Peppermint Brownies

Who doesn't love chocolate and peppermint brownies? These are rich and decadent and it'll be hard not to eat the whole pan in a sitting! Top with crushed candy canes, if desired.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
45 mins
Additional Time:
35 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 30 mins
1 9-inch pan



  • cooking spray

  • 1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 2 cups white sugar

  • ¾ cup cocoa powder

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, melted

  • 4 large eggs

  • 1 teaspoon peppermint extract

Peppermint Frosting:

  • ¼ cup unsalted butter

  • 2 cups powdered sugar

  • 1 tablespoon milk (Optional)

  • 1 ½ teaspoons peppermint extract

  • 1 drop red food coloring, or as needed

  • 1 teaspoon milk (Optional)

Chocolate Ganache:

  • 1 cup whipping cream

  • ¼ cup unsalted butter

  • 10 (1 ounce) squares bittersweet chocolate, chopped


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Spray a 9-inch square baking pan with cooking spray.

  2. Combine flour and salt in a bowl. Combine sugar and cocoa powder for brownies in a separate bowl; add melted butter and mix with an electric mixer until well combined. Beat in eggs and peppermint extract. Add flour mixture and stir until just combined; do not overmix. Pour batter into the prepared baking pan.

  3. Bake in the preheated oven until top is dry and edges have started to pull away from the sides of the pan, 40 to 50 minutes. Let cool, about 20 minutes.

  4. While brownies are cooling, cream butter for frosting in a large bowl. Slowly mix in powdered sugar, 1/2 cup at a time. Add 1 tablespoon milk, peppermint extract, and food coloring; blend until smooth, adding 1 teaspoon milk if frosting seems too thick. Spread onto cooled brownies and place in the fridge to set.

  5. Heat cream and butter for ganache in a saucepan over low heat until simmering. Remove from the heat, add chocolate, and stir until melted and smooth. Put in the freezer to set, about 35 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes so it doesn't get too hard.

  6. Spread ganache on top of brownies.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

524 Calories
31g Fat
61g Carbs
5g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 16
Calories 524
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 31g 39%
Saturated Fat 19g 94%
Cholesterol 114mg 38%
Sodium 121mg 5%
Total Carbohydrate 61g 22%
Dietary Fiber 3g 11%
Total Sugars 49g
Protein 5g
Vitamin C 0mg 1%
Calcium 30mg 2%
Iron 1mg 7%
Potassium 174mg 4%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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