Peppermint Brownies

I can’t cook.  I mean, yes,  I can manage to make breakfast and lunch every day for the kids, but it’s a miricale if I can get them to eat anything but cereal in the mornings, and lunch is easy to cook.  However I love baking. I don’t know why I just do.  I cant tell you why I don’t mind getting egg on my hands, but if I have to touch raw chicken I want to cry.

Any way; I was at the store one day and I had seen a string of mini candy canes, and I thought they’d be great on borwnies. So I bought them and decided I was going to make some.

Ok now brownies are quite easy to make.

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You will need.

  • 1/2 cup of melted butter
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1 tsp of vanilla extract
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1/3 cup of cocoa powder (unsweetened)
  • 1/2 cup of flour
  • 1/4 tsp of salt
  • 1/4 tsp of baking powder
  • 4 mini candy canes. More or less depending on taste

A spatula, two bowls, and an electric hand mixer are handy to have as well

So first things first, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
Then you’re going to need to pop the butter into the microwave for about 30 seconds, and then mix the butter into the sugar, and add the eggs, vanilla.
Next your going to want to mix in a separate bowl the cocoa powder, flour, salt and baking powder, and slowly add the powders to the butter/sugar mix I like to first stir it together with spatula so there is less powder going every where then the mixers are turned on, then with an electric mixer, beat until the batter is a  smooth.
Now you’re going to pour the batter into a baking dish and bake for about 25-30 minutes. I like to cook brownies at the lesser time, so that they would be goey and a tiny bit undercooked.

While that’s baking, it’s a good time to crush the candy canes.  using a spoon I just hit the mini candy canes until they were small enough for the brownie toppings, and when it comes out of the oven sprinkle the candy cane bits on top. I only put the candy canes on half of the brownies, since no one else likes peppermint.IMG_0460

I think brownies are the easiest thing to make, and they have always come out good… at least I think they do, unlike cupcakes which occasionally come out still good but kind of dry.  Also I saw this link saved to my computer with the same recipe so I’m going say it’s save to assume find all of my new recipes from. this one also comes with directions for frosting as well. Which I would suggest using because I tried to make my own by melting some chocolate chips, with butter and mixing in powdered sugar.  It tasted alright, but I could not get it to spread, and it doesn’t look very pretty.

Do you have a favorite thing to bake/cook? Leave it in the comments below. I’d love to find new things to make

XO Johnnielynn