My Recipe Box

Peppermint Brownies

RATE IT

Yields about 30 brownies.

  • To learn more, read:
    Peppermint Brownies
  • by from Fine Cooking
    Issue 52

These brownies only get better after a couple of days, as their texture gets fudgier and their flavor richer. In testing, we used Bigelow peppermint tea, but any herbal peppermint tea will work. Peppermint extract is available in grocery stores or by mail order.

  • 10 oz. (2-1/2 sticks) unsalted butter; more for greasing the pan
  • 10 oz. unsweetened chocolate
  • 2 tsp. peppermint tea leaves (from about 2-tea bags)
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 tsp. peppermint extract
  • 1/4 tsp. kosher salt
  • 4-1/2 oz. (1 cup) all-purpose flour
  • 2 oz. semisweet chocolate
  • 2 Tbs. light corn syrup
  • 2 oz. white chocolate

Center a rack in the oven and heat the oven to 350°F. Butter the bottom and sides of a 9x13-inch baking pan, line it with parchment (the paper should extend at least an inch above the long sides to act as handles for getting the brownies out), and butter the paper.

Put about 2 inches of water in a small pot and heat to a gentle simmer. In a heatproof bowl set over the water, melt 8 oz. of the butter and 8 oz. of the unsweetened chocolate. Be sure that the water is hot but not boiling and that it doesn’t touch the bottom of the bowl. Stir occasionally with a heatproof spatula until the mixture is completely melted and uniform, 6 to 7-minutes. Turn off the heat, but leave the bowl over the water.

In a food processor, finely grind the peppermint leaves with the sugar. In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs, peppermint extract, salt, and peppermint sugar until just combined. Whisk in the melted chocolate mixture (reserve the pot of water for later). Slowly add the flour, gently folding it in with a spatula, until incorporated. Spread the batter into the prepared pan and bake until a pick inserted into the center comes out almost clean (a few bits of batter should cling to the pick), 35 to 40 minutes. Put the pan on a rack to cool to room temperature, about 2 hours. Lift the paper lining to pull the brownies out of the pan. Peel the paper off the brownies and put them on a cutting board.

To make the glaze, bring the pot of water back to a gentle simmer. Set a heatproof bowl over the pot and add the semisweet chocolate, corn syrup, and the remaining 2 oz. each butter and unsweetened chocolate. Stir frequently with a heatproof spatula until the mixture is melted and smooth; set aside. Put the white chocolate in a separate heatproof bowl and set it over the water. Stir frequently until it’s melted and smooth; remove it from the heat. Spread the chocolate glaze over the cooled brownies in an even layer using a spatula.

Peppermint Brownies Recipe

Drizzle the white chocolate over the glaze in evenly distributed lines. Use a toothpick or a wooden skewer to drag the white chocolate into the glaze and make a marbleized pattern. Lift the cutting board and firmly tap it on the counter to settle the glaze.

Peppermint Brownies Recipe
Peppermint Brownies Recipe

Refrigerate until the glaze is set, at least 20 minutes and up to 12 hours. Cut into thirty bars, about 2 inches square (a knife rinsed in hot water and then dried will cut more cleanly than a cold knife). Keep well covered and serve at room temperature.

nutrition information (per serving):
Size : per brownie; Calories (kcal): 220; Fat (g): fat g 15; Fat Calories (kcal): 130; Saturated Fat (g): sat fat g 9; Protein (g): protein g 3; Monounsaturated Fat (g): 4; Carbohydrates (g): carbs g 23; Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 1; Sodium (mg): sodium mg 30; Cholesterol (mg): cholesterol mg 50; Fiber (g): fiber g 2;

Photo: Scott Phillips

Made as written. Excellent! Don't be tempted to decrease the butter or sugar in this recipe--they are necessary to create that dense, fudgy texture.

Amazing brownies! I finally made these years after seeing them in the magazine (in 2002!) and they totally lived up to the other ratings. They are dense, fudgy and irresistible. Making attractive patterns with the melted white chocolate was easier than I thought and made for a show stopping presentation. Processing the sugar with the mint tea leaves makes the sugar amazingly fragrant. My family is insisting that this be our new brownie recipe!

These brownies are wonderful. In fact, I'm making a second batch now for Halloween. I have a question for those who have made them - when I added the peppermint extract, my eggs slightly curdled. I was so surprised I threw out the first 4 eggs, and started a second set of eggs only to have it happen again. I've never had that happen before. Any idea why?

these are the BEST brownies i've ever had by far. everyone who i've made them for has absolutely loved them! if you can resist, leave them for a couple of days as they get fudgier and even yummier!! this recipe is 100% recommended by me! :)

I first made these brownies from the Sept/02 No. 52 edition, and have made them every year since then. They are excellent for the holiday season; an unexpected change from the usual brownie.

These are the best brownies I made and had. Great recipe.

These are excellent brownies. Perfect for the holidays.

header

MEET THE CHEFS FROM SEASON ONE

Cookbooks, DVDs & More