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Peppermint Bark Brownies from Scratch

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These peppermint bark brownies are a from-scratch recipe that I love making around the holidays. Scratch that–any time of year, these are a wonderful minty treat!

Seriously, the kids love eating these and I love making them. It’s a really easy recipe and all that mint with chocolate? My kryptonite. Make certain to check out our other homemade brownie recipes, too!

recipe for peppermint bark brownies

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But back to this beautifully baked white chocolate chip lover’s dream. I mean, just look at all that peppermint white chocolate–it tastes just like crushed peppermint candies on top. And the decadent melted white chocolate frosting (well, bark, but frosting-ish).

Despite the fact that the kids polished off this whole batch, I’m ready for more. So much more.

Be sure to check out the rest of my peppermint recipes!

How to Make Peppermint Bark Brownies

You can, if you’re pressed for time or just want to make this an even more crazy-easy recipe, you are absolutely allowed to use chocolate brownie mix. But, if you’re game, baking these from scratch is going to be amazing.

Just start by preheating your oven and preparing your baking pan with cooking spray. In a large bowl, mix up your wet ingredients, while you work up your dry ingredients in a second bowl.

Combine those, then bake until firm in the middle. Don’t do the toothpick inserted trick, because brownies will stick to the toothpick every time.

While those cool completely, make your ganache and then spread that over the cooled brownies. Sprinkle with crushed candy canes or white chocolate peppermint bits and you’re ready to launch yourself into peppermint bark brownie heaven!

how to make peppermint bark brownies

Specialty Ingredients:

The following ingredients are affiliate links on Amazon because they may be a bit hard to find in your normal store.  I wanted you to be able to see exactly which things we are using.

Reminder, not all ingredients in the Peppermint Bark Brownies Recipe are linked above, just the ones that may be a bit difficult to find or that you might be unsure of what to look for.

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Peppermint Bark Brownies

Best Brownie Recipes:

Once you make this Peppermint Bark Brownies Recipe, you’re going to see just how quick those kiddos can polish off a whole batch of brownies (or you’ll be embarrassed by how quickly you do it on your own). So, you’ll want another batch of awesome brownies to try out. Good news for you, I have some tasty, fudgey goodness just for you.

recipe for peppermint bark brownies

How do I store leftover baked brownies?

Baked brownies are an all-time favorite dessert that is perfect for any occasion. They are so delicious that it’s quite likely that you have some leftovers after indulging in a few.

If you’re wondering how to store them, it is vital to ensure that they are properly stored to retain their taste and texture.

It is best to allow them to cool completely and once they are at room temperature, you can wrap them tightly in plastic wrap or aluminum foil.

Alternatively, you may store them in an airtight container, such as a Tupperware or a Ziploc bag. It’s important to make sure that there are no air pockets to avoid freezer burn.

By following these steps, you can rest assured that your brownies will still taste amazing even after they are stored for a few days.

How do I freeze baked brownies?

Freezing baked brownies is an easy way to make sure that you always have a delicious treat on hand. To start, let the brownies cool to room temperature before wrapping them tightly in plastic wrap.

Make sure to remove as much air as possible to prevent freezer burn. Then, place the wrapped brownies in a freezer-safe container or Ziploc bag and label it with the date of freezing.

Brownies can be frozen for up to three months. When you’re ready to enjoy your frozen brownies, simply remove them from the freezer and let them thaw at room temperature for a few hours or overnight.

Once thawed, your brownies will taste just as fresh as the day you baked them.

Can you overbake brownies?

Brownies are a beloved dessert that many people enjoy making at home. However, it can be easy to get carried away with baking them for too long. So, can you overbake brownies?

The answer is a resounding yes. Overbaking brownies can lead to an undesirable texture, making them dry and crumbly.

Additionally, overbaking them can cause the edges to become burnt, which can even give them a bitter taste.

To avoid this, it’s important to keep a close eye on the brownies while they’re baking and use a toothpick or cake tester to determine when they’re ready to come out of the oven.

The right bake time can produce the perfect chewy and fudgy brownies that everyone loves.

More Peppermint Recipes:

If you’re really here for the peppermint (you know, because it’s the superior element in this recipe, after all), well, have I got a surprise for you! I have so many wonderfully minty mint recipes that you’re going to need a bib.

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Peppermint Bark Brownies

Yield: 24
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Additional Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes

These peppermint bark brownies are a from-scratch recipe that I love making around the holidays. Scratch that--any time of year, these are a wonderful minty treat!



  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup white chocolate peppermint bits

White Chocolate Ganache

  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 1 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips or almond bark
  • 1 cup white chocolate peppermint bits for garnish


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and prepare a 9" x 9" baking dish by spraying it lightly with cooking spray.
  2. Cream together the sugar and butter.
  3. Add the vanilla and eggs, mixing until well combined.
  4. In a second bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients (cocoa powder, flour, salt and baking powder).
  5. Combine the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients in 1/3 increments, stirring well between each increment.
  6. Fold in 1/2 cup white chocolate peppermint chips before placing batter in the baking dish.
  7. Bake the brownies for 25-30 minutes, or until the center of the brownies are firm when touched and the edges of the brownies are slightly crisp, just enough to pull away from the pan edge.
  8. Allow the brownies to cool in the pan as the ganache is prepared.
  9. To make the ganache, combine milk, butter and sugar in a saucepan over low to medium heat.
  10. Stir milk and butter mixture frequently, until the butter is fully melted and the sugar is dissolved completely.
  11. Remove the milk and butter mixture from the stove, then add in the vanilla and white chocolate chips.
  12. Stir hot mixture until the chocolate melts completely.
  13. Spread the white chocolate ganache over the top of the brownies, smoothing the chocolate.
  14. Sprinkle the garnish portion of white chocolate peppermint bits over the ganache before it sets.
  15. Allow bark to set completely before cutting the brownies and serving.
  16. Enjoy!
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 24 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 247Total Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 36mgSodium: 183mgCarbohydrates: 32gFiber: 0gSugar: 29gProtein: 2g

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