In the Kitchen

Peppermint Brownies

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Does anyone else have an abundance of chocolates and candies sitting around after Christmas? I sure do and in all honesty, it would probably take Kelvin and I until summertime to eat all of it (in moderation of course). So what I like to do is to try and incorporate what I can into some baked goods when I go to see friends/family, or have a bible study. For Christmas, my mother gave us a Trader Joe’s sweets gift basket and one of the items in it were their peppermint patties. They’re alright, just not a huge favourite of mine, so I decided to work them into some brownies for a friend’s potluck dinner.

Here’s what you’ll need to get started:

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/3 cup of mint chocolate chips
  • about 9-12 peppermint patties (or use any sort of chocolates and change the name to Whatever Chocolateย Brownies)

Let’s get baking!

  1. Preheat oven to 350F and prepare your 8×8″ or 9×9″ square pan with tinfoil or parchment. For an easy way to line with parchment, check out this post ย here.
  2. Cream together butter and sugar.
  3. Beat in eggs one at a time and add vanilla.
  4. Sift in your flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt. You don’t have to but my cocoa was getting a bit old and very clumpy.
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  5. Stir in the chocolate chips. At this point, the batter will be quite thick and that’s all good! It means you’re going to get a ooey-gooey fudgey brownie.
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  6. Spread batter into the pan and bake for 10 minutes. The batter will be hard to spread so use a butter knife and hold down the parchment to keep it from sliding around.
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  7. Take the semi cooked brownies out and place peppermint patties into the brownie. Then put it back in the oven and bake another 5 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the centre of the brownies comes out clean.
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  8. Let it cool 10 minutes before serving. This is the hardest step because you’re going to want to dig right in once you get a whiff of this peppermint chocolatey goodness! But be patient little grasshopper and let it set so it doesn’t fall apart right in your hands! I speak from experience.
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Noms! Just look at that fudgey-ness and how moist it looks!

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Thanks for stopping by and reading. Have a great day!

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