Showing posts with label Candy Cane Brownies. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Candy Cane Brownies. Show all posts

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Got Candy Canes? Cleo Coyle’s Candy Cane Frosting recipe for Cakes and Brownies

Got Candy Canes? Good! Set some aside in your cupboard for the coming months. Why? Because candy canes are very easy to find in stores now, and after the holidays are over, when the dreary months of January, February, and March settle in, you can bring them out and make this beautifully festive Candy Cane Frosting to cheer you up again. Just looking at this frosting lifts the spirits and the taste is fantastic.

Cleo Coyle, notorious
hoarder of candy canes,
is author of 
Coffeehouse Mysteries
While my recipe is very basic (crushed candy canes in a standard buttercream), I've made sure to keep my version light on the peppermint extract. The candy canes are crushed so finely that they give the frosting a gorgeous pink color. It's sweet and flavorful and perfectly complements chocolate so it's a winner on brownies as well as chocolate cakes and cupcakes. 

These brownies were featured in my holiday-themed Coffeehouse Mystery Holiday Grind as an invention of Tucker's, one of the beloved baristas at my fictional Village Blend coffeehouse. FYI...

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Cheers, everyone! I hope you're all
enjoying the holiday season...

Merry Christmas 
and Happy Chanukah!
~ Cleo 

Cleo Coyle’s
Candy Cane Frosting

This recipe is now archived. 

For a copy of my Candy Cane Brownies and Frosting recipe, stop by my website: Coffeehouse


The Origin of Candy Canes

In 1670, in Cologne, Germany, a choirmaster wanted to solve the problem of noise caused by children in his church during Christmas Eve services. He asked a local candy maker for some sweet sticks for them. In order to justify the practice of giving candy to children during worship services, he asked the candy maker to add a crook to the top of each stick, which would help children remember the shepherds who paid visit to the baby Jesus. From Germany, the candy canes spread to other parts of Europe. Around 1882, people began hanging them on Christmas trees and in the early 1920s, Chicago confectioners the Bunte Brothers filed the earliest patents for candy cane making machines. (Source: Wikipedia)

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