There’s something important that you should know about these brownies.

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And it’s that I got to keep them all to myself.

See, I married this guy who doesn’t like chocolate and mint together. What? I know. That’s what I said too. He also isn’t *thrilled* about chocolate and peanut butter when combined but we are learning to overcome such a disturbance. I mean, that’s like total grounds for divorce.

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The thing is, I don’t even think I KNEW about the mint + chocolate combo hatred until after we were married. Maybe he mentioned it once but it seems that I may have what some call selective hearing. Whatever. That just certainly sounds like “irreconcilable differences” to these ears.

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Me? I love chocolate and mint together. It’s so fresh… so cooling… so perfect! I actually find it to be refreshing, which shouldn’t come as a surprise since it’s basically dessert. Only I would find a non-fruit, chocolate-loaded dessert refreshing. Hey, at least you always know what you get here.

So… I’ve been dying to make a peppermint pattie brownie for months. Maybe even over a year? Ever since I made these 1988 brownies, which um… don’t even compare here. I didn’t want to just stuff plain brownies with the traditional old things, I wanted to create the cooling, tingling center of a York peppermint pattie and layer it into a brownie. A few years ago I made homemade peppermint patties and holy cow were they fab. Love them so much. I took the filling and combined it with an 8×8 pan brownie recipe, then covered the whole thing in ganache. And it’s not like I covered it neatly. I can’t be bothered with such patience. Slap that chocolate on there and feed me.

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Peppermint Pattie Brownies

Yield: 9-12 brownies (1 8x8 pan)

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 1.5 hours


1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
1 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
2/3 cup chocolate chips

peppermint pattie layer
2 cups powdered sugar
1 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
3 tablespoons evaporated milk
1/4 teaspoon vegetable oil
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract

3.5 ounces dark chocolate, chopped
2.5 tablespoons heavy cream


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease an 8x8 baking pan with butter or nonstick spray.

In a large bowl, combine melted butter with sugar and vanilla extract, whisking until combined and almost smooth. Whisk in each egg one at a time, stirring until a smooth batter forms. Add in flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt, stirring until combined. Fold in chocolate chips. Spread batter in the 8x8 baking dish and bake for 25-30 minutes until set. Remove and let cool.

While brownies are cooling, add powdered sugar, butter, milk, vegetable oil, vanilla and peppermint extracts to the bowl of an electric mixer. Beat until smooth and creamy. Pour over brownies and spread in an even layer with a spoon or spatula. Place in the refrigerator until set, about 30 minutes.

To make ganache, heat heavy cream until warm and pour it over chopped chocolate. Stir for a few minutes until totally combined, smooth and creamy. Spread over the top of the peppermint layer or cut brownies first and spoon over top. I love these refrigerated!

[brownies from allrecipes, peppermint layer from homemade peppermint patties]

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I can’t even.

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187 Responses to “Peppermint Pattie Brownies.”

  1. #
    Im At Home Baking — November 16, 2012 @ 8:11 am

    Wow, these look amazing!!


  2. #
    Mischelle — November 16, 2012 @ 8:12 am

    serves 9-12? i reckon just for one……


  3. #
    Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat — November 16, 2012 @ 8:15 am

    It’s a good job I wasn’t there when you made these because you would have definitely had to share! I love mint and chocolate together as well.. After Eights…oh. my. goodness. SO good!


  4. #
    Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers — November 16, 2012 @ 8:18 am

    Oh my gosh! I love peppermint brownies and your pictures look so delectable!!! I want a brownie now!!!


  5. #
    Liz — November 16, 2012 @ 8:25 am

    While I’m not too keen on mint by itself (unless it’s toothpaste – but I don’t want to eat something that has the same flavor as toothpaste, haha), CHOCOLATE & mint together are divine. Those brownies look fabulous.


  6. #
    Kaylie @ Skinny Muffin — November 16, 2012 @ 8:39 am

    This is the absolute perfect combination. You’re genius.


  7. #
    Krissy @ Make it Naked — November 16, 2012 @ 8:43 am

    I want to swim in a pool of that peppermint pattie layer.


  8. #
    Rachel (Two Healthy Plates) — November 16, 2012 @ 8:45 am

    I <3 mint chocolate brownies. I made them last year for ever single holiday party I went to…. people probably hated me by the end but I don't care because they are sooo good – hah! I always tinted my mint part green :) And christmas sprinkles….lots of em'. The chocolate on top sounds like a great addition =)


  9. #
    Alicia Greenrabbit — November 16, 2012 @ 8:52 am

    I get that cool sensation ,when I bite into a York peppermint patty…………….
    This is a no brainer ,now I have something to make for the girls gymnastics team tonight! You save me again Jess.


  10. #
    Kim in MD — November 16, 2012 @ 8:53 am

    I love chocolate and mint together. My children…not so much! But, like you, that will just leave more for me! These look amazing!


