Thursday, December 19, 2013

Peppermint Patty Brownies

So my last blog I showed DIY Christmas goodies like granola in jar.  But you have to have a little naughty with nice, right?! So I decided to make a sinfully delicious treat to give as Christmas gifts along with the granola.

That's where these come in...Peppermint Patty Brownies!


Yes it tastes exactly how it sounds!

I've made these homemade peppermint patties before but combining them with brownies is genius! In fact, my husband said it was the best thing I've EVER made. 

Ingredients:
1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
1 cup sugar  (I used 1/2 cup Stevia and 1/2 cup sugar)
2 large eggs  (I used 1/2 cup egg beaters)
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
2/3 cup milk chocolate chips

For the Peppermint Patty layer:
2 cups powdered sugar
1 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
3 tablespoons evaporated milk
1/4 teaspoon vegetable oil
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract

For the chocolate ganache:
3.5 ounces dark chocolate, chopped
2.5 tablespoons heavy cream

Directions:
Grease an 8x8 pan. Preheat oven to 350 degrees for a dark pan or 330 for a glass pan. 

Whisk the melted butter, sugar and vanilla together. Then whisk in each egg one at a time, stirring until a smooth batter forms. Add in flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt, stirring until combined. Fold in chocolate chips. Spread batter in the 8x8 baking dish and bake for 25-30 minutes until set. Remove and let cool.

Sorry, couldn't resist :)

Ok for the peppermint layer:  Beat powdered sugar, butter, milk, vegetable oil, vanilla and peppermint extracts until smooth and creamy.  Pour over the brownies and spread into an even layer.  Place in the fridge for about 30 minutes until set. 


Now to REALLY make it taste like a peppermint patty we need a dark chocolate layer! Heat heavy cream until warm and pour it over chopped dark. chocolate. Stir for a few minutes smooth and creamy. Spread over the top of the peppermint layer and you're done!

Recipe adapted by HowSweetEats.com 

It seems like a lot of steps but it's actually really easy and a perfect Christmas goodie gift!


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