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Desserts | December 2, 2022

Pink Peppermint Christmas Brownies with White Chocolate Frosting

It’s officially Christmas and peppermint dessert season! Perfect for small or large gatherings, this peppermint bark brownie is sure to put you on Santa’s nice list! Our Pink Peppermint Christmas Brownies with White Chocolate Frosting can be made ahead and serves up to 32 guests.

Pink Peppermint Christmas Brownies with White Chocolate Frosting

This rich brownie is layered in a 9×13 pan with Ghirardelli Peppermint Bark Squares then topped with more brownie batter, baked, cooled and frosted with a creamy white chocolate mint buttercream. How heavenly does that sound?? I like to tint the frosting pale pink and sprinkle the frosting with festive decorations for an extra special touch!

Pink Peppermint Christmas Brownies with White Chocolate Frosting

Typically, I think this dessert is best served cut into 24-32 small squares. I use 16-24 pieces of peppermint bark squares when layering the brownie batter and candy (see below). If you have less than the suggested amount (because maybe someone sampled a few too many squares), roughly chop the squares and sprinkle over the first layer of batter. This is definitely not a precise measurement type of dessert!

Ghirardelli Peppermint Bark Brownies

Where Can I purchase Peppermint Bark Squares?

I usually buy Ghirardelli Peppermint Squares at Costco or a local grocery. They are sold everywhere from hardware stores to Walmart and also online. If they are not available, try using another brand of peppermint bark. I do not recommend peppermint bark with candy cane pieces on top, the candy cane tends to get extra crunchy when baked. Make sure the bark is not too thick, or it will sink to the bottom of the brownie batter! It is best to chop the pieces and sprinkle over batter if they are over 1/4 of an inch thick.

Christmas Peppermint Bark Brownies

Can I Make Peppermint Brownies Ahead?

Yes, our Pink Peppermint Christmas Brownies are perfect for make ahead! I recommend making the brownie and baking as directed. If serving in two days, frost and decorate the brownies. The brownies will keep well if covered with foil or a lid. If making more than two days ahead, freeze pan of brownies after cooled. When ready to serve, remove from fridge early in the day or the day before. Frost and decorate as directed.

Pink Peppermint White Chocolate Frosting

What Type of White Chocolate is Best for Making Frosting?

I use bars of white chocolate (Ghirardelli or Baker’s) sold in baking aisle, or white couverture chocolate pieces sold at Orson Gygi in SLC or online. White chocolate is not absolutely necessary! I like the flavor and stability it gives to the frosting, but the frosting can also be made without white chocolate. Simply follow directions and omit the melted white chocolate.

I do think the subtle white chocolate flavor in this frosting contributes to making this dessert over-the-top! Do not be alarmed if once the melted white chocolate is added to the frosting it creates tiny pieces of white chocolate in the frosting. It will not be noticeable once the brownies are decorated!

9x13 pan of peppermint brownies

Best Brownie Tips!

I have a few rules I live by when making brownies. Follow these tips to bake the best brownies ever! First, do not use a mixer. I make brownies in a bowl, and only use a hand whisk and then a spatula to fold ingredients. If you use a mixer, it is very likely the brownies will get over-mixed. A mixer creates more air in the batter. Trust me. Do not use an electric mixer when making brownies.

There is a small amount of baking soda in this recipe to prevent too much of a rise in the batter and also keep the texture more dense, rather than light and fluffy. Last, and maybe most important, do not over bake. Look for a crust on top of the brownies and a toothpick inserted in the center of brownies that yields a few moist crumbs attached.

Christmas Party Brownies

Other favorite peppermint Christmas treats on ABK: Christmas Swig Cookies (a must-try!), Chocolate Peppermint Cookies, and Chocolate Sandwich Candy Cane Cookies.

Brownies with pink frosting and peppermint bark

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Pink Peppermint Christmas Brownies with White Chocolate Frosting

This brownie is Christmas in every bite! Homemade brownie, layered with peppermint bark, more brownie, then baked and topped with a white chocolate pink peppermint frosting!

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword brownies, chocolate, easy dessert, frosting, holiday recipe, peppermint, white chocolate
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
cool and set 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 40 minutes
Servings 24 pieces

Ingredients

  • 24 pieces Ghirardelli Peppermint Bark Squares (about 10 oz) dark or white or a combination
  • 3/4 cup (12 tablespoons) unsalted butter
  • 4 oz unsweetened chocolate
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

frosting:

  • 3/4 cup (12 tablespoons) unsalted butter, softened
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • dash of salt
  • 4 oz white chocolate, melted and cooled
  • 1-2 drops peppermint oil or extract or to taste
  • 2 drops red or pink food coloring
  • 2-4 tablespoons milk or half and half, or as needed to thin
  • sprinkles for decorating

Instructions

for brownies:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and place rack in center of oven. Line a 9×13 pan with a piece of parchment paper or foil. Spray parchment or foil with cooking spray. Set aside. Unwrap peppermint bark pieces and set aside.

  2. Using a double boiler, or very low heat on stovetop, or a microwave, melt 12 tablespoons unsalted butter and unsweetened chocolate together. Whisk until smooth. Remove from heat and let cool.

  3. Beat the eggs in a medium bowl. Add sugar and vanilla and mix until all ingredients are combined. Pour the cooled chocolate mixture into the egg mixture. Mix again until all ingredients are combined.

