Peppermint Brownie Bars

I don’t know about you, but I’m ready for it.  I’ve been waiting.  It’s time.  Bring on the peppermint.  Peppermint IS the new pumpkin.  After months of pumpkin goodness, it’s time to let peppermint have the spotlight for a while.  And these Peppermint Brownie Bars will pretty much steal any show.  They are all kinds of minty amazingness.

Peppermint Brownie Bar Recipe

McCormick Pure Peppermint ExtractThis recipe, which comes from my friends at McCormick Spice, is very easy to make.   It starts off with a box brownie mix at the base (feel free to use your favorite homemade recipe, whatever works for YOU).  After your brownies are baked and cooled, they are frosted with a delicious homemade peppermint frosting made using McCormick Pure Peppermint Extract.

The frosting is topped with a decadent chocolate layer which is finished off with a sprinkle of crushed peppermint candies.  It’s really quite simple when you break it down, but the taste is anything but ordinary.   The layers of flavor really pop, without being overpowering.

Peppermint Brownie Bars

I used a 13×9″ sized brownie recipe, but baked it in a 15×10″ pan.  The brownies are the base so you don’t want them as thick as standard brownies.  There is lots of other goodness that needs to go on top of them.

Peppermint Brownies

I can’t begin to tell you how much we loved these.  My husband instantly declared this recipe a “keeper”.  I totally agree with him.

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The next time I make them, I think I might even stir some crushed candy canes into the frosting as well, just for a little extra fun texture.  I really can’t get enough of candy canes, especially the crushed version.  I could pretty much sprinkle them on anything, especially chocolate.

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If you need a dessert to take to a get together, this would be a fabulous option and an absolute hit.  Just be prepared to take and handout the recipe, something this delicious is going to be in demand.

Make these bars.  You will not regret it.  And if for some crazy reason you do, just call me, I’ll come over and take them off your hands.   I’m helpful like that.

Peppermint Brownie Bars

Peppermint Brownie Bars

These delicious brownie bars are filled with the flavors of both chocolate and peppermint.

Ingredients

  • 1 package (family-size) fudge brownie mix
  • 2 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) plus 7 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Peppermint Extract
  • 12 ounces semi-sweet baking chocolate, coarsely chopped
  • Crushed peppermint candies (optional)

Instructions

1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Prepare brownie mix as directed on package. Spread in greased foil-lined 15x10x1-inch baking pan.

2. Bake 15 minutes or until toothpick inserted into center comes out almost clean. Cool in pan on wire rack.

3. Meanwhile, beat confectioners’ sugar, 7 tablespoons of the butter, melted, cream and peppermint extract in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until well blended and smooth. Spread evenly over cooled brownie. Refrigerate 30 minutes.

4. Microwave chocolate and remaining 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter in large microwave bowl on HIGH 2 minutes or until butter is melted. Stir until chocolate is completely melted. Spread over top of chilled brownie. Sprinkle with crushed peppermint candies, if desired. Cut into bars.

Recipe courtesy of McCormick

http://www.lovefromtheoven.com/2013/11/17/peppermint-brownie-bars/

If you love chocolate and peppermint, you MUST check out this amazing round up of over 50 peppermint and candy cane flavored recipes!

Peppermint and Candy Cane Recipes And IdeasDisclosure: This post is sponsored by McCormick.
All opinions are, as always, mine and mine alone.

Peppermint Brownie Bars

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  1. Anna says

    This look amazing! I would love to make them this holiday season. Could I use chocolate chips instead of the baking chocolate?

    • says

      Anna, you could, but any time I am melting chocolate, I tend to avoid chocolate chips. It’s made to not melt (think about when you bake chocolate chip cookies) so while you certainly can, it’s usually not my top choice.

    • says

      Erica, the chocolate on top doesn’t completely harden, it’s a bit closer to a frosting than hard chocolate if that makes sense. If you store them in the fridge, it’ll probably harden up but soften up when taken out to room temp.

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