  11. #
    Rachel — November 16, 2012 @ 8:54 am

    I am the only person I know who likes mint chocolate so I am going to make these and eat them all! YUMMY


  12. #
    Nicky @ Pink Recipe Box — November 16, 2012 @ 8:54 am

    I had an almost identical brownie idea! Although I doubt mine would have turned out as beautiful as yours. Love the ganache slopped on top. Pinning! :)


  13. #
    Alli — November 16, 2012 @ 9:02 am

    Oh my goodness.


  14. #
    The Café Sucré Farine — November 16, 2012 @ 9:35 am

    Wow, these looks amazing! I wouldn’t dare keep them around the house though, they look quite addictive! Your photos are beautiful!


  15. #
    Emily @ Life on Food — November 16, 2012 @ 9:38 am

    Yes, these look fabulous! The only way I like my mint is with chocolate.


  16. #
    Abby@ The Frosted Vegan — November 16, 2012 @ 9:39 am

    Looooove the peppermint/chocolate combo! I like that the peppermint layer doesn’t have any whack ingredients happening either, sometimes they do!


  17. #
    cait & val — November 16, 2012 @ 9:41 am

    yum. oh. my. goodness. mouths. watering!!!!

    xo. c & v
    cake & valley


  18. #
    Jocelyn @BruCrew Life — November 16, 2012 @ 9:42 am

    I could seriously just dive right into those brownies! I love that you just plopped that awesome ganache right on top…they look so perfect that way!!! Mint and chocolate is my favorite Christmas combo!!!


  19. #
    Chelsy — November 16, 2012 @ 9:43 am

    Jess, I used to be a chocolate/mint hater as well, but I have learned to come around. However, my mother’s favorite candy is peppermint patties…she used to send my sister and I to the store with my dad when we were little late at night just so we could get her peppermint patties and a rootbeer! These are definitely going on my holiday dessert menu! I love surprising mom!


  20. #
    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — November 16, 2012 @ 9:43 am

    These are the prettiest thing I’ve seen all day! What an awesome recipe!


  21. #
    alyssa - life a la wife — November 16, 2012 @ 9:51 am

    Love the messiness of these – I get so impatient when i have 3 steps i’m just ready to taste!


  22. #
    Kaitlin @4loveofcarrots — November 16, 2012 @ 9:59 am

    I am dying!!! I need these soo badly!!!


  23. #
    deva at deva by definition — November 16, 2012 @ 10:09 am

    I love peppermint patties! One of our bags of halloween candy was selected for the combination of Mr. Goodbars and Peppermint Patties within. We both won that bag.


  24. #
    Joelle (on a pink typewriter) — November 16, 2012 @ 10:16 am

    Don’t hate me, but I don’t like mint either….these almost look like enough to make me change my tune though.


  25. #
    Valerie — November 16, 2012 @ 10:16 am

    My boyfriend is the same way! He hates mint & chocolate. And, frankly, its tragic. Nothing but chocolate, chocolate, chocolate for that boy…I LOVE mint & (dark) chocolate, especially during the holidays! Thanks for the recipe and gorgeous pics, as usual ;-)


  26. #
    Rachel {Studio Cuisine} — November 16, 2012 @ 10:16 am

    Just when I think you can’t come up with anything better, you totally outdo yourself! I’m in love with these brownies!


  27. #
    Chrysa — November 16, 2012 @ 10:17 am

    You exude awesomeness. You have quickly sprinted to the top of my list of favorite blogs. And these? Won’t lie….probs going to make them this weekend.


  28. #
    sally @ sallys baking addiction — November 16, 2012 @ 10:28 am

    oh hiiiiiiiiii. i think you made these just for me. i need to join Peppermint Patties Anonymous. It’s a problem. I’m obsessed. All of that melty chocolate and gooey peppermint. I’m dying. TGI-freaking-F!!!!!!!!!!


  29. #
    Kerry @ Snark and Pepper — November 16, 2012 @ 10:30 am

    These make me think of the 80s :) One of my friend’s moms used to make brownies then just melt peppermint patties on the top.

    Don’t tell my friend’s mom I said this but, these look so much better.


  30. #
    Kristen — November 16, 2012 @ 10:31 am

    I have a question! It’s dumb and will reveal my noviceness in the kitchen!

    Umm… does ganache harden once it’s set? I want to make these and wrap them up as gifts, but reaching in a bag and getting sloppy chocolate sauce all over yourself is gross. Or totally awesome.


    • Jessica — November 16th, 2012 @ 11:14 am

      not dumb at all – it gets firm but it never really hardens to the point that by touching it, it won’t shift or create a fingerprint. i’m not quite sure how these could be wrapped up – maybe in a single layer in a cute baking tin??


  31. #
    Christine — November 16, 2012 @ 10:37 am

    Definitely making these for Christmas!


  32. #
    Rachel @ the Avid Appetite — November 16, 2012 @ 10:47 am

    These look incredible! I actually recently made peppermint patty browniea but did it by stuffing actual peppermint patties into them…this is way more beautiful and fun!


