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Peppermint Bark Brownies

Peppermint bark brownies are a festive holiday brownie recipe with loads of minty flavor! You’ll love the combination of fudgy chocolate, rich white chocolate ganache, and crunchy bits of candy cane.
Prep Time20 minutes
Cook Time35 minutes
Chilling Time30 minutes
Total Time1 hour 25 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: peppermint bark brownies
Servings: 16 servings
Calories: 264kcal


  • 9x13 baking dish
  • saucepan
  • Double Boiler


  • ½ cup unsalted butter
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 drops peppermint oil optional
  • 2 large eggs room temperature
  • ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • Pinch of kosher salt

For Topping:

  • 12 ounces good quality white chocolate chopped
  • 3 Tablespoons vegetable shortening
  • 5-6 candy canes coarsely chopped or crushed (about 1 cup)


  • Preheat the oven to 350F. Line the bottom of a 9x13 baking dish with parchment. Lightly grease the parchment.
  • Add the butter to a small saucepan and melt over medium heat. Add the sugar and stir to dissolve. Add the vanilla and peppermint (if using) and stir to combine. Remove from the heat and let cool slightly.
    ½ cup unsalted butter, 1 cup granulated sugar, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, 3 drops peppermint oil
  • Add the eggs, one at a time, stirring constantly to combine. Stir in the cocoa powder and mix until fully combined. Add the flour and salt and mix thoroughly to combine the batter.
    2 large eggs, ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder, ½ cup all-purpose flour, Pinch of kosher salt
  • Pour batter into the prepared baking dish. Level the top with a spatula.
  • Bake for 25-30 minutes or until the top of the brownies is dry and the center is still gooey. Check for doneness by inserting a toothpick into the center.
  • Gently melt white chocolate and shortening together in a double boiler. Remove from heat before it is completely melted and stir to completely melt it. Pour over brownies, spreading into a thin, even layer. Sprinkle with candy cane pieces.
    12 ounces good quality white chocolate, 3 Tablespoons vegetable shortening, 5-6 candy canes
  • Chill until set, at least 30 minutes
  • Let cool completely before serving.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 264kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 40mg | Sodium: 29mg | Potassium: 116mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 25g | Vitamin A: 213IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 51mg | Iron: 1mg