Friday, December 11, 2009

Would You Like Chocolate With That? ~ Peppermint Cloud Brownies

Welcome to Chocolate Friday!  Usually I'm happy to get to the end of a week - especially when it involves chocolate - but this time it means that there are less days to get ready for Christmas!  I have SO much to do!  How about you?  Either way - you should enjoy some chocolate!

I found this recipe in a magazine last year, but never had a chance to try it out.  It was the perfect recipe to make now since I have to take some goodies to my son's Christmas concert.  The brownie part is dense and chocolatey and the marshmallows are gooey/sticky and blend well with the crushed candy cane.  Though I think I would love a white chocolate frosting with the crushed peppermint on top.  Some people are never satisfied.  ;)

Peppermint Cloud Brownies

1 stick unsalted butter 
2 oz. semisweet chocolate 
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa
3/4 cup packed light-brown sugar
2 large eggs
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup chopped pecans
1/3 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/3 cups mini marshmallows
3 tablespoons crushed peppermint sticks (AKA candy canes)

Heat oven to 350 degrees F.  Butter an 8-inch square pan and line with a strip of parchment overhanging on two sides.  Butter parchment; set aside.

In saucepan, melt butter, chocolate and cocoa on low heat, stirring until smooth.  Remove from heat and stir in sugar, eggs, flour, salt, nuts, milk and vanilla until combined.

Spread batter into prepared pan.  Bake until just set, 20 minutes.  Remove from oven, top with marshmallows and bake until marshmallows are puffed, another 5 minutes.  Immediately sprinkle with peppermint.  Cool in pan.  Loosen edges and lift brownies from pan using parchment.  Use a buttered knife to cut into squares.  Store airtight up to 1 day.
Sound good?  I think they're a fun Christmas treat!

And now it's your turn to what?  Link up your chocolate posts of course!  It's like one big chocolate party, so we need as many chocolate posts linked up as possible.  Can't wait to see what you've got (you know you can use something out of your archives, too!)  If you don't have a blog - share your chocolate recipes, thoughts, quotes, etc. in the comments!

I'm linking this up to The Grocery Cart Challenge Recipe Swap !  I'm also linking it to Do It Yourself Day at A Soft Place to Land and Tasty Tuesday at Beauty and Bedlam!

Have a fantastic Friday everybody!


  1. Well, how do you like that... MrLinkly said I couldn't add a link until 10am???? I won't be home then, so here is my link.

    Your recipe will go on my must make list... chocolate and mint -yummy!

  2. MMMMMmmmm, where have ya'll been all my life??? There's not much this Ozarks farm chick wouldn't put chocolate on. I have to confess it is my drug of choice. I have always believed that Midol works better with chocolate. I've gotta' make these brownies!

    From the hill and hollers of the Ponderosa here's wishing ya'll a wonderfully blessed day filled with rich quality chocolate!!!!

  3. Those do sound good! Between those, the Starbucks Peppermint Brownies, and the peppermint marshmallows we just made, it's a minty week!

    I'm not able to enter my link yet, either, but I wanted to submit these Cappuccino Flats:

  4. Sorry it took me so long to post today my friend. I was gone ALL day long.
    So I have to be honest, I'm not a big fan of marshmallows. But your pictures are fabulous! LOL

    Big Minty Marshmallowy size hugs to you my friend.

    Have a glorious weekend.

  5. Now that is a really good idea for a fun festive topping! Yum!

  6. Oh yummy. I love peppermint and chocolate!!! I had a dear, sweet friend who made peppermint brownies (her specialty) and they were perfect - she's gone onto heaven and I never got her recipe - but these might give me a sweet alternative. Everytime I see peppermint brownies I think of my sweet friend Jackie.

  7. Oooh, I can't believe I found this post! That brownie looks absolutely divine. My mouth is watering just thinking of the chocolate/peppermint combination. I'm printing the recipe tonight to make tomorrow. Yum!!!

  8. Ooooh, these look yummy! I have the same problem with the link. You can go in and edit your link.

    The only way I've been able to change it is to first publish my post, along with the McLinky. It will say that the linky isn't open yet so noone can link up.

    Then go to the McLinky page and just sign in (if you need to) and then select the "Your Lists" button (it's gray). Then, once in there find your meme link and select edit.

    Then go to the "Dates Allowed" and choose the date you want the McLinky to start. Then go to the bottom of the page and select the button that updates your changes. It should work!

  9. Those just look so tasty I can't stand it. Must.Make.


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