Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Peppermint Brownies

Yeah, Christmas is over and we should be posting a bunch of healthy undo-the-Christmas-feast recipes.  But we (Sumiko and family) still have one more Christmas to celebrate.  Both my and Kimiko’s family celebrated with our parents.  Today, we are celebrating with Robbie’s family.  We’re basically doing Christmas over again:  big breakfast, presents, big dinner, multiple desserts.  But this one will be easier as we’ll eat the leftovers from Sunday’s dinner (see them menu here).

There will be a few differences from the meal we ate with my family.  Breakfast casserole instead of our traditional cinnamon rolls, sautéed fresh green beans in place of green bean casserole, and mashed potatoes in lieu of couscous.  As for the desserts, we will still have pecan pie and ice cream, but will also have the choice of peppermint brownies!

If your family is like mine, you always end up with a bunch of candy canes after Christmas.  About Valentine’s Day, I get tired of seeing them in the pantry and throw them away.  This year I decided to put them to good use.  So far I’ve made a batch of peppermint brownies and want to try to make a peppermint hot chocolate mix with the rest.

The easiest way to break the candy canes is to
put them in a zip-top bag and hit them with
something.  You will get little holes in the bag
and some candy cane dust on the counter.

I basically used Kimiko’s dark chocolate brownie recipe and made a few alterations.  The biggest change is that I used all regular cocoa.  I do have dark cocoa in my pantry, thanks to my wonderful sister, but I’d rather save it for pure chocolate brownies.  I also changed the sugar/brown sugar ratio, making the final product a little chewier.

Peppermint Brownies
1½ c. flour
1 c. cocoa powder, sifted to remove lumps
1 tsp. salt
1 c. butter, melted
1½ c. sugar
1½ c. brown sugar
4 eggs
1 tsp. peppermint extract
1 c. chocolate chips
5 candy canes, crushed (more or less to preference), divided

Preheat oven to 350°.  Butter 9”x13” pan; set aside.  Alternatively, line pan with foil and spray or rub with oil.  In small bowl, mix flour, cocoa powder, and salt.

In large bowl, combine melted butter, sugar, and brown sugar.  Add 2 eggs; mix thoroughly.  Add remaining two eggs; mix thoroughly.  Stir in peppermint extract.  Gradually add dry ingredients to wet ingredients in 3 additions.

Mix in chocolate chips and a little more than half of the crushed candy canes.

Looks good enough to eat as is!

Pour batter into prepared pan.  Sprinkle remaining candy cane pieces over top.

Bake 35-40 minutes or until toothpick inserted middle comes out clean (keep in mind a toothpick inserted in a chocolate chip will not come out clean).  Cool completely.

Perfect with Safeway Select peppermint ice cream!!


StaceyN said...

You are SOOOO working against my New Years resolution!!! Those look awesome! We didn't buy any candy canes this year, mostly because I LOVE candy canes (they're one of my favorite candies), and so I am the one who ends up eating the majority of them. We do love peppermint with chocolate, though. I've made peppermint-chocolate cookies before, but I always hated the mess of breaking the candy canes in a ziploc bag with a rolling pin. I started breaking them into a few pieces and pulsing them in my Cuisinart food processor, and that made it a lot easier with less mess.

I hope you and a lovely Christmas with your in-laws. Did you have it at your home or up in my neck of the woods at their house?

Sumiko said...

Ha!! Stacey, if you make and eat the brownies before New Year, it won't be going against your New Year resolution!! =-) I'll have to try to food processor method. I was just too lazy to haul it out.

We had a great Christmas here at home with my family. The Clarks came on Tuesday and we had our second Christmas. =-) We spent Thanksgiving up north with them. I thought about calling you, but we were crazy busy--of course we had to take one day for sledding and tree-cutting!

Did you and your men have a good Christmas? What was on your Christmas menu?

Lisa said...

Mmm, peppermint and chocolate are a wonderful combination. Thanks for the tip on how to crush the candy canes. I was just wondering how to do just that. I have a sweet treat linky party going on at my blog till Monday night and I'd love it if you'd come by and link your brownies up.

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