Christmas Baking

Barb's Mint Brownies

For the brownie whisk together:

2 cups flour

2 cups sugar

1 tsp. baking soda

Bring to a boil and pour over dry ingredients:

1 cup butter

1 cup water

1/4 cup cocoa

Beat well and add:

2 eggs

1/2 cup butter milk

1 tsp vanilla

Bake in a greased cookie sheet at 375 for 15-20 minutes. Cool completely.

For the frosting combine:

3/4 cup room temperature butter

3 cups powdered sugar

1 tsp. mint

3-4 Tbsp. milk

Red or Green food coloring

Cream ingredients and spread on cooled brownies. Freeze for 30 minutes. 

Melt in a saucepan:

1/2 cup butter

1 cup chocolate chips 

Drizzle and spread over chilled filling. Enjoy!

Buttermilk Pancakes or Waffles


2 cups buttermilk

2 eggs

2 Tbsp oil 

2 cups flour

2 Tbsp sugar

2 tsp baking powder

1 tsp baking soda

1/2 tap salt 


Milk for thinning 

Chocolate chips 



Combine buttermilk, eggs, oil, and sugar. Mix well. Add dry ingredients and stir till incorporated. Add milk to thin if desired. 

Heat waffle iron/skillet on medium. Once hot, butter cooking tool and add batter. Add chocolate chips or blueberries and cook until golden brown on both sides. 

To Serve

Serve hot with your favorite syrup, fruit, a sprinkle of powdered sugar, or whipped cream. Or be like our dad and eat it with peanut butter and an egg over easy on top. The possibilities are endless!

Source of the Deliciousness

This recipe was given to our mom by her mother-in-law, Dorothy. Grandma Dorothy used to make giant batches of this recipe to feed her hired hands on their cattle ranch in Montana. 

Pinto Burgers


3 cups pinto beans 

1 cup corn 

1 ½ cups plain bread crumbs 

1 cup diced onions 

¼ cup sour cream 

2 eggs (1/2 cup) 

¼ cup cilantro 

3 Tbs. jalapeños, diced 

1 tsp. Tabasco sauce 

1 tsp. cumin 

½ tsp. pepper 

¼ tsp. salt  


Drain and rinse beans and corn and set aside. In a large mixing bowl, combine bread crumbs, onions, sour cream, and beaten eggs. Mix well. Add cilantro, jalapeno and seasonings. Mix well again and add beans and corn. Using your hands, work the mixture like a meatloaf squeezing the beans through your fingers so that they mash up and begin to hold everything together. Leave some whole beans, but continue mixing until it sticks together well. 

Divide into 8 portions and hand roll 8 burger patties with your hands. Separate with wax paper pieces and store in a gallon freezer safe plastic bag. Freeze great for a fast and easy meal. When ready to cook, heat 1-2 Tbs. vegetable oil in a skillet over medium high heat. Add patties to pan and cook covered 4-5 minutes on each side or until heated through; should be nice and brown on top. 

To Serve

We love a spicy mayonnaise or ranch dressing spread on both sides of the toasted pita. Next, layer the pinto burger with your favorite burger toppings and enjoy! 

Source of the Delciousness

This recipe was shared with Katie by fellow mom and friend, Jenice.