Thick and Fudgy Peppermint Mocha Brownies

Raise your hand if you like thick and fudgy brownies with frosting. Then these Peppermint Mocha Brownies are for you!

Peppermint Mocha Brownies - this easy brownie recipe yields a thick and fudgy brownie filled with peppermint mocha flavor!

I’m kind of sad that it’s already the second week of December. That means Christmas is almost here and then peppermint all the things will go away. (It also means the New Year and resolutions and FitBits and exercise and…never mind. Let’s not think of those things anymore.)

Instead, let’s talk about food blogger secrets. Want to hear some?

Easy Thick and Fudgy Peppermint Mocha Brownies recipe

First, there is a reason I take my pictures very up close. It’s because the 2 square feet I photograph is the only clean space in my house. The rest is full of clutter. #keepingitreal

Second, sometimes we food bloggers cheat. We make an amazing O-M-G this is insane brownie recipe and we top it with a rich peppermint chocolate ganache. And then we chill it, fingers crossed, hoping the ganache sets. And then it doesn’t. And then we cry because the brownies are so good and we don’t want to waste them.

The solution? Some food bloggers might take the slab of brownies and hold it over the sink, scrape off alllllll the ganache, wash the top of the brownies with a damp paper towel, and then make a melted butter cocoa frosting instead.

I’m not saying I’ve ever done that (*cough these brownies cough*) but…it’s been known to be done.

And then, the third food blogger secret of the day? Using fun ingredients to flavor recipes and frostings. Although this shouldn’t be a secret because I do it ALL THE TIME.

Peppermint Mocha Intertnational Delight

That’s right, you guessed it: these Peppermint Mocha Brownies get some of their peppermint mocha flavor from International Delight Coffee Creamer. The frosting is full of the good stuff!

As I’ve been telling you every month for the last, I don’t know, trillion, coffee creamer is amazing in coffee…but you can use it in other fun creative ways too. Cheesecake dip, chocolate milk, cake, pie – the possiblities are endless. This time of year, I buy Peppermint Mocha coffee creamer in cases, that’s how much I love it. And it makes the best frosting!

Let’s break down these brownies, shall we?

First, these brownies are super thick and fudgy. They have 3 kinds of chocolate in them: semi-sweet and unsweetened baking chocolates and cocoa powder. There’s also tons of sugar, butter, and eggs which make the brownies the BEST ever.

To pump up the chocolate flavor (and add some “mocha”) I added instant coffee granules to the brownie batter. I added them to the hot butter and chocolate mixture so it would dissolve a little before stirring in all the other ingredients. The recipe calls for 1 1/4 teaspoons, but if you have those instant coffee packets on hand, just use one of those. You don’t really taste the coffee flavor, but it really makes the chocolate taste more chocolatey. Omit it if you must, but really, don’t. 🙂 I also added some peppermint extract to the brownies, just to amp up that peppermint flavor.

And then there is the frosting. Oh the frosting!

The frosting on these brownies is similar to one you’d put on a sheet cake. It starts with melted butter and gets a hefty dose of cocoa, some powdered sugar, and Peppermint Mocha Creamer to thin it out and give the brownies that Peppermint Mocha flavor you expect from, well, Peppermint Mocha Brownies.

I could have taken a straw to the frosting, just saying…

Peppermint Mocha Brownies - this easy brownie recipe yields a thick and fudgy brownie filled with peppermint mocha flavor!

I could have gone to town on these brownies…even though I knew their dirty little secret. 😉 The best thing about this recipe is that it’s basically one bowl, a wooden spoon, and a big dose of chocolate and peppermint. And that screams Christmas…which is in two weeks. !!!

Enjoy!

Did you make this recipe?

Peppermint Mocha Brownies

These thick and fudgy Peppermint Mocha Brownies are the perfect holiday recipe. The brownie is dense and rich and full of peppermint and mocha flavor, topped with a rich chocolate peppermint frosting. The perfect Christmas brownie!

Ingredients:

For the brownies:

  • 3 ounces semi-sweet baking chocolate
  • 3 ounces unsweetened baking chocolate
  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons instant coffee (1 packet if you’re using the instant coffee packets)
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/3 cups all purpose flour

For the frosting:

  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons Peppermint Mocha coffee creamer
  • Crushed peppermint candies/candy canes for topping, optional

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a 9×13” pan with foil and spray with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Place semi-sweet and unsweetened baking chocolate and butter in a large, microwave safe bowl. Heat for 1 minute, then stir. Heat additionally in 30 second increments, stirring well between each, until it’s melted and smooth. Stir in instant coffee.
  3. Stir in sugar, then eggs, one at a time, then stir in cocoa powder. Stir in extracts and salt, the slowly stir in flour. Spread in prepared pan. Bake for 25-30 minutes, until a toothpick inserted 1” from the edge comes out clean. Cool completely before frosting.
  4. To make the frosting: whisk melted butter with cocoa until it’s dissolved. Whisk in powdered sugar and salt until it’s thick and crumbly, then add coffee creamer and whisk until smooth. Spread over brownies and sprinkle with crushed candy cane pieces. Let set before cutting. (You may need to chill it to set it, it just depends on how cool/warm your house is.)
  5. Store in an airtight container for up to 3 days or freezer for up to one month.
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33 comments

  1. Oh these brownies sound SO good, Dorothy! And I totally understand those food blogger secrets. You gotta do what you gotta do! 🙂 I wish I had a few of these for breakfast right now!

