Triple Chocolate Peppermint Brownies

makes 20 small brownies


For the Brownie Layer

8 Tablespoons (4 ounces) unsalted butter

2 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped

2 extra large eggs

1 cup granulated sugar

1/2 cup unbleached all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/4 teaspoon espresso powder

1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips


For the Peppermint Layer

2 cups confectioners' sugar

8 Tablespoons unsalted butter at room temperature

2 Tablespoons whole milk

1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract


For the Chocolate Layer

4 ounces semisweet chocolate

2 Tablespoons unsalted butter

2 candy canes, crushed


For the Brownie Layer

Preheat the oven to 350º F.  Line an 8x8-inch baking pan with parchment paper leaving overhang for easy removal; lightly spray with non-stick baking spray.  In a bowl set over a pan of simmering water or in the microwave, melt the butter and chocolate; set aside.  In a medium bowl beat the eggs and sugar with a hand-held mixer until light and fluffy, about 3-5 minutes.  Add the flour, extracts, espresso powder, and salt.  Add the melted chocolate mixture and stir just until blended.  Pour the mixture into the prepared pan and sprinkle the top with the chocolate chips.  Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with moist crumbs, about 25 minutes.  Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.


For the Peppermint Layer

In a medium bowl, beat together the confectioners' sugar, butter, milk, and extracts until smooth and creamy using a hand-held mixer.  Spread the mixture over the cooled brownies and chill in the refrigerator until set, about 1 hour.


For the Chocolate Layer

In a bowl set over a pan of simmering water or in the microwave, melt the butter and chocolate; cool slightly.  Pour the chocolate over the peppermint layer and sprinkle with the crushed candy canes.  Chill in the refrigerator until set, about 1 hour.  Cut into 20 squares. Serve the brownies chilled or at room temperature.  Enjoy!  


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