Peppermint Cream Cheese Frosted Brownies

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Happy December everyone! Hope those that celebrated had a wonderful Thanksgiving filled with lots of laughter and yummy food :)

With the start of December, it means the holiday countdown is now officially on.

 

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Most of us will be busy crossing off all the things on our list that need to be done in this short time.

Getting the decorations ready, making sure the house is clean and ready for guests, attending gatherings and parties, making and purchasing gifts and visiting family and friends.

 

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My favorite part of this busy season is immersing myself into batches of homemade festive treats and holiday cookies while spending quality time with family.

Christmas is definitely one of my favorite times of the year. I can’t help getting caught up in the festivities.

 

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Ever since Ty put up the Christmas tree and decorations two weeks ago, we’ve already started embracing the holiday season by watching our favorite Christmas movies, listening to Christmas carols and consuming large amounts of peppermint and cocoa.

‘Tis the most wonderful time of the year :)

 

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I can never seem to resist stocking up on bags of seasonal chocolates so for my first festive treat that I made, I whipped up a batch of these Peppermint Cream Cheese Frosted Brownies and melted some Peppermint M&M‘s and Hershey’s Peppermint Kisses for the cream cheese frosting.

I also tossed in some green and red Nestle Holiday Chocolate Morsels in the brownie batter just for fun.

These brownies will surely put you into the festive mood and they are great for bringing to a holiday gathering or party.

 

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Sprinkle some chopped candy canes and drizzle some chocolate sauce over this to make these extra special.

 

 

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Happy Monday everyone and enjoy!

 

 

Peppermint Cream Cheese Frosted Brownies

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Yield: 9 squares when baked in one 8x8x2 square pan

Peppermint Cream Cheese Frosted Brownies

Chocolate cocoa brownies frosted with peppermint cream cheese frosting sprinkled with candy cane pieces. These festive treats are a great kick start into the holiday baking season.

Ingredients

    Brownies
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup of dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup turbinado sugar or granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup natural unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/3 cup white whole wheat flour (can also use all purpose flour)
  • 1/4 cup semi-sweet holiday chocolate chips (I used Nestle Tollhouse Holiday Chocolate Morsels - Green and Red)
  • Cream Cheese Frosting
  • 1 8 ounce package of cream cheese frosting, softened
  • 1/3 cup of unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 - 1 cup of icing sugar depending on how sweet you prefer (I used 1/2 cup)
  • 1/2 cup of Peppermint M&M's, chopped, melted and cooled
  • 5 Hershey's Peppermint Kisses, chopped, melted and cooled
  • **if you don't have any of the peppermint chocolates, feel free to substitute 1 teaspoon of peppermint extract instead
  • Optional
  • 3 Peppermint Candy Canes, finely crushed for sprinkling
  • Chocolate sauce for drizzling over brownies

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 325°.
  2. Line a square 8x8 pan with parchment paper leaving a 2" overhang for easy removal. Set aside.
  3. In a small sauce pan, melt butter over medium heat. Let cool slightly.
  4. Whisk sugars, cocoa, and salt in a medium bowl to combine. Pour butter in a steady stream into dry ingredients, whisking constantly to blend.
  5. Whisk in vanilla. Add eggs one at a time, beating vigorously to blend after each addition.
  6. Add flour and stir until just combined being careful not to overmix.
  7. Fold in chocolate chips. IMG_9910.jpg
  8. Scrape batter into prepared pan and smooth top with a spatula. Add more chocolate chips on top if desired. IMG_9913.jpg
  9. Bake for about 20-25 minutes until tops begin to crack slightly. Watch closely not to overbake.
  10. Transfer pan to a wire rack and let cool completely in pan. ,
  11. Lift brownies out of pan using the parchment overhang.
  12. Transfer to a cutting board and cut into squares.
  13. Cream Cheese Frosting
  14. Finely chop peppermint M&M's and Peppermint Hershey's Kisses. Place in a heat safe bowl and microwave in 20 second increments until melted. Set aside and let cool slightly. IMG_9917.jpg IMG_9921.jpg
  15. Beat cream cheese and butter at medium speed with an electric hand mixer or stand mixer until creamy.
  16. Gradually add sugar, beating at low speed until smooth.
  17. Add melted peppermint M&M's and Hershey's Kisses beating at medium speed until well blended and incorporated.
  18. Spread frosting over brownies evenly with an offset spatula. IMG_9938.jpg
  19. *Optional - Sprinkle with chopped candy canes and chocolate sauce if desired.

Notes

Frosted brownies can be stored in airtight container in fridge for up to 3 days.

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Brownies Slightly adapted from: Bon Appetit

 

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Comments

  1. Sarah - Bread & Batters says:

    I can live off peppermint and chocolate the whole month of December too! It’s such a festive flavor and does help put you into the holiday mode. These brownies look deliciously decadent! I would have a hard time not snatching up the whole batch for myself!

