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Fudgy Peppermint Candy Brownies

Yield 2 1/2 dozen
These dense brownies are for the true chocolate-mint lover, like me. The crunchy crumb crust is topped with a fudgy mint brownie and frosted with melted chocolate-peppermint candies.--Elizabeth Luckett

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups chocolate wafer crumbs
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped pecans, toasted
  • 1/3 cup butter or margarine, melted
  • 10 chocolate-covered peppermint patties, chopped (we tested with York)
  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine
  • 3 (1-ounce) unsweetened chocolate squares
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract (not flavoring)
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 14 chocolate-covered peppermint patties, halved

How to Make It

  1. Line a 9" square pan with foil, allowing foil to extend over ends of pan; grease foil. Stir together first 3 ingredients; press into prepared pan. Bake at 350° for 10 minutes. Sprinkle chopped peppermint patties over warm crust.

  2. While crust is baking, combine 1/2 cup butter and chocolate squares in a glass bowl. Microwave at HIGH 1 minute or until butter melts; stir until chocolate melts and mixture is smooth. Stir in sugar, eggs, vanilla, and peppermint extract. Add flour and salt; stir well. Pour over crust.

  3. Bake at 350° for 33 minutes. Remove from oven, and immediately sprinkle with halved peppermint patties. Bake 2 1/2 more minutes. Remove from oven, and let cool 1 minute. Spread and swirl softened patties over brownies. (Don't wait too long before swirling or candy may be too firm to spread.) Cool completely in pan on a wire rack. Lift brownies out of pan; cut into squares.

Christmas with Southern Living 2002