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Dark Chocolate Peppermint Brownies

Makes 24

Total Time
1 hr

Cool Time
1 hr 15 mins

Total Time
2 hrs 15 mins

If you can manage to wait, chief baking officer Arnold Eric Wong of Raison d'Être bakery in South San Francisco recommends serving his moist brownies a day after baking because they develop an even fudgier texture and mintier flavor.

su-Dark Chocolate Peppermint Brownies

Photo: Thomas J. Story; Styling: Karen Shinto
 1 1/2 cups flour
 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
 1/2 teaspoon salt
 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
 1 cup unsalted butter
 6 ounces bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
 1 1/2 cups sugar
 5 large eggs
 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
 1 teaspoon peppermint extract
 5 ounces dark chocolate, finely chopped and melted
  Coarsely crushed peppermint candies, very fine pieces sifted out
Step 1

Preheat oven to 300°. Grease a 9- by 13-in. baking pan; set aside. Sift together flour, cocoa, salt, and baking powder into a bowl.

Step 2

Microwave butter and bittersweet chocolate in a medium glass bowl, stirring often, until melted and smooth, about 1 1/2 minutes.

Step 3

Whisk together sugar and eggs in a large bowl until blended. Add extracts and whisk to blend. Stir melted chocolate mixture into egg mixture. Gently fold in flour mixture with a plastic spatula until no streaks remain. Pour batter into prepared pan and spread evenly.

Step 4

Bake brownies until a toothpick inserted 2 in. from edge comes out with a few crumbs sticking to it, 25 to 30 minutes. Cool to room temperature, about 45 minutes.

Step 5

Put dark chocolate in a resealable plastic bag, snip off a small corner tip, and drizzle half over brownies. Sprinkle with candies and drizzle with remaining chocolate. Let cool until chocolate sets, 25 minutes, then cut into squares.

Step 6

Note: Nutritional analysis is per brownie.

Nutrition Facts

Servings 0

Amount Per Serving
Calories 251Calories from Fat 52
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 15g24%

Saturated Fat 8g40%
Cholesterol 64mg22%
Sodium 69mg3%
Total Carbohydrate 28g10%

Dietary Fiber 1.4g6%
Protein 3.8g8%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.