Holiday Recipe Exchange: Peppermint Brownies

I cannot believe today is the first of December! Holiday baking is in full swing and the first festive dessert I want to share with you is a recipe for Peppermint Brownies.

There is something about the crisp and refreshing flavor of mint that pairs perfectly with rich decadent Scharffen Berger Chocolate.

I stuffed the middle of these brownies with two bars of milk chocolate and topped them with chopped Peppermint Kisses for an added kick of mint. These brownies are just the way I like them; chocolaty and sweet with a nice chewy texture.

If you are a chocolate lover, you’ll definitely want to add your recipe to this week’s Holiday Recipe Exchange because Scharffen Berger is our sponsor and the prize is an amazing gift basket valued at over $100. If you have never tried Scharffen Berger Chocolate, I promise you’ll be smitten with it immediately. Whether for baking or simply getting your chocolate fix, Scharffen Berger is one of the most high quality chocolates you can buy! Be sure to head over to GoodLife Eats and check out Katie’s recipe for Chocolate Gingerbread Cookies…the are simply adorable!

If you are a chocolate lover and feeling inspired, check out Scharffen Berger’s Chocolate Adventure Contest. Essentially you combine Scharffen Berger artisan chocolate with one or more of 14 adventure ingredients, from saffron to stout beer. Then create a winning cupcake recipe for a chance to win up to $10,000. Yes, you read that correctly, $10,000! You can read all about the contest and find out how to enter by heading over to the Chocolate Adventure Contest site.

How To Participate

For a chance to win a $100 Scharffen Berger Prize Pack:

  1. Write and post a recipe on your blog featuring CHOCOLATE.
  2. Include “Come join the fun at the My Baking Addiction and GoodLife Eats Holiday Recipe Swap sponsored by Scharffen Berger.” in your blog post.
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  4. Submit your post before Dec. 4, 11:59 AM. On Dec. 5, 12:00 AM the widget will switch to voting mode. Be sure to encourage your readers to vote for you and/or vote for your favorites.
  5. Anyone can participate in the link up, but the prize will ship to US residents only.
  6. More detailed info, including buttons for your posts are available here.

Note: Please note the following change in the rules due to suspected fraudulent voting practices: If you have already a won previous contest in the Holiday Recipe Exchange, your entry will defer to second place. We truly appreciate everyone’s enthusiasm and fantastic contributions, but we want to spread the prize love around and give everyone the opportunity to win! It is quite unfortunate that our efforts to create a contest in good fun has resulted in fraudulent behavior to win prizes; however, please know that we are doing everything we can to remedy the situation. We hope you continue to participate have a great time in the process.

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This Week’s Prize:

$100 Scharffen Berger Chocolate Prize Pack (1 winner), provided by Scharffen Berger.

Recipe Theme Schedule:

We still have three weeks open for this Holiday season. If you would like to discuss scheduling a sponsored recipe exchange please contact Katie or Jamie to discuss availability and themes.

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Peppermint Brownies

Yield: 12 brownies


4 ounces unsweetened Scharffen Berger Chocolate; coarsely chopped
3/4 cup butter
1 1/2 cups white sugar
3 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 teaspoon pure peppermint extract
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1 cup all-purpose flour
2 (1.55 ounce) Milk Chocolate bars; broken into squares
25 Peppermint Kisses; coarsely chopped


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line an 8x8 inch baking pan with foil and spray with nonstick cooking spray.

2. Microwave chocolate and butter or margarine in large bowl at medium (50% power) for 3-4 minutes or until butter is melted.

3. Whisk until chocolate is melted. Stir in sugar and add in eggs, extracts and salt. Gradually add in flour and stir until just combined.

4. Spread 1/2 the batter into prepared pan. Add an even layer of milk chocolate squares and cover with remaining 1/2 of brownie batter. Bake for 30-35 minutes; do not over bake.

5. Remove to cooling rack and sprinkle chopped Peppermint Kisses evenly over the warm brownies. Allow to cool completely before cutting.


Adapted from allrecipes

30 Responses to “Holiday Recipe Exchange: Peppermint Brownies”

  1. The Blue-Eyed Bakers — December 1, 2010 at 7:05 am

    Chocolate and peppermint yay! Nothing says it’s the holidays quite like it…these look delicious!

  2. Chris — December 1, 2010 at 7:18 am

    The addition of the chocolate bars in the middle of the brownie? Brilliant! :) Looks amazingly yummy.

