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Peppermint Brownies

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These peppermint brownies boast a rich chocolate flavor and the perfect amount of peppermint crunch for a holiday treat that is sure to impress.
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Table of Contents
  1. Peppermint Brownies Ingredients
  2. How to Make This Peppermint Brownies Recipe
  3. How To Serve
  4. Storage
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These easy peppermint brownies are like Christmas in your mouth! They’re rich, chocolatey, and have not only a delicious peppermint frosting but also a decadent ganache on top of the brownies; plus, this irresistible dessert is super easy to make. 

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Peppermint Brownies Ingredients

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You’ll need:

For the Brownies

  • 1 (16-ounce) boxed brownie mix (and ingredients needed to prepare brownies according to box – usually water, eggs, oil)
  • ½ cup crushed candy canes for topping

For the Peppermint Frosting

  • ¾ cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 1-2 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
  • ½ cup crushed candy canes
  • 2 drops of red food coloring

For the Chocolate Ganache

  • 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream

SUBSTITUTIONS AND ADDITIONS

CHOCOLATE CHIPS: Add semi-sweet chocolate chips or larger chocolate chunks mixed into the brownie batter for an extra burst of rich chocolate.

How to Make This Peppermint Brownies Recipe

STEP ONE: Prepare an 8×8 square pan with parchment paper.

OUR RECIPE DEVELOPER SAYS

Lining the pan with parchment paper will allow you to lift the entire baked brownies out of the pan for easier cutting once cooled.

STEP TWO: Prepare and bake brownies according to package directions in the prepared pan, then allow to cool.

PRO TIP:

Oven temperatures vary and may need to be recalibrated periodically to ensure they are accurate. Make sure to keep a close eye on your brownies as the suggested baking time approaches.

brownies prepared according to package in a baking dish

STEP THREE: Prepare the frosting while the brownies are cooling. Add butter to a stand mixer or large bowl with an electric mixer and beat until light and fluffy. Add confectioner’s sugar in batches and beat until well combined. Add heavy whipping cream, then fold in peppermint candies and food coloring.

confectioner's sugar, cream added, butter and candy pieces folded in a bowl

STEP FOUR: Top the cooled brownie base with buttercream frosting, spread evenly, then refrigerate or freeze while preparing the ganache.

PRO TIP:

The frosting is light and fluffy – chilling it before adding the ganache will help it hold up to the addition of the warm ganache. I popped the frosted brownies in the freezer for about 20 minutes before adding the ganache.

frosting spread over the brownies in a baking dish

STEP FIVE: Add cream to a microwave-safe bowl and heat on high for 60 seconds or until beginning to steam. Immediately add chocolate chips and cover for 3 minutes, then whisk until creamy.

cream heated and chocolate chips added in a bowl

STEP SIX: Pour ganache over frosted brownies, and sprinkle the crushed peppermint candy over top of the ganache. Chill in the freezer until the ganache is set – about 20 minutes.

ganche poured over the frosted brownies in a baking dish

STEP SEVEN: Remove brownies from the pan to a cutting board using the parchment paper, then cut into squares and serve.

cut brownies into squares on a pan

How To Serve

This holiday season, add these delightfully decadent brownies to your festivities. Serve them along with a warm mug of homemade hot chocolate or a pumpkin spice latte for a special treat after dinner.

Our coconut brownies and caramel brownies are two more over-the-top amazing variations of this classic treat.

Storage

ON THE COUNTER: This delicious treat will keep at room temperature in an airtight container for 3 to 4 days.

IN THE FRIDGE: You can also store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to one week. 

IN THE FREEZER: Freeze this peppermint brownie recipe for up to 3 months.

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The peppermint flavor makes these yummy brownies the perfect holiday treat. Made with a boxed brownie mix, the hardest part of this simple recipe is waiting for them to bake and the frosting to firm up.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Can I freeze this easy brownie recipe?

These fudgy brownies can be frozen for up to three months.

Why are my brownies hard?

Brownies harden up if they are in the oven too long. For brownies, it’s better to slightly underbake them than to overbake them.

