Never had a Peppermint Bark Brownie? You're quite literally in for a treat! Ready your heart for some perfectly delicious brownies wrapped up for Christmas in a festive and frosty peppermint bark! They are as scrumptious as they are adorable and shockingly easy to make.
We wanted this brownie to mimic the look of peppermint bark. You'll find that even though the brownie itself is rather thin, it's certainly not lacking in ultra-rich, chocolatey flavor. This recipe is definitely one to appease all the peppermint chocolate lovers you'll be hosting this holiday season!
This is one of those recipes that is seriously ideal for gift-giving! So festive, holds up super well when transported, and is loved by all. If you'd like to take a stab at some other minty favorites, be sure you bookmark our Peppermint Brownies and Peppermint Ice Cream for next time.
HOW TO MAKE PEPPERMINT BARK BROWNIES
To kick off your Peppermint Bark Brownies, your first need to whip up your brownie base. Even though these brownies are made from scratch, they come together super quickly and easily.
Rather than melting butter and chocolate together and using that for the brownie base, we will use unsweetened cocoa powder. This simple swap makes your brownie recipe extra easy, and don't worry – we are not skimping on the chocolate flavor one bit!
But before you begin with the brownie batter, you'll want to prepare your pan and preheat the oven.
Preheat the oven to 350°F and line a 9 x 13" baking dish with nonstick aluminum foil, taking care to leave a bit of an overhang over the sides of the pan. This will make for easy removal later. Do not skip lining the pan. The Peppermint Bark Brownies will be very hard to remove otherwise!
And now, back to the brownie batter! In a medium size mixing bowl, combine all-purpose flour, unsweetened cocoa powder, and salt. Whisk these ingredients together and set aside.
Add the eggs, egg yolk, granulated sugar, and pure vanilla extract to a large mixing bowl and whisk until combined. Then, slowly stream in melted, unsalted butter, whisking all the while. Once your butter is fully incorporated, add your dry ingredients and stir to combine with a wooden spoon.
Pour the batter into the prepared pan and spread it to the edges. Bake at 350°F for about 20 minutes. Then remove from the oven, and allow your brownies to cool completely in the pan.
Once your brownies have reached room temperature, you can cut them up and make that easy peppermint bark topping!
Use the foil overhang to remove your brownies from the pan and transfer them to a cutting board. Cut the cooled brownies into triangular-shaped shards to mimic the look of chopped peppermint bark. Then, set your brownies aside and move on to the peppermint bark portion of this Peppermint Bark Brownie recipe!
For the peppermint bark, we like to use Ghirardelli melting wafers. Using melting wafers is much easier and more foolproof than working with real chopped chocolate. We have found with other brands of chocolate wafers, something is left to be desired in the flavor department. But, with the Ghirardelli wafers, you get both ease and great flavor – that's a home run in the kitchen come Christmas time!
You can use either white chocolate melting wafers or dark chocolate melting wafers. It is entirely up to you!
Melt down your wafers according to package directions, and once your chocolate is melted and completely smooth, you'll add peppermint oil. We recommend using peppermint oil over peppermint extract, as it is less likely to cause chocolate products to seize.
If you used dark chocolate wafers, you can dip your brownies completely in the chocolate and use two forks to turn the brownie over so that it is coated evenly on both sides, and transfer your Peppermint Bark Brownies to a work surface lined with wax paper.
If you used white chocolate melting wafers, however, we recommend you simply spoon the chocolate mixture over the brownies rather than dipping the brownies entirely in the melted chocolate. Brownie crumbs will likely come off during the dipping process, muddying the look of your white chocolate!
As you dip your brownies in the chocolate or spoon the chocolate over the top of the brownies, you will sprinkle them with crushed peppermint candies.
Make sure you get your peppermint candies down before the peppermint bark sets up!
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Whether you're gifting, hosting, or just satisfying a craving, we've got you covered with these Peppermint Bark Brownies!
- ¾ cup unsalted butter
- 1 ⅓ cup all-purpose flour
- ⅔ cup cocoa powder
- 1 ¼ teaspoon fine sea salt
- 2 large eggs
- 1 egg yolk
- 1 ¾ cup granulated sugar
- 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- 1 (12-ounce) package white or dark chocolate melting wafers
- ½ teaspoon peppermint oil
- 1 cup crushed peppermint candies
Preheat the oven to 350°F and have ready a 9x13" baking dish, lined with nonstick aluminum foil, leaving a bit of an overhang up the sides for easy removal.
Melt the butter in a microwave-safe bowl or pitcher and set aside until ready to use.
In a medium-sized mixing bowl, combine the flour, cocoa powder, and salt. Whisk to combine.
Add the eggs, the yolk, sugar, and vanilla to a large mixing bowl, and whisk until well-combined. Slowly stream in the melted butter, whisking all the while.
Add the dry ingredients, and stir to combine with a sturdy wooden spoon.
Add the batter to the prepared pan and smooth over the top. Bake for 20-22 minutes, remove from the oven, and allow to cool completely in the pan.
Melt the chocolate wafers according to package directions and stir in the peppermint oil.
If using dark chocolate wafers, dip your brownies in the peppermint chocolate, use a fork to lift the brownie out, and transfer to the wax paper. Sprinkle with peppermint.
If using white chocolate wafers, lay the brownies out on the wax paper and spoon the white peppermint chocolate over the top of each brownie. Sprinkle with peppermint.
Allow to set (1-2 hours) serve and enjoy!