Nicole Carey

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November 5, 2021

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Peppermint Candy Cane Brownies


Christmas Season is FINALLY HERE! I wanted to kick off holiday recipes with one of the BEST!!!! I love these brownies with all of my heart and I’m so very excited for you to try them!!!

Rich, decadent, peppermint flavored brownies. The added candy cane crunch and high quality chocolate creates the most mouth-watering experience!

A perfect addition to your Christmas Parties throughout the season! The perfect amount of chocolate & peppermint. THE CHRISTMAS SEASON BROWNIE!!!!

This is all made in one pan on the stovetop… EASY! Truly. It’s my fave way to make brownies. LET’S GET TO IT!!!

Christopher the peppermint hater… LOVED THESE! No joke. If you don’t like peppermint I seriously recommend making these and seeing how your opinion on Peppermint Flavored Holiday Treats may change!!!! I dare you!!

Recommended High-Quality Ingredients:

Orson Gygi Guittard French Vanilla Semi-Sweet Chocolate Wafers

You can get these directly from Orson Gygi HERE! Truly the best chocolate to bake with! We taste tested all the chocolate options in Salt Lake City at Orson Gygi and we use this chocolate exclusively in our kitchen!!

Crushed Candy Canes!

I found my Candy Canes from Target! They have the cutest selection and you will definitely be leaving with all the goodies for Christmas you never knew you needed and wanted!

I crush them in our Vitamix! The easiest and most stress free way! Pulse it until the desired size!!! Not too big or it will take away from the brownie. I love smaller crushed pieces and a mix of peppermint powder too!!! You can find the ratio you and your family love!

Cacao Barry Cocoa Powder 100% Cocoa Extra Brute

This is the highest quality Cocoa Powder on the market!!! I recommend it to everyone I know. Ingredients truly make and break the full flavor of any recipe you create! You can get it from Amazon HERE!

Nielsen Massey Vanilla Bean Paste

Hands down a STAPLE in your kitchen. I don’t use any other brand and I always perfer Vanilla Bean Paste over extract for a deeper richer flavor!!! You can get this from Amazon HERE!

Nielsen Massey Pure Peppermint Extract

You KNOW my love for all things Nielsen Massey! This is the best Peppermint Extract you will find! Super strong, a little goes a long way. I trust all of Nielsen Massey products because it truly is THE BEST!!!!! You can get this from Amazon HERE!

Step-By-Step Instructions

Measure and Melt Butter

Measure and Melt in Chocolate

Mix in + Melt Granulated Sugar

Mix in Beaten Eggs

Add in Peppermint Extract

Stir in Sifted Cocoa Powder

Mix in Sifted Flour

Pour Finished Batter into Prepped Pan

Bake & Let Cool!

Make Peppermint Buttercream Frosting!

Measure and Cream Butter!

Measure & Sift Powdered Sugar! Mix Until Combined.

Add the Peppermint Extract, Milk + Vanilla Bean Paste! Mix Until Combined.

Frost Peppermint Brownies! Sprinkle with Crushed Candy Cane!

Cut & ENJOY!

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Peppermint Candy Cane Brownies

  • Author: Nicole Carey
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 9 large brownies 1x


Rich and fudgy peppermint brownie layered with creamy peppermint buttercream on top. The final touch of crushed Peppermint Candy Canes layered for the perfect crunch on top! The perfect holiday desert for all your festive get-togethers!



Chocolate Peppermint Brownies

  • 10 tablespoons (5 oz) salted butter cubed
  • 6 oz semisweet chocolate roughly chopped
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons Vanilla Bean Paste or Extract
  • 2 tsp Pure Peppermint Extract
  • 1 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder (sifted)
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour (sifted)

Peppermint Buttercream

  • ½ cup (4 oz) salted butter softened
  • 1 ½ cups powdered sugar (sifted)
  • 1 teaspoon Pure Peppermint Extract
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla bean paste

Crushed Candy Cane Topping

  • 1/41/2 cup Crushed Candy Canes


Chocolate Peppermint Brownies

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and spray an 8 x 8 pan with cooking spray OR line an 8 x 8 pan with parchment paper leaving an overhang on 2 sides. (See Note)
  2. In a medium saucepan, combine butter and chocolate over low heat until melted, stirring often.
  3. Once melted, take the pan off the heat.
  4. Add the sugar. Stir until combined.
  5. Add the beaten eggs and peppermint extract. Stir until combined.
  6. Add the sifted cocoa powder and sifted flour. Stir until just combined.
  7. Pour the batter into the prepared 8 x 8 pan. Smooth the top and bake for 25-30 minutes. Check with a toothpick, moist crumbs should appear when you know its done. It shouldn’t have wet batter or be completely dry.
  8. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely in the pan.
  9. Once cooled, frost the brownies with the Espresso Buttercream in the pan OR remove the brownies from the pan (if you used parchment paper) and frost with the Espresso Buttercream.
  10. Sprinkle with Crushed Candy Canes evenly on top of the Peppermint Buttercream layer.
  11. ENJOY!!!

Peppermint Buttercream

  1. In a medium bowl with an electric mixer (or using a stand mixer), mix the softened butter until creamy.
  2. Add the sifted powdered sugar and mix until combined.
  3. Add the peppermint extract, vanilla bean paste and milk to the frosting. Mix until light and fluffy.

Crushed Candy Cane Topping

  1. Coarsely Crush Candy Canes and sprinkle on top!


  • Option 1: Spraying the Pan
    • Do this if you plan to keep the brownies in the pan when frosted & topped
  • Option 2: Parchment Paper
    • Do this if you want to remove the brownies from the pan to frost & top
    • The overhanging parchment paper in both directions help to make it easier to pull out the brownies
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 35
  • Category: Dessert
  • Cuisine: American

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I hope you enjoy your Peppermint Candy Cane Brownies!!!


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