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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!
Prep Time30 minutes
Cook Time30 minutes
Total Time1 hour
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 24 brownies
Calories: 249kcal
Author: Dorothy Kern
Cost: $8


For the brownies:

  • 6 ounces (170g) unsweetened baking chocolate
  • 1 cup (226g) unsalted butter
  • 1 ¼ teaspoons instant coffee (1 packet if you're using the instant coffee packets)
  • 2 cups (400g) granulated sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 3 tablespoons (15g) unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon peppermint extract
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 ⅓ cups (165g) all-purpose flour

For the frosting:

  • ¼ cup (57g) unsalted butter , melted
  • 2 tablespoons (10g) unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 cup (113g) powdered sugar
  • teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons Peppermint Mocha coffee creamer
  • Crushed peppermint candies/candy canes for topping optional


  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a 9x13” pan with foil and spray with nonstick cooking spray.
  • Place 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Store in an airtight container for up to 3 days or freezer for up to one month.


  • You can omit the instant coffee if you prefer
  • Use any flavor coffee creamer (just omit the peppermint extract if you use a different flavor) or use milk.


Serving: 1brownie | Calories: 249kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 56mg | Sodium: 844mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 23g