Peppermint Bark Brownies

I LOVE brownies…and I LOVE me some Peppermint…so…it makes total sense to me to combine the two with these delicious…

Peppermint Bark Brownies!

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If you love peppermint and brownies like I do…you may want to check out some of these past Idea Room Recipes:

Peppermint Candy Cane Donuts

Candy Cane Pancakes

Candy Cane Swirl Bundt Cake

Chocolate Gingerbread Cookies

Peppermint Chocolate Cookies

Mississippi Mud Brownies

Oreo Brownies

Peppermint Cake

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These are unbelievably easy to make.  You don’t need any fancy recipe and you can even throw them together with a boxed brownie mix….which comes in handy when you are busy due to the holiday rush.

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Peppermint Bark Brownies

Peppermint Bark Brownies

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup unsweetened baking cocoa
  • ½ cup plus 2 Tablespoons boiling water
  • 2 ounces unsweetened chocolate, finely chopped
  • 4 tablespoons (½ stick) unsalted butter, melted
  • ½ cup plus 2 Tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2½ cups sugar
  • 1¾ cups all-purpose flour
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • 6 ounces bittersweet chocolate, cut into ½-inch pieces
  • Peppermint Bark Topping
  • 1 cup of white chocolate chips
  • 2-3 crushed Peppermint candy canes

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 9x13-inch baking pan with foil (let it hang over top of pan) and spray with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Whisk cocoa and boiling water together in large bowl until smooth. Add unsweetened chocolate and whisk until chocolate is melted. Whisk in melted butter and oil. (Mixture may look curdled.) Add eggs, yolks, and vanilla and continue to whisk until smooth and fully incorporated. Whisk in sugar until fully incorporated. Add flour and salt and mix with rubber spatula until combined. Fold in bittersweet chocolate pieces.
  3. Scrape batter into prepared pan and bake until toothpick inserted halfway between edge and center comes out with just a few moist crumbs attached, 30 to 35 minutes. Transfer pan to wire rack and let cool for 20-30 minutes.
  4. Melt chocolate chips in the microwave in 20 second intervals, stirring between each. Stir till smooth and spread on the top of the lukewarm brownies. Sprinkle the still warm chocolate with the crushed peppermint candy canes. Let cool till the chocolate has hardened into a nice Peppermint Bark.
  5. Using foil overhang, lift brownies from pan. Cut into 2-inch squares and serve. Brownies can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 4 days.
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Peppermint-Bark-Brownies 2Serve with LOTS of ice cold milk and a stripe-y straw…cause really…it tastes so much better when it is served up cute!  You can even serve it up in a Christmas-y milk bottle.  Don’t you just love this tiny little milk bottle wreath?  So cute right?

Peppermint-Bark-Brownies 5I am obsessed with wreaths right now!  I made this by stealing a small stalk right off of the back of my box wood wreath that is in my family room.  Then I simply shaped it into a round wreath and wrapped a small piece of wire around it to hold it into a wreath shape.

Peppermint-Bark-Brownies 6I am thinking of taking everything now and “putting a wreath on it”!  haha!  I for sure want to add some wreaths to the tops of my gifts now!

Peppermint-Bark-Brownies 7So go ahead and make these for your next holiday party.  For one…everyone loves a good Brownie.  And two…Peppermint!  Who doesn’t love how tasty and festive Peppermint is this time of year!

  Peppermint-Bark-Brownies 9And when you run out of milk…and still have some Peppermint Bark Brownies left…you can always get a refill!

Peppermint-Bark-Brownies 12_edited-1  Peppermint and Chocolate…are you a fan?


Mississippi Mud Brownies

I recently needed a little chocolate pick me up.  And I was craving brownies.  Who doesn’t crave a brownie every now again? But I wanted something a little more fancy than a regular brownie.  So I decided to make some Mississippi Mud Brownies.

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All you need is your favorite brownie recipe and some Oreo Cookies to crush.

Best Brownie Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup mini marshmallows

Oreo Cookie Crust (crush about 30-40 Oreos after removing frosting center)

1/8 cup melted butter

Directions:
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9×9 inch baking pan.
  2. Pull out 1/8 cup of crushed Oreos and set aside.  Spread the rest of the Oreo Cookie crust into the bottom of the pan with the melted butter and press firmly. Bake in the oven for 8-10 minutes on 350 degrees.
  3. In a medium bowl, mix together the oil, sugar, and vanilla. Beat in eggs. Combine flour, cocoa, baking powder, and salt; gradually stir into the egg mixture until well blended.  Fold in the marshmallows.  Set aside.
  4. Remove from oven and layer on the brownie mix.  Sprinkle the rest of the crushed Oreos on the top of the brownie mix in clumps.
  5. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until the brownie begins to pull away from edges of pan. Let cool on a wire rack before cutting into squares.

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Enjoy with a friend and a your favorite glass of ice cold milk!

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Hamburger Cupcakes

My son just recently celebrated his 11th birthday.  He wanted something fun and different than the traditional cupcake.  I had remembered seeing some Hamburger Cookies from Disney’s Family.com a while back as part of their April Fool’s Food Series and Bakerella made some fun hamburger cupcakes here.  Since my son is a huge hamburger fan, I thought it would be fun to make him some Hamburger Cupcakes too.  This is an idea that has been out there for a while, but was new and fun for us.

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They were really easy.  I simply made up some yellow cupcakes and baked them normally and then let them cool completely.  Then I whipped up a batch of our favorite brownies and poured them into a a greased muffin pan so that the cups were only 1/4 full.  These are going to be the hamburger patties so you don’t want them to be very thick.

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Cut the tops of the cupcakes off.  You will use the two pieces of the cupcake as the top and bottom hamburger buns.  You may want to cut the bottom of the cupcake down a bit if your cupcakes are too tall so that it looks more realistic.

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Then I took some coconut and placed it into a Ziploc baggie to make some lettuce.  I added a few drops of green food coloring and shook the coconut up so that it was evenly colored with the coloring.

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Then simply take some of your favorite frosting and dye some of it red and yellow to represent mustard and ketchup.  Add a few globs of each to the top and bottom buns.  Sprinkle with your lettuce over the top of the brownie.  This makes for a pretty quick and easy birthday dessert, and a happy birthday boy.  He LOVED them and said they tasted ALMOST as good as his favorite hamburger!

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Do you have a child who would love to have these as their birthday dessert?