Monday, December 6, 2010

Peppermint Patty Brownies

Thanks to everyone who voted in the poll last week! Only had 19, but hey, not bad for the first go! Right? So maybe I can convince more to vote after I've concocted up some good eats? Maybe?

Well, there was a tie! Chocolate and Almonds were at the top of the list in a tie! And instead of taking the easy way out, and making something that included both ingredients, I've decided to split it up and do two different things! Sound good?

And I figured you all wouldn't be upset if I rocked out the chocolate first? Would you? Trust me, you won't be disappointed with these babies!

Adapted from Let's Dish's recipe

shortening, for greasing
2 cups semisweet chocolate chips, divided
11 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into 1-inch cubes
1 & 1/4 cups sugar
3 eggs
1 & 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup flour
3/4 cup heavy whipping cream
1/3 cup York peppermint candies, roughly chopped, plus extra for mixing in to batter
1 tablespoon peppermint schnapps

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 
Line a 9x13-inch baking pan with foil, leaving a little overhang. Grease the foil with shortnening.
Melt 1 cup of the chocolate and all of the butter in a glass bowl in the microwave in 30 second intervals, stirring each time until melted and smooth.  Mine was melted in about 1 minute.  Cool chocolate mixture for about, 5 to 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, whisk sugar, eggs, vanilla, and salt in large bowl.  Stir in chocolate mixture, then add flour.  Stir in 1/4 to 1/2 cup of the whole york peppermint candies, if desired. Transfer batter to prepared baking pan. Bake brownies toothpick comes out with moist crumbs attached, about 30 minutes. Transfer pan to cooling rack and let brownies cool completely.

Bring the heavy whipping cream to a simmer in a small saucepan over medium heat.  Remove from heat and add remaining 1 cup of chocolate.  Let sit for about 5 minutes.  Whisk in peppermint schnapps and stir until mixture is smooth.  Pour chocolate ganache over brownies in the pan and spread to cover completely. Let ganache cool for about 15 minutes and then sprinkle on crushed York peppermint patty candies.  Let sit in refrigerator for at least one hour before cutting. 
Using the foil overhang as an aid, lift brownie sheet from pan. Fold down the foil edges. Using a large sharp knife, cut brownies into small individual pieces, wiping your knife with a hot, moist cloth after each cut.  Arrange the brownies on a platter and serve (or keep them to yourself, as Andy suggested).

These were great!  I brought them into work and everybody who tried one said they were pretty tasty!  I love the layer of ganache on top of the brownie, too.  It just gives it that extra something special!  The only thing I regret is that the peppermint candies were white and blue, and someone commented at work today that I made Colts brownies... I almost didn't let that certain someone have a brownie. =)  Hehe!  Enjoy guys!  And definitely be prepared for an awesome almond recipe in the next few days!


  1. They look gorgeous! Actually I like the blue-white combination. Everything is red and green around, yours stands out!

  2. They are so pretty...I love the blue and white toppings on them :D

  3. They are beautiful cute little dessert. Love the blue and white color.

  4. What poll?? Oh, I'm so sorry, I must've missed. Let me know if u need my votes again & I'll definitely be there :) Just give me a buzz...

    Looks like I've gotta really start baking, with all these lovely recipes :)

  5. I actually like the blue and white peppermint, something different. These look delicious. Can't wait to see your almond creation.

  6. These sound so good...I love peppermint and chocolate.

  7. Hey,

    Great combo dear..look so yummy...:)


  8. Ooo, these treats sound fantastic to make for my upcoming holiday company. Thanks for sharing! Miriam@Meatless Meals For Meat Eaters

  9. These brownies look amazing! Great flavors too. And I agree, the ganache is a sweet touch, a wonderful sticky taste YUM!

  10. I am always up for any brownie recipes ~ I need to try these, especially with the peppermint patty. They sound fabulous.

  11. York peppermint patties rock, and so do these!

  12. As Christmas are coming real fast any idea for candies is welcomed. They look delicious.

  13. Looks heavenly, love that topping and great taste too...

  14. These treats look really good!! yummy!! I would eat them all!! ;)

  15. LUV it when the peppermint flavors start showing up! Chocolate and mint is such a classic and awesome combination - yours look sooo decadent!

  16. Looks like heaven

    Thanks for posting this.

  17. I missed the poll :(

    OMG My husband would be all over these brownies. He is a mint chocolate FREAK! Hehe. He loves the stuff so much! Thanks for sharing. WIll have to try these this weekend as well!

  18. brownies don't require any additions to make them appealing to me, but peppermint patties are always welcome. i don't hate the schnapps, either. nope, not mad at that at all. :)

  19. Gorgeous looking brownies...i love anything and everything with choclates:)Thanks for posting the recipe..



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