Peppermint Brownies
Peppermint Brownies
5 from 1 vote
Treat your taste buds with a delectable dessert that combines rich chocolate flavors with a refreshing twist of peppermint. These brownies are a perfect balance of sweetness and freshness, making them a delightful treat for any occasion.
Peppermint Brownies

When the holiday season rolls around, there’s nothing quite like the rich, indulgent taste of peppermint brownies to get you in the festive spirit. These decadent treats are a popular choice for anyone with a sweet tooth.

The delicious combination of chocolate and peppermint flavors creates a mouth-watering sensation that is sure to delight your taste buds.

The history of peppermint brownies dates back to the early 20th century when the iconic peppermint flavor first gained popularity in the culinary world.

Originating from the United States, this dessert has become a beloved tradition during the holiday season for many families.

Despite its mouth-watering taste, making peppermint brownies is surprisingly easy. Even novice bakers can whip up a batch of these delectable treats with ease.

The recipe only requires a few simple ingredients, including chocolate, butter, sugar, eggs, peppermint extract, and crushed candy canes for that extra festive touch.

Whether you’re looking to impress your guests at a holiday party or simply indulge in a sweet treat for yourself, peppermint brownies are the perfect choice. So why not treat yourself to this irresistible dessert this holiday season and savor every bite of its rich, chocolatey goodness?

Ingredients

Dark Chocolate: High-quality dark chocolate is essential for creating rich and decadent brownies. Make sure to use a dark chocolate with a high cocoa content to achieve a deep, intense chocolate flavor in your brownies.

Butter: Butter adds moisture and richness to the brownies, helping to create a fudgy and indulgent texture. Make sure to use unsalted butter so you can control the amount of salt in the recipe.

Caster Sugar: Caster sugar, also known as superfine sugar, dissolves easily into the batter, creating a smooth and tender crumb in the brownies. It also helps to sweeten the brownies without adding any grittiness.

Eggs: Eggs act as a binding agent in the brownies, helping to hold the ingredients together and create a tender texture. They also contribute to the structure of the brownies, giving them a chewy and dense consistency.

Vanilla Extract: Vanilla extract enhances the chocolate flavor in the brownies and adds a warm, aromatic note to the overall taste. Make sure to use pure vanilla extract for the best flavor.

Plain Flour: Plain flour, also known as all-purpose flour, provides structure to the brownies and helps to hold the ingredients together. It is important not to overmix the batter once the flour is added to avoid a tough texture.

Salt: A pinch of salt helps to balance the sweetness of the brownies and enhance the overall flavor. It also helps to intensify the chocolate flavor and bring out the other ingredients in the recipe.

Peppermint Chocolate: Peppermint chocolate adds a festive and refreshing twist to traditional brownies. The combination of dark chocolate and peppermint creates a deliciously indulgent flavor that is perfect for the holiday season.

Serving Suggestions and Pairings

  • Enjoy the peppermint brownies warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream for a delicious dessert combination.
  • Dust the brownies with powdered sugar or cocoa powder before serving for an extra touch of sweetness.
  • Top the brownies with crushed candy canes or peppermint candies for added flavor and decoration.
  • Pair the peppermint brownies with a cup of hot chocolate or peppermint tea for a cozy winter treat.
  • Serve the brownies alongside a platter of fresh fruit such as strawberries, raspberries, or sliced bananas for a balanced dessert option.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I substitute peppermint extract with peppermint oil?

While peppermint oil is more concentrated than peppermint extract, you can substitute them in equal amounts. Just be aware that peppermint oil is much stronger in flavor, so adjust according to your taste preference.

Can I add chopped peppermint candies to the batter?

Yes, you can add chopped peppermint candies to the brownie batter for added texture and flavor. Just be sure to mix them in gently so they distribute evenly throughout the batter.

How can I store peppermint brownies?

To store peppermint brownies, let them cool completely and then store them in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days. For longer storage, you can freeze them for up to 3 months.

Can I make these brownies gluten-free?

Yes, you can make these brownies gluten-free by using a gluten-free flour blend in place of regular all-purpose flour. Just make sure all your other ingredients are also gluten-free.

Can I skip the peppermint flavoring altogether?

If you’re not a fan of peppermint flavor, you can simply omit the peppermint extract and candy canes from the recipe. You’ll still have a delicious chocolate brownie recipe to enjoy.

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Peppermint Brownies

Peppermint Brownies

by Nabeela Kauser
Treat your taste buds with a delectable dessert that combines rich chocolate flavors with a refreshing twist of peppermint. These brownies are a perfect balance of sweetness and freshness.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Course Baking, Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 16 Brownies
Calories 252 kcal

Ingredients

  • 200 g Dark Chocolate chopped
  • 150 g Unsalted Butter
  • 200 g Caster Sugar
  • 3 Eggs
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 100 g Plain Flour
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 100 g Peppermint Chocolate chopped

For the Topping:

  • 100 g White Chocolate chopped
  • 1/2 tsp Peppermint Extract
  • Crushed Candy Canes for garnish

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 180°C (160°C fan). Grease and line a 20cm square baking tin with parchment paper.
  • In a heatproof bowl set over a pan of simmering water, melt the dark chocolate and unsalted butter together, stirring until smooth. Remove from heat and let it cool slightly.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together the caster sugar, eggs, and vanilla extract until pale and fluffy.
  • Gradually pour the melted chocolate mixture into the egg mixture, stirring until well combined.
  • Sift in the plain flour and salt, then gently fold into the chocolate mixture until just combined.
  • Stir in the chopped peppermint chocolate until evenly distributed throughout the batter.
  • Pour the batter into the prepared baking tin and smooth the top with a spatula.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for 25-30 minutes or until the top is set and a skewer inserted into the centre comes out with a few moist crumbs.
  • Allow the brownies to cool completely in the tin before removing and transferring to a wire rack.
  • For the topping, melt the white chocolate in a heatproof bowl set over a pan of simmering water. Stir in the peppermint extract.
  • Once the brownies are cooled, drizzle the melted white chocolate over the top and sprinkle with crushed candy canes.
  • Allow the topping to set before slicing into squares and serving.

Notes

Make sure to cool the brownies completely before cutting to ensure clean slices. Store leftover brownies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days.
These peppermint brownies are perfect for the festive season or anytime you’re craving a chocolatey treat with a hint of minty freshness.
Nutritional facts:
The provision of nutritional information is done so merely as a courtesy and should not be taken as a guarantee.

Nutrition

Calories: 252kcalCarbohydrates: 28gProtein: 3gFat: 14gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 0.3gCholesterol: 52mgSodium: 68mgPotassium: 118mgFibre: 1gSugar: 21gVitamin A: 282IUVitamin C: 0.1mgVitamin D: 0.3µgCalcium: 58mgIron: 1mg
Keyword Baked, Baking, Brownies, Chocolate, Cooking, Food, Peppermint, Recipe
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