Dark Chocolate Candy Cane Brownies

Hey MBA readers! I hope you had an amazing Thanksgiving holiday. Today I have a really sweet treat for you in the form of a guest post from the lovely Emily of the blog, Jelly Toast. Emily emailed me a few weeks back and we quickly realized that we lived just a few miles apart, so we met for coffee and the rest was history. Welcome, Emily – I am so excited to have you here!

Hi everyone!

My name is Emily and I’m the caffeine driven cook, baker and photographer behind Jelly Toast. I can’t tell you how excited I am to be here on My Baking Addiction. I may have squealed a little bit when Jamie asked me if I was interested in guest posting. I’ve been a long time reader of MBA so this is like walking the red carpet. Which also means I’ll probably trip over my dress and sprawl out in front of everyone. Graceful, huh?

Grace or not, I love doing what I do. What is it that I do exactly? Well, I am a mom, wife, self-taught cook/baker, photographer and compulsive coffee drinker. All of which grace the recipes and ramblings over on Jelly Toast. I also love to root through my family’s recipes, testing and tweaking things. Which translates to adding more chocolate. Or Cheese. I’m a huge fan of both.

What I cook and bake always reflects my mood, which is wildly influenced by the current season. Being a Fall and Winter fanatic, I go crazy about Thanksgiving food and am out-of-my-mind excited for holiday cookie baking. Seriously.

Speaking of holiday baking, I never like to show up at someone’s house empty handed, especially around the holidays. So I brought you these brownies. Correction: I brought you these incredibly decadent Dark Chocolate Candy Cane Brownies. The awesome thing is, if you’re not up for making the brownies from scratch, simply use your favorite box mix and layer with the candy and chocolate as directed.

These brownies are sure to get you into the holiday spirit.  And don’t worry if you eat them all. I’ve got another batch baking right now. Enjoy!


Candy Cane Brownies

Yield: 16 brownies

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 35 minutes


6 tablespoons unsalted butter
6 ounces bittersweet chocolate chips (I used Ghirardelli)
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (I used Hershey’s Special Dark)
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup of brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
3 full sized peppermint candy canes, crushed
2 full sized (3.17oz) dark chocolate bars (I used Ghiradelli Intense Dark, Midnight Reverie)


1. Preheat oven to 350°F.

2. Grease an 8-inch square baking pan with non-stick spray or softened butter. Line the pan with parchment paper; grease parchment paper (this ensures easy removal of brownies).

3. Place butter, chocolate, cocoa powder and 3 tablespoons of crushed candy canes (reserve the rest for the layering steps) in a heatproof medium bowl set over a pan of simmering water. Stir until butter and chocolate are melted. The candy canes will not completely melt, so small specks will remain in chocolate mixture. Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly.

4. In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.

5. Place both kinds of sugar, eggs, and vanilla in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, and beat on medium speed until pale and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Carefully add the chocolate mixture and beat until combined. Add flour mixture and beat, stopping to scrape down the sides of the bowls as needed, until ingredients are combined.

6. Pour half of the batter into prepared baking pan. Break the chocolate bars into squares and place them, evenly spaced, around the top of the brownie batter. Sprinkle with half of the reserved candy cane pieces. Top with the remaining batter and sprinkle the remaining candy cane pieces on top.

7. Bake for about 35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the brownies comes out with a few crumbs but is not wet. Allow the brownies to cool in the pan for 5 minutes. Lift the brownies out using the parchment paper and allow to completely cool on wire rack. Cut into 16 brownies. Eat and repeat.

Recipe Source: Jelly Toast adapted from Martha Stewart

by Emily

Emily is the cook, baker, photographer and rambler behind the blog, Jelly Toast. Aside from taking photos of everything she eats, her days are spent being a short order cook, story teller, tea party guest and giver-of-snuggles to her two kiddos. She has not yet mastered the clean-as-you-go cooking style, but has high hopes for the future.

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49 Responses to “Dark Chocolate Candy Cane Brownies”

  1. Mallory — November 28, 2012 at 7:24 am

    It is like peppermint bark meets brownies (minus the whole white chocolate, which fine by me). These will be made soon and devoured shortly thereafter…and great to meet you!!!


  2. sally @ sallys baking addiction — November 28, 2012 at 8:56 am

    this recipe is pure perfection Jamie. I have been hunting for a simple brownie recipe to make in a square pan recently – a small batch since there is only two of us. plus, the candy canes added in for a holiday twist i like your style. :) This is a must-try!


