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The Fudgiest Peppermint Brownies Ever


These decadent Peppermint Brownies are easy to make from scratch and have a secret ingredient that makes them extra fudgy! Each bite has crunchy candy cane bits for the ultimate Christmas dessert! Bonus: these brownies are gluten-free too!

Want more Peppermint-inspired recipes? You’re going to love my Vegan Chocolate Cake with Peppermint Buttercream Frosting, my Gluten Peppermint Chocolate Cookies or my Vegan Peppermint Chocolate Mouse.

A peppermint brownie with a bite taken out of it beside a bowl of crushed candy canes

The Fudgiest Peppermint Brownies Ever

These quick and easy brownies are so incredibly moist and chocolatey, you’ll want to make them at least once a month! With just 10 minutes of prep time, you can whip them up on a whim whenever you’re hit with a chocolate peppermint craving. You can even omit the candy canes and use this recipe as a base for all of your favorite brownie flavors!

I know you’re dying to discover the special ingredient that makes these brownies so darn fudgy. Well, the secret is officially out – it’s melted chocolate! I find that using just cocoa powder results in a more cake-like brownie as opposed to the fudgy texture that I’m going for. Add in some melted chocolate and—voilá!—fudgy brownie perfection is achieved.

A stack of three peppermint brownies with a piece of parchment paper between each one

What You’ll Need

With their short and simple ingredient lineup, these brownies are pretty much as easy as your average box mix recipe. Only they’re way more indulgent!

  • Butter: Unsalted.
  • Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips: You could also use dark or milk chocolate chips if you’d like.
  • Eggs
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Cocoa Powder: Natural and unsweetened.
  • Gluten-Free Baking Flour: Or equal parts all-purpose flour.
  • Sugar
  • Ground Cinnