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!
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December 1st, 2010
Yield: 12 brownies
4 ounces unsweetened Scharffen Berger Chocolate; coarsely chopped
3/4 cup butter
1 1/2 cups white sugar
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
URLs in this post:
 Scharffen Berger Chocolate: http://www.scharffenberger.com/
 Chocolate Gingerbread Cookies: http://www.goodlifeeats.com/2010/12/recipe-exchange-chocolate-gingerbread.html
 Scharffen Berger’s Chocolate Adventure Contest: http://www.chocolateadventurecontest.com/About.aspx
 My Baking Addiction: http://www.mybakingaddiction.com/tag/holiday-recipe-exchange/
 GoodLife Eats: http://www.goodlifeeats.com/2010/11/vanilla-salted-caramel-hot-chocolate.html
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 contact Katie: http://www.goodlifeeats.com/contact
 Jamie: http://www.mybakingaddiction.com/contact/
 vanilla extract: http://www.mybakingaddiction.com/how-to-make-homemade-vanilla-extract/