Peppermint Brownies

Peppermint brownies are thick, fudgy brownies flavored with peppermint extract. The brownies are topped with a homemade chocolate ganache and crushed candy canes for extra flavor!

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Haley Williams is the founder of If You Give a Blonde a Kitchen, a baking blog providing helpful tips and tricks to guarantee success in the kitchen. Haley's recipes are easy to follow and fun to try for diehard foodies and culinary novices alike. It’s about mastering the baking basics and being creative along the way!

16 brownies
  • 1 cup plus 2 Tablespoons Semisweet chocolate chips
  • ½ cup Unsalted butter, cut into squares
  • 3 Tablespoons Unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3 Large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 ¼ cups C&H® Granulated Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon Peppermint extract
  • ½ teaspoon Salt
  • 1 cup All-purpose flour
Chocolate Ganache
  • 1 1/3 cup Semisweet chocolate chips
  • ¼ cup Heavy cream
  • ½ teaspoon Peppermint extract
  • ¼ cup Crushed candy canes

Step 1

Preheat oven to 350 ° F. Line an 8x8 baking pan with parchment paper and set aside.

Step 2

In a medium bowl, place chocolate chips and butter. Place bowl in the microwave and heat for 30 seconds until butter is melted. Stir the butter and chocolate chips until chocolate melts. Stir in cocoa powder until absorbed. Set aside to cool.

Step 3

In a large bowl and using a hand mixer, beat eggs and C&H® Granulated Pure Cane Sugar on medium speed until light in color, about 1 minute. Add vanilla, peppermint extract and salt. Mix until combined. Stir in the chocolate mixture by hand, then finally add the flour. Mix just until combined.

Step 4

Transfer batter to prepared pan and bake at 350 ° F for 28 to 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with little to no crumbs. Let brownies to cool completely in the pan.

Chocolate Ganache

Step 5

Heat heavy cream until hot, about 45 seconds in the microwave. Pour heavy cream over the chocolate chips and stir until melted (if they don’t melt, place the bowl in the microwave for 15 seconds). Stir in peppermint extract.

Step 6

Transfer chocolate ganache to the cooled brownies and spread evenly using an offset spatula. Immediately sprinkle crushed candy canes on top of the ganache.

Step 7

Chill the brownies for 15 to 20 minutes or until the ganache sets. Use a sharp knife to cut the brownies and serve.

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