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 Chocolate 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  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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