What’s on your holiday wishlist this year? Electronics? A vacation? Cookbooks? Jewelry? A new purse? I can’t imagine a world without holidays, they just sprinkle a bit of fun into life. The food, drinks, families, gifts, and traditions are always something to look forward to. This year is the first time I will be apart from my mom and brother on Christmas (which will be so totally weird and sad) so we are celebrating next week when they come down from Colorado to Arizona for my college graduation.
The holiday season is a fantastic excuse to bake plenty of sweet treats like these brownies. As you may know, I love brownies and this recipe is such a tasty and seasonal spin on this classic American dessert.
Taste: The perfect balance of chocolate, peppermint, and sweetness.
Texture: The brownies are incredibly fudgy while the topping is just like peppermint bark.
Ease: Very easy.
Appearance: These just look like the holidays!
Pros: Fun, festive, and easy twist on brownies.
Cons: These can be a little messy.
Would I make this again? Yes.
Peppermint Bark Brownies
Yield: Makes 16 small squares
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons plain cake flour
1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
3 ounces unsweetened chocolate, finely chopped
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into 3 pieces
1 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
1 (10-ounce) bag high-quality white chocolate chips
Crushed peppermint candies
Preheat the oven to 325°F. Spray an 8x8-inch baking pan with nonstick spray. Line baking pan with parchment paper or foil and spray with nonstick spray again.
In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, and baking powder.
In a large microwave-safe bowl, microwave the chocolate and butter on high for 45 seconds, then stir and heat for 30 seconds more. Stir again, and, if necessary, repeat in 15-second increments until melted. Gradually whisk in the sugar. Add the eggs, one at a time, whisking after each addition until combined. Whisk in the vanilla and peppermint. Add the flour mixture in 3 additions, folding with a rubber spatula until the batter is smooth.
Spread the batter into the prepared pan. Bake until a toothpick or cake tester inserted into the center of the brownies comes out with a few moist crumbs attached, 20-25 minutes. Remove from the oven and immediately sprinkle brownies evenly with white chocolate chips. Return to the oven for 1 to 2 minutes, or until the chocolate chips are melted. Smooth chocolate with an offset spatula. Sprinkle with crushed candies and press lightly into the chocolate. Cool to room temperature. Chill the brownies in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour before carefully cutting into squares with a small sharp knife. Store the brownies in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.