Dark Chocolate Peppermint Brownies

Photo: Thomas J. Story; Styling: Karen Shinto

If you can manage to wait, chief baking officer Arnold Eric Wong of Raison d'Être bakery in South San Francisco recommends serving his moist brownies a day after baking because they develop an even fudgier texture and mintier flavor.

Yield: Makes 24
Total:
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Recipe Time

Total: 1 Hour
Cool: 1 Hour, 15 Minutes

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 251
  • Calories from fat: 52%
  • Protein: 3.8g
  • Fat: 15g
  • Saturated fat: 8g
  • Carbohydrate: 28g
  • Fiber: 1.4g
  • Sodium: 69mg
  • Cholesterol: 64mg

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 6 ounces bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 5 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 5 ounces dark chocolate, finely chopped and melted
  • Coarsely crushed peppermint candies, very fine pieces sifted out

Preparation

  1. 1. Preheat oven to 300°. Grease a 9- by 13-in. baking pan; set aside. Sift together flour, cocoa, salt, and baking powder into a bowl.
  2. 2. Microwave butter and bittersweet chocolate in a medium glass bowl, stirring often, until melted and smooth, about 1 1/2 minutes.
  3. 3. Whisk together sugar and eggs in a large bowl until blended. Add extracts and whisk to blend. Stir melted chocolate mixture into egg mixture. Gently fold in flour mixture with a plastic spatula until no streaks remain. Pour batter into prepared pan and spread evenly.
  4. 4. Bake brownies until a toothpick inserted 2 in. from edge comes out with a few crumbs sticking to it, 25 to 30 minutes. Cool to room temperature, about 45 minutes.
  5. 5. Put dark chocolate in a resealable plastic bag, snip off a small corner tip, and drizzle half over brownies. Sprinkle with candies and drizzle with remaining chocolate. Let cool until chocolate sets, 25 minutes, then cut into squares.
  6. Note: Nutritional analysis is per brownie.
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