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dark chocolate peppermint mocha brownies on parchment

Dark Chocolate Peppermint Mocha Brownies

  • Author: Adapted from Handle the Heat
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 35 mins
  • Total Time: 50 mins
  • Yield: 16 brownies 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 12 tablespoons (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened and cubed
  • 4 ounces unsweetened baking chocolate, chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 3 eggs plus 1 egg yolk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons instant espresso powder, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 5 ounces dark chocolate
  • Crushed peppermint candies or candy canes

Instructions

  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Line an 8-by-8 or 9-by-9-inch square pan with parchment paper; spray bottom and sides with baking or cooking spray.
  2. To a medium microwave-safe bowl, add chocolate chips, butter and chopped baking chocolate. Microwave on HIGH 1 minute, then stir. Continue microwaving on HIGH in 30-second intervals, stirring after each, until mixture is just melted and smooth. Let cool slightly.
  3. Meanwhile, in a large bowl or bowl of a stand mixer, beat sugar and eggs on medium speed 3 minutes until smooth, pale yellow and thick. Stir in vanilla and peppermint extract. Stir in cooled chocolate mixture, then stir in flour, 1 1/2 teaspoons instant espresso powder and salt.
  4. Pour and spread batter evenly into prepared baking pan. Bake 30 to 40 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out mostly clean with moist crumbs clinging (be careful not to overbake!). Cool completely in pan.
  5. Remove brownies from pan and cut into bars. To a small microwave-safe bowl add dark chocolate and remaining 1/2 teaspoon espresso powder. Heat on HIGH 1 minute, then stir. Continue microwaving on HIGH in 30-second intervals, stirring after each, until mixture is melted and smooth.
  6. Drizzle half of dark chocolate mixture over cut brownies. Top with crushed peppermint candies. Drizzle with remaining dark chocolate mixture. Let set before serving.*
  7. *Brownies can be served room temperature or chilled.

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