Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Peppermint Brownie Kisses

Peppermint Brownie Kisses

Nothing goes better with deep, dark chocolate than peppermint.  I love, dare I say adore, dark chocolate and peppermint.  I wait all year for Chick-fil-A's Peppermint Chocolate Chip shake.  My mouth is watering in a Pavlovian response at just the thought of such goodness.  And don't even mention Starbucks Peppermint Mocha...sinful!  Let's add Dove Peppermint Bark and I will need to run miles a day to keep up with all the calories.  Want a little homemade treat that combines the wonderful smooth chocolate and wintry peppermint flavors?
I've got just the thing!

Peppermint Brownie Kisses

Double Chocolate Brownie Recipe

1 stick unsalted butter, cut into large pieces
8 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
1 1/4 cups sugar
3 large eggs
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 cup  all-purpose flour, sifted

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Spray cooking oil into cups of 2 mini muffin pans.  Melt butter and chocolate in a double boiler or a heatproof bowl set over a pot of simmering water, stirring until smooth. Remove from heat, and whisk in sugar. Whisk in eggs, 1 at a time, until combined. Whisk in cocoa and salt. Fold in flour until combined.

Scoop batter into muffin tins. Bake until set and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out with moist crumbs, 20-25 minutes. Let cool slightly in pan, about 15 minutes. Lift brownie cups from pan with a knife and transfer to a wire rack. Let cool completely. Pipe peppermint frosting onto brownies in a swirl pattern. Sprinkle with crushed peppermint.

Peppermint Frosting
2 1/2 c. powdered sugar
1/4 c. butter, softened
3 tbsp. milk
1/2 tsp. peppermint extract
1/2 teaspoon red food coloring

Beat all ingredients until smooth and of spreading consistency. 

1 comment:

  1. I might as well call our Christmas food "Christmas with Robin Walls"! I am loving everything I am trying and so are my guests. Thanks friend for such a lovely and informative site. See ya, Rhonda