Greetings, fellow dessert lovers! Are you a fan of rich, decadent chocolate brownies with the perfect blend of peppermint this holiday season? Well, you are in for a treat because I have just the recipe for you. These Peppermint Mocha Brownies are an absolute game-changer and will have your taste buds tingling with joy. Trust me; these brownies will instantly become a crowd favorite.
The soft and fluffy texture of the brownie, coupled with the rich cocoa taste and the coolness of peppermint makes for an irresistible flavor combination that is hard to resist. When baked till thick fudgy perfection, they represent the perfect dessert indulgence to accompany your coffee or hot chocolate.
These yummy delicious Peppermint Mocha Brownies are going to be your go-to recipe each time there is a reason to celebrate in the upcoming cold months, whether it’s Christmas, Thanksgiving or any other festive occasion. Even if you’re not a kitchen hero, don’t fret. This recipe is very easy and uncomplicated to follow.
Trust me; once you try these delightful Peppermint Mocha Brownies , every mouthwatering bite will give you an instant sugar rush that will leave you craving for more. So let’s not wait anymore . Get ready to satisfy your sweet tooth and follow this recipe for an end product that’ll be sure to take your breath away.
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
In a world where we are constantly bombarded with endless choices, it can be challenging to find something that stands out on its own. The Peppermint Mocha Brownies recipe does just that. Let me tell you why you will absolutely fall in love with this recipe.
First, the ingredients. With staples like sugar, flour, and cocoa powder combined with the boldness of espresso powder and peppermint extract, you know you’re in for a unique and flavorful taste experience. These delectable treats are an excellent fusion of the peppermint mocha flavor that we all know and love, and the classic brownie taste that hits just right.
And, let’s not forget about the texture of these amazing brownies. The mixture of baking soda and baking powder makes these brownies chewy on the outside, while remaining thick and fudgy on the inside. The bites are carefully balanced to ensure that every piece you savor melts in your mouth with precision.
Moreover, these brownies are the epitome of versatility. This recipe can easily be transformed into gluten-free peppermint mocha brownies by substituting gluten-free flour instead of regular all-purpose flour. You can also get creative by adding your favorite toppings like crushed Candy Canes or Oreos on top.
Lastly, what makes these brownies irresistible is how quick they are to bake. All you need is one box brownie mix, two sticks unsalted butter at room temperature, 1 egg, and 2 teaspoons peppermint extract! So if you’re someone who loves trying new dessert recipes but hates spending long hours in the kitchen – this is for you.
Trust me when I say this: Once you sink your teeth into these amazing peppermint mocha brownies, there’s no going back – They’ll be an instant favorite!
- 1 and 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, spooned & leveled (190g)
- 1/2 cup unsweetened natural cocoa powder, spooned & leveled (40g)
- 1 and 1/2 cups granulated sugar (300g)
- 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons espresso powder or finely ground coffee granules
- Peppermint Mocha Brownie Mix (1 box – Optional)
- 3 large eggs, at room temperature
- 3/4 cup unsalted butter, melted and slightly cooled (170g)
- 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
- 1 cup Peppermint Mocha Coffee, brewed and still hot
- Crushed candy canes for topping (Optional)
The Recipe How-To
Now that we have gathered all the necessary ingredients, it’s time to bake. Follow these step-by-step instructions to make your own Peppermint Mocha Brownies!
Preheat and prepare
Preheat your oven to 350°F (180°C). Line an 8-inch square baking dish with parchment paper or non-stick baking spray, then set it aside.
In a medium-sized mixing bowl, whisk together 1/2 cup (115g) unsalted butter, 1 cup (200g) granulated sugar, and 3/4 cup (150g) packed dark brown sugar until creamy.
Then, add in the following in their respective order:
- 1/2 cup (60g) of cocoa powder
- 2 tsp (9g) of espresso powder mixed with 1/3 cup boiling water
- 2 tsp of vanilla extract
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 3 large eggs
Mix these wet ingredients well using a hand-mixer or stand-mixer on low speed. Once the wet ingredients are evenly combined, add in 1 and 1/2 cups (195g) all-purpose flour, spooned & leveled, 1 teaspoon baking powder, and 1 teaspoon baking soda. Turn up the mixer speed to medium-low to incorporate these dry ingredients well into the batter.
Fold in 1 cup (170g) chocolate chips into the brownie batter using a spatula.
Peppermint Mocha swirl
In a separate mixing bowl, stir together 1 box of prepared mocha brownie mix according to its package instruction. Slowly stir in 3/4 cup (170g) prepared candy canes pieces chopped up finely somewhere between pea size and granular.
