One Bowl Peppermint Brownies

Chocolate  |  Published Dec 1, 2021  |  Updated Nov 30, 2021  |  By Tawnie

brownies cut into squares topped with chocolate ganache and chopped candy canes

These rich and fudge-like brownies are full of festive cheer and loaded with lots of peppermint flavor! Say hello to the best peppermint brownie of your life!

This post has been sponsored by Sprouts. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that keep Kroll’s Korner running!

I used the base of my homemade brownie recipe with frosting. They are rich and totally irresistible and I thought they would be amazing with peppermint extract and crushed candy canes on top!

brownies on parchment paper topped with ganache and chopped candy canes

This peppermint brownie recipe is also studded with chocolate chips and has a layer of decadent chocolate peppermint ganache on top. YUM!

You most likely will have the ingredients on hand in your pantry and can whip these up in the evening or for a party.

However, if you need to do your shopping still I recommend stocking up for all of your holiday baking essentials at Sprouts.

Sprouts always has a fantastic selection, is affordable and has the natural products I love to shop for.

brownie batter in a glass mixing bowl

Plus, they have everything you need for a variety of dietary preferences (organic, gluten free, vegan, paleo, etc.)

Grab your large microwavable safe bowl and let’s do this!

Ingredient Notes

Your grocery list for this peppermint brownie recipe is simple and straightforward and Sprouts has everything you need to make this one bowl wonder!

ingredients to make brownies in small glass bowls
  • Cocoa Powder: I recommend using the unsweetened cocoa powder for best results. 
  • White Sugar & Brown sugar: I love using the combination of both sugars.
  • Vegetable oil: vegetable oil is preferred for brownies since it has a mild flavor.
  • Butter: unsalted butter. You will melt it in the microwave in the very first step.
  • Flour: Sift the flour to “fluff” the dry ingredients. This allows wet and dry ingredients to bind more easily and evenly.
  • Eggs: Beat in eggs one at a time, and be careful not to overbeat the eggs. Room temperature eggs is usually recommended for most baking but it’s ok to embrace cold eggs in this recipe. It’ll turn out perfectly, trust me!
  • Peppermint Extract: Of course, a necessity for these brownies!
  • Chocolate Chips: I love using dark chocolate chips, use whichever you prefer.
  • Salt: salt enhances the sweetness of the brownies
  • Instant Espresso Powder (optional): espresso powder will give these brownies a darker, richer flavor and it won’t make them taste like coffee, don’t worry you’ll step get lots of peppermint flavor. It only enhances the flavors.
  • Heavy cream: for the ganache layer.
  • Peppermint candies/candy canes: crushed for garnish
brownies made with peppermint on brown parchment paper and topped with crushed candy canes

Step By Step Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Grease and line an 8×8 inch pan with parchment paper. Set aside.
  3. In a large microwavable safe bowl, combine the butter and ½ cup of the chocolate chips. Melt in 30 second increments until fully melted, stirring in between intervals. Shouldn’t take longer than 1 min 30 sec.
  4. Add cocoa powder, salt and espresso powder if using. Stir.
  5. Add in white and brown sugars. Stir.
  6. Whisk in eggs, one at a time.
  7. Whisk in peppermint extract and oil.
  8. Fold in flour and chocolate chips just until combined.
  9. Pour into prepared pan and bake for about 35-40 minutes.
  10. Allow to cool completely. Then make ganache, spread on top & garnish with crushed peppermint candies.
step by step photos making brownies

Expert Tips

  • Stick them in the fridge for a while after you add the ganache so it firms up. The brownies are deliciously soft and chewy still after some fridge time!
  • When cutting, wipe off any crumbs on the knife before the next cut. And be sure to use a nice sharp knife for clean cuts!
  • Always use the best quality ingredients which of course you can always count on at Sprouts!
  • Grease the pan with softened butter, and then line it with parchment paper. This allows for easy brownie removal and ensures brownies won’t stick to the pan.
  • Be careful not to over bake the brownies. When you insert a toothpick in the middle, it should still come out a little gooey. Don’t worry, they continue to cook a little in the pan as the brownies cool.
2 brownies stacked on top of each other garnished with crushed peppermint candy canes

FAQ

How long do brownies last?

