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. #
    Morgan — November 16, 2012 @ 12:26 pm

    My boyfriend is the same way! I gave him a taste of my peppermint mocha latte the other day and he’s reaction was like he had just eaten a lemon. I just don’t get it. Chocolate and mint is like a match made in culinary heaven. Hmph. These look heavenly by the way!


  2. #
    Living The Sweet Life — November 16, 2012 @ 12:40 pm

    That’s it. That’s all I have. And also HOLY COW GET IN MAH BELLAAYY!

    <3 I lovethem.


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    Kayla H — November 16, 2012 @ 1:07 pm

    OH good grief, my husband is the same way! He says it’s like eating chocolate immediately after brushing your teeth. I’m still trying to figure out why that would even be a problem. These look fantastic!


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    Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel — November 16, 2012 @ 1:14 pm

    Oh my gravy. I need these bad!


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    Sarah — November 16, 2012 @ 1:31 pm

    My fiance puts tag a long cookies on top of mint chip ice cream. Peanut butter and mint……that I cant get on board with.


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    Christina Main — November 16, 2012 @ 1:33 pm

    LOVE. IT.


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    little kitchie — November 16, 2012 @ 1:48 pm

    my husband is exactly the same! these sounds delicious – like a giant york peppermint patty of brownie deliciousness. will be making these soon – and keeping them ALL TO MYSELF! :)


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    Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes — November 16, 2012 @ 2:25 pm

    I can’t even handle this right now!


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    Keiko — November 16, 2012 @ 2:33 pm

    ummm… my boyfriend is ALLERGIC to chocolate. How we are even compatible is beyond me. He even hates the smell. His allergies are extremely disturbing and annoying. BUT the good news is I don’t have to share ;)

    I love your blog, btw. This is my first comment but I am a daily reader. All of your recipes are amazing! I’m officially obsessed with your food obsessions!


  10. #
    Emily — November 16, 2012 @ 2:33 pm

    My fiance is the same way….detests chocolate and mint – which is my all time favorite. In some ways it’s for the better :) I never have to fight him for it!


  11. #
    sara — November 16, 2012 @ 2:34 pm

    LOVE these…they look totally incredible! I am definitely making these…


  12. #
    Julia Jolliff — November 16, 2012 @ 4:16 pm

    Wow!! These looks so yummy!! My husband is a big fan of brownies and the peppermint on these might just force me to make a batch!


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    Lizzie — November 16, 2012 @ 4:46 pm

    i am engaged to a man who doesn’t share my love for chocolate and mint, and it is a borderline deal-breaker. I totally feel you on that one.
    These look ridiculously divine. I can’t handle it.


  14. #
    Kerry — November 16, 2012 @ 4:48 pm

    These look amazing, can’t wait to try this recipe!


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    Katie @ Blonde Ambition — November 16, 2012 @ 4:51 pm

    I don’t know if I’d be able to marry someone who wasn’t into peppermint and chocolate together! It’s pretty much my favorite dessert flavor combo of all time. These look heavenly.


  16. #
    kathrina — November 16, 2012 @ 5:16 pm

    well. i usually make peppermint marshmallows and peppermint bark every Christmas time. but I think I might have to add these into the mix!!! too good


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    Madeleine @ Teenie Baker — November 16, 2012 @ 6:30 pm

    i totally love chocolate and mint together too. FAVE ice cream combo right there.
    Can’t wait to try these!


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    bridget {bake at 350} — November 16, 2012 @ 6:59 pm


    I can’t even think straight because all I can think is “peppermint.pattie.brownie.” My mom & nana were HUGE peppermint pattie fans, so I think it’s hereditary.

    PS…hope you’re having a ball in NYC!!!


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    Erin — November 16, 2012 @ 7:03 pm

    oh my gahhhh these look so good! And I honestly don’t believe you about your husband not liking chocolate and peanut butter.. because I’m pretty sure that chocolate and peanut butter are like, twins that got separated at birth.. or like.. soulmates. or something..


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    Jen — November 16, 2012 @ 7:50 pm

    I find mint brownies refreshing as well! Last Thanksgiving we had just finished the main meal, and I really needed something to finish it off, but it had to be something light so I would still be able to eat pumpkin and pecan pie, and all the other various deeelish desserts everyone had brought. i ended up eating 8 pieces of mint patty brownies which, sadly, was half of the entire thing (I’m greedy when it comes to food). perfect filler between dinner and dessert :)


  21. #
    christina @ oven adventures — November 16, 2012 @ 8:01 pm

    i LOVE mint and chocolate together. i would make these and then stash them in my secret NEVER, EVER sharing place. I’m not even exaggerating.


  22. #
    jessi — November 16, 2012 @ 9:19 pm

    oh my good Lord, these look amazing!!!! sadly, i also married a man who doesn’t like mint and chocolate. i think there’s seriously something wrong with him.


  23. #
    Jaime — November 16, 2012 @ 9:48 pm

    Just saw this and thought of you!! How crazy is this??


  24. #
    luv what you do — November 16, 2012 @ 10:52 pm

    I didn’t know it was possible not to like chocolate and mint! I might keep these to myself too! They look incredible!


