Peppermint Bark Brownies

Who doesn’t like chocolate? We may not all have the time to bake from scratch, so why not make these delicious peppermint bark brownies instead. With a few simple ingredients and easy steps, you’ll be walking out of your kitchen with an iced delight in no time!

These easy peppermint bark brownies are perfect for Christmas. They’re quick and simple to make, with a few ingredients that you probably already have in your pantry.

So it’s December, which means it’s cookie season, right? Don’t worry, we’ll make it. We’re doing brownies today, however, since it’s Wednesday and I’m a big supporter of a weekly brownies post. That is, peppermint bark brownies. HOW ELEGANT ARE THEY?

It’s very lovely. It’s breathtaking. I feel like a proud mother.

I first shared a recipe very similar to this in 2011, but they’ve become such a popular in our family that I felt compelled to share this updated version with you. “I don’t even like peppermint yet they’re one of my favorite sweets ever,” Rebe said over the phone today. I share your sentiments. It makes no difference whether you like peppermint or not. These peppermint brownies are delicious.

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Peppermint was one of my least favorite flavors… But that is no longer the case!

Let’s halt for a little so I can tell you a humorous mint tale. My father used to take Rebe and me skiing numerous times a year while we were growing up in New England. I was about 5 years old when I first learned to ski. My father would carry me down the mountain between his legs the whole time. It was just funny.

Now, let’s move on since this narrative has nothing to do with skiing. So we were going back to Boston one Sunday, and I was in the backseat. My mother is a great tic-tac enthusiast, so she got Rebe and me a big bag of them for the weekend. I got spearmint while Rebe had orange (the finest). So, I decided to take a nap in the car’s backseat. I then proceeded to consume a large quantity of spearmint tic-tacs.

I was munching spearmint tic-tacs for at least an hour of the two-hour automobile journey. How many spearmint tic-tacs can you consume in 1 hour? Approximately 3/4 of a box is the answer. The answer will also make you despised spearmint for the rest of your life.

I quickly became nauseated. I was able to keep everything down, but I was miserable. I, too, began to suffer from a headache.

I won’t go into any more detail except to say that I haven’t loved spearmint since. I dread every whenever someone offers me spearmint. It’s simply too much for me. Ick.

That concludes my minty tale. Fortunately for us, life continues on, and I continue to appreciate all sorts of mint. Peppermint, in particular. And especially when peppermint is combined with chocolate.

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Putting these peppermint bark brownies together

These peppermint bark brownies are simple to make in every step, but they do take some assembling and chill time to set correctly. The essential procedures for making this scrumptious peppermint brownie are as follows:

To make the peppermint brownie foundation, combine the flour, baking powder, and peppermint extract

The brownies’ preparation directions are standard. But there are a few points I’d like to make: To begin, the brewed coffee is completely optional, although it definitely enhances the flavor of these brownies. Although you won’t taste the coffee, it enhances the rich chocolate flavor and is a total game changer!

Second, resist the urge to add more peppermint essence than the recipe specifies. I know you chose this brownie recipe because you like peppermint, but peppermint extract can quickly go from delicious to toothpaste-y.

Third, underbake these brownies slightly to make them extra fugdy and wonderful. It’s not a huge change, but just slightly underbaking them makes a major impact.

After the brownies have finished baking, let them cool fully before icing.

Prepare the peppermint icing

When making the homemade peppermint frosting, make sure you use room temperature butter. The frosting will not whisk up well if the butter is cooled, and you will end up with pieces of butter in it (ew). If your frosting is too thick, add half a tablespoon of milk at a time until it loosens up to your preference.

Place the pan back in the fridge for 15 minutes or so after you’ve iced the cooled brownies.

Peppermint bark may be made in a variety of ways.

A simple butter and chocolate combination is used to make the peppermint bark topping. Simply melt it and put it on top of the frosted, cold brownies. Chill the brownies until the topping has firm, then sprinkle with crushed peppermint candies.

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What could be better than a fudgy brownie foundation with a touch of peppermint, fluffy, creamy, minty frosting, and a layer of chocolate on top?! Babes, not much. There isn’t much.

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Ingredients

To make brownies

  • melted 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • a quarter cup of vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 pound of sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp peppermint essential oil
  • 1 teaspoon extract de vanille
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • a half teaspoon of freshly made coffee (optional)
  • cocoa powder, 3/4 cup
  • flour (1/2 cup)

To make the peppermint icing

  • room temperature 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 2 c. sugar (powdered)
  • a half teaspoon of peppermint oil
  • vanilla extract (1/2 teaspoon)
  • 2 tablespoons milk (whole)

Because of the bark

  • 4 ounces chopped semisweet chocolate
  • 2 tblsp butter (unsalted)
  • peppermint candies, crushed, for decoration

Instructions

Brownies should be made.

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Set aside an 8′′x8′′ baking dish lined with parchment paper.
  2. Melt the butter in a microwave-safe mixing bowl. Oil, sugar, eggs, vanilla extract, peppermint extract, salt, and optional coffee are all whisked together. Fold in the cocoa powder and flour after everything is well blended.
  3. Spread the brownie batter evenly to the sides of the baking dish. Remove from the oven after 35 minutes and let to cool fully in the pan (approximately 1 hour).

Prepare the peppermint icing

  1. Make your icing while the brownies are cooling. Cream the unsalted butter in a standing mixer with a wire whip for 1 minute, then add the rest of the frosting ingredients and whisk for another minute.
  2. When the brownies are cool enough to handle, pour the frosting evenly over the top and level it out. Return to the fridge for another 15 minutes.

Peppermint bark may be made in a variety of ways.

  1. After the frosted brownies have cooled, melt the chocolate and butter together in a microwave-safe basin in 30-second intervals, stirring after each.
  2. Spread the melted chocolate mixture evenly over the frosting, spreading it to the borders and smoothing it with the back of a spoon. Allow 1 hour in the fridge to firm crushed peppermint candies on top. After that, cut and serve!

More holiday dessert recipes may be found at:

Cookies with Double Chocolate and Peppermint

Linzer Cookies with Cherries

Crinkle Chocolate Cookies

Cake for the Winter Solstice

Scotcheroos with Salted Caramel 

These white chocolate peppermint bark brownies are the perfect dessert for any occasion. They’re easy to make and will be a hit at your next party!

Frequently Asked Questions

How do you keep chocolate from separating in peppermint bark?

A: To keep chocolate in peppermint bark, you must use a hot water bath to melt the chocolate.

What does peppermint bark taste like?

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Does peppermint bark spoil?

A: Peppermint bark is an excellent choice for a snack or dessert, as it does not have any preservatives.

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