Store in the fridge for up to 5 days.

How do I make the ganache?

Place chocolate in a medium heat-proof bowl and set aside. Heat cream in a small sauce pan over medium heat just until warm, do not let it boil. Pour the warm cream over the chocolate and let it sit for 3-4 minutes. The warm cream will melt the chocolate. Whisk/stir until smooth and creamy. Add in the peppermint extract, butter, salt and stir again.

Best pans for making brownies?

Aluminum and nonstick pans are generally best for brownies.

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brownies cut into squares topped with chocolate ganache and chopped candy canes
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One Bowl Peppermint Brownies

These Peppermint Brownies are easily made from scratch in just one bowl! (Well, 2 bowls if you count the ganache!) They are fudgy, chocolatey, festive for the holiday season and topped with a decadent chocolate ganache and crushed peppermint. They are best when slightly under baked and perfect to bring to your next holiday party!
5 from 6 reviews
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Chill time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 45 minutes
Servings: 16 small brownies
Calories: 311kcal

Ingredients

  • 12 Tbsp. butter, unsalted
  • 1 1/4 cups chocolate chips, divided
  • 3/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar, packed (light or dark)
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 Tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp. peppermint extract
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp. espresso powder (optional)
  • Peppermint Candies/Candy Canes, crushed for garnish

Chocolate Ganache

  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tsp. peppermint extract
  • 1 tsp. butter, unsalted
  • pinch of salt

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Grease and line an 8×8 inch baking pan with parchment paper. Set aside.
  • In a large microwavable safe bowl, combine the butter and ½ cup of the chocolate chips. Melt chocolate and butter in 30 second increments until fully melted, stirring in between intervals.Shouldn’t take longer than 1 min 30 sec.
  • Add cocoa powder, salt and espresso powder if using. Stir.
  • Add in white and brown sugars. Stir.
  • Whisk in eggs, one at a time.
  • Whisk in peppermint extract and oil.
  • Fold in flour and chocolate chips just until combined.
  • Pour into prepared baking dish and bake for about 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out mostly clean, it should still have a few moist crumbs on it. Careful not to over bake.
  • Allow to cool completely.
  • Then make ganache. Place chocolate in a medium heat-proof bowl and set aside. Heat cream in a small sauce pan over medium heat just until warm, do not let it boil. Pour the warm cream over the chocolate and let it sit for 3-4 minutes. The warm cream will melt the chocolate. Whisk/stir until smooth and creamy. Add in the peppermint extract, butter, pinch of salt and stir again.
  • Spread evenly on top of cooled brownies & garnish with crushed peppermint candy canes.
  • Place in fridge for at least an hour for ganache to set up.
  • Cut into squares with a sharp knife to make clean cuts and enjoy.

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Notes

  • Stick them in the fridge for a while after you add the ganache so it firms up. The brownies are deliciously soft and chewy still after some fridge time!
  • When cutting, wipe off any crumbs on the knife before the next cut. And be sure to use a nice sharp knife for clean cuts!
  • Grease the pan with softened butter, and then line it with parchment paper. This allows for easy brownie removal and ensures brownies won’t stick to the pan.
  • Be careful not to over bake the brownies. When you insert a toothpick in the middle, it should still come out a little gooey. Don’t worry, they continue to cook a little in the pan as the brownies cool.
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Nutrition

Serving: 1small brownie | Calories: 311kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 74mg | Sodium: 167mg | Potassium: 104mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 29g | Vitamin A: 445IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 28mg | Iron: 1mg

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Mindee Taylor
11 months ago

Loved the fudgy flavor with the festive peppermint crunch!

Nathan
11 months ago

I’ve been looking for some great wintry recipes to make for the holiday season, and I love that these peppermint brownies can be made in one bowl. So convenient! Can’t wait to give them a try!

Andrea
11 months ago

I love how fudgy these peppermint brownies are. They are a perfect treat for the season.

Carrie Robinson
11 months ago

Homemade brownies are the best! I am loving the festive twist on these. 🙂

1 year ago

These brownies are so perfectly fudgey! And the candy canes add such a nice festive minty crunch. Such a nostalgic flavor.

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