Candy Cane Brownies

Dark chocolate and candy canes for Christmas.

Candy Cane Brownies

The good thing about the Internet is that you can find anything. The bad thing about the Internet is that “anything” doesn’t necessarily translate to “anything good.” In real life, I am notorious for going on shopping trips for something I can picture very precisely in my head, but which doesn’t exist at any craft store in town. That’s sort of how I felt when I jumped down the cyberspace black hole of peppermint brownie recipes. Everything I found suggested pressing crushed candy cane bits into the top of brownies just out of the oven. I’ve made a lot of brownies in my life, and very few emerged from the oven as anything close to sticky. I pictured the candy cane bits rolling off the tops of the plain, naked brownies. Not exactly what I was going for. And then I stumbled across this recipe from Sunset, with the so-obvious recommendation to drizzle melted chocolate over the brownies to hold down the candy. As Homer Simpson would say, doh.

Candy Cane Brownies

These brownies are my first official Christmas recipe. Given that there are only four days until the holiday, gather what you will about my time-management skills. I had every intention of posting a “12 Days of Christmas” cookie countdown, just like the big websites that fill up your inbox with a new cookie recipe for the entire month of December. That, as you can see, did not happen. Life happened. A dearth of taste testers to eat twelve batches of cookies in twelve days happened. A pile of unwrapped Christmas presents and unwritten Christmas cards staring at me from the corner of the room happened.

Candy Cane Brownies

I know. First world problems, right? True. Food blogs are a first-world exercise altogether. It’s the time of year to be thankful that you even have a meal on the table, much less candy canes and cocoa. So go out and snag a tag off your local Giving Tree, or spend some time in a food rescue kitchen. These are the perfect brownies to bring all your fellow volunteers.

Candy Cane Brownies

Candy Cane Brownies

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Yield: 24 brownies

Ingredients

1 1/2 cups flour

3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1/2 tsp. salt

1/4 tsp. baking powder

1 cup unsalted butter

6 oz. bittersweet chocolate, chopped

1 1/2 cups sugar

5 large eggs

1 1/2 tsp. vanilla

1 tsp. peppermint extract

5 oz. dark chocolate, chopped

Coarsely crushed candy canes, very fine pieces sifted out

Instructions

Preheat oven to 300.

In a small bowl, sift together flour, cocoa, salt, and baking powder.

Microwave butter and bittersweet chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl, stirring every 30 seconds until melted.

In a large bowl, beat together sugar, eggs, vanilla, and peppermint extract. Stir in melted chocolate.

Fold flour mixture into wet ingredients, mixing until just incorporated. Spread batter into a 9x13 pan lined with aluminum foil and misted with cooking spray.

Bake brownies for 25-30 minutes. Cool to room temperature.

Melt dark chocolate in the microwave. Drizzle half of the chocolate over the cooled brownies, then sprinkle with candy cane pieces. Top with the other half of the chocolate.

Cut into squares.

Recipe from Sunset Magazine via MyRecipes

http://www.especiallyedible.com/candy-cane-brownies/

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