Use a spatula to swirl peppermint mocha layer on top of the thick fudgy brownie. Use a knife or spatula to make some heavy swirls by diving into the layers down to the bottom of the pan.
Place the baking dish on a middle rack inside your preheated oven. Bake for approximately 40 minutes or until fully cooked, which is tested by inserting a toothpick into the center of your product about halfway through one that needs monitoring.
After removing it from the oven, immediately sprinkle some additional crushed candy canes over the top. Allow them cool before slicing up and serving, as well as before refrigerating them overnight, while storing them in an air-tight container for up to three days.
Enjoy indulging yourself with these minty chocolate treats!
Substitutions and Variations
If you’re looking to customize this recipe or try it with different ingredients, here are a few substitutions and variations to consider:
– Gluten-Free: If you want to make these brownies gluten-free, substitute the all-purpose flour for a gluten-free flour blend. You can use almond flour or coconut flour as well.
– Espresso Powder: If you don’t have espresso powder on hand, you can use instant coffee instead. Just dissolve 2 teaspoons of instant coffee granules in the boiling water.
– Peppermint Extract: If you can’t find peppermint extract, try using mint extract instead. It won’t have the same candy cane flavor, but it will still give the brownies a nice minty kick.
– Candy Canes: Instead of using crushed candy canes on top of the frosting, try using Andes mints or chocolate chips.
– Oreo Peppermint Brownies: For an even more decadent treat, mix crushed Oreo cookies into the batter before baking. These cookies will give your brownies an added crunch and chocolate flavor.
These substitutions and variations are sure to take your Peppermint Mocha Brownies to the next level. Experiment with different flavors until you find your perfect combination. Enjoy!
Serving and Pairing
Now that your peppermint mocha brownies are baked to perfection, it’s time to enjoy them! These brownies make for a delicious treat on their own, but can also be paired with other goodies for an even more indulgent experience.
One classic pairing is a tall glass of cold milk, as the creamy and sweet milk cuts through the rich and decadent flavor of the brownies. For a fun twist, you can try pairing these brownies with hot cocoa instead of milk – it’s like having a delicious warm hug in a mug!
If you’re feeling extra fancy, you can also serve these peppermint mocha brownies with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. The cool and creamy ice cream is the perfect complement to the warm and fudgy brownies, and makes for an unforgettable dessert experience.
For those who prefer a more adult experience, pairing these brownies with a steamy cup of coffee is highly recommended. The coffee flavor in the brownies will complement the bold taste of espresso or coffee – it’s like having dessert and coffee all in one!
If you want to take things up a notch, try garnishing your peppermint mocha brownies with some crushed candy canes or dark chocolate shavings. This adds some festive flair to your dessert and provides an added layer of texture and flavor.
Overall, there are endless ways to serve and pair these peppermint mocha brownies for any occasion. Whether you enjoy them on their own or with some accompanying treats, these sweet treats are sure to satisfy your cravings!
Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating
For those who love to plan ahead or have a busy schedule, you can easily make these peppermint mocha brownies ahead of time. These brownies will last for up to 5 days when stored in an airtight container at room temperature. You can also freeze them for up to 3 months by wrapping them tightly with plastic wrap and placing them in a freezer-safe container.
Reheating these brownies is also easy. If you prefer them warm, simply pop them in the microwave for 10-15 seconds before serving. This will make the chocolate chips gooey and the center of the brownie soft and chewy again.
For those who like their brownies cold, simply chill them in the fridge for a few hours before serving. This will make the chocolate chips firmer and the texture of the brownie denser.
If you’re looking to take your peppermint mocha brownies to the next level, try adding some crushed candy canes on top before serving. This will add some extra texture and flavor to these already delicious dessert treats.
So whether you’re planning ahead or looking for a quick dessert fix, these peppermint mocha brownies are perfect for any occasion. Just remember to store them properly and you’ll be able to enjoy their fudgy goodness any time you crave it!
Tips for Perfect Results
To achieve the best results for your peppermint mocha brownies, here are some useful tips and tricks that you can keep in mind:
1. Room temperature ingredients: Remember to take the butter, eggs, and any other refrigerated ingredients out of the fridge at least 30 minutes before you start making your brownie batter. Room temperature ingredients mix more thoroughly, creating a smoother batter which will yield a better result.
