loaded peppermint brownies

loaded peppermint brownies

Loaded peppermint brownies – I am sooooo ready to face plant into you ❤️

I bet you’re thinking um helloooo lady Christmas is over what’s with the Christmas dessert?! And I am here to tell you that peppermint deserves a place in our hearts and bellies throughout the whole winter season – not just at Christmas!

This was intended to be a super-simple brownie recipe that you could mix up, bake, and be eating in under an hour. That’s not what I ended up with. But, I ended up with something that’s absolutely entirely delicious, and completely worth a tiny bit of extra effort.

Funny thing, too – I used to NOT LIKE BROWNIES. Superrrr weird – I know. My brownie obsession began in college thanks to one of my lovely roommates (I’m looking at you, Stas! ❤️)

Brownie-making became a pretty regular thing in our house and thank goodness that we had 7 roommates to help us devour the never-ending batches of brownies!

loaded peppermint brownies

 


Anyways – let’s talk about these brownies. I wanted to keep the traditional brownie flavor here so I didn’t add mint extract to the brownie batter. Buttt – you can totally do that if mint is your jam! If mint is not your thing, skip the peppermint candies altogether.

But don’t skip the extra chocolate on top 😉

 

loaded peppermint brownies

Remember in my last post, easiest millionaire shortbread bars, how I said that I was working on some healthier recipes for January? This is that recipe.

Noo, no, I’m kidding. I promise, the “real food” recipes are coming. I’m just really enjoying baking for me now that the holidays are over so I’m leaning into that right now ❤️

loaded peppermint brownies

I also would like to point out that you don’t need to be a cake-and-cookie-decorating rockstar professional to make something like this look pretty.

I certainly am not good at decorating baked goods but I can drizzle on the melted chocolate like nobody’s business – and so can you.

That’s what I love about desserts like this – delicious AND eye-catching without much effort.

loaded peppermint brownies

 

loaded peppermint brownies

Seriously – look how tall and thick these brownies are! YUM. YUM. YUM. Now go, and make.

And if you’re feeling up to it, share them with someone – but I wouldn’t blame you if you didn’t ❤️.


 

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Loaded Peppermint Brownies
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Serves: 12-16 brownies
 
Gooey, rich chocolate brownies topped with crushed peppermint, white chocolate curls and a drizzle of melted dark chocolate
Ingredients
  • 2 cups dark chocolate, chopped
  • 2 sticks butter
  • 4 eggs
  • 1⅓ cups brown sugar
  • ½ tsp vanilla
  • ⅔ cup flour
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • Mini candy canes/peppermint candies
  • White chocolate and dark chocolate (for decorating)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Spray an 8x8 pan with non-stick spray or line with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. Add the 2 cups of chopped dark chocolate and the butter (cut into cubes for easier melting) into a microwavable bowl and heat in 30 second intervals, whisking in between, until fully melted and smooth. Set aside.
  3. In a mixing bowl, beat the eggs until smooth. Add the sugar and vanilla and mix until smooth.
  4. Add the melted chocolate/butter mixture and mix until combined.
  5. Add the flour, salt, and baking powder and gently stir in by hand until completely mixed.
  6. Pour into prepared pan and bake for 25 minutes. Meanwhile, crush the peppermint candies in a food processor. The amount is totally up to you - I used about 15 mini candy canes.
  7. After the 25 minutes, remove brownies from the oven and sprinkle the crushed peppermint over the top and LIGHTLY press them in with a spatula. Return to the oven and bake for 22 more minutes. When they're done, the center will be mostly set and a toothpick inserted in the middle will have some gooey brownie crumbs on it (it shouldn't be liquid though).
  8. Let cool completely before decorating with the chocolate (let cool on the counter for a bit first, then cover with foil and refrigerate to speed things up)
  9. Add some chocolate shavings or melted chocolate to the top for decoration (I used white chocolate shavings and melted dark chocolate).

 

12 thoughts on “loaded peppermint brownies

  1. These look good, I’m wondering if you could make them vegan? Maybe by substituting the butter for vegan butter and the eggs for ground flax seeds plus a little baking powder? Any suggestions?

    1. I don’t have much experience with vegan baking so I’m not sure, sorry! That could very well work but don’t quote me on it 🙂

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