Peppermint Brownie squares with chocolate frosting and crushed candy canes on a white plate.
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5 from 2 votes

Peppermint Candy Cane Brownies

Peppermint Brownies are chocolate brownies with a peppermint frosting and chocolate glaze. They are everyone's favorite Christmas brownies.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 15
Calories: 472kcal
Author: Lauren Allen


For the Brownies:

  • 4 ounces unsweetened baking chocolate (4 squares)
  • 1 cup butter (2 sticks)
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder

For the Peppermint Frosting:

  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons butter , softened
  • 1 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 1 Tablespoon milk
  • drop of red food coloring (to make it pink)

For the Chocolate Glaze:

  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 4-5 candy canes , crushed


For the Brownies:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Roughly chop the chocolate baking squares and place them in a microwave-safe bowl. 
  • Cut the butter into tablespoon pieces and place in the bowl with the chopped baking chocolate.
  •  Melt the chocolate and butter in 30 second intervals, stirring in between, until melted and smooth. Set aside.
  • In another bowl beat eggs for about 3 minutes until frothy. Add the sugar and vanilla and beat. 
  • Add the melted chocolate and butter that you set aside.
  • Combine flour and baking powder and gently stir into the brownie batter just until combined (don't over-stir!) Pour batter into a well-greased 9×13 pan.
  • Bake for about 23-27 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely.

For the Frosting:

  • Combine all frosting ingredients and beat until light and fluffy. 
  • Add a little bit more milk to thin the frosting if needed. Gently spread the frosting over the cooled brownies.

For the Chocolate Glaze:

  • Place the candy canes in a resealable bag and use a rolling pin to crush them into small pieces.
  • Place chocolate chips in a microwave-safe bowl and cook in 30 second intervals, stirring after each time, until smooth. 
  • Drizzle the chocolate over the brownies and sprinkle the crushed candy canes on top!


Recipe adapted from Our Best Bites


Calories: 472kcal | Carbohydrates: 63g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Cholesterol: 83mg | Sodium: 149mg | Potassium: 178mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 49g | Vitamin A: 520IU | Calcium: 36mg | Iron: 2.8mg