Peppermint Frosted Brownies

by Shawnda on December 20, 2011

in Cakes, Cupcakes & Brownies,Candy,Chocolate,Holiday Favorites

Peppermint Frosted Brownies

One last Christmas treat. Just one, I promise! Because by the time you read this, I’ll very likely be running around like a crazy woman just before our trip to Indianapolis to see the Texans & Colts play. A trip that heavily relies on the weather to keep us from celebrating Christmas snowed-in in an airport in Missouri, without our kiddo. As soon as I finish packing, I plan on taping all of my fingers crossed.

So you remember that cookie exchange that I went to a couple of weekends ago? The one I’ve been talking about nonstop? Well, these brownies are one of the reasons I can’t shut up.

My friend Viula’s contribution to the exchange were brownies, topped with a peppermint frosting, ganache, and candy cane pieces.

I know.

If you are a chocolate + peppermint fiend like I am – and will continue to be for approximately another 5 days – you’re going to want to give these a try. They’re really easy to pull together, I didn’t even use a mixer. You simply bake up your favorite brownie (I used the box of Ghiradelli brownies that I keep hidden in the back of my pantry for emergencies. Because this was clearly an emergency.) and top it with a peppermint frosting, melted chocolate, and some crushed candy.

Your friends will love you. Your family will, too. And you’ll get a little more mileage out of those stretchy-waisted pants until the new diet starts on January 2nd.

Peppermint Frosted Brownies

Your favorite brownie dressed up for the holidays: topped with peppermint frosting, ganache, and peppermint candies.

Ingredients

  • Your favorite brownie recipe or mix (for an 8x8 pan), baked and cooled
  • For the mint frosting:
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 2 Tbsp milk (I used skim)
  • 1/2 tsp peppermint extract
  • 1-2 drops red or pink food coloring
  • For the topping
  • 3/4 cups chocolate chips
  • 3 Tbsp butter
  • 12 peppermint candies, roughly chopped (optional)

Instructions

  1. Bake your favorite brownie recipe/mix in an 8x8 pan, according to package directions.
  2. Remove from oven and let cool to room temp.
  3. Melt butter in a medium bowl and add milk and peppermint extract.
  4. Whisk in the powdered sugar until smooth.
  5. Add 1-2 drops of food coloring, just enough to tint the frosting pink.
  6. Spread over the brownies in an even layer and let sit until the frosting has crusted, about 10 minutes (it won't stick to your finger when you touch it).
  7. Melt remaining butter and chocolate chips in a small bowl.
  8. Pour over the frosted brownies and spread evenly, and then sprinkle with candy pieces, if using. (When stored, the candy will absorb moisture and start to melt. If not serving by the next day, consider adding the candy pieces just before cutting and serving or omitting.)
  9. Refrigerate until set. Cut with a sharp knife, dipping in hot water and wiping dry between cuts for a crisp, clean cut.
  10. Will keep 5 days in an airtight container without candy pieces, 3 days with.

Notes

Yields: 12 servings

From Viula, who adapted it from Cooking Light

Estimated time: 1 hour

{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Lauren at Keep It Sweet December 20, 2011 at 6:30 am

1) LOVE the fact that the peppermint filling is pink 2) love this recipe!

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2 Blog is the New Black December 20, 2011 at 6:56 am

I love the layer of frosting! Gorgeous!

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3 Ann P. December 20, 2011 at 11:56 am

I’ve made these before and they’re definitely delicious!! The two extra layers of topping really bring the humble brownie into the realm of the fancier, more involved desserts :)

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4 Heather @ Levavi Spatulas December 20, 2011 at 4:51 pm

These are beautiful and look super-tasty! Thanks for sharing! :)

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5 Tina @ mylifeasamrs December 20, 2011 at 5:18 pm

oh. wow. I have no words. yum!

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6 Joanne December 20, 2011 at 7:21 pm

Taping my fingers crossed for you also!

And then quickly untaping them so that I can make these. I don’t stir so well without my opposable thumbs. :P

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7 Jen M O December 20, 2011 at 8:25 pm

I hope your trip went well. I’m going to see the Patriots play New Years Day. I already know I’m going to be freezing but we will have a great time!

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8 Zee December 21, 2011 at 5:58 am

Yummy yum!

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9 Katrina December 21, 2011 at 8:32 am

These brownies are so pretty! I love the sound of that icing!

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10 Megan December 22, 2011 at 9:22 am

LOVE peppermint flavor–especially for the holidays. Bookmarked!

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11 Leslie December 23, 2011 at 9:16 am

Pretty, pretty, pretty! Almost too pretty to eat (but not really). I love how polished and sleek these look. I’m not a big peppermint fan, but I think I could probably make an exception. ;)

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12 Katie @ Epicurean Mom December 24, 2011 at 11:46 am

YUM! These look so good Shawnda!! Merry Christmas to you and yours!

xoxo
Katie

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13 Jeannette January 2, 2012 at 12:06 am

these look SO great!!

ps. so jealous that you went to indy to watch the game. ;)

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