  25. #
    Adrianna from A Cozy Kitchen — November 16, 2012 @ 11:20 pm

    I’m in love with these things. And that first shot? GAH!


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    Julie_M — November 17, 2012 @ 12:01 am

    These look delicious! I love the mint-chocolate combo, and the “90s” mint brownies you’ve featured are still a regular staple in my baking repertoire. I pretended I didn’t read you assigned them to the 90s….but, if I wanted to join this century, I *could* move this in to fill my chocolate-mint obsession!


  27. #
    Johanna — November 17, 2012 @ 3:44 am

    Have you ever posted on the food served at your wedding?
    That might have been a good time to discover all those likes/dislikes before it was too late!


  28. #
    Averie @ Averie Cooks — November 17, 2012 @ 7:46 am

    Oh wow – they look amazing! I do love some 1988 Creme de Menthe action but the peppermint patty filling is also a stellar choice. And the non-neat chocolate ganache. Good call! Makes life so much easier when you can just slap it on :)


  29. #
    Jennie — November 17, 2012 @ 9:19 am

    So, which one is better? This one or the 1988 one? If I were to be reasonable and not make both!


  30. #
    vanillasugarblog — November 17, 2012 @ 10:46 am

    choco + mint is my all time favorite
    genius girl!


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    megan — November 17, 2012 @ 11:24 am

    I know some crazies who don’t like chocolate and mint either…INSANE!!! I however, love that combo…and do NOT insult the “1988” mint brownies!!! I make those all the time…when you put that recipe out, I copied it and have never looked back…LOVE them!!!

    But, if you say these bypass those…I”ll trust you! They’re on my list :)


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    {Moni} @ Moni Meals — November 17, 2012 @ 11:32 am

    Oh GAWD! YUM! Do not normally love peppermint but you have certainly changed that. Thanks Jessica!


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    Mercedes@Satisfy My Sweet Tooth — November 17, 2012 @ 1:47 pm

    I love chocolate and mint together and these brownies look so decadent and messy, just a perfect combination!


  34. #
    sweetmaddy — November 17, 2012 @ 3:23 pm

    I am making these as soon as humanly possible!


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    Amber @ Slim Pickin's Kitchen — November 17, 2012 @ 4:24 pm

    Bwahahahaaaaaa!!! Irreconcilable differences!!!! That’s hysterical! It’s more like a necessity in my household. My husband doesn’t like the mint/chocolate combo either which is good because if he even thought about touching my yummy minty treats then that would be grounds for divorce with us!


  36. #
    amber — November 17, 2012 @ 5:26 pm

    amazing! these look amazing!


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    Katy — November 17, 2012 @ 6:32 pm

    I’m a lucky girl – my hubs LOVES York peppermint patties, and I’m a big chocolate/mint fan as well… so we will definitely be making these bad boys!! Yum!


  38. #
    Liz — November 17, 2012 @ 8:37 pm

    One word….WOW!!! These look amazing and delish! Hope I can pull them off :-)


  39. #
    89 — November 17, 2012 @ 8:38 pm

    Well, jessica, you certainly have achieved what you set out to do. They look incredible and the pictures are very special


  40. #
    Caralyn @ glutenfreehappytummy — November 17, 2012 @ 8:46 pm

    oh my gosh i’m drooling!


  41. #
    Grabandgorecipes — November 18, 2012 @ 1:49 am

    These look amazing!!


  42. #
    Cynthia — November 18, 2012 @ 2:02 am

    You are so freaking hilarious! :D


  43. #
    cindy — November 18, 2012 @ 11:49 am

    My husband isn’t thrilled by pb and chocolate either…and I just found this out, like 2 months ago. I maybe wept a little. At least he love chocolate and mint. I totally agree that mint-chocolate things are refreshing…mint is a plant after all! ha!


  44. #
    JulieD — November 18, 2012 @ 2:11 pm

    I don’t think my previous comment showed up, if it did sorry for the repeat. Anyways – one word I’m obsessed!!!


  45. #
    Gen — November 18, 2012 @ 3:47 pm

    Yum!! Chocolate and mint are my favorite combo!!!! I’ll have to try these out


  46. #
    Ashley — November 18, 2012 @ 4:07 pm

    I cannot wait to try these!!! My boyfriend also does not like anything mint at all… Its so crazy to me because I love mint + choc combo… He also hates lemon and banana desserts… So basically means more for me… Weirdo!!! Love your site!!! And happy holidays!


  47. #
    foodwithpictures — November 18, 2012 @ 4:43 pm

    I must make these immediately. And then eat them all before anyone gets home.


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    Dolly — November 18, 2012 @ 10:23 pm

    I dont like chocolate and mint. Two gorgeous ingredients that ruin each other. PB and Chocolate is a waste. Just one good thing at a time!!

    I cant believe there is no alcohol in these. Did you forget the rum?


  49. #
    Connie the Cookie Monster — November 19, 2012 @ 4:35 am

    im salivating all over my keyboard.. oops


  50. #
    Katie — November 19, 2012 @ 4:55 am

    Smart girly! They look very delsih. I also love mint and choc together…how can anyone not?! ;) You have inspired me to do some more baking!

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