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