  3. Katrina — December 1, 2010 at 7:30 am

    Yes please! I am such a fan of chocolate and mint. I’ve never tried it in a brownie though. Weird, eh?

  4. Heather (Heather's Dish) — December 1, 2010 at 8:23 am

    really, what’s better and more Christmas-y than peppermint and chocolate?! this looks so festive and is making my mouth water!

  5. CaSaundra — December 1, 2010 at 8:29 am

    Peppermint and chocolate make such a fabulous combo! These brownies look perfect :-)

  6. the blissful baker — December 1, 2010 at 8:52 am

    what a great holiday brownie! yum!

  7. Kelli @ The Corner Kitchen — December 1, 2010 at 12:34 pm

    Peppermint & chocolate…yum! What a great holiday treat!

  8. Barbara — December 1, 2010 at 2:02 pm

    These sound like the most delicious brownies an oven has ever cooked! Great recipe!

  9. Miranda — December 1, 2010 at 5:46 pm

    YUM. This recipe was posted at a perfect time – I was heading out to the store to pick up ingredients to bring a treat somewhere tonight. These just came out of my oven – topped with the candy cane kisses, they look so pretty! Can’t wait to try one :)

  10. Stehpanie — December 1, 2010 at 7:59 pm

    Oh la la! This look and sound perfect. Thanks for sharing.

  11. Aimee @ Simple Bites — December 1, 2010 at 9:33 pm

    Oh good heavens. I could eat a whole stack of these and come back for more. How perfectly festive, Jamie!

  12. Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction — December 1, 2010 at 10:04 pm

    Love those brownies! They look spectacular. I love all things peppermint this time of year. Will definitely be making these!

  13. Ravenous Rowie — December 1, 2010 at 11:12 pm

    Those brownies look so festive, and delicious! Beautiful pictures! The pairing of mint and chocolate is always a welcome one in my kitchen! YUM!

  14. LimeCake — December 2, 2010 at 5:09 am

    oh my mint brownies are my absolute favourite! this looks so delicious and christmassy!

  15. Jennie @ Oh, Sweet Day! — December 2, 2010 at 6:47 am

    LOVE the idea!!! :) :)
    Peppermint brownies are one of my favorites over the season!

  16. SMITH BITES — December 2, 2010 at 6:55 am

    oh. my. gawd. nuf said . . .

  17. Weekend Cowgirl — December 2, 2010 at 10:49 pm

    Oh my goodness, those look so good and different. These are going on my list for sure!

  18. Nutmeg Nanny — December 2, 2010 at 11:20 pm

    Wow these look great! Peppermint and chocolate are two of my favorite flavor combination’s…yum!

  19. Cher — December 3, 2010 at 1:09 pm

    My boyfriend is going to faint when he eats on of these. :] Thanks for sharing. I can’t wait to try this recipe out!

  20. Stefani — December 3, 2010 at 9:26 pm

    These look so yummy! I usually make cookies for gifts during the Christmas season, but these look like something I might make this year!

  21. Kerstin — December 3, 2010 at 11:53 pm

    What festive brownies – love them!

  22. Marla — December 4, 2010 at 12:20 am

    Wish these brownies could join me in bed right now ;)

  23. Tickled Red — December 4, 2010 at 10:59 am

    Jamie I am in love with your brownies. I usually just make peppermint bark but these are over the top love!! YUM

  24. Lauren at KeepItSweet — December 4, 2010 at 1:42 pm

    these look delicious! i love the idea of layering milk chocolate in the brownies

  25. Kristi Rimkus — December 5, 2010 at 11:16 am

    I can picture these with a steaming cup of really great coffee! Delicious!

  26. erica @ fashionmeetsfood — December 5, 2010 at 8:23 pm

    Chocolate and peppermint my absolute favorite. I definitely need to give these a try. I am your newest follower


  27. naomi — December 6, 2010 at 12:24 pm

    Hey, these look AWESOME! I love brownies and love the peppermint touch. Perfect for the holidays!

  28. Bev — December 7, 2010 at 7:32 am

    Looks like the perfect holiday dessert..yum!

  29. Melanie Tiger — December 8, 2010 at 11:19 pm

    These are just like mint and chocolate flavor. I love it when it has mint chocolate on the top. LOL. Thanks for sharing the recipe.


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