What is the secret to a good brownie?

One of the keys to good moist brownies is not overbeating the eggs. Mixing them too much will add more air to the batter, resulting in cake-like brownies rather than dense, fudgy ones.

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Peppermint Brownies

4.95 from 19 votes
These peppermint brownies boast a rich chocolate flavor and the perfect amount of peppermint crunch for a holiday treat that is sure to impress.
Prep Time 40 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 9

Ingredients
  

Brownies

  • 16 ounce box brownie mix (and ingredients needed to prepare brownies according to box – usually water, eggs, oil)
  • ½ cup crushed candy canes for topping

Peppermint Frosting

  • ¾ cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1-2 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
  • ½ cup crushed candy canes
  • 2 drops red food coloring

Chocolate Ganache

  • 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream

Instructions
 

  • Prepare an 8×8 square pan with parchment paper.
  • Prepare and bake brownies according to package directions in the prepared pan, then allow to cool.
  • Prepare the frosting while the brownies are cooling. Add butter to a stand mixer or large bowl with an electric mixer and beat until light and fluffy. Add confectioner’s sugar in batches and beat until well combined. Add heavy whipping cream, then fold in peppermint candies and food coloring.
  • Top the cooled brownie base with buttercream frosting, spread evenly, then refrigerate or freeze while preparing the ganache.
  • Add cream to a microwave-safe bowl and heat on high for 60 seconds or until beginning to steam. Immediately add chocolate chips and cover for 3 minutes, then whisk until creamy.
  • Pour ganache over frosted brownies, and sprinkle the crushed peppermint candy over top of the ganache. Chill in the freezer until the ganache is set – about 20 minutes.
  • Remove brownies from the pan to a cutting board using the parchment paper, then cut into squares and serve.

Notes

  • Lining the pan with parchment paper will allow you to lift the entire baked brownies out of the pan for easier cutting once cooled.
  • Oven temperatures vary and may need to be recalibrated periodically to ensure they are accurate. Make sure to keep a close eye on your brownies as the suggested baking time approaches.
  • The frosting is light and fluffy – chilling it before adding the ganache will help it hold up to the addition of the warm ganache. I popped the frosted brownies in the freezer for about 20 minutes before adding the ganache.

Nutrition

Calories: 653kcal | Carbohydrates: 88g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 32g | Saturated Fat: 17g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 10g | Trans Fat: 0.03g | Cholesterol: 34mg | Sodium: 159mg | Potassium: 254mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 67g | Vitamin A: 433IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 44mg | Iron: 4mg
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  1. pcd says

    5 stars
    Yep I’ve made layered brownies and yep they’re kind of a pain but WELL worth the end result!
    Who needs a special occasion to serve peppermint brownies??
    Anytime of the year is just perfect for chocolate and peppermint!!!
    Pick a day, any day:}
    Thank you for the great recipes..

  2. Cindy Petko says

    5 stars
    Yum!! These brownies look terrific, and would be great for Christmas! Thanks for the recipe! Also I wanted to mention that I used your recipe for taco seasoning today…it was fantastic!! Again ,thanks!

  3. Laura Lach says

    5 stars
    I have not tried this recipe. I do love chocolate and mint. This sounds delicious. Added to our holiday list.

  4. Fay says

    5 stars
    This will be the 1st time I’ve made layered brownies. Looking forward to trying these for the holidays this year! They look amazing, served with or without ice cream!

  5. Lisa Coyle says

    5 stars
    I have a work-related Christmas party to attend and was needing a chocolate type of dessert. These will work wonderfully! Since it is for a group, I will follow the recipe but for my household– more peppermint and more chocolate! Thank you for your recipe! I have used several and saved many more!

  6. Cindy Wisdom says

    These are so pretty and look so delicious!

    You asked where we serve these, absolutely at Book Club! The ladies will love them!

  7. Dena Biornstad says

    5 stars
    I can’t wait to try out this recipe during December for my senior residents! I love peppermint and chocolate, so this looks like a match made in heaven!

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