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Frosted Peppermint Brownies

These Frosted Peppermint Brownies are thick, fudgy, and full of flavor. The classic chocolate brownie recipe gets a Christmas twist with a sweet and crunchy peppermint frosting. Easy to make from scratch, this homemade treat will be the hit of the holiday season!
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: brownie recipe, christmas recipe, holiday dessert, holiday recipe, peppermint recipe
Servings: 16 brownies
Calories: 420kcal
Author: Gayle

Ingredients

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • ¾ cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • ¼ cup dark chocolate wafers or chips
  • cups white sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla bean paste or vanilla extract

Peppermint Frosting

  • 1 cup unsalted butter softened
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons milk or heavy cream
  • 2 teaspoons peppermint extract
  • 10 candy canes crushed

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375F. Lightly grease an 8x8 inch baking pan with non-stick cooking spray. Then line with parchment paper so that it is easy to lift the brownies out of pan once baked. Set aside.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk flour, salt, baking powder, and cocoa powder. Set aside.
  • In another medium bowl, combine butter, semi-sweet chocolate chips and dark chocolate wafer. Melt in the microwave over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until smooth. Set aside to cool slightly.
  • In a large bowl, beat sugar and eggs until light and fluffy. Beat in vanilla extract. Stir in melted chocolate. Slowly stir in flour mixture until just incorporated.
  • Spoon batter into prepared pan. Bake for about 30 minutes, or until toothpick inserted into middle comes out with just a few crumbs, and edges are set. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely.
  • To make the peppermint frosting, beat butter in a large bowl with an electric hand mixer or stand mixer with fitted paddle attachment until light and creamy, about 2-3 minutes. Add in powdered sugar, 1/2 cup at a time, until fully incorporated.
  • Add milk and peppermint extract. Beat for about 2-3 minutes, or until light and fluffy. Gently fold crushed candy canes into frosting, if desired, or reserve to sprinkle on top of frosted brownies.
  • Lift brownies out of pan by grabbing onto the parchment paper. Spoon frosting on top of brownies and spread evenly. Add crushed candy canes, if desired. Cut into squares and enjoy!

Notes

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 420kcal | Carbohydrates: 47g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Cholesterol: 82mg | Sodium: 88mg | Potassium: 92mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 37g | Vitamin A: 745IU | Calcium: 26mg | Iron: 1mg