  4. Pour the flour, baking soda and salt into the bowl with the other ingredients and fold together, just until wet and dry ingredients are combined.

  5. Spread 3/4 of the brownie batter into the prepared pan. Place the peppermint bark pieces over the brownie layer. Top with remaining 1/4 brownie batter and smooth over peppermint pieces. Bake for 30-35 minutes. Cook just until brownies are done, and a toothpick inserted in center of pan comes out with a few moist crumbs attached.

  6. Remove from oven. Use a spatula and gently press the edges of the brownies down while still warm if the edges rise. Do not press the center of brownies down. Let cool completely. While brownies are cooling, prepare frosting.

to make frosting:

  1. Melt the white chocolate in a bowl in microwave or on stovetop over low heat. Stir until smooth. Remove from heat, set aside while making frosting.

  2. Beat the softened butter for one minute in a stand mixer or a large bowl. Add the powdered sugar, a cup at a time, and salt, and beat again for 2-4 minutes, scraping down sides of bowl 2-3 times. Add the extract, coloring and 2 tablespoons milk or cream to thin the frosting. Beat for another minute.

  3. With the mixer in motion, add the melted white chocolate in a slow steady stream to the frosting. Add another tablespoon of milk to thin if needed.

  4. Spread frosting on cooled brownies and immediately top with sprinkles. Place in refrigerator until the frosting is set. Remove brownies from the pan by lifting the parchment paper onto a surface for cutting. Cut into squares and serve immediately or cover tightly and store in refrigerator.

Recipe Notes

  • If using a microwave to melt chocolate and butter, microwave for 1 minute, then stir, then 30 seconds at a time (stirring after each 30 seconds)  to ensure the chocolate does not burn.
  • I use 1-2 drops of red food coloring or 2-3  drops of Americolor Soft Pink (#132) Soft Gel Food Color Paste. For the flavoring, I recommend either Schilling peppermint flavoring or LorAnn Oils Peppermint Oil. Peppermint oil is labeled super strength, and should be used sparingly! Both Americolor food coloring and LorAnn Oils are available at Orson Gygi in store and online. 
  • Do not over bake the brownies. Look for a crust on top. The brownie should be slightly underdone. Best baked in a light metal pan. If using a dark pan, reduce the temperature to 325 degrees.  
  • When melting the white chocolate, let cool before adding to the frosting. The chocolate should not set up but still be pourable. 
  • I use Sweetapolita sprinkles, and also sparkling sugar crystals and snowflake sprinkles found at Orson Gygi.
  • Brownies may be stored on countertop or refrigerator. I think this dessert is best served chilled. I slide the parchment paper of cut brownies into a gallon size ziplock and seal before refrigerating. 

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  1. 5 stars
    These are AMAZING! I’ve already made them twice! Perfect recipe! Although, the second round, I just used a Ghirardelli brownie mix I had but added the peppermint bark and frosting to that! Another big hit!

  2. 5 stars
    These brownies are delicious! I made them for a party and had so many comments about how yummy they were.
    I am gluten free and used the King Arthur gluten free brownie mix. If I would have had more time, i would have used this recipe and made it gluten free just by swapping out the flour for Bob’s Red Mill gluten free flour.
    I will be making these again soon using the brownie recipe here. They are that good!

    1. Tami, I am glad you enjoyed this recipe! Let us know how they turn out with the gluten free flour. Thank you for your kind review!
      XO,
      Si

  3. 5 stars
    I love mint brownies! These were easy to make and that white chocolate mint frosting is so yummy! Will be making again this holiday season!

  4. 5 stars
    These are now my favorite brownie and holiday treat!! Super decadent and everyone I shared them with raved about them!! I was in a rush and used the Ghirardelli’s brownie mix I had on hand BUT what I love so much is the frosting and the chocolate peppermint squares in the middle of the brownies!! I have never frosted brownies because I’m not a huge frosting fan, but this frosting is a game changer and a definite MUST!! Super fluffy and tasty! I’m making these again for Christmas Eve- for sure!!!

    1. Melanie, Thank you so much for your kind words. There is something about these peppermint brownies this time of year! So glad you have enjoyed this recipe!
      Happy baking!
      XO,
      Si

  5. 5 stars
    I made these for a party and they were a hit! Delicious, rich and the frosting rounds them out nicely. I highly recommend these any time of the year!

    1. Hey Lisa, I am glad that these were a hit for your party! I agree that these are delicious and could be made throughout the year! Thank you for your positive review!
      Xo,
      Si

  6. 5 stars
    So yummy!!! When I was baking them, they puffed up really high but then fell after taking them out to the perfect chewy brownie texture. I had to bake for about 10 minutes longer than the recipe called for but just kept checking with a knife. So good!!

    1. Claire, glad they still turned out good for you with a little bit of extra time in the oven! Thank you for your positive review.
      XO,
      Si

  7. 5 stars
    This recipe is absolutely delicious. Perfect for peppermint lovers and even those who might be wary of peppermint. The peppermint bark in the brownies give the perfect amount of peppermint flavoring. The frosting allows you to adjust for how much peppermint flavoring you want. The frosting is delicious with and without the extract. Will absolutely be saving and making again.

    1. Laura, I am so glad that you enjoyed these brownies! They are a crowd-pleaser for sure! Thank you for taking the time to leave this kind review.
      XO
      Si