I randomly found this book through twitter. I’ve followed the author, Jenna Guillaume, on twitter for a while for her funny pop culture tweets and when she announced she was releasing a book; I was eager to check it out. This book follows teenager Maisie on her family’s summer vacation to the beach with her best friend and long-time crush. When her best friend catches the eye of her crush, Maisie is forced to face her true feelings and come to terms with her own self esteem issues. A convenient local beauty pageant and an aspiring fashion designer as a new friend force Maisie out of her comfort zone and towards self-acceptance. It reminded me very much of the movie Dumplin’, just with less Dolly Parton.
It was a fun read and as a northern hemisphere resident, it was a nice change to read a summery Christmas novel. So instead of the typical Christmas baking projects, I decided to make some Junior Mint Brownies, inspired by Maisie’s favorite candy.
Junior Mint Brownies
- 1/4 cup butter
- 32 (about 3 ounces) Junior Mints
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 2/3 cup sugar
- 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa
- 1 large egg
- 1 large egg white
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and coat bottom of an 8-inch square baking pan with cooking spray.
Combine butter and mints in a small bowl; microwave at high 30 seconds or until soft. Stir until smooth, and set aside.
Combine flour, soda, and salt in a bowl.
Combine sugar, cocoa, egg, and egg white in a large bowl; beat at medium speed of a mixer until well-blended. Add mint mixture; beat well.
Add flour mixture; beat at low speed just until blended. Pour batter into prepared pan.
Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean; cool completely on a wire rack.