  2. My house is also a wreck, to the point that a friend of mine saw the blog and was like, “Where do you take the pics?” He didn’t believe me when I said it was my house!
    I’ve also been known to scrape at ganache while crying. It’s a massive bummer.
    These are looking good! Two and a half more weeks of peppermint flair!

  3. Dorothy – I never have enough space in my house for taking photographs of my food. Merry Christmas! I’ve been trying to get into the mood with holiday movies, music, and, of course, delicious treats. These will be a wonderful addition to my ever growing list. My favorite holiday recipe of yours has to be the Gingerbread Cinnamon Rolls. I’m making them again for Christmas morning. <3 

  4. So true about the blogger secrets – sometimes the mistakes turn out the be the tastiest treats of all!

  5. Since eating peppermint is basically brushing my teeth, I think that these are actually a powerful contributor to self-care. 🙂 Right?

  6. Mint and chocolate is one of my favorite combos! These brownies look so tempting!

  7. Dorothy, you make me laugh. 😀 Thanks for keeping it real. I needed to hear that! These brownies look so decadent and delicious. Love how you used the creamer to flavor them.

  8. Love one bowl recipes 🙂 you’re speaking my language!

  9. These brownies look amazing, definitely going on my to-bake list, can’t wait! And I love the super close up pictures, altho they make your desserts look so insanely delicious I kind of want to reach across my desk and lick my screen…. But then my coworkers may think I’ve lost my marbles… so I shall restrain myself. 😀

  10. Yes, let’s not think about all of those things. Let’s just think about these brownies 😛

  11. Can I just be honest? These brownies are EVERYTHING. I can’t get enough pepper mint mocha, and in brownie form? WINNING. Pinned!

  12. There is just nothing in me that can ever resist a stack of peppermint mocha brownies! I love that rich coffee flavor with the bright mint notes! So Yum 🙂

  13. I love how you talk about washing the brownies with a damp paper towel…I have never done that exact thing but oh the things I’ve had to do to save some great food…ahh, we all have 🙂

    And for you, I know that Xmas marks the end of peppermint season and that that’s a sad time since you’re the #1 peppermint lover ever!

  14. These look so awesome, Dorothy! I love peppermint mochas this time of year, and pairing one with a fudgy, thick brownie sounds DIVINE. 

  15. Ahh ganache frosting always scares me. It just never turns out silky, smooth, and set like it does for the pros. When I was in college I volunteered to make my BFF’s birthday cake which was super complicated and had a ganache frosting that never set up. I’d never made ganache before and thought hmm maybe it’ll set up as time goes on. Nope. Arrived at birthday destination and the cake layers had slid everywhere. Disaster. As if I hadn’t learned my lesson, 8 years later I made my boyfriend an ice cream birthday cake with a ganache frosting that got an ugly layer of frost on it when it was put back in the freezer to chill. So, I feel your pain!!

  16. I am so sad that it’s almost halfway through December already too!! How did that happen??! I am all about the peppermint mocha things this year and these brownies look EPIC!!!

  17. Loving these brownies! If “thick and fudgy” weren’t good enough, you also added “tons of sugar, butter. . .” Uh, yes please. They sound fantastic, and I love the addition of the coffee creamer! A nice way to add even more peppermint mocha flavor. And, BTW, I’m all for keeping it real! Let’s not take ourselves too seriously, right? 😉

  18. All these peppermint recipes I keep seeing are KILLING me! These look fantastic, Dorothy!

  19. Great flavors and textures, that’s where it is at!

  20. Love how fudgy and decadent these look! Can’t wait to give them a try!

  21. These brownies look AMAZING! 

  22. Thank you. Aside from the fact that your recipes are nomtastic. They give me something to do that’s NOT work. Also, he doesn’t know it, but my boyfriend thanks you as well lol

  23. These brownies are like Christmas on a plate – if you leave them for Santa, you are guaranteed to get extra nice presents! 🙂

  24. These brownies look absolutely delicious and are so beautiful and festive!

  25. yummmmmm!

  26. It’s amazing what needs to be done to get the perfect shot, isn’t it?  All I know is these brownies look so thick and amazing, and peppermint mocha is where it’s at!

  27. Oh my goodness, Dorothy! I love these secrets 😉 I used to let the clutter show in my pics – whoops! But now I use several boards to make sure the messy me isn’t revealed!

    These brownies are so awesome – just when I thought peppermint brownies couldn’t get any better, I see these babies 🙂

  28. Hahaha!  There are so many little dirty secrets in a food blogger’s kitchen.  I’m glad I don’t have to photograph anything bigger than a 2×2 square because it’s a mess behind that space!  I adore using creamer in all the things too!  And nooooooo how can peppermint season almost be over! That makes me want to cry…and go peppermint all the rest of the things in my kitchen!!!

  29. Pepperminting all the the things doesn’t stop after Christmas at my house – although I’ll try to wait to share any of the amazing ones until next year.  I can’t relegate peppermint and chocolate to December though!  These brownies look absolutely amazing – the best combination!

  30. I get all my food blogging tips from you! Like resusing ice cream and cherries LOL. But the brownie trick is next level. And I have to say that I can see why you wouldn’t want these to go to waste! SO good! 

  31. These look beyond amazing! I can’t to give them a try.

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