St. Patty’s Day Treats

I am currently suffering from a bit of a sleep deprivation headache.  This weekend was filled with so many great adventures, but I am not 21 anymore.  I need my sleep, and I did not get much of that.

Partly to blame was me thinking it would be a good idea to stay up and make a second dessert to take to work today after my friends left my place from dinner.  It was a multi-step dessert, so I was up way later than I should be on a Sunday night.

I couldn’t help myself though.  I was so excited to try two Irish-themed desserts for St. Patty’s Day.

The first dessert was chocolate cupcakes with Baileys frosting.  I know people always make Baileys dessert for St. Patty’s Day, but I really wanted to try it myself.  Baileys make such a rich and creamy frosting and pairs great with chocolate.  I made these cupcakes to accompany my St. Patrick’s Day dinner, and my plan was to take the leftovers to work.

I found this recipe by Just So Tasty.  I followed this recipe nearly completely, besides substituting gluten free all purpose flour.  I have to say, I think I finally found a winning chocolate cupcake recipe.

Chocolate cupcakes are great, but they dry out so easily when baking.  I have tried so, so many chocolate cupcake recipes, even ones that are labeled as “super moist.”  They have all fallen short, or I failed in some aspect of the baking.  However, this chocolate cupcake recipe really does make a super moist cupcake.  I am planning to just solely use this recipe anytime I want to make chocolate cupcakes.  I can always use whatever frosting recipe I want.

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As you can see from the picture, my cupcakes sunk a bit in baking.  That is because I slightly overfilled them.  I did try to only fill halfway, but it is difficult.  The sunken top really did not affect the taste of the cupcakes.  They were still light and moist.  This even left me a nice crevice to hold some extra frosting.

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If you have never had Baileys frosting, I highly suggest you change that.  It truly is divine.  Chris made a comment about how it had a strong Bailey’s flavor, which is true.  There isn’t just a tablespoon or two in this frosting.  It essentially replaces the heavy cream I would normally use in buttercream.  This was such a tasty treat.  I hope my co-workers enjoy the leftovers!

Since I guess cupcakes weren’t enough, I decided to also make creme de menthe brownies.  Honestly, I just couldn’t chose which dessert to make, so I made both.

I followed this recipe by Wondermom Wannabe, only I made brownies from scratch instead of box brownies.  The process was slightly more time consuming, but I generally find it to be worth it to make my own brownie mix.  I also made these gluten free.

These brownies are layered with a smooth creme de menthe frosting and a chocolate icing.  It takes awhile to make completely, because you have to chill them.  The finished product was amazing though.  I may have snuck one out of the tray for breakfast before I left this morning.  I mean you can’t just serve a dessert you haven’t taste-tested, right? (That’s my excuse anyway).

The brownies were so good, just like the cupcakes.  I am still in awe of how amazing this gluten free flour blend is from Bob’s Red Mill.  I really can’t tell a difference between my baked goods with regular flour and with this gluten free flour.  I bake a lot, and until recently was not concerned with using gluten free flour.  It’s not like I wouldn’t know what glutenous baked goods taste like.  This gluten free flour is a dream come true.

Here’s to amazing gluten free treats that I got to share with my co-workers today! What fun baking treats will I experiment with next?  You’ll have to stay tuned to find out!

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