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Fudgy Peppermint Brownies

Yield 2 dozen
Who says "bar" cookes have to be rectangular? For a fun presentation, cut these ultrarich brownies with a 2" round cutter. The scraps make great nibbling.Editor's favorite

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter or margarine
  • 4 (1-ounce) unsweetened chocolate squares
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 1/2 cup coarsely crushed hard peppermint candies (about 20)
  • 2 teaspoons powdered sugar

How to Make It

  1. Melt butter and chocolate in a heavy saucepan over medium-low heat, stirring until smooth; let cool.

  2. Beat eggs at medium speed with an electric mixer 2 minutes; gradually add 2 cups sugar, beating well. Add melted chocolate, flour, and next 3 ingredients; beat well. Stir in peppermint candy. Pour batter into a greased and floured 13" x 9" pan.

  3. Bake at 350° for 32 to 33 minutes. Cool completely on a wire rack. Cut into bars; sprinkle with powdered sugar.

Christmas with Southern Living 2004