St. Patrick’s Day is coming – March 17th! I have to say, St. Patrick’s Day isn’t a real big deal around our house being that none of us are Irish. But, I did tell my fellas I would make them a few treats for the upcoming holiday.
The problem is, one of my boys really isn’t too fond of mint. He will tolerate it in small quantities, but he’s not a fan.
So I need to make a few treats that don’t involve massive amounts of Kelly green frosting, that turn his lips and tongue bright green. Good luck with that, right?
Let’s take a look.
If you guys haven’t tried this stuff yet, it’s wonderful! This creamer is called Irish Crème. Remember guys, this is a creamer, so it is alcohol free!
The reason I like using flavored creamers so much is because they add a nice, yet subtle flavor to whatever you’re baking. Of course you can use flavored extracts if you prefer, for me it just depends on what I’m making.
Your basic brownie batter. I have added the Irish Crème Gourmet Creamer in place of the water. Stir just until moistened.
This filling is fabulous! It didn’t photograph well, but it is actually a very nice light green color. You could easily make it darker with food coloring, if you wanted to.
I don’t really know where this recipe came from. I had it scribbled down on a piece of paper and stuck in my myriad of recipes to try. I’ve had it forever. It can be used for frosting, filling, just about anything – it’s simply instant pudding, milk (I used creamer) and Cool Whip. It’s delicious!
Voila! Here you have the final product.
By the way, everyone in my house L-O-V-E-D the parfaits!!
St. Paddy’s Day Parfaits
1 brownie mix (you can use a snack size or family size mix, depending on how many parfaits you want)
1 bottle Irish Crème Gourmet Creamer
1 box instant pudding, any flavor, (I used pistachio)
1 container Cool Whip Topping, I don’t use it often but at times it’s a great help
Hershey’s Chocolate Syrup (I only used a small amount)
Handful of chocolate waffer cookies (I wanted the crunchy texture, you can use whatever you want)
St. Patrick’s Day Sprinkles
*MM Note: a few ideas for other garnishes mini chocolate chips, mini M&M’s, chopped Mint Oreos, chopped Thin Mint cookies, chopped Andes Mints, use anything you want
1. In a large bowl, combine the brownie mix, Irish Crème Gourmet Creamer, oil, and eggs; stir just until moistened.
2. Pour into greased pan, size will depend on what size brownie mix is being used. Bake at 350 degrees, or temperature and time, called for on back of box. Bake until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool on wire rack. When pan is cool enough to handle, place in fridge for additional cooling. They will cut better after being in the fridge for a bit.
3. For filling, mix together instant pudding flavor of choice, 1/2 the liquid called for, replacing milk with flavored creamer. After creamer and pudding are combined well, gently fold in Cool Whip. Place in refrigerator while brownies are cooling.
4. When ready to create parfaits, start with brownie on the bottom, gently crumbling. Keep in mind you want small pieces, not crumbs, layer with desired amount of filling, chocolate syrup, and any other garnishes you want in the parfaits. Repeat layers as many times as desired. You may want to add extra garnish on the tops of the parfaits. Allow parfaits to rest in fridge for at least 15 minutes before serving. Serve and enjoy the delicious flavors!