPod that are about meaningful things. The closest I get to classics are Janet Jackson and TLC.
I don’t go watch local bands at bars like cool people do. I’ve been to two concerts in my life–one was a country concert that my husband chose (Brad Paisley and Dierks Bentley) and then one that I chose a few years ago (begged, is more like it).
It was the Britney Spears Circus Tour.
It was the pinnacle of my musical life, if you want to know the truth. And it was on a weeknight during the school year, and since all my friends are moms and things, I didn’t really have anyone to go with. So my husband had to take me.
And he sat through the entire concert (he said his back hurt, but I think really he was scared of all the screaming 14 year olds) while I sang Womanizer and tried to come up with a way to talk Britney into taking me home with her.
What I’m saying is, I’m sort of lucky that I still even have a husband.
So if we are going to be friends, you need to know that I have horrible taste in music. All I want is a mad beat (even though I am probably too old for mad beats) and lyrics that I can understand and sing.
Sorry you had to find this out about me, but there you have it.
But the good news is, if you come with me to concerts full of glitter and Top 40-ish songs and screaming teenagers, I will bake you lots of treats to make up for it.
Like these Peppermint Patty Brownie Cups.
I recently got this Surprise Pan from Chicago Metallic and wanted to come up with a fun cupcake recipe so I could give it a try. The pan has a thin post in the center of each mold, so you can fill your cupcakes with candy or fruit and it won’t sink right to the bottom. Isn’t that cool?
I decided to make brownie cupcakes with a peppermint patty center, peppermint cream cheese frosting, and chocolate glaze. They were easy, gorgeous, and so so good.
Box of brownie mix (about 20 oz) plus ingredients to make for cake-like brownies (or your favorite homemade recipe)
12 muffin liners or baker’s nonstick spray with flour
12 fun size peppermint patties, plus extras for garnish if desired
Preheat oven according to package directions. Line Surprise Pan with liners or spray bottoms lightly with baker’s spray
Make batter according to directions. Spoon a small amount into each tin, just covering the bottom. Push a peppermint patty on each post, pushing down until it meets the batter. Cover with more batter and smooth. Each mold should be about 2/3 full.
Bake 15-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the edge comes back with fudgy crumbs.
If you didn’t use liners, loosen edges with a sharp knife while hot. Let cool for 5 minutes and then remove brownies from tins.
Let brownies cool completely.
8 oz block of cream cheese, softened
1 stick of salted butter, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 teaspoons peppermint extract
4 cups powdered sugar
In the bowl of a mixer, beat butter, cream cheese, vanilla and peppermint on medium speed until smooth and combined. Slowly add powdered sugar and beat on low until just combined. Increase speed to high and beat for one minute.
Pipe (I used a jumbo round tip) frosting on brownies, or just pile on with a spatula. Chill for one hour.
2 oz semi sweet chocolate, chopped finely
1/4 cup heavy cream
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 Tablespoons honey
Put chocolate in a small bowl. Pour cream into a small saucepan and heat on the stove until it just starts to simmer and gets hot. Remove from heat and pour over chocolate. Stir until chocolate is melted. Add vanilla and honey and stir.
Let glaze cool just a bit until it is lukewarm and a bit thicker. Pour over frosting.
**Makes 12 Peppermint Patty Brownie Cups
So…hopefully you will make these and love them and be so mesmerized that you forget that I am a grown woman who made my husband take me to see Britney Spears.
Thanks so much for reading. Have a fabulous day!!
**I am a Chicago Metallic Partner in Baking. I was provided with the Chicago Metallic Surprise Pan free of charge, but the recipe and my experience with it are my own. I was not compensated for this post monetarily.