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Easy Peppermint Brownie Recipe (Christmas Brownies)

This easy Peppermint Brownie Recipe is a festive delight! Decadent chocolate and peppermint combine to make the perfect Christmas brownies.

Candy Cane Brownie Recipe

You are going to love this candy cane brownie recipe!  It’s moist, delicious and perfect for holiday baking!! 

This easy recipe makes the most delicious, fudgy brownies for you to take to your next Christmas party. These peppermint brownies are better than any boxed brownie mix and just as easy to make!

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Have you joined a Christmas baking exchange?  I have and I just love it, check out my baking exchange tips!  I love the idea of swapping recipes and traditions and goodies with friends and family just in time for the holidays.  

The brownie recipe that I am sharing today is PERFECT for baking exchanges because one batch creates a lot of bars and there are not a lot of complicated steps to making them. 

Each batch makes approximately four dozen brownie bars cut into 1.5×1.5 squares.  Three batches of brownies should yield twelve dozen candy cane bars.  This is one of my favorite brownie recipes for that reason!

Candy Cane Brownie Recipe

Perfect Christmas Brownies

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/3 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 1 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup cocoa powder
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 ½ tsp peppermint extract
  • ½ cup crushed peppermint candy canes

Instructions:

  1. Combine flour, baking powder and salt in a small bowl. Set dry ingredients aside.
  2. In a large bowl, melt butter and mix with cocoa.
  3. Add eggs, vanilla and peppermint extract.
  4. Add sugar.
  5. Carefully add flour mixture and combine well.
  6. Fold in crushed candy canes.
  7. Pour batter into a greased 9×13 prepared pan, spread and smooth with a spatula, sprinkle with remaining candy cane and bake at 350 for 30 minutes.
  8. Allow to completely cool before removing from pan and cutting into squares.

Optional brownie ingredients:

  • chocolate chips
  • dark chocolate
  • white chocolate
  • powdered sugar
  • brown sugar
  • cream cheese frosting

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More tips for Holiday Baking:

  • Double or triple recipes to make large batches of goodies.  This allows cookies and bars to be made in an assembly line fashion and speeds up the process.
  • Pick holiday recipes that compliment each other and look good plated together.  For example every year I like to make Candy Cane Brownies, Eggnog Cookies, Cranberry and Pistachio Shortbread and Peppermint Dipped Chocolate Cookies for a good variety.
  • Participate in a Holiday Baking Exchange!  This is a great way to prepare for a season of holiday entertaining.
  • Start baking early and store goodies in the freezer until they are needed.  I use these large Rubbermaid food storage containers to save a mixture of cookies and bars in my freezer so that I have them ready to go for Christmas parties and gatherings all season long. They can be stored in this airtight container in the fridge for up to a week.
Christmas Peppermint Brownies

How to cut the perfect brownies:

Be sure to allow the brownie to completely cool before cutting.  I even put ours in the refrigerator.  Once it is cool, carefully pop it out of the baking pan and lay it on a cutting board.  

Using a large knife cut the brownie into bars.  I use our largest kitchen knife (not serrated) and cut with a chopping motion (like a paper cutter) and wipe my blade clean between slices.  This allows you to get clean, crisp edges and helps to prevent the brownie from sticking.

Candy Cane Brownie Recipe

I mean, how festive is this candy cane brownie recipe?!  These brownies taste delicious because of the combination of peppermint and chocolate.  They are the perfect homemade brownies for this time of year!

How to make Christmas Brownie Trees:

Easily adapt these homemade brownies into festive Christmas trees!

  • Cut the brownie into triangle shapes
  • Place green frosting into a piping bag
  • Decorate the top of the brownie with the frosting
  • Create a tree truck with a candy can or pretzel
  • Voila! Easy Christmas tree brownies!
Candy Cane Brownie Recipe

These are great for taking to a holiday party at Christmas time! I also love these Christmas tree rice krispies that make the perfect holiday treat!

Some of my kitchen essentials for baking:

Candy Cane Brownie Recipe

Candy Cane Brownie Recipe

You are going to love this candy cane brownie recipe!  It's moist, delicious and perfect for holiday baking!!
4.50 from 24 votes
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Author: Heather Painchaud
Servings: 4 dozen
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Ingredients

  • 1 1/3 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup butter or margarine
  • 1 cup cocoa powder
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 ½ tsp peppermint extract
  • ½ cup crushed peppermint candy canes
  • reserve 2 Tbsp crushed candy cane for topping

Instructions

  • Combine flour, baking powder and salt in a small bowl. Set aside.
  • Melt butter and mix with cocoa.
  • Add eggs, vanilla and peppermint extract.
  • Add sugar.
  • Carefully add flour mixture and combine well.
  • Fold in crushed candy canes.
  • Pour batter into a greased 9x13 pan, spread and smooth with a spatula, sprinkle with remaining candy cane and bake at 350 for 30 minutes.
  • Allow to completely cool before removing from pan and cutting into squares.

Nutrition

Serving: 12serving | Calories: 1224kcal | Carbohydrates: 174g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 53g | Saturated Fat: 31g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 17g | Trans Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 308mg | Sodium: 1153mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 119g
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I'm an active mom of twin boys who is always looking for opportunities to inspire creativity through fun crafts, do-it-yourself projects and delicious recipes. This blog has been an integral part of supporting my little family and I am so grateful to have you become a part of our journey! Let's create together... Read more...

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nice

Fabulous recipes Heather. I am sorry I have nothing to share at the moment.

Take care. Ulla

So good!