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These Peppermint Bark Brownies are a cool and refreshing holiday dessert for your party, potluck, or holiday table.

Tis the season for all things Peppermint! Peppermint Bark is one of my favorite Christmas candies to both make and eat. A couple of days ago I had a Christmas party to attend and needed to bring a dessert.

I was craving Peppermint Bark, but I wanted to bring something a bit more substantial for the dessert table. That’s where this Peppermint Bark Brownies recipe comes in!

I took all of the elements of classic peppermint bark and turned them into brownies! The brownies became the chocolate layer, then the brownies were topped with white chocolate and peppermint candy canes.

Close up picture of a brownies on a white plate.

With all of the holiday baking I’ve been doing, I am SO OVER doing the dishes. That’s why I love disposable bakeware. There are entire lines of disposable bakeware that’s non-stick AND comes with its own carrier! Talk about the perfect way to transport food to all sorts of parties: church, work, neighborhood, etc.

How to Make Peppermint Bark Brownies:

  1. First, adjust the oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly spray a 9×13-inch baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Then, add chocolate and butter to a medium heat-proof bowl. Heat at 50% power in the microwave for 1 minute. Stir, and heat at 50% power for 30 seconds. Stir and repeat until chocolate and butter are melted. Cool for 5 minutes.
  3. Next, in a large bowl whisk sugar, baking powder, salt, eggs, and vanilla together until combined. Pour in flour and whisk until just combined and no flour streaks remain.
  4. Then, whisk in chocolate mixture until smooth. Pour batter into prepared pan and spread evenly.
  5. Bake 45-55 minutes, or until toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  6. Next, place the white chocolate chips and shortening in a medium microwave-safe bowl, and microwave on high for 30 seconds. Stir and continue to microwave for 30 seconds more and stir until smooth. Continue the process at 10-second intervals as needed (BE CAREFUL, because white chocolate can burn easily.)
  7. Then, pour melted white chocolate onto cooled brownies and spread into an even layer.
  8. Finally, sprinkle with the chopped candy cane pieces. Cool on a wire rack until the brownies are cool and the white chocolate topping has firmed about 2-3 hours. Slice and serve!
Peppermint brownies surrounded by candy canes.

Cook’s Note – Peppermint Bark Brownies:

  • If you do not use Reynolds bakeware for this recipe, make sure you grease the pan before pouring the batter in!
  • This recipe makes 24-32 peppermint bark brownies, depending on how you cut them.
  • Brownies will keep, at room temperature in an air-tight container, for up to 5 days.
  • I do not recommend freezing these brownies. Something funky happens to candy canes when they are frozen— they sort of melt. Not very pretty for these peppermint bark brownies!

Cook’s Tools:

  • 9×13-inch baking dish
  • mixing bowls
  • whisk
  • rubber scraper
A brownie on a white plate with milk and candy canes in the background.

More Peppermint recipes:

Brownies stacked on top of each other.
Overhead picture of cut brownies.
4.94 from 29 votes

Peppermint Bark Brownies

Author Jillian – a Food, Folks and Fun
Prep Time 3 hours
Cook Time 55 minutes
Total Time 3 hours 55 minutes
24 people
These Peppermint Bark Brownies are a cool and refreshing holiday dessert for your party, potluck, or holiday table.

Equipment

  • 9×13-inch pan
  • mixing bowls
  • whisk
  • rubber scraper

Ingredients
 
 

BROWNIES:

TOPPING:

  • 1 ½ cup white chocolate hips
  • 2 Tablespoons vegetable shortening
  • cup chopped candy cane pieces

Instructions

FOR THE BROWNIES:

  • Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly spray a 9×13-inch baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
  • Add chocolate and butter to a medium heat-proof bowl. Heat at 50% power in microwave for 1 minute. Stir, and heat at 50% power for 30 seconds. Stir and repeat until chocolate and butter are melted. Cool for 5 minutes.
    Melt together the chocolate and butter.
  • In a large bowl whisk sugar, baking powder, salt, eggs, and vanilla together until combined. Pour in flour and whisk until just combined and no flour streaks remain.
    Mix together the wet ingredients.
  • Whisk in chocolate mixture until smooth.
    Stir in the melted chocolate.
  • Pour batter into prepared pan and spread evenly. Bake 45-55 minutes, or until toothpick inserted comes out clean.
    Pour the batter in and bake for 55 minutes.

FOR THE TOPPING:

  • Place the white chocolate chips and shortening in a medium microwave-safe bowl, and microwave on high for 30 seconds. Stir and continue to microwave for 30 seconds more and stir until smooth. Continue the process at 10-second intervals as needed (BE CAREFUL, because white chocolate can burn easily.)
    Heat white chocolate until melted and smooth.
  • Pour melted white chocolate onto cooled brownies and spread into an even layer.
    Spread the melted white chocolate over the brownies.
  • Sprinkle with the chopped candy cane pieces. Cool on a wire rack until the brownies are cool and the white chocolate topping has firmed about 2-3 hours. Slice and serve!
    Sprinkle the candy cane pieces over the melted chocolate.

Notes

To speed up the cooling and chocolate setting process, you can pop the brownies into the refrigerator for about 30 minutes. 

Nutrition

Calories: 302kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 58mg | Sodium: 117mg | Potassium: 122mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 28g | Vitamin A: 291IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 42mg | Iron: 2mg

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This Peppermint Brownies recipe post first appeared on Food Folks and Fun on December 8, 2015. I have since updated the pictures and some of the originals are below. 

Picture collage of peppermint bark brownies.
Cut peppermint bark brownies on a white platter.
Close up of a brownie with melted white chocolate and broken pieces of candy cane.

These Peppermint Bark Brownies are a cool and refreshing holiday dessert for your party, potluck, or holiday table.

4.94 from 29 votes

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  1. ellen beck says:

    Smashed Potato Soup sounds good this evening, and it is chilly and getting ready to snow. I love how easy aand how hearty it sounds.

  2. I LOVE peppermint bark so much!

  3. Such a perfect combination — just delicious!