North Pole Brownie Bars
I love a good peppermint recipe, but some of them go a bit overboard. When I bite into a brownie, I don’t want to taste just peppermint. I want to taste the chocolate and whatever else is included. That’s why I love these North Pole brownie bars. They taste like a brownie with a bit of peppermint.
You can also personalize this recipe by leaving out the crushed peppermint candies on the frosting. You can also add more, or less depending on your taste. I definitely don’t recommend changing the amount of peppermint extract listed in the recipe. In my opinion, one tablespoon of peppermint extract makes this recipe just right.
My photography skills don’t do this recipe justice. The brownies look very festive in person and they smell delicious! This would make a nice treat for friends and family especially if you put them in a cute holiday box with a pretty bow. I’ve set these beauties out at a holiday party and watched them disappear.
- 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate morsels
- 1/2 cup butter (cut into pieces)
- 3 eggs (room temperature)
- 1 1/4 cup flour (all purpose is fine)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 tablespoon peppermint extract
- 1 cup sugar (white)
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 13 x 9 inch baking pan.
- Combine 1 cup of semi-sweet morsels and butter in a large saucepan. Melt over stove top on low heat. Melt and stir until smooth. Remove from heat.
- Stir in eggs, flour, sugar, vanilla, peppermint, and baking soda. I used a spoon to stir, but a mixer will work too. Stir remaining cup of semi-sweet morsels into batter and then pour into pan.
- Bake for 18-20 minutes. Brownies are done when an inserted toothpick or fork comes out clean. Be careful not to overbake these.
- Cool and then frost with buttercream frosting.
- Crush 10 unwrapped peppermint candies and sprinkle over frosting. Use more or less to suit your taste.
I used a classic buttercream frosting for these brownies. I’ve been using this same recipe since I was a kid. It hasn’t failed me yet. 🙂
- 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
- 3 1/2 cups powdered sugar
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 4 tablespoons milk
- Using a mixer, beat the butter for 1-2 minutes until smooth.
- Add the powdered sugar to the butter. Combine with a mixer.
- Add vanilla extract and milk to the frosting batter. Mix until it reaches a nice consistency.
- If your frosting is runny or thin, add a 1/4 cup additional powdered sugar and mix.