Peppermint Kiss Brownie Bites (dairy-free option)

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If you love chocolate and peppermint, these from-scratch Peppermint Kiss Brownie Bites are for you!

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I finished book 7 of the Harry Potter series the other day. And now I just want to cry, because it’s over. Over the past 8 weeks, I feel like I’ve lived seven years with this boy and his friends…and now it’s over.

Authors shouldn’t write series if they’re going to end them. There should be a rule that they must keep writing them. Or that, every 5 years after the end of the last book they write a short novella letting us back into the characters lives.

I seriously feel lost. Like, where do I go from here? How do I read a regular book now?

The answer? I don’t. I started book 1 again yesterday.

I’m addicted to Harry Potter.

Kind of like I’m addicted to peppermint. And brownies.

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I can never, ever get enough peppermint. I’ve already posted two peppermint recipes this year and I’m sure more will spontaneously pop into my head.

Also? I can’t get enough gingerbread. Or brownies. Or Hershey’s Kisses. #addicted #christmasbakingrocks

Today I combined two of my favorites: Brownies + Candy Cane Hershey’s Kisses. These are like Blossom Cookies…but they’re brownies.

So. Much. Better.

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These bites are a from-scratch brownie, based on my favorite recipe, but I altered it a bit to make it dairy-free. The brownie recipe uses unsweetened cocoa powder instead of baking chocolate, and vegetable oil instead of butter. The result is a fudgy inside and a flaky outside, much like a box mix, but better. They are a little more frail then your average brownie, because they are so tender on the inside.

And they’re goooooood.

{Now, I know there are all ranges of dairy intolerance out there. These were made especially for a class party, because one of my daughter’s friends can’t have dairy. She’s okay with chocolate. And, of course, the Kiss isn’t dairy-free, but again, chocolate candy doesn’t bother her. Adapt these with a candy you can eat!}

When they come out of the oven, you simply top them with an unwrapped Candy Cane Kiss. You need to do this immediately, before the brownies cool. That makes the Kiss stick.

Note that the flavored Hershey’s Kisses are not as firm as regular chocolate ones. They tend to collapse in blossom cookies if you’re not careful. This is especially true with the Candy Cane Kisses – even if you don’t touch the pans, they still might fall. But that’s okay…they’re still amazing.

Try these with Mint Truffle Kisses. Or Cherry Cordial. Or, in the Spring, Coconut. Or, I’ve heard rumblings that Target has Gingerbread Kisses. #mustgoshopping

These are super simple to make – only one bowl for easy clean up. No melting. Just stir, portion, and bake. Easy is the word this time of year, right?

And they’re just pretty. I love that candy cane stripe!

Peppermint Kiss Brownie Bites on wood table with red basket in background holding more brownie bites

It sort of reminds me of the Gryffindor stripe, but without yellow. Which just makes me sad again… 😉

#harrypotteraddict #TeamGryffindor

Enjoy!

Peppermint Kiss Brownie Bites

5 from 1 vote
Yield 48
Serving Size

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup cup vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup flour
  • 48 Candy Cane Kisses unwrapped

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray mini muffin pans with cooking spray.
  • Stir together oil and sugar. Stir in vanilla, cocoa, and eggs. Slowly stir in salt and flour.
  • Scoop 1 tablespoon of batter into each muffin cavity. Bake 8-10 minutes, 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.

Nutritional information not guaranteed to be accurate

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Sweets from friends:
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  1. Harry Potter was my childhood! I grew up with the characters so they’re super special to me. I’ve also found the solution to be to go back and reread the books every other year or so, that way I never truly leave the wizarding world! Those peppermint kisses look amazing–I’ll have to get my hands on some before the holiday season ends!

    Also, I always feel a bit awkward about this, but #TeamHufflepuff! Yes, I’m a Hufflepuff, please don’t judge me haha.

  2. The end of a book is almost like saying goodbye to a good friend. I always feel lost when I’m finished reading. I plan on starting the series after the current book I’m reading. I’ve heard nothing but good things. These bites are calling my name. Pinned.

  3. Oh man, I am so addicted to Christmas baking, too. Don’t remind me! That is so thoughtful of you to post an allergy friendly recipe! Definitely sharing this with one of my friends. Love the idea of baking it in mini muffin cups so that the batter won’t spread! I’ll have to try that when subbing in oil vs. butter. Not only are these cute, they sound delicious!

  4. I can’t get enough of the peppermint and chocolate combination this time of year! These must be made ASAP!

  5. I haven’t read them! Ahhh I can’t believe it. But I have this policy with myself to not start reading an unfinished series because I am terrible at waiting for the next book to come out. So really I just need to sit myself down and attack these now! Maybe my summer project 🙂

  6. I love love love the Hershey’s Candy Cane Kisses- obsessed. I am just curious if you read the Hunger Games books? I am not much a of reader but you love for Harry Potter is making me question if I should revisit these books!

  7. I’m 99% sure that I started sobbing when I finished Harry Potter. And I would read them all over again, but I don’t want to deal with the tragic loss and the grief of saying goodbye to Harry and his friends all over again. Dude. You read them too fast. 🙂
    These look delicious Dorothy!

  8. Dorothy, a question re your Instagram photo of Tillamook ice cream: is it better than Ben & Jerry’s? My fav is Double Rainbow brand, which is hard to find.

    1. We don’t eat lots of regular ice cream (i.e. not fat-free, ha) but this is so creamy and good! Texture-wise I liked it better than B&J!