Peppermint Bark Brownies

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Get ready for a delightful holiday treat! With Christmas just around the corner, I’ve got a fantastic recipe for Peppermint Bark Brownies that combines the perfect blend of chocolate and peppermint flavors. These brownies are not only rich and chocolatey but also topped with a heavenly white chocolate peppermint frosting. The best part? You don’t need any fancy decorating skills to make them shine!

Peppermint Bark Brownies

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Course Dessert
Servings 16


**For the brownies:**

  • 1 cup melted salted butter
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp kosher salt
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup Ghirardelli cocoa powder
  • 1 cup bittersweet chocolate chips Feel free to use semi-sweet if you prefer!

**For the frosting:**

  • ½ cup room temperature salted butter
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp peppermint extract
  • 4 oz white chocolate
  • ¼ tsp kosher salt
  • 3 tbsp room temperature milk
  • ½ cup crushed candy canes


**For the brownies:**

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F and grease and line a 12×8 baking pan with parchment paper.
  • In a large bowl, mix melted butter, oil, granulated and brown sugar until well combined.
  • Add vanilla and eggs, beat for 30 seconds until the batter lightens in color.
  • Sift in flour, cocoa powder, and salt. Mix lightly until just combined.
  • Gently fold in the chocolate chips.
  • Pour the batter into the prepared pan and spread evenly.
  • Bake for 25–30 minutes until the center no longer jiggles. Adjust baking time for your preferred brownie texture.
  • Remove from the oven and let cool completely before frosting.

**For the frosting:**

  • In a stand mixer, beat butter, powdered sugar, vanilla, and peppermint extract until light and fluffy.
  • Microwave white chocolate in 20-second intervals until melted and smooth. Let it cool for 5 minutes.
  • While the mixer is running, slowly add in the melted white chocolate until incorporated.
  • Add salt and milk, beat until smooth.

**For assembly:**

  • Once the brownies have cooled, spread the frosting on top.
  • Sprinkle on the crushed candy canes and serve!
  • If making ahead, wait to add the candy canes until right before serving to keep them crunchy.

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