  33. #
    Mandie @ Oh So Decadent — November 16, 2012 @ 10:51 am

    Wait. So, he doesn’t like chocolate and mint together or chocolate and peanut butter?? I didn’t even know those types of people existed. I am beyond stunned.

    In any case, it’s probably better that he didn’t eat them, since they look delish, I’m sure you had no trouble finishing off the pan by yourself. I would do the same if I had these brownies in my possession, actually I’ll probably go make them and refuse to share them.


  34. #
    Julie H. of Spinach and Sprinkles — November 16, 2012 @ 10:59 am

    Swoon!!!!! I want these in my mouth NOW!


  35. #
    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — November 16, 2012 @ 10:59 am

    You need to start posting dessert recipes at night so I’m not tortured first thing in the morning because omg I wanted it as a post breakfast snack and that’s just plain wrong… or is it totally right? :)


  36. #
    Lauren — November 16, 2012 @ 11:12 am

    I’ve never commented even though I read every day. People who don’t like chocolate + mint are odd. People who don’t like chocolate + peanut butter are even odder. I can see just not liking mint, perhaps.

    I take it a step further though. One of my most favourite combinations (and it makes everyone I tell cringe) is chocolate + mint + peanut butter. My favourite way to do it is in a DQ Blizzard. Mint blizzard with extra extra extra peanut butter cup. You’ll get faces of disgust, by omg…so good.


    • Jessica — November 16th, 2012 @ 11:14 am

      thank you for commenting! i will have to try that much to my husband’s dismay.


  37. #
    Jessi @ EATS Rx — November 16, 2012 @ 11:13 am

    Your pictures are always so beautiful! And these pictures suggest I need to get my hands on those brownies stat.


  38. #
    Erin@LawStudentsWife — November 16, 2012 @ 11:15 am

    My hubs has the same weird “problem” with chocolate and mint…but if it means more for us, perhaps it’s a blessing in disguise? These look ooegy-gooey good Jessica!


  39. #
    Meagan @ A Zesty Bite — November 16, 2012 @ 11:20 am

    My husband doesn’t like chocolate and mint together either. The things we have to find out after we marry them. Just devastating…. Love these brownies.


  40. #
    Heather (Heather's Dish) — November 16, 2012 @ 11:24 am

    see, nate doesn’t mind chocolate and mint but i’m pretty sure i’d just keep them all to myself anyway ;)


  41. #
    Marcy — November 16, 2012 @ 11:33 am

    This husband you speak about, is this the same guy that mixes all his food together when he piles it on his plate? Odd, just odd.

    I made the martini equivilent of these brownies just last night… creme de cocoa, peppermint schnapps, vodka and half & half, so now I have to make these brownies this weekend! Thank you!!!!


  42. #
    Sarah @ The Cyclist's Wife — November 16, 2012 @ 11:33 am

    Oh man, I just died and went to heaven. A peppermint lover’s dream come true!


  43. #
    diane stanley — November 16, 2012 @ 11:35 am

    you are a serious temptress. These look so delicious


  44. #
    JulieD — November 16, 2012 @ 11:35 am

    Wow these look amazing!! I love your photography, Jess!!


  45. #
    Christine @ Cooking with Cakes — November 16, 2012 @ 11:52 am

    delicious! sometimes it’s really awesome when the man in your life doesn’t share your tastebuds!!

    now that you’ve given me the secret to making peppermint, thinking abt making some peppermint chocolate chunk cookies … and I’m working from home today… and I’m going to stop typing so I can get to the store!! lol great recipe jess! xx


  46. #
    Karly — November 16, 2012 @ 11:53 am

    I’m one of those total freaks who isn’t a big fan of chocolate and mint. I know. You’re ashamed of me, aren’t you?

    My husband and daughter, however, looooooove this combo and would go nuts for these gorgeous brownies!


  47. #
    Michelle @ Brown Eyed Baker — November 16, 2012 @ 12:01 pm

    LOVE peppermint and chocolate together! Hello, the only reason for going to the Olive Garden is for the Andes Mints at the end ;-)


  48. #
    allie@sweetpotatobites — November 16, 2012 @ 12:03 pm

    love the ganache layer on top of the peppermint patty layer. so decadent!


  49. #
    Hannah Jayne — November 16, 2012 @ 12:18 pm

    Two of my favorite things: Must. Make. NOW!
    Also, I think it’s hilarious that every time I type “www.” into my search bar, it automatically fills in “howseeteats” :) Even my computer knows an amazing site when it sees it! Keep up the good work!


  50. #
    Food around my World — November 16, 2012 @ 12:24 pm

    It looks really delicious!!! My mom loves the combination of chocolate and pepparmit! And this brownie looks like something she would really LOVE! Because there is a candy that she alwas talks about . a round chocolate candy with something white pepparminty on top in the middle – and this reminds of that candy! I will surely bake this to her some day! :) Thanks for the recipe


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