Do you have a recipe that when you know there’s a gathering or special occasion you make? That’s this recipe. These peppermint chocolate brownies are pure brownie heaven. Thicky, fudgy, and oh so decadent. The best part…they’re both dairy and gluten-free!
Which makes these brownies even better for gatherings as you never know who’s going to show up and what kind of food allergy/issue they might have. No one will even notice though because they’ll be too busy stuffing their mouths with these dreamy squares of peppermint chocolate delight!
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Brownie Batter Basics
Let’s start by melting the cocoa powder, chocolate chips, butter, and espresso powder in a pot over medium-low heat. Give it a stir every once in a while to keep it melting even. Once it has fully melted and is as smooth as a you-know-what 😉 take it off the heat and let it cool while you start to prepare the brownie batter.
Get out the mixer and start whisking up the brown sugar, eggs, and peppermint extract on low. Once it’s combined crank that mixer up to high and let it go for 5-10 minutes or until the mixture lightens in colour and becomes fluffy and glossy.
Folding: Gentle Does It
Next, pour in the melted chocolate mixture into the whipped eggs and sugar and gently fold together. Don’t rush this process as you want to keep as much air in the batter as possible. Slow and steady is going to win this brownie race.
Once everything is folded in harmoniously grab your sifter and sift in the cornstarch and salt. Again, gently fold it together. You’re now ready to bake so pour that delicious peppermint brownie batter into a lined and sprayed 8×8 baking pan and into the oven, it goes!
Fudgy-ness Know How
The trick to a fudgy brownie is taking them out when the center is a tad bit un-baked so keep an eye on them once you hit the 20-minute mark and remove them once a toothpick comes out with a few bits of brownie batter on it. While these decadent bites of brownie perfection cool in the pan, whip up the dairy-free peppermint frosting and you’ll soon be basking in the perfection of these glorious Peppermint Chocolate Brownies.
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I had just set up my Christmas decorations around my house, and was craving something that tasted a little Christmasy to me, and to me, peppermint screams Christmas time. Of course, I was also in the mood for chocolate (which is all of the time) and so these Peppermint Brownies seemed like just the fix that I needed. They were sooooo delicious and also so easy to whip up! I highly recommend this recipe! I love a good moist fudgy brownie and these did not disappoint!
Fudgy and moist are keywords for the perfect brownie! Thanks for giving this recipe a go Dani.
I made this for my cousins birthday. Everyone loved it! It is super fudgy and the peppermint is a perfect addition. This will now be my go to brownie recipe.
Fudgy brownies are a must for me! Thanks for giving this one a shot Meg!