Chocolate Peppermint Brownies December 18, 2012May 11, 2015 Nicola Quinn brownie, recipe Can you believe that Christmas is just one week away? I can’t. Can you believe that this time next week we’ll be unwrapping presents and filling the house with delicious Christmas food smells? I can’t. Can you believe that we still don’t have plans for Christmas day? No, I can’t either. December has completely flown by this year, leaving me – someone who normally starts planning Christmas in September – completely and utterly unprepared. We spent a week in the UK this month, which took over all my organisation time, leaving hardly any for Christmas Day.Christmases can be a bit difficult here – my dad lives about a 30 minute drive away from us, but My Official Treat Taster’s family lives about 4-5 hours away. By plane. Which is why we do ‘alternate’ Christmases. They come over and visit one year when I am on edge for every second of every day until they’re gone, then the next year we have a snuggly bunny Christmas with just the two of us. This year it’s just us two. High five! But we have no plans at all. HELP!I got a bit overwhelmed at the idea of being so unorganized last weekend and instead of grabbing the corkscrew, I face-planted this tray of brownies. Best. Solution. Ever. No one can be overwhelmed, angry or upset when you have a face full of these chocolate peppermint brownies.Chocolate Peppermint BrowniesPrep Time: 20 minutesCook Time: 25 minutesTotal Time: 1 hour, 30 minutesYield: 9 browniesIngredientsfor the brownies1/2 cup butter1 cup white sugar2 eggs2 teaspoons vanilla extract1/2 cup all purpose flour1/4 cup cocoa powder1/2 cup dark chocolate chunksfor the peppermint layer1 cup powdered sugar1 tablespoon butter, softened1 tablespoon milk1/4 teaspoon vegetable oil1/2 teaspoon peppermint extractfew drops of green coloringfor the ganache3.5 ounces dark chocolate, chopped2/3 cup heavy creamRecipePreheat the oven to 350°F and line an 8x8 baking tray with parchment paper.Beat together the butter, sugar and vanilla extract before whisking in each egg, one at a time until a batter forms.Stir in the flour, cocoa powder and chocolate chunks.Pour into the lined baking tray and bake for 25-30 minutes until set. Place on a wire rack and leave to cool.Whilst the brownies are cooling, you can make the peppermint layer by beating together the powdered sugar, butter, milk, oil, peppermint extract and green coloring until smooth and creamy. Pour this over the cooling brownies and spread with a spoon so it's even. Place in the refrigerator until set.To make the ganache, heat heavy cream until warm and pour over the chopped chocolate. Leave for around 5 minutes then stir until combined, creamy and smooth. Spread over the peppermint layer and slice into individual brownies.NotesRecipe adapted from How Sweet it is3.1http://pinkrecipebox.com/chocolate-peppermint-brownies/© Pink Recipe BoxHere are the link parties I link up to.