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Say “Thank You” With Peppermint Brownies

January 30, 2011

To thank some new coworkers, I made one of my favorite desserts — peppermint brownies. Since I love baking and cooking, this was the best way for me to show my appreciation for their kindness a la a homemade touch.

I first tasted these little bites of heaven at a book group gathering. They were incredible, and instantly reminded me of a childhood mint brownie from a  family-owned bakery in my hometown community. These brownies are delicious and look equally as good. They’re not difficult to make, but they are a bit time consuming. So don’t plan to bake them 30 minutes before you need them.

So the next time you want to do something nice for someone (or even yourself), bake a batch of these peppermint brownies. They’re the perfect, “thank you.”

Peppermint Brownies

Bottom Layer

1 can (16 oz.) Hershey’s syrup

1 cup flower

1 cup sugar

1 stick of butter (room temperature)

4 eggs

Preheat the oven to 350-degrees. Spray a 9″ x 13″ pan with non-stick cooking spray.

Mix all ingredients together until combined and then spread into the pan. Bake for about 30 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool.

Middle Layer

1 1/2 cups powdered sugar

2 Tbsp. milk

2 Tbsp. butter (softened)

Peppermint extract

Green food coloring

Mix all ingredients together and spread evenly over the cooled bottom layer. Let it harden.

Top Layer

1/2 cup chocolate chips

3 Tbsp. butter

Melt chocolate chips and butter together on the stove. Spread over hardened middle layer. Let top layer cool. Slice and eat!

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. Lorena permalink
    January 31, 2011 11:26 am

    I love baking and I love anything chocolate-peppermint, so I’ll have to give these a try (especially since I missed them when you brought them in last week)!

    Quick questions:
    – How much peppermint extract did you use?
    – Is the first “top layer” listed actually the bottom layer? It looks like it would be from the picture…

    • leahsinger permalink
      January 31, 2011 8:22 pm

      The amount of peppermint extract depends on how strong it is. If it’s the brand from the supermarket, I’d say about 1/2 – 1 tsp. But if you get premium flavoring from an actual cake supply store or Michael’s, start with about 1/4 tsp. And yes, you are correct that what I previously described as the top layer is actually the bottom.

  2. January 31, 2011 7:44 pm

    Thank you for the recipe. Now gimme some brownies!

  3. darwinsgirl permalink
    February 25, 2011 7:26 pm

    OMG, i Loooove peppermint brownies. any time you want to thank me…this is the way.

    thanks for the recipe, too!

  4. May 20, 2011 6:17 pm

    Oooo how did I miss this one? Trying this tomorrow – will let you know how it turns out. Looks/sounds delicious!! 🙂

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