Friday, December 7, 2007

Peppermint Cookies & Cream Brownies

Thank you, Baking Bites! I saw these brownies there, and they immediately went on my Must Try List. I have been a sucker for Peppermint Jo-Jo's since I tried them last year, and nothing is better than a brownie...

I pretty much followed the recipe to the letter, but I will copy an abbreviated version here. They were every bit as fabulous as I was hoping - I especially liked how the slightly salty cookie bits contrasted with the brownie. Next time (there will definitely be a next time!) I will experiment with less sugar, because they were tooth-achingly sweet. I will also try adding a bit of peppermint extract to the brownie batter, just because you can't have too much peppermint in my book.

Peppermint Cookies & Cream Brownies, from Baking Bites

- 1 cup butter
- 6 oz unsweetened chocolate
- 3 cups sugar
- 3/4 tsp salt (original recipe called for 1/2 tsp)
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 4 eggs
- 1 2/3 cups flour
- 1/3 cup cocoa powder
- 18 Peppermint Jo-Jo's, roughly chopped, plus 4 more to sprinkle on top

Oven to 350F. Line a 9×13-inch baking pan with aluminum foil or parchment, lightly grease if using foil.
Melt together butter and chocolate. Remove from heat and stir in sugar, salt and vanilla. Add eggs one at a time. Stir in flour and cocoa powder. Stir in Peppermint Jo-Jo's. Pour batter into prepared pan. Sprinkle 4 additional chopped cookies over batter.
Bake for 25-35 minutes, until a toothpick comes out with crumbs.

Here are the brownies packed up and ready to LEAVE THE PREMISES. Otherwise I will end up in a sugar coma - there is no hope for restraint with these in my apartment, so out they go.

PS - These brownies are definitely in the fudgy camp (as opposed to chewy or cakey).


Gigi said...

These are on my to bake list too. They look too yummy to pass up.

Emiline said...

Ha, I use those same blue containers, to store my goodies.

I love peppermint and chocolate together. I've been wanting to do something with mint, but I can't think of anything.

Anyway, they look fabulous!

Carrie said...

Um, mint AND chocolate. I might die right now. Yum. Can't wait to try it.

Kelly Mahoney said...

How holiday-y.

Hendria said...

yummmmy great combo......

VeggieGirl said...

wow, those brownies photograph quite nicely!! I've heard that those Candy Cane Trader Joe-Joe's are extremely addicting - they sure make a lovely addition to those brownies (or any baked goods, for that matter)! :0)

Anonymous said...

mmm, those look delightful! I love peppermint and chocolate combos.

Ari (Baking and Books)

Brittany said...

Oh Mallow- you've gone and made a brownie out of one of my favorite combos.
Great. Now I have to make/eat them and break my new years resolution on day one.

eatme_delicious said...

Ooh those look good. I just discovered these on Baking Bites and plan to make them! Good to know that they're really sweet - I might cut back on the sugar a bit too.