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Fudge Brownies with Peppermint Icing

Everyone will love these chewy chocolate brownies topped with peppermint frosting and crushed candy canes.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 17 minutes
Resting Time 30 minutes
Total Time 47 minutes
Author Ang Paris

Ingredients

Brownies

  • 1/2 cup Unsalted Butter 1/2 cup = 1 stick
  • 1 cup Granulated Sugar
  • 1/2 cup Brown Sugar
  • Vanilla Extract
  • 2 Eggs
  • 3/4 cup All-Purpose Flour
  • 1/2 cup Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt

Peppermint Icing

  • 1/2 cup Unsalted Butter 1/2 cup = 1 stick
  • 1 cup Powdered Sugar
  • 3 tablespoons Whole Milk or Heavy Cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon Peppermint Extract
  • 1 pinch Salt
  • 1/4 cup Crushed Candy Canes or Peppermint Candies, for topping

Instructions

Brownies

  • Start by preheating the oven to 350-degrees F.
  • Grease a Brownie Bar Pan with cooking spray. Alternatively, line an 8x8 baking pan with parchment paper - this will make it easy to remove the brownies from the pan.
  • Beat the butter and vanilla extract in the bowl of a stand mixer.
  • With the mixer on low, add the eggs one at a time.
  • In a medium mixing bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, salt, and cocoa powder to remove any lumps.
  • Set the stand mixer to low again and add the dry ingredients to the bowl a little at a time.
  • Remove the bowl from the mixer and scrape down the sides.
  • Portion the batter into the brownie bar pan. I like to use a cookie scoop for this. If if you are using an 8x8 pan, you can use a spoonula to transfer the batter.
  • Bake for 18-20 minutes or until set.
  • Remove them from oven and set the pan on top of a cooling rack - allow them to cool for at least 30 minutes.

Peppermint Icing

  • Add the butter to a stand mixer and beat until creamy.
  • Add half the powdered sugar beat slowly.
  • After that, add in the milk or cream along with the vanilla and peppermint extracts.
  • Next, add the rest of the powdered sugar and mix until well combined.
  • The icing should be a little thin, so add a little more milk or cream, if needed.

Notes

Short Cut Method

If you are short on time, you can absolutely use a boxed brownie mix! I love semi-homemade recipes and with this luscious homemade icing, no one will be able to tell the brownies aren't scratch-made, too!

Nutrition

Serving: 1brownie