  3. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — November 28, 2012 at 9:31 am

    These need to get in my belly immediately! Yum!


  4. Carlas Confections — November 28, 2012 at 1:04 pm

    These look so perfect! I love dark chocolate and I LOVE candy canes!!! :D


  5. Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — November 28, 2012 at 3:19 pm

    Love this! It definitely puts me in the spirit of Christmas!


  6. Megan — November 28, 2012 at 3:55 pm

    These look incredibly fudgy and addictive!


  7. Patty — November 28, 2012 at 5:49 pm

    Thanks, Emily, these look and sound divine. Less than an hour ago, I told an acquaintance that I thought that cheese and chocolate should be their own food groups, so you and I might be related!


    • Emily @ JellyToast — November 28, 2012 at 9:23 pm

      That’s so funny, Patty! I think you may be right. I hope you enjoy the brownies!

  8. Amber | Bluebonnets & Brownies — November 28, 2012 at 10:27 pm

    I’ve been hearing great things about you, Emily, and I’m so excited to finally see your post. You’ve already stolen my heart – chocolate and mint is pretty much my favorite “chocolate and..” combination. Your photos are simply stunning, girl!

    As for the cleaning as you go cooking style? I don’t always do it, but I’ve found that the trick is to start out by filling your sink with super hot soapy water. Then you can just drop bowls, spatulas, etc into it as you finish with them, and then hand wash while the first batch of whatever is in the oven. But like I said – I don’t *always* do that. Only when I’m feeling especially on top of things. ;)


    • Emily — November 29, 2012 at 11:33 pm

      Brilliant! I love that idea, Amber, and will make myself try that at least once. Thanks so much for the kind words about the brownies and photos!

  9. Cathy @ Noble Pig — November 28, 2012 at 11:09 pm

    Hello Christmas….these sound amazing!!


  10. Vespa woolf — November 29, 2012 at 6:28 am

    I like that the recipe uses cocoa and bittersweet chocolate instead of unsweetened. The photos are beautiful and they look like just the kind of brownies I love. Thank you!


  11. Kate | Food Babbles — November 29, 2012 at 10:14 am

    I am a total brownie addict! Love these peppermint ones. So easy and festive too! I love discovering new blogs so Emily, it’s nice to “meet” you! I can’t wait to head over and check out Jelly Toast (love that name!) and Jamie, thanks for introducing Emily to us.


  12. Seonaid — November 29, 2012 at 10:46 am

    These look very rich, but very tasty too.


  13. Becca - Cookie Jar Treats — November 29, 2012 at 1:48 pm

    That’s one of the many reasons I love winter, the excuse to put peppermint into ANYTHING! These brownies look totally amazing :)


  14. Vespa Woolf — November 29, 2012 at 3:29 pm

    These are delicious brownies, so moist and chocolatey. Although we don’t have candy canes here in Peru, I used another mint candy and some dark chocolate, 73% cacao, a friend brought back from Trader Joe’s. I’m so happy to have a recipe that uses bittersweet instead of unsweetened chocolate. They were a hit with our lunch guests. Thank you!


    • Emily — November 29, 2012 at 11:35 pm

      I am so glad you liked them, Vespa! Thanks for stopping back!

  15. marla — November 29, 2012 at 6:18 pm

    These brownies look Ahhhh-mazing!


  16. Loretta | A Finn In The Kitchen — November 29, 2012 at 7:09 pm

    They look beautiful Emily! So perfect with a glass of milk and starting at the newly-decorated tree. I’m so giddy Christmas is coming…


  17. Loretta | A Finn In The Kitchen — November 29, 2012 at 7:10 pm




  18. I am a sucker for a good brownie! And peppermint and chocolate is just perfect!


  19. luv what you do — November 29, 2012 at 10:46 pm

    Yummy! These look incredible!


  20. Summer @ Mallow and Co — November 29, 2012 at 11:39 pm

    Oh my gosh, I think the only thing that can beat dark chocolate is dark chocolate with peppermint. These look soooOOoo good!


  21. Aya B. — November 30, 2012 at 2:24 am

    Yummy… They look so so good…


  22. corrie — December 2, 2012 at 8:00 pm

    I will definitely try these, they sound great.


  23. Rachel Cooks — December 3, 2012 at 12:34 pm

    New to Emily’s site–these brownies are reason enough for me to love her!


