Sunday, December 4, 2011

Peppermint Patty Brownies

While I love a good brownie pretty much any time of the year, something about the addition of peppermint makes these perfect for the holiday season. While you could save yourself a few minutes and use a mix, I recommend taking the extra time to make these from scratch. Nothing beats a homemade treat!

Perfect with a glass of cold milk!

Peppermint Patty Brownies
(from Martha Stewart's Mint-Chocolate Brownie recipe)

1 stick unsalted butter
8 oz bittersweet chocolate, chopped
1 cup sugar
3/4 teaspoon salt
3 large eggs
1/2 cup flour
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
25 mini peppermint patties

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line an 8 inch x 8 inch square pan with foil. Grease foil with unsalted butter and set aside.

Melt butter and chocolate together in a heat-proof bowl. Stir constantly and take care not to burn the chocolate. Whisk in sugar and salt then add the eggs. Next, add the flour and cocoa powder and mix until just combined.

Spread 1/3 of the batter in the buttered pan. Add the peppermint patties in a single layer on top of the batter. Then, add the remaining batter and smooth to cover the peppermint patties.

Bake 45-55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with moist crumbs attached. Cool completely then remove from the pan and peel away foil. Cut into 16 squares.

What is your favorite thing to bake during the holiday season?

- ST

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