  2. What gorgeous PINK (squeal!) brownies. Looks like perfection to me!

  3. Kelly – this is like Christmas all in one bite. I love the colors, how festive it all looks. We are in full Christmas mode at our house, too. The tree’s up, house is decorated and this year’s gingerbread house has likewise been decorated, too. I’ve been baking Christmas cookies and we are drinking up our fair share of hot chocolate. My son loves peppermint (so do I!) and we’re munching on peppermint bark and all that good stuff. If only we had some of your brownies! My son is crazy for brownies and I made a peppermint version last year that we really enjoyed but I think yours has it beat in the “eye candy” department. : ) Enjoy this holiday season with your family (and the upcoming member in your tummy) – I hope it is filled with lots of warmth and many of your delicious treats! xo

    • Aaw, thank you so much Monica, you are always so sweet:) Oh I love the sound of the gingerbread house and all the Christmas cookies you made and wish I could sample all of your delicious baked goods :) Your house sounds wonderfully warm and festive and I am so happy to hear that you and your family are enjoying this holiday season so far and hope you have a wonderful week my dear friend :)

  4. I love how colorful and festive these are for the holidays! Love this time of the year!

  5. This season is my favorite as well! It’s just so magical!
    And what a wonderful recipe, these brownies look so fun and festive! They make me like Christmas even more than I already do ;)
    Have a great week :D

    • Thanks so much Consuelo, that means a lot since I know how much you already love Christmas :) Hope you have a wonderful week too and good luck with your exams :)

  6. I just love all things mint right now. These are so pretty with the pink frosting and I love the extra chocolate on top! Yum!

  7. We finally made it!! Yay!! I love going to houses when there is a candy dish so I can eat all the candy! I would definitely love your house!! I am looking forward to more festive treats Kelly! :)

  8. Oh, how I wish I had one of these in front of me right now. I love anything peppermint and the combination of peppermint with chocolate is even better. I love this time of year because there are so many fabulous desserts to make. I hope you have a great week, Kelly!

    • Thanks so much Ashley, it definitely satisfied my peppermint and cocoa craving I was having hehe :) I love this time of year too – so many awesome and yummy desserts. Hope you have a wonderful week too :)

  9. These brownies look so so good! That cream cheese frosting with the m&ms and peppermint kisses – gah! Think I could eat that on bread and be happy :)
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  10. Yay for holiday baking!! It’s my favorite time of the year … I’d love one of these brownies with my hot tea in a Christmas mug watching a movie by the fire : ) I can’t wait to bake something with peppermint! Happy Monday Kelly!!

  11. These look so yummy!

  12. Let the sugar rush begin!

  13. WOW!!! I love, love, love these!! They’re so pretty and I know they taste just as good! Thanks for joining us at Marvelous Mondays! Pinned and sharing on Facebook.

  14. Oh Kelly! These look incredible! And I love how festive this post is! It sure does get you in the holiday mood. :) Our tree is not up yet but we did get a gorgeous looking wreath for the door. Anyway, these brownies will definitely not last in my household. Knowing us, we’ll eat it for breakfast, lunch and dinner! :) Pinned! Have a lovely week my sweet friend. xo

    • Aaw, thanks so much Anne :) Your wreath sounds beautiful and I’m sure it’s going to draw in more guests to drop by so they get to try your fabulous goodies that come out of your kitchen :) Thanks so much for pinning and hope you have a fantastic week too my lovely friend :) xo

  15. Your minty brownies just scream holiday! They look scrumptious!

  16. Oooh! I just love how colorful and festive these Christmas brownies are, Kelly! I adore the colors pink and green together for that vintage-y Christmas look. The cream cheese frosting (yum!) is the ideal pairing for these brownies, too. So happy you are fully decorated for Christmas! We cut down our tree (Blue Spruce…the fragrance is divine!) and trimmed it with lights. Ornaments are next! Thanks for sharing, girl. Have a wonderful week! xoxo

    • Thanks so much Stacy! Oh I can imagine how wonderful your Blue Spruce tree smells and know it will look beautiful once you add your magical touch :) Hope you have a fantastic week as well sweetie! xo

  17. These look absolutely fantastic! Love peppermint!

  18. Kelly, what a awesome job you did on these brownies! I love the color on top, so pretty! Hoping these appear on our holiday dessert table! ;)

  19. Wow Kelly these brownies look so cute, I love the peppermint flavor and the colors are just perfect for the season…awesome!
    Have a wonderful week :D

  20. The color is so pretty!!! I am with you, I am crossing things off my holiday list and holiday baking is the most fun. I love these brownies :)

  21. What a creative use of Christmas candies! The frosting looks amazing and I never pass up a brownie. I impulsively bought some Andes Peppermint Crunch baking chips a few weeks ago that I’ve been trying to decide what to do with. You’ve definitely given me some ideas!

    • Thanks so much Christin. I just picked up a bag of those last night too and can’t wait to make some fudge with them for holiday gifts. Have fun baking, I know whatever you decide to make will be incredible :) Hope you have a great week. xo

  22. I absolutely love how festive these are! This looks amazing! Have a wonderful week Kelly – you’ve inspired me!
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  23. they look festive and delish!

