Get ready for a delightful holiday treat with these Homemade Chocolate Peppermint Brownies. They’re like a cozy holiday hug for your taste buds, combining rich brownies, refreshing peppermint, and festive toppings. I’ll guide you through making them!
Why I Love This Recipe
Now, let me share some of my experiences with this delightful recipe.
There’s something truly magical about the combination of chocolate and peppermint. It’s like a cozy winter evening by the fireplace but in a bite-sized treat.
I’ve always loved the holidays, and these brownie bites make me feel all warm and fuzzy inside.
Not to mention, they are incredibly easy to make, so you can enjoy a festive treat without the fuss.
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
▪️ Quick and Easy: You can make these delightful brownie bites without spending hours in the kitchen, making them perfect for busy homemakers.
▪️ Impressive Presentation: They look like you’ve worked your magic, making them a fantastic choice for parties or special occasions.
▪️ Budget-Friendly: No fancy ingredients here; just everyday items that won’t break the bank.
▪️ Versatile: You can get creative with variations, so they’re not just for the holidays.
Helpful Kitchen Tools
- Mixing bowls
- Mini muffin tin
- Parchment paper
- Cooling rack
- Piping bag (for icing)
▪️ 1 cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips: These are for that rich, gooey chocolate goodness.
▪️ 1/2 cup of unsalted butter: This adds that lovely, buttery moisture to the brownies.
▪️ 1 cup granulated sugar: To make the brownies just the right amount of sweetness.
▪️ 2 large eggs: These help bind everything together.
▪️ 1 teaspoon vanilla extract: It brings in a wonderful aroma and flavor.
▪️ 1/2 cup all-purpose flour: This gives structure to the brownies.
▪️ 1/4 cup cocoa powder: For that deep, chocolaty taste.
▪️ 1/4 teaspoon salt: To balance out the sweetness.
▪️ 1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract: This is for a refreshing twist.
▪️ 1 cup white chocolate chips: These will create the sweet, creamy icing.
▪️ Candy cane sprinkles: For that festive and crunchy topping.
Making Of Chocolate Peppermint Brownie Bites
STEP 1: First, we need to preheat our oven to 350°F (175°C). While that’s warming up, grab your mini muffin tin and line it with parchment paper. This way, your brownie bites will pop out with ease when they’re done.
STEP 2: In a microwave-safe bowl, let’s melt 1 cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips and half a cup of unsalted butter. We’ll do this in 20-second intervals, giving it a good stir in between until everything’s silky smooth.
STEP 3: In another bowl, let’s whisk together 1 cup of granulated sugar, two large eggs, and 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract. Whisk until it’s all cozy and combined.
STEP 4: Time to bring these two mixes together. Slowly pour the melted chocolate and butter mix into the sugar, eggs, and vanilla mix. Keep stirring until they become best buddies – all mixed up.
STEP 5: The dry ingredients are next – 1/2 cup of all-purpose flour, 1/4 cup of cocoa powder, 1/4 teaspoon of salt, and 1/4 teaspoon of peppermint extract for that delightful zing. Gently fold them into your chocolate mix until they’re all friends, too. Don’t overdo it, just until everything is combined.
STEP 6: Now, get your mini muffin tin ready and fill each cup about 3/4 full with this chocolatey goodness. Pop them in the preheated oven for around 12-15 minutes. You’ll know they’re ready when the tops are set, and a toothpick comes out with a few moist crumbs.
STEP 7: Once they’re baked to perfection, let them cool for a few minutes in the tin, then transfer these little bites of joy to a cooling rack. It’s important to let them cool completely, but I totally understand if you sneak a bite while they’re still warm – they’re that good!
STEP 8: While they’re cooling, let’s work on that dreamy white icing. Melt 1 cup of white chocolate chips and get ready to drizzle or pipe it over your brownie bites. This is where your creativity can shine – make them as pretty as you like! And, to give them that extra holiday cheer, sprinkle some crushed candy cane on top.
STEP 9: Now, let the icing set a bit, and voilà! Your Homemade Chocolate Peppermint Brownie Bites are ready to be enjoyed. Trust me, these bites will bring smiles and happiness to your family, just like they do for mine.
Tips and Techniques
▪️ Don’t overmix your batter; it can make the brownie bites tough.
▪️ For easy icing, use a piping bag or a small zip-top bag with the corner snipped off.
▪️ Ensure your brownie bites are completely cool before adding the icing for the best results.
This recipe makes enough Homemade Chocolate Peppermint Brownie Bites for about 24 people. So, if you’re planning to share the joy, you’ve got enough to go around for a good-sized gathering or to keep your sweet tooth satisfied for a while. Enjoy!
▪️ Enjoy these brownie bites on their own, they’re delicious solo treats.
▪️ Add a scoop of vanilla ice cream for an extra layer of yum.
▪️ Top them with whipped cream for a delightful, creamy contrast.
▪️ Sip on a hot cocoa alongside these bites for the ultimate cozy experience.
▪️ Add a handful of chopped nuts like walnuts or pecans to your brownie batter for that extra crunch and flavor.
▪️ Crush some pretzels and sprinkle them on top of the icing for a sweet and salty twist.
▪️ After icing, drizzle some warm caramel sauce over your brownie bites for a gooey, sweet surprise.
▪️ Mix some mini chocolate chips into the brownie batter for bursts of chocolate goodness in every bite.
Storing your Homemade Chocolate Peppermint Brownie Bites is a breeze. Just pop them into an airtight container or sealable bag. They’ll stay fresh for up to three days. If you want them at their best, add the icing and candy cane sprinkles just before serving. Enjoy!
Q. Can I use dark chocolate instead of semi-sweet for the brownie batter?
Absolutely! Dark chocolate will give your brownie bites a deeper, richer flavor.
Q. Can I make these brownie bites without peppermint extract?
Of course! The peppermint extract adds a festive touch, but you can skip it for a classic chocolate brownie flavor.
Q. Can I use a regular-sized muffin tin instead of a mini muffin tin?
You can, but you’ll need to adjust the baking time accordingly. Keep an eye on them, and when a toothpick comes out with a few moist crumbs, they’re ready.
Chocolate Peppermint Brownie Bites
- 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
- ½ cup unsalted butter
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ½ cup all-purpose flour
- ¼ cup cocoa powder
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon peppermint extract
- 1 cup white chocolate chips
- Candy cane sprinkles
- Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C) and line your mini muffin tin with parchment paper.
- Melt the semi-sweet chocolate chips and butter in a microwave-safe bowl, stirring in 20-second intervals until smooth.
- Whisk together sugar, eggs, and vanilla in another bowl until well combined.
- Combine the melted chocolate mixture with the sugar and egg mixture, stirring until smooth.
- Gently fold in flour, cocoa powder, salt, and peppermint extract until just combined.
- Fill each mini muffin cup 3/4 full with the brownie batter.
- Bake for 12-15 minutes until the tops are set, and a toothpick comes out with a few moist crumbs.
- Allow the brownie bites to cool in the tin for a few minutes, then transfer them to a cooling rack.
- Melt the white chocolate chips and drizzle or pipe over the brownie bites. Immediately sprinkle with candy cane bits.
- Let the icing set, and your Homemade Chocolate Peppermint Brownie Bites are ready to enjoy.
- Don’t overmix the batter to keep the brownie bites tender.
- For easy icing, use a piping bag or a small zip-top bag with the corner snipped off.
- Wait for the brownie bites to cool completely before adding icing for the best results.