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Ghirardelli® Peppermint Brownies

Ghirardelli® Peppermint Brownies

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These easy to prepare brownies are perfect for the season and are the perfect combination of rich chocolate and intense peppermint.

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  • Calories:
  • 324 kcal
  • 16%
  • Fat:
  • 18.8 g
  • 29%
  • Carbs:
  • 40.1g
  • 13%
  • Protein:
  • 3.1 g
  • 6%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 70 mg
  • 23%
  • Sodium:
  • 51 mg
  • 2%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 9-inch square baking pan with cooking spray and dust with flour, tapping out any excess.
  2. In the top of a double boiler or in a heatproof bowl over barely simmering water, melt the unsweetened chocolate and butter, stirring occasionally until smooth. Cool to room temperature.
  3. In a large bowl with an electric mixer or whisk, beat the eggs, sugar, vanilla, peppermint extract, and salt until combined. Beat in the chocolate mixture. Gently stir in the flour. Pour the batter into the prepared pan.
  4. Bake for about 45 minutes, or until a tester inserted into the brownies comes out clean. Arrange the mint squares on top in one layer and return the brownies to the oven until they are just melted, about 1 minute. Evenly spread the chocolate with a spatula and sprinkle with the crushed candy canes. Cool completely before cutting into 2-inch squares.
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I've turned these brownies into my specialty at my essential oil parties. Instead of adding peppermint extract, use a high quality peppermint essential oil like doTERRA's. I add 2-3 drops to the batter, depending on how strong you like them. Fantastic! Everyone asks for the recipe! I also leave out the peppermint candies. Peppermint EO has a smooth taste that also happens to be very good for you!


Very yummy! These brownies are easy, delectable and pretty! The brownies are very fudgy, so don't overbake them like I did. The recipe said to bake them until a tester comes out clean. Well, I ended up baking them an extra 8 minutes and the toothpick still wasn't clean. I took them out anyways and after they cooled I realized that I had overbaked them. So my recommendation is to bake them for 45 minutes and just take them out, don't test them. The only other problem was that the "frosting" separated where the mint layer was, so be sure to get the melted chocolate layers all mixed together when spreading. Otherwise, these are rich and delicious! A great addition to your holiday cookie tray!


These brownies were really good! They were hard to get out of the pan without ruining the brownie, so grease your pan well. I also think that the actual presentation of the brownies with the candy cane is better than the taste of them. I just didn't like getting chunks of candy can stuck in my teeth as I was eating them. My boyfriend loved them though, and I'll probably make them again. Definitely a good holiday treat!