  24. Chocolate and mint are like my two favourite flavour combinations, ever. And can you believe I’ve never had peppermint brownies? These look so cute and totally festive, and I love all the candies in the frosting! Now who’s bite marks are those… :)

    • Haha that was my hubby’s bite, he was waiting anxiously for me to finish taking the pictures and devoured 3 of these right away :) Thanks Katy, I can’t seem to get enough of chocolate and mint lately either. Hope you have a great week!

  25. The first thing my oldest daughter said when saw the picture of these brownies is, “Mama, can we make the pretty pink brownies!” I didn’t know Hershey’s made peppermint kisses. I will now have to make the pretty pink brownies for my girls! Thank you for always creating something yummy, Kelly!

    • Aaw, your daughter sounds so sweet, I’m glad she likes them :) Those Hershey’s peppermint kisses are dangerously addictive, I usually get mine at Target. Aaw and thank you for always having such sweet and nice comments and hope you have a great week :)

  26. Hi Kelly! What gorgeous and festive brownies here! I wish I had one now to go with my hot mug of tea. Thank you for sharing.

  27. My goodness- these look so good! Peppermint and chocolate is one of my favorite combinations, especially during the Christmas season.
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  28. Hi Kelly,

    You are making me feeling guilty with your Christmasy baking… I was freaking out last week that I have not done anything yet :p

    Now, I have gathered myself by keeping calm and eat lots of chocolates… including your peppermint brownies? Yes… I will!

    Zoe

    • Hehe, you’re comments always make me smile Zoe :) I can’t wait to see what you do make, I know it will be fantastic :) Hope you have a great week :)

  29. These brownies are so festive! They just put me right in the holiday party mood… Love all the bright colorful add-ins, and that pink frosting is calling my name! I ADORE chocolate and peppermint… have fun and enjoy the season, Kelly!
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    • Thanks so much Allie :) I can’t seem to get enough of peppermint and chocolate lately too which has really helped put me into the holiday mode. Hope you and your family enjoy the holiday season as well Allie and have a great week :)

  30. I adore these they certainly are festive, I’m like you the minute I see all that Christmasy candy on the shelves I just can’t resist it. It’s so pretty and the ideas start to fly wildly :D Fabulous bake I bet they taste as good as they look.

  31. Great indulgence.

  32. Kelly, peppermint cream cheese frosting sounds divine! Put that on top of brownies…you’re brilliant! Not only a great combination of flavors, but very festive too :D

  33. These look so good! :) So perfect for parties. I would love a few bars now. :P

  34. I love peppermint and chocolate this time of year. Your brownies looks great, I love the colours. Visiting from Moonlight and Mason Jars.
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  35. These look delicious! What a great recipe for the holidays. Thank you for sharing at Moonlight and Mason Jars!

  36. Kelly, these look magnificent! Nothing gets me in the mood more for the holidays than chocolate and peppermint (ok, it’s a tie with gingerbread). I love how festive the look, and I would not have much will power around these. Delicious!

    • Thanks so much Marcie :) Hehe, I’ve been on such a peppermint and chocolate kick lately and gingerbread is definitely way up there as well :) Happy Friday and hope you have a great weekend!

  37. My daughter will go crazy with this pink brownies!!! And both kids love peppermint! When I was kid I wasn’t into peppermint at all (but now I do!), so this is a really nice treat for our family!

  38. Kelly these are such beautiful and delicious-looking brownies!!
    I just loooooooooooooove the color :)

  39. Have I ever told you that brownies are my weak spot? Well, they are. I love them, and I love mint and chocolate more. So these look dangerously good! :) Just wanted to let you know that I am featuring you this week at Show Stopper girl! Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

    • Aaw, thanks Krista, hehe mint and chocolate seem to be my weak spot lately too, I just can’t seem to get enough :) Wow, thanks so much Krista, I’m honored and really appreciate that. Happy Friday and hope you have a wonderful weekend too :)

  40. Dogcatcher Al says:

    Those Peppermint Brownies were so gosh darn good they out to be illegal. I was out the whole day rounding up wayward pups and I get home and pours a big ole’ glass of Merlot and gits out the pots and pans and wrassles up a batch of them brownies…woooooweeeegoooodddd!

    The Dogcatcher says “Keep ‘em coming, Kelly!”

  41. I adore your festive styling and I can’t wait for the holidays, too! When it comes to brownies, it has to be with something else. I’m so glad you made brownies look and taste more than just ordinary!

  42. Oh wow, these brownies are picture perfect for Christmas! And I’m sure they taste amazing! Pinning. :)

  43. Hi!
    This looks amazing! Can’t wait to try them :)
    Just one question though, can I use chocolate squares instead of cocoa powder?

    Thanks for sharing your recipe! :)

  44. I’ve never thought of using cream cheese frosting with peppermint, but now that I see it, I must make it! And they are so pretty too :)

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