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Peppermint Brownie Bites combine an easy homemade brownie recipe and Candy Cane Kisses to make your new favorite holiday dessert. These brownie bites are accidentally dairy-free and so chocolatey, fudgy and rich!

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stacked brownie bites with a peppermint kiss in the middle

Easy Peppermint Brownie Bites

If you thought that mom’s peanut butter blossom cookies were the best just check out these peppermint brownie bites. Perfect for the holidays, or those round-year-peppermint-lovers! With a brownie base and peppermint Hershey’s Kiss, I can’t think of much else that’s a better combination. 

Why you’ll love this recipe

  • Uses vegetable oil instead of butter which makes them dairy-free brownie bites.
  • You can use butter if you prefer!
  • Cocoa brownies – a one bowl brownie recipe!
ingredients in peppermint brownie bites

Ingredients In Peppermint Brownie Drops

  • Vegetable oil – You can also use melted butter
  • Sugar- Granulated sugar for sweetness
  • Vanilla extract- Pure extract is always the best tasting.
  • Cocoa powder- Unsweetened cocoa powder is the best to use – not Dutch process.
  • Eggs – Always use large eggs.
  • Salt – since vegetable oil is a neutral oil, we need to add some salt for flavor.
  • Baking Powder
  • All-purpose flour – be sure to measure it correctly (spoon and level).
  • Candy cane Hershey’s Kisses – Unwrapped! You can use your favorite flavor kiss too or any other candy.

How to Make Peppermint Brownie Bites

  • Make brownie batter: Stir together the oil and sugar. Once combined, then stir in vanilla, cocoa, eggs, salt, and baking powder.
  • After that slowly stir in flour. Once the batter is ready, scoop 1 tablespoon of batter into each muffin cavity. This should be about half full, be careful not to overfill the cavities or they will puff up too much.
  • Bake: Bake the brownies at 350° for 15-20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out with only a few crumbs stuck to it. Once you remove it from the oven, immediately top the peppermint brownie bites with a candy cane Hershey’s Kiss.

Expert Tips

  • Feel feel to get creative you can use any kind of Hershey Kisses you like, there are so many different kinds and even special releases for different holidays!
  • Don’t move the tray until the kisses have completely hardened and a fully stuck to the brownie bite. The flavored kisses are a bit more delicate and can collapse when they’re melted.
  • If you have trouble removing them from the pan use the tip of a butter knife to gently wiggle them out.
brownie bites laid out on a pan with a peppermint kiss in the middle

FAQs

Can I use a regular-size muffin pan?

Yes, a regular-sized muffin pan will work just fine!

Can I freeze brownie bites?

Brownie bites and definitely freezable, just be sure to seal them in an airtight container.

Can I add peppermint extract to the brownies?

Absolutely! If you really want to boost that peppermint flavor feel free to add some extra peppermint extract right into the brownie batter. 

stacked brownie bites with a peppermint kiss in the middle

Peppermint Brownie Bites

5 from 3 votes
Easy brownie bites with peppermint candy cane Hersheys Kisses on top like a blossom cookie.
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Total Time 48 minutes
Yield 28 brownie bites
Serving Size 1 brownie bite

Ingredients
 

  • ½ cup (118ml) cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup (200g) granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • cup (27g) unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 large eggs
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ cup (62g) all-purpose flour
  • 28 Candy Cane Hershey's Kisses (unwrapped)

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray mini muffin pans with nonstick cooking spray.
  • Stir together oil and sugar. Stir in vanilla, cocoa, eggs, salt, and baking powder. Slowly stir in flour.
  • Scoop 1 tablespoon of batter into each muffin cavity (about half full; do not over fill or they'll puff too much). Bake 15-20 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out with just a few crumbs stuck to it.
  • Immediately upon removing from oven, top with a Candy Cane Hershey’s Kiss (or your favorite Kiss flavor). Do not move your trays until the Kisses have completely hardened. The flavored Kisses are less stable than the regular chocolate ones, so there is a chance some of them will fall slightly, but if you touch the trays they will certainly all fall!
  • Use the tip of a knife to help you removed cooled bites from pans.

Recipe Notes

  • Store in an airtight container for up to 3 days.
  • Brownie bites can be frozen for up to 2 months.
  • Use any flavor Hershey’s Kiss you want!

Recipe Nutrition

Serving: 1brownie bite | Calories: 100kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 0.03g | Cholesterol: 14mg | Sodium: 30mg | Potassium: 27mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 19IU | Calcium: 14mg | Iron: 0.4mg
Nutritional information not guaranteed to be accurate
Course Dessert
Cuisine American

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Peppermint Brownie Bites are like brownie blossom cookies – an easy one bowl brownie recipe topped with a Candy Cane Hershey’s Kiss – a great Christmas recipe!

Last Updated on November 28, 2022

Dorothy Kern

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55 Comments

  1. There is another website that had a similar recipe on it but they gave awful advice that would result in uncooked brownie mix and general unsalvageable treat.

    They moderate their comments which I expect results in purging of the truth. Their “delicious” recipe is a lie.

    I wish I read this one first. What a mistake!!!!

  2. Made these for a Christmas party and everyone raved about them!!!!  I was skeptical about no dairy so I used half butter/half oil 🙂

  3. I made the peppermint brownie bites last night and they are delicious! They had to bake a few minutes longer in my oven, and the candy cane kisses do take a very long time to harden after you put them in the brownies, but it’s a super easy recipe and so good. I think the brownies would be excellent by themselves (I may or may not have sampled some of the batter lol)!

    1. They were good by themselves, I had a few I left without Kisses for my daughter’s friend. I totally need an oven thermometer. I should have asked Santa for one!

  4. Dorothy, you’re on a roll with cute and festive holiday sweets!! I need to get my hands on a package of those Hershey’s kisses; they look so fun to play with. And chocolate + peppermint? Best wintertime combo ever! (Also coffee + milk + peppermint extract. It’s been my favorite way to doctor up my morning coffee this week!)

  5. sooooooooooooooooooo yummy!

    I totally relate to you about books and feeling lost when a great series is over. the worst.

  6. Those peppermint kisses add pizzazz to the brownie bites as well as a minty flavor boost! They look so festive and pretty!
    I love books that are series, so that I can keep the characters in my life longer! Have you read the Diana Gabaldon series, “Outlander”? Its adult, not kid/young adult, but I was totally addicted. They are my favorite books of all time (and I thought Harry and The Hunger Games were pretty spectacular). I laughed when I read your comment about ignoring Jordan while you were immersed in reading. Each time a new book to the Outlander series was published my kids would groan that it meant a week of frozen food meals! 🙂

    1. I read the first one but never continued, why I don’t know. Now that I have my Kindle I need to read them again, so I don’t get carpal tunnel holding them, lol!!