January 23, 2011

Peppermint Brownies

I was never a fan of anything peppermint.  Peppermint gum, candy canes, etc.  However, I was at an Army party in December and the catering company was serving peppermint brownies.  While the meal itself wasn't very good (I can voice my opinion, right? Everyone is entitled to one.), the peppermint brownie was AMAZING.  I was still thinking about it days later.

I found this rather involved recipe for layered peppermint brownies on Our Best Bites, but I didn't feel like going that in-depth with it.  It took me an entire month to track down peppermint extract.  I'm serious.  No one had it (When I say "no one", I mean the commissary and Wal-Mart.  I try my best to stay out of Carr's and Fred Meyer.  They're in the business of ripping people off.)

So this is what I came up with.

Peppermint Brownies
1 10.25 oz package of brownie mix
1 egg
1/3 cup canola oil
2 T. water
1/3 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 drop of peppermint extract

Mix together and pour into a greased 8" cake pan.  This is what I do for us.  Of course, use a 9x13 pan and regular sized mix if more than 4 people are going to be sharing these brownies.

Bake for about 20 minutes.

1 cup chocolate chips
3 T. butter
1 drop peppermint extract

To make it pretty:  3 crushed candy canes

Melt the chocolate chips and butter together in the microwave.  Stir until smooth and then stir in the extract.  Pour over the brownies while still warm and top with candy canes.

Give it a few hours to set up.  They actually taste better the next day.

If I was planning on making these again soon, I would substitute the homemade glaze with this:
It's so much better than you would think.


  1. Yum! I don't like peppermint either. The only thing I really like are Andes candies. These look good! I may give it a shot. I guess anything paired with chocolate can't be all bad. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Use the canned icing! And if you pull the brownies out a little before they're done, like you usually do, they stay really fudgey :)

  3. Kristin, I've made peppermint fudge for years. Use the recipe on the marshmallow Fluff container, then add that extra teaspoon of peppermint extract and some crushed candies pressed into the top.

  4. I never even considered making anything peppermint until I tried that brownie. A whole new world of Christmas dessert possibilities has been opened!

  5. Kristin, this would be a super contribution to Food on Friday: Victorian or Afternoon Tea Party over at Carole's Chatter. Cheers and Happy Thanksgiving to all Americans everywhere!


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