What's the first thing you think of when you think of the holidays? Eggnog? Presents? A fireplace? For me it's peppermint. And when I think about peppermint, I instantly get excited for the holidays. These peppermint brownies are a great dessert if you're looking for something chocolatey and festive but not overpowered by peppermint.

Peppermint Brownies

  • Prep Time:30 mins
  • Cook Time:30 mins
  • Total Time:1 hr
  • Servings:24
  • Medium


  • 2 sticks unsalted butter cut into small pieces
  • 16 oz bittersweet chocolate chopped
  • 2 teaspoons pure peppermint extract
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 3/4 cups packed light brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 4 candy canes crushed approx. 1/3 cup
  • Step 1

    Preheat oven to 350ºF. Butter a 9 x 13-inch baking pan and line with parchment paper; allow 2 inches to hang over the edges.

  • Step 2

    In a heatproof bowl, combine 2/3 of the chopped chocolate and the 2 sticks of butter. Place the bowl over a simmering pot of water and stir until melted.

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  • Step 3

    Scrape the chocolate into a different bowl and let cool. Add the remaining chopped chocolate and peppermint extract to the heatproof bowl and stir until melted. Place in a separate bowl to add to the top of the brownies later.

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  • Step 4

    In a separate bowl, whisk the eggs and brown sugar together, then slowly whisk in the chocolate and butter mixture.

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  • Step 5

    Sprinkle in the flour and salt and whisk until all is well combined.

  • Step 6

    Pour batter evenly into pan. Then add the separate peppermint and chocolate mixture along the top of the batter.

  • Step 7

    After letting the brownies bake for 15 minutes, remove and sprinkle with the crushed candy canes. Then allow cook for 10 to 15 more minutes.

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  • Step 8

    Remove the brownies from the oven and let cool for 2 hours before eating.

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