Looking for festive holiday brownies? Look no further! These Peppermint Mocha Brownies from my first cookbook are just what you need!
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These Peppermint Mocha Brownies are your favorite holiday latte in dessert form—as in brownies loaded with a hint of coffee and peppermint flavors shining through each bite, all decked out with crushed bits of striped candy canes sprinkled on top. ’Cause when it’s the holidays, nothing screams FESTIVE quite like something sweet and totally, unapologetically over the top.
I used my favorite slate blue 9×13-inch baking pan from Crate & Barrel to make these brownies (as well as a slew of their other products like these mixing bowls, this whisk, these plates, these measuring cups, this oven mitt, and even this festive dish towel); I can always count on them to have whatever kitchen tool or gadget I need!
These peppermint mocha brownies don’t require a ton of ingredients; here’s what you’ll need!
PEPPERMINT MOCHA BROWNIES: FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Can I reduce the sugar?
I wouldn’t recommend it, no. It’s doing more than lending a sweet flavor; it’s actually helping with the overall structure and texture of the brownies.
Can I halve this recipe?
Yup, you can halve the recipe and bake it in an 8×8-inch pan… you’ll just want to watch the bake time. I’d start by checking for doneness around 20 minutes and every 2 minutes afterward until you achieve moist crumbs on a toothpick. You can adjust the ‘servings’ slider from 24 to 12 to get the proper metric measurements.
How can you tell when the brownies are done baking?
A toothpick is your best friend when testing brownies for doneness. You’ll want to remove these brownies when your toothpick is covered in moist crumbs. The residual heat of the pan will continue to cook them to perfection, however, so make sure to let them cool completely in the pan.
Can I freeze leftover brownies?
You can absolutely freeze these brownies! To do so, individually wrap any leftover brownies in two layers of plastic wrap, then a layer of aluminum foil. (The aluminum foil will prevent the bars from absorbing any other flavors or odors in the freezer.) Freeze for up to 3 months. Transfer the brownies to the refrigerator to thaw overnight before serving. You can eat the brownies straight from the fridge, or rewarmed in the microwave.
PEPPERMINT MOCHA BROWNIES: TROUBLESHOOTING
Help! My brownies are dry. What did I do wrong?
If you used cup measures as opposed to weight measures, your ingredients were probably a little off. As weird as this sounds, measuring cups aren’t as accurate as you think. For example, somebody who scoops the measuring cup into the flour will have way more than somebody who uses a spoon to scoop the flour into the same sized measuring cup (and the person who spoons the flour into the measuring cup will probably still have more than the needed amount). This is why you should really be measuring by weight with a kitchen scale instead—it’s much more reliable and completely eliminates any inconsistencies.
Alternatively, if you measured your ingredients by weight and the brownies still came out dry, you might have overmixed your brownie batter or overbaked the brownies. Overmixing the batter will allow air to get trapped in the batter and will result in dry, cakey brownies. Overbaking is pretty self-explanatory; make sure you remove the brownies when a toothpick inserted into the center comes out with moist crumbs sticking to it. If it comes out clean, you’ve probably overbaked them!
Help! My peppermint candy melted into the top of the brownies. What went wrong?
Some brands of peppermints/candy canes hold up better under the heat of the oven than others. If you find that yours are melting into blobs on top, try adding your crushed peppermint on top of the brownies during the last 5 minutes of bake time so they’ll still stick to the brownies but not have time to melt!
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