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Peppermint Brownie Tarts

Hands-on time 30 mins
Total time 2 hrs, 55 mins
Yield Makes 2 (9-inch) tarts
Crushed candy canes and a rich Chocolate Ganache hide a sweet layer of peppermint buttercream inside these tarts. One recipe makes 2 (9-inch) tarts--just right for entertaining or holiday gift giving.

Ingredients

  • 4 (1-oz.) unsweetened chocolate baking squares
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate morsels
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 (16-oz.) package powdered sugar
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon peppermint oil
  • Chocolate Ganache
  • 1/2 cup crushed peppermint candy canes

How to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Microwave chocolate squares in a microwave-safe bowl at MEDIUM (50% power) 1 1/2 minutes or until melted, stirring at 30-second intervals. Stir until smooth.

  2. Beat 1 cup butter and granulated sugar at medium speed with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating just until blended after each addition. Add melted chocolate, beating just until blended.

  3. Add flour, beating at low speed just until blended. Stir in vanilla and chocolate morsels. Spread batter into 2 greased and floured 9-inch tart pans with removable bottoms.

  4. Bake at 350° for 20 minutes or until center is set. Cool in pans completely on wire racks (about 1 hour).

  5. Beat 1/2 cup butter at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy; gradually add powdered sugar alternately with milk, beating at low speed after each addition. Stir in peppermint oil.

  6. Spread butter mixture over cooled tarts; cover and chill 1 hour or until firm.

  7. Spread Chocolate Ganache over each tart. Sprinkle crushed peppermint candies around edges of tarts. Remove tarts from pans before serving, if desired.