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Peppermint Brownies

These are a triple threat with a bottom layer of deep, dark chocolate fudgy brownies, a middle pink layer of creamy peppermint, and a top glaze of glossy chocolate sauce.  When devoured at room temperature, the entire bite melts in your mouth but it’s also good to know that these keep their shape with each of their distinct, beautiful layers.

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Peppermint Brownies
 
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Serves: 4-6 Servings
Ingredients
Brownie Layer
  • 2 sticks soft, unsalted butter
  • 1 c brown sugar
  • 2 c white sugar
  • 1 tb vanilla extract {or coffee flavored liqueur}
  • 4 room temperature eggs
  • 1½ c unbleached flour
  • 1 ts fine salt
  • 1 c unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 c chocolate chips
Peppermint Filling
  • 1 stick soft unsalted butter
  • 3 oz soft cream cheese
  • 1½ ts peppermint extract
  • Pink color {I used 2 drops of red}
  • 2½ c sifted powdered sugar
  • Pinch of fine salt
Chocolate Glaze
  • 8 oz bittersweet chocolate
  • 5 tb unsalted butter
  • Crushed candies/sprinkles {optional}
Instructions
  1. For the brownies, in the first bowl, cream together the butter and sugars until light and fluffy {about 3-5 minutes}
  2. Blend in the extract/liqueur and eggs, one at a time.
  3. In the second bowl, sift together the flour, salt, cocoa, and chocolate. Make sure the chocolate gets coated with the all the dry mixture.
  4. Mix bowls one and two together in thirds. Mix just to combine {don't over mix}.
  5. In a sprayed pan, bake at 350 for about 25-35 minutes {I like them under baked}
  6. Cool completely.
  7. For the filling, cream together the butter and cream cheese.
  8. Mix in the peppermint and color.
  9. Slowly add in the sifted powdered sugar {it helps to measure after you sift}.
  10. Spread onto the cooled brownie and pop the entire thing in the fridge for the filling to harden a bit {about 30 minutes}.
  11. For the glaze, melt the chocolate and butter together {in a double boiler or in 30 second intervals in the microwave}. Stir well for a smooth consistency and spread evenly onto the top of the filling. {Top with sprinkles or crushed candy if desired}. Allow this to set in the fridge for about 30 minutes as well before cutting into squares. {When the brownies are entirely firm, it's easier to cut neater squares and it also helps to swipe the knife clean before eat cut}.
Notes
Time does not include inactive prep: chilling.

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Your Squishy Monster ^.~

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