I hope everyone has been enjoying the season so far!
Do you need a quick brownie/dessert recipe to bring to your party? Here is a GREAT one! Super simple, but so delicious! So simple you could even just make any type of chocolate brownie recipe (even…from a box), top the brownies with this delicious frosting and you have got yourself some delicious, Christmasy brownies to share!
This brownie recipe is super fudgy, the frosting is pepperminty and delicious….do I need to say more? Don’t think so beside, try them!
Mrs. Claus’s Peppermint Wonders
3/4 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
8 ounces (2 sticks) unsalted butter
5 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
2 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped
1 cup granulated sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs
7 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 cups powdered sugar, sifted
4 ounces (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
2 tablespoons whole milk
6 large candy canes, crushed into pieces (I used 3 b/c that is all I had)
8 ounces semisweet chocolate chips (I used mini and less than 8 oz)
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.
Grease a 8 or 9-inch square baking pan, line with aluminum foil, allowing extra to hang over the sides.
Optional: Spread walnuts on a baking sheet and bake until toasted and fragrant, 10 to 12 minutes, let cool.
Melt the butter and chocolates together in microwave, stirring often. When melted, allow to cool 10 minutes.
Stir into the chocolate the granulated sugar, vanilla, and salt. Whisk in the eggs one at a time. Stir in the flour until well blended. Stir in the walnuts (if using).
Spread in prepared pan, bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 35 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool in the pan for 1 hour.
Lift foil with brownies out of pan and invert onto a plate, carefully remove the foil and turn the cake right-side up.
Frosting: in a medium bowl, mix the powdered sugar, butter and milk until creamy. (I added some candy cane pieces into the frosting and I added some on top, I ended up only using 3 candy canes in all but using all 6 I am sure would be just as good if not better :)
Spread the brownies with the frosting, then sprinkle with candy cane pieces and chocolate chips. Chill for 45 minutes to 1 hour. Cut into 20 small squares.
Recipe from Kids in the Kitchen by Jessica Strand and Tammy Massman-Johnson
Photography by James Baigrie found on Canadian Family