Peppermint Brownies

Peppermint Brownies
Peppermint Brownies

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Peppermint Brownies

These fudgy brownies are all dressed up for the holidays with peppermint and mint chocolate chips in the batter.  Then, they are topped with a layer of peppermint frosting and then covered in chocolate and crushed candy canes.  Happy Holidays! 

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Ingredients

For the Brownies

  • 10  Tablespoons  unsalted butter
  • 8  Ounces  unsweetened bakers chocolate
  • 2  Cups  sugar
  • eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2  Tablespoons  espresso powder
  • 1  Teaspoon  vanilla
  • 1  Teaspoon  peppermint extract
  • Pinch of  salt
  • 1  Cup  flour

For the Peppermint Frosting

  • 8  Tablespoons  unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 2  Cups  powdered sugar
  • 2  Tablespoons  skim milk
  • 1/2  Teaspoon  vanilla
  • 1/2  Teaspoon  peppermint extract

For the Topping

  • 4  Tablespoons  unsalted butter
  • 3/4  Cups  semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • candy canes, crushed

Directions

For the Brownies

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line a 13 by 9 inch baking pan with foil.  Lightly grease the foil.

In a large saucepan over low heat, melt the bakers chocolate with the butter.  Stir frequently until smooth and then stir in the sugar until well combined.  Stir in the eggs until well combined.  Next, stir in the espresso powder, vanilla, peppermint extract, and salt.  Mix in the flour until just combined.

Pour the brownie batter into your prepared pan and bake for 40 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.  Let cool completely.

For the Peppermint Frosting

Make the frosting by beating the butter, powdered sugar, milk, vanilla, and peppermint extract until well combined and fluffy.  Spread over the cooled brownies.

For the Topping

To make the topping, melt the butter and the chocolate in the microwave for 30 seconds. Repeat until mixture is melted and smooth.  Spread over the frosting layer and then sprinkle the crushed candy canes on top.  Place the brownies in the fridge to set. Once set, cut into squares and serve!

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
22g
31%
Sugar
6g
7%
Saturated Fat
7g
29%
Cholesterol
1mg
0%
Carbohydrate, by difference
43g
33%
Protein
4g
9%
Vitamin A, RAE
7µg
1%
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
1mg
1%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
5µg
6%
Calcium, Ca
36mg
4%
Choline, total
8mg
2%
Fiber, total dietary
6g
24%
Folate, total
31µg
8%
Iron, Fe
2mg
11%
Magnesium, Mg
41mg
13%
Niacin
1mg
7%
Phosphorus, P
125mg
18%
Selenium, Se
3µg
5%
Sodium, Na
158mg
11%
Water
3g
0%
Zinc, Zn
1mg
13%

Peppermint Shopping Tip

If you're looking for a smoother texture in your finished product, try using confectioners' sugar (also known as 10x sugar) instead of granulated sugar.

Peppermint Cooking Tip

Think beyond cakes and pies – fruits like peaches, pineapple, and figs are excellent grilled – brush with melted butter or wine and sprinkle with sugar and spices for a dessert that you can feel good about.