Peppermint Brownies

Here’s one that was inspired by my friends at the Fat Witch Bakery, who despite their name have you covered through all the holidays, not just Halloween.  I have made their S’mores Brownies about one million times (I am an honorary member of the teenager’s posse purely on the basis of making them S’Mores Brownies over and over and over again.  Not that they let me actually hang out with them or anything, but they love me from afar.)

Anyway, here’s the next one that I tried from the Fat Witch Brownies cookbook, and to be completely honest, I followed the directions for the brownie part to the letter, but then ran totally amuck on the topping.  Fat Witch called for the topping to be made with a mixture of white chocolate and confectioner’s sugar and chopped peppermint, and I just…couldn’t…do it.  It just seemed like a little too much chocolate to me (I know!  What is wrong with me???) so I went for a more traditional vanilla buttercream frosting, which came together in a jiff, and I did use the chopped peppermint.  Obviously.  It’s still puh-lenty sweet, but the consistency is just a little bit lighter than the white chocolate would have been.  I hope the Fat Witch will still love me, and no hexes will be coming my way.

By the way, since it is the holiday season and I am feeling very generous and like I need to give credit where credit is due, I would like to go on record as saying that these little candy canes that I used for this recipe?  They were individually wrapped (AAAARRRGGGHHH!) and my dashing Southern husband unwrapped them all for me so I didn’t lose my mind.

That is what you call true love and devotion.  Peppermint Brownies…make them for someone YOU truly love this Christmas.

Peppermint Brownies

Peppermint Brownies

Ingredients

1 3/4 sticks unsalted butter
1/2 cup bittersweet chocolate chips
3 large eggs
1 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup unbleached flour
Pinch of salt
1/2 cup white chocolate chips
1/3 cup butter
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 pound (3 1/2 cups) sifted confectioners sugar (powdered sugar)
3 to 4 tablespoons milk or light cream, or to make smooth and spreadable
1/2 cup chopped candy canes

Directions

1. Line 9x9 inch baking pan with foil and spray with Pam. Preheat oven to 350.
2. Melt the butter and the bittersweet chocolate together in a small saucepan over low heat, stirring frequently. Remove from heat and set aside to cool.
3. Beat together eggs, sugar and both extracts until smooth. Add cooled chocolate mixture and mix until well blended.
4. Sift flour and salt together directly into the batter and stir until well-combined. Stir in white chocolate. Spread into pan and bake until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean or with crumbs, not batter. Cool on rack until completely cool.
5. Cream butter, salt, and vanilla, beating with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Add the confectioners' sugar gradually, beating after each addition. Add 3 tablespoons milk or light cream, beating until smooth. Beat in more milk until desired spreading consistency is reached and the frosting is spreadable.
6. Spread over cooled brownies and sprinkle chopped candy canes on top. Using sides of foil, lift brownies out of pan and on to cutting surface. Cut into small pieces.

Recipe adapted with love from Fat Witch Bakery

 

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  1. Luscious!! Peppermint is the flavor of the month at our house. Your brownies would be a hit!

  2. Marisa Midori says:

    Mmmm must make these immediately.

  3. ooo these look SO good! love love peppermint. xoxo jcd

  4. So sweet of your husband to unwrap those, haha. I've been to Fat Witch Bakery, and their brownies are really good :) A bit expensive, but that's the fun of getting the cookbook and making them yourself! Thanks so much for sharing these festive brownies.

  5. So…you're telling me I need to find a dashing southern husband in order to make these? Deal. I'm on it. You have just motivated me more than you know…

    Man these look fantastic! I am on such a peppermint spree lately…totally need these in my life.

  6. thebakingconnoisseur says:

    Mmmm…these look so good! My mouth is watering!

  7. Fun and Fearless in Beantown says:

    Kudos to the hubby for having the patience to unwrap the canes!

  8. I just botched cookies I need for a party. I think this recipe is going to save the day!! Thanks!!

  9. Imwaytoobusy says:

    Your husband's a doll! These look (and sound) amazing! I love the peppermint touch :)

  10. pinksuedeshoe says:

    I don't know what is wrong with me, but this year was the first time I've ever tried peppermint and chocolate together. Hello Amazing! I made a cake for a guest post a few weeks ago and it was to die for delicious. These brownies are going to go on my list!

  11. Oh my! They look like Peppermint Bark brownies!
    I'm going to try this Rose Levy Berenbaum's Dreamy Creamy White Chocolate frosting. I could dive into a bowl of that stuff made with Green and Black's vanilla bean white chocolate.

  12. I made these for a present for someone, and ate one as I was cutting them up……I could barely give them away after that, they were really that good! and easy :) Definitely a must make :)

  13. Nutmeg Nanny says:

    So adorable! I bet they were super delicious. I'm also in love with your photography…you are so skilled!

  14. Teapotrose says:

    Do you mind sharing where you found those little herb pods? Thanks!

  15. Kate Morgan Jackson says:

    Teapotrose: Happy to! They are part of my Aerogarden, which is a tabletop system for growing plants. Mine is the Aerogarden classic 7-pod system and I bought it on Amazon. The plants actually grow in water that you pour every 2 weeks or so into the base of the unit, and the machine has special lights that come on and off for exactly as much time as it needs for the plants to grow. I've had mine for a little over 3 weeks now, and the basil (which started as seeds in those pods) is now over 3 inches high, I'm so excited!! You can order additional seed pods (including for things like cherry tomatoes and lettuce) also on Amazon. So far I love mine!!

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