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Peppermint bark brownies are the perfect combination of fudgy chocolate brownie and rich white chocolate frosting with a crunchy peppermint topping. This recipe is simple and quick to put together thanks to a few foodie shortcuts.
Featured with this recipe
- Ingredients for Peppermint Bark
- Tips for making Homemade Peppermint Brownies
- Peppermint Bark vs. Peppermint Bark Brownies
- How to Make These Easy Brownies with a Box
- Frequently Asked Questions
- How to Store Peppermint Bark Brownies
- More of Our Favorite Christmas Treats
- White Chocolate Peppermint Bark Brownies Recipe
Can I just start by saying that these peppermint bark brownies are absolutely amazing?! These brownies are soft and chewy in every bite with the most flavorful peppermint taste. You can compare these delicious morsels to the Ghirardelli peppermint bark you can purchase. These are simple to make and are gone within minutes of serving!
There is something about the combination of chocolate and peppermint this time of year. It just tastes like Christmas. Using a high-quality chocolate will create an amazing white chocolate ganache that is topped with candy cane pieces. This is the perfect holiday treat to share at your next party!
Ingredients for Peppermint Bark
Make this peppermint bark as easy as you would like! Each ingredient is layered on top of each other creating a refreshing and chocolatey treat. Bake the brownie mix in the oven, make the white chocolate mixture, then top with crushed candy canes. Simple to make in three easy steps!
- Brownie mixes – Make your brownie mix from scratch or use a quick and easy box mix. Either way will give you the same great results!
- Cream cheese – Soften your cream cheese to room temperature before creaming it together. This will help eliminate any lumps in the cream mixture when blending it together in a large bowl.
- Butter – Unsalted butter works great! This will hold the shape of the frosting. Make sure not to melt butter in the microwave, this will make the frosting runny.
- Almond and vanilla extract – Mix together with the cream mixture for added flavor. This combination is a sweet and savory flavoring.
- White chocolate chips or bark – Melted white chocolate can be prepared in a microwave-safe bowl or on the stove top.
- Powdered sugar – This helps with thickness and holds the shape of the frosting.
- Candy canes – Crushed candy canes or peppermint candies work great for a crunchy topping.
Tips for making Homemade Peppermint Brownies
These peppermint brownies can be the best of the best with just a few extra tips! Get out your Christmas decorations and start making these brownies. So simple to make and ready for your next holiday party!
- Peppermint flavoring. For an extra added amount of peppermint flavor, add in a teaspoon peppermint extract to the brownie mix.
- Stir together. Using a rubber spatula when mixing together the white chocolate filling will help from sticking, rather than a wooden spoon.
- Prepared pan. This brownie mix will make a full sized sheet cake pan. Use a 11×17 inch sized prepared baking dish.
- Cutting the brownies: Use a sharp knife when cutting the brownie bark apart. After each cut, clean the knife with a paper towel to keep crisp lines and smooth cuts.
- Crush peppermint. Speed up the process of crushing peppermint candies by placing the unwrapped pieces in a food processor or blender. Pulse a few times until they are in smaller pieces.
- Party time. Serve these cut up brownie bites on squared parchment paper at your next holiday party. They are bite-sized and easy to walk around with while enjoying and mingling.
- Chocolate. If possible, purchase a high quality chocolate for the best flavor!
Peppermint Bark vs. Peppermint Bark Brownies
Peppermint bark on its own is one of my favorite holiday treats. Pair it with gooey, fudgy brownies, and you have the best of both worlds, crunchy peppermint layered on top of rich chocolate. Yum!
I have had brownies that are similar to these peppermint bark ones that have a layer of actual hard white chocolate. These brownies are bit different, the “bark” is a soft white chocolate frosting sprinkled with crunchy peppermint pieces.
How to Make These Easy Brownies with a Box
The best part about these brownies is that they are super easy to make. Want to know a secret? You actually use a brownie mix to make these, but I have another secret to share with you that makes them taste like they are from scratch. No one will ever be able to tell that you took short cuts, and that’s fine! We’ll keep it our little secret. Ready to hear it?
Purchase your favorite brownie batter mix. Make it as directed on the box when it comes to large eggs and oil. Instead of water, however, use a combination of half water and half sour cream. I know it sounds odd, but I promise, it makes all the difference!
Need an example? If you need ½ cup water for the brownie mix, use ¼ cup water and ¼ cup sour cream. Whatever amount of water the brownie box calls for, use half that amount and then add the sour cream.
“YUM! My whole family loved these brownies!”-Angela
Frequently Asked Questions
The key is to let the peppermint bark brownies set without cutting it. Let the baked brownie cool before adding the white chocolate frosting. Once the frosting is set and holding, then cut into squares or random cuts of shapes for a fun holiday treat.
Oh, this is a great idea if you have a few extra minutes! Tempering the white chocolate can help with taste and texture. This will help the brownies stay firm and melts together to hold the layers together.
This is a classic holiday dessert with a twist! These peppermint bark brownies are a little chocolate, white chocolate, and a hint of peppermint! This is the perfect combination for the holiday season. The peppermint is a decadent flavor to include in your Christmas treats.
How to Store Peppermint Bark Brownies
These peppermint bark brownies are perfect for making ahead and storing in an airtight container for four to five days long. It is best if you do not layer them if they are frosted and have the candy cane sprinkled on top. They will stick together even when using parchment paper in-between layers.
More of Our Favorite Christmas Treats
Since it’s likely that you’ll be making these peppermint bark brownies around the holiday season, I thought you might like some ideas for other sweet treats that are perfect for Christmas!
White Chocolate Peppermint Bark Brownies
For the Brownie Layer:
- 2 brownie mixes *see Recipe Notes
For the Brownie Layer:
- Mix all the ingredients well and pour into a cookie sheet lined with cooking spray (NOT a cake pan).
- Bake at 325 degrees for 25 to 30 minutes, or until a toothpick a few inches from the edge comes out mostly clean. Cool completely before frosting!
For the White Chocolate Frosting:
- Beat together the cream cheese and butter, then add the vanilla and almond extract. Melt the white chocolate and slowly blend it in. Then, add the powdered sugar and mix until thoroughly blended.
- Spread over the cooled brownies. Unwrap some candy canes and place them in a plastic bag. Use a kitchen mallet or rolling pin to crush the candy cane into small pieces.
- Sprinkle the candy cane pieces over the frosting.