Peppermint Hot Cocoa Brownies

Peppermint Hot Cocoa Brownies - www.yummycrumble.comGooey and super fudgey brownies baked with a ton of love and mini peppermint patties to give it that extra Christmas kick!  Topped with whipped cream and crushed peppermint candies, these Peppermint Hot Cocoa Brownies are the perfect treat on a cozy winter night!

Well, my jeans a feeling a little tighter.  That’s how I know Christmas is almost here.  Only 17 more sleeps people!  We’re over that Thanksgiving holiday hump and shopping plazas are getting crazy cramped.  I’ts been getting harder to grocery shop at my beloved Target lately.  I feel a little lazy though…I haven’t really started my Christmas shopping yet!  Eeek! I’ve done a few purchases online here and there but I haven’t hit the stores and elbowed my way through those treacherous aisles.  I’ll be honest…I’m not ready to battle with those crazy and desperate holiday shopping moms.  I keep seeing that 1980’s footage of violent grown adults fighting each other for the last Cabbage Patch Doll. That being said, I better suit up and start before I become one of those crazy desperate moms!

Peppermint Hot Cocoa Brownies - www.yummycrumble.comBy suiting up, I mean getting a huge helping of my new favorite brownie.  Peppermint Hot Cocoa Brownies.  Who doesn’t love peppermint paired with dark chocolate.  If you say no, leave the premises immediately.  Or stay and check these out.

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Peppermint Jawa Brownies

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Things just got real folks.  Christmas is so close!  Only 33 more sleeps until that glorious morning is here!  Yes, I am using way to many exclamation points right now, but I’m super giddy.  The season has definitely started, evident in the fact that it took me 15 minutes longer to find a parking spot at the mall, and peppermint is everywhere!  I tried to hold on to the pumpkin and sweet potato for as long as I could, but I’m just gonna give in.

peppermint jawa brownies - www.yummycrumble.com Lately my son has been asking me to make something Star Wars again.  Oliver is smitten.  The first words out of his little mouth every morning are “Pew Pew Pew”.  You Star Wars geeks will know exactly what that is.  So to appease him, and my Christmas craziness, I made these Peppermint Jawa Brownies.  Jawas are kind of the Christmas elves of Star Wars, right?  You might be thinking…Star Wars and Christmas?  Eh.  Well let me give you this link: Star Wars Holiday Special.   It will explain everything.  If you ever get a hold of the footage, you might feel a little uneasy.  It’s that bad.  So bad it’s good.

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Peppermint Brownie Cookie Sandwiches

peppermint brownie cookie sandwiches

Christmas is almost here!  My family lives in Orlando, Florida and the temperature in December barely dips below 75 degrees.  We hardly get to wear our scarves or bundle up in warm coats. Once in a while Florida will hit a mild cold front and so we indulge in hot cocoa. It’s the only way for it to “feel” like Christmas. Since beautifully cold winter weather is a rarity in my case, a hot beverage usually is not very comforting.  Today’s forecast was a high of 84!  Really?! Sigh…

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So instead of sweating while I insist on drinking my favorite hot cocoa, I made it into a cookie sandwich.  A brownie cookie sandwich to be exact.  These peppermint brownie cookie sandwiches are amazing and if you’re planning on indulging in one or a few, a tall glass of milk is a must.  The dark chocolate brownie cookies are perfectly rich and chewy.  Imagine the fudgy part of the brownie with a light crisp layer on top.  They are stuffed with a light marshmallow fluff frosting then rolled in crushed peppermint candies.  Who needs winter?  This recipe makes 12 peppermint brownie cookie sandwiches.

Peppermint Hot Cocoa Brownie Cookie Sandwiches

Ingredients

  • Brownie Cookies
  • 1 cup chopped dark chocolate
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 2/3 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • Marshmallow Frosting
  • 1 7oz jar of marshmallow fluff
  • 2 sticks of softened butter
  • 3/4 cup - 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. In a medium saucepan melt the chopped chocolate and unsalted butter over low heat until fully melted and combined.
  3. Whisk the eggs, sugar and vanilla extract in a separate bowl.
  4. Add the melted chocolate, flour, cocoa powder, and baking powder mixing until well blended.
  5. Refrigerate dough for about 20 minutes (so its firm enough to scoop or form into balls).
  6. Spoon the dough onto a lined baking sheet and bake for 8-10 minutes or until the tops start to make that brownie crackle.
  7. While the cookies cool beat together the jar of marshmallow fluff and softened butter until fluffy.
  8. Begin to add the powdered sugar 1/4 cup at a time tasting as you go to see if its sweetened to your liking.
  9. Mix in vanilla at the end.
  10. Assemble sandwiches by piping frosting on the back of one cookie then sandwiching them together.
  11. Lastly roll assembled sandwiches in the crushed peppermint.
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Recipe adapted from Donna Hay

These turned out fantastic!  One of my favorite flavor combinations is dark chocolate and peppermint and if your’e like me these are not gonna last.  They are crazy good!

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