Rich and fudgy peppermint brownies topped with a peppermint buttercream frosting and a silky chocolate ganache. This indulgent dessert is perfect to enjoy this Christmas!
Frosted Peppermint Brownies
If there’s one thing that screams Christmas time, it’s anything with peppermint. It’s the ultimate Christmas flavor and tastes especially delicious mixed with chocolate. That’s where these chocolate peppermint brownies come in. They combine the best of both worlds and are super easy to whip up, making them the perfect treat to indulge in this holiday season.
These brownies are everything you dream of in a dessert…rich, gooey, fudgy, sweet and loaded with fresh peppermint flavor. They’re topped with a creamy peppermint frosting and then finished off with a layer of silky smooth chocolate ganache. With three amazing layers, each bite of these peppermint brownies is absolute heaven.
3 Delicious Layers
- Brownies. This recipe starts off with a layer of fudge brownies. You can use your favorite box mix, or make homemade brownies from scratch. Both ways taste delicious!
- Frosting. Next comes the creamy peppermint frosting. It tastes similar to a classic buttercream, but with a hint of peppermint flavor to give it that festive holiday flare.
- Ganache. Last comes a layer of silky chocolate ganache, because doesn’t want double the chocolate? It’s the perfect finishing touch and makes these brownies next level delicious.
Finish Them Off!
After adding the chocolate ganache, I love to sprinkle some crushed peppermint candies on the tops. It adds a nice crunch and makes them look extra festive. You could also add some fun holiday sprinkles to give it some color.
Baking Tips + Variations
- For thinner brownies, you can use a 9×13″ baking dish. You will likely need to shorten the baking time to around 20 to 25 minutes. You may also need a bit more frosting.
- For even more chocolate flavor, mix 1/2 cup chocolate chips into the batter.
- A cream cheese frosting or marshmallow frosting would also taste delicious on top.
- After adding the ganache, allow the bars to cool completely before slicing so that the tops don’t crack.
- You could skip the ganache layer if preferred. Or try drizzling it over the frosting instead of spreading completely on top.
How to Store Peppermint Brownies
Slice and store any leftovers in an airtight container at room temperature. They will stay fresh for up to 3 days. You may also freeze the brownies for up to 3 months. Simply cut into squares, then wrap in foil or plastic wrap and store in a freezer container. Thaw at room temperature for a few hours when ready to enjoy.
More Christmas Desserts:
- Peppermint Oreo Balls
- Chocolate Crinkle Cookies
- Peppermint Bark
- Chocolate Peppermint Cookies
- Peppermint Graham Cracker Toffee
For the Brownies:
- 18.3 ounce Fudge Brownie Mix (1 box)
- 2/3 cup butter , melted
- 1/4 cup milk
- 2 large eggs
- 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
- 1/2 cup butter , at room temp
- 1 3/4 cups powdered sugar
- 1 1/2 Tablespoons heavy cream
- 1 teaspoon peppermint extract
- Pinch of salt
- 6 ounces semi-sweet chocolate
- 1/4 cup heavy cream
- 1/3 cup crushed peppermint candy canes , for topping
For the Brownies
- Preheat oven to 325°F. In a mixing bowl combine brownie mix, melted butter, milk, eggs and peppermint extract and using a wooden spoon, stir until combined.
- Pour mixture into a buttered 9×9-inch glass baking dish and bake in preheated oven for 45-55 minutes, or until a toothpick comes clean. Allow to cool completely before frosting.
For the Frosting
- In the bowl of an electric stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, whip butter on medium-high speed until very pale and fluffy about 5 minutes, occasionally scrapping down sides of the bowl.
- Add in powdered sugar, heavy cream, peppermint extract and a pinch of salt. Mix on low speed until combined. Increase the mixer to medium-high speed and beat until light and fluffy. Then frost the brownies.
For the Ganache
- Place the heavy cream in a microwave-safe bowl and heat for 1-2 minutes, or until simmering. Add the chocolate and let it sit for 5 minutes. Alternatively you can cook the cream and chocolate on a double broiler. Whisk until smooth. Add a Tablespoon more of warm cream if needed to thin out.
- Pour ganache over frosted brownies and then top with crushed candy canes. Allow to cool before slicing. Then slice with a plastic knife.