Peppermint Brownie 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.
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Total: 2 Hours, 55 Minutes
- 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
- 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.
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