2. Use good quality cocoa powder and chocolate chips: Using a high-quality unsweetened cocoa powder, like Dutch process cocoa powder, will give your brownies a rich and chocolaty flavor. Also, try to use chocolate chips rather than chopped chocolate, as they won’t melt too quickly or too slowly during baking, ensuring you can achieve a perfectly melted chocolate in the brownies.
3. Don’t overmix the batter: Overmixing the brownie batter can develop excess gluten from flour, which will result in tough and chewy brownies instead of fudgy ones. So, once you add the flour mixture to the wet ingredient mixture, mix it gently until just combined.
4. Measure ingredients carefully: It is essential to measure all of your ingredients accurately before adding them into the batter because inaccurate measurements can affect the outcome of taste and texture.
5. Use parchment paper: Line your baking pan with parchment paper that hangs over each side as it will make your life easier when lifting out and cutting your baked brownies.
6. Cool your peppermint mocha brownies completely: Once you take your Peppermint Mocha Brownies from the oven, let them cool in the pan for 10 minutes before removing them to cool on wire racks fully.
Remember that baking is both an art and a science so do not be discouraged if your first batch isn’t perfect! Success takes time and practice; after all, mistakes are conducive to progress!
As you prepare this peppermint mocha brownie recipe, you may encounter some questions or concerns that could affect the outcome. Hence, it is important to address them beforehand by providing answers to frequently asked questions about this recipe. Keep on reading item (9) for clarification and troubleshooting tips.
What is the secret to moist brownies?
If you want your brownies to be irresistibly moist, gooey and packed with flavor, swap out the water in your recipe for milk. The higher fat content in milk is the secret ingredient that takes these treats to the next level. So go ahead and indulge in the heavenly taste of milk-infused brownies.
Should I add coffee to my brownie mix?
For an extra boost of chocolate flavor in your brownies, try swapping out the water with coffee. Using just a small amount, about ¼ to ⅓ cup, of coffee can make a big difference in the richness and depth of flavor in your brownie mix. This works especially well because coffee and chocolate are a match made in heaven—coffee has the power to enhance the already delicious chocolate taste, making your brownies even more decadent and indulgent. So give it a try and see for yourself how coffee can take your brownies to the next level.
Why are my brownies not chewy?
If you’re a fan of chewy brownies, you might want to consider using canola oil in your recipe alongside butter as the primary fat. This addition will bring your homemade brownies closer to the texture of boxed mixes. Another essential ingredient to create chewy brownies is brown sugar. It speeds up gluten formation, resulting in the creation of a chewier texture in your brownies. So, if you’re looking to make chewier brownies, don’t forget to include canola oil and brown sugar in your recipe.
Why don’t you have baking soda in brownies?
When it comes to brownies, the type of recipe you choose affects the texture of your final product. Dense and chewy brownies usually don’t call for baking powder or baking soda, while cakelike brownies usually do include a leavening agent to help them become light and fluffy. Additionally, the method you use to bake your brownies can also impact their texture.
In conclusion, the Peppermint Mocha Brownies recipe is the perfect addition to any dessert menu. With its rich blend of cocoa and espresso powders with a hint of peppermint, these easy-to-make brownies are sure to be a hit with family and friends alike. Not only are they delicious, but they can also be customized to fit any dietary restrictions. Plus, with our helpful tips and substitutions sections, you can make these brownies your own.
So gather your ingredients, preheat your oven, and give this recipe a try! Trust me, once you’ve taken a bite of these fudgy peppermint mocha brownies, you won’t be able to resist having seconds (or thirds). Whether you’re celebrating the holidays or just looking to satisfy your sweet tooth, this recipe is sure to impress. So go ahead and indulge in this decadent treat – you won’t regret it!
Peppermint Mocha Brownies Recipe
- 1 1/2 cups flour
- 2 cups sugar
- 10 tablespoons cocoa
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 cup vegetable oil
- 3 eggs
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 1/2 cup strong coffee
- 1 (10 ounce) package creme de menthe baking chips
- Mix all ingredients except baking chips together.
- Use cooking spray to grease bottom only of a 9X13 pan.
- Spread dough in pan and bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.
- Just as soon as you pull pan from oven, spread pkg of baking chips on top of hot brownies.
- Wait 5 minutes, and smooth top of brownies.
- It takes approx 1 hour for top to set up.
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John has been working in the coffee industry for over five years, having started out as a barista in the bustling city of Los Angeles. He fell in love with the craft and set out to expand his knowledge and understanding of coffee. He has traveled all over the world, visiting coffee farms and learning from the best in the industry. His mission is to share his love of coffee and its unique flavors with others, and The Drive Coffee Bar is his way of doing that.