  24. tracy {pale yellow} — December 3, 2012 at 5:36 pm

    Great idea for some holiday themed doctored brownies, can’t wait to try!


  25. Mara — December 3, 2012 at 6:26 pm

    I made these this weekend, and they are super delicious! But… my crushed candy canes on top melted :( is there anyway to stop this, or do I just have to sprinkle them on close to the end of baking?


    • Emily — December 4, 2012 at 12:20 am

      Perhaps it was a difference in the brand of candy canes we used, but you could definitely wait and add them the last few minutes of baking if you’re having trouble with them melting in. I’m so glad you liked them, though!

  26. Amanda — December 3, 2012 at 7:03 pm

    Beautiful! Pinned publically and privately as I MUST remember to make them ASAP! :)


  27. Lisa Cornely — December 4, 2012 at 10:37 pm

    The brownies look delicious. I can’t wait to try them. They look fudgy and delicious. Thanks so much for the recipe Emily, and thanks Jamie for introducing us to Emily.


  28. amy — December 4, 2012 at 11:41 pm

    i found mine took closer to 45minutes! and my candy canes also did melt when they were in the oven. overall, they still tasted great! keep these recipes coming!


    • Emily — December 10, 2012 at 9:18 pm

      Hi Amy!
      Thanks for letting me know about the baking time. Hopefully if anyone else has that problem, this will help them out. I’m glad you were able to make them work and that you enjoyed them!

  29. Lizzy — December 6, 2012 at 3:28 pm

    OOPS! I read the instructions wrong, and I ended up melting the 2 bars of chocolate in with the butter, chips and cocoa powder. I added a little more flour, one more egg and some extra butter to compensate. Hopefully they turn out alright . . . extra chocolate is never a bad thing, right?


    • Emily — December 10, 2012 at 9:18 pm

      I doubt that could be bad, Lizzy! How did they turn out?

  30. Katie — December 9, 2012 at 5:56 pm

    wonderful recipe!!! and the pictures are ahhhmazing ;)
    my oldest is allergic to eggs and milk, so we will be playing with the recipe to veganize it, but am hoping it turns out as delish as the original ;)


    • Emily — December 10, 2012 at 9:20 pm

      I would love to hear how they turn out! My nephew is allergic to milk and eggs as well, and it makes baking very exciting. Good luck and I hope they turn out for you!

  31. Tiffany @ Life Done Domesti-Cali — December 9, 2012 at 6:13 pm

    These look delicious! My friend loves dark chocolate and her birthday is next week, perfect treat for her.


  32. Milita — December 11, 2012 at 12:40 am

    These look amazing. Chocolate and mint is my all time favorite combination. I found this picture on pinterest and I had to stop by and take a look.


  33. Kelly Anne — December 28, 2012 at 8:01 pm

    Nice recipe. I love a simple brownie recipe which is easy for the kids :)
    I also like the below brownie recipe.
    Thanks for sharing,


    • MBA — January 4, 2013 at 9:44 am

      I am so glad you enjoyed the recipe. Thanks for stopping by and providing your feedback – have a great day!

  34. Lori — December 16, 2013 at 3:24 pm

    I was looking for a brownie recipe that was still as easy as regular brownies but with a bit of festive flair for the holidays — this is it! Thanks so much! Not sure if you care, but when I searched for “candy cane brownies” this recipe came up, completely verbatim, on another site called “My Sweet Savannah,” with a teensy and totally miss-able link to this page at the end. If I were an awesome baking blogger like you this kind of thing would irritate me to no end, but perhaps you are a more generous person :)


  35. Amanda G — August 22, 2014 at 8:48 pm

    Made these last night and yum! My husband and I really enjoyed them, I left the peppermint bits out of the middle as all I have on hand are softer ones- they were sprinkled on top after immediately after leaving the oven.


    • Jamie — August 23, 2014 at 8:55 am

      I’m so glad you had the chance to try them and found success. Thanks for stopping by.


  36. Ro — December 18, 2014 at 6:37 pm

    Can you use chocolate bars that are finely chopped instead of the chocolate chips for melting?


    • Jamie — December 18, 2014 at 10:50 pm

      I think that would be perfectly fine. Thanks for stopping by!

  37. Trinity — October 26, 2016 at 10:34 am

    I absolutely love this  Recipe . It have the right anoint of certain flavors and a great balance between chocolate and peppermint.


    • Jamie — October 26, 2016 at 4:03 pm

      I’m so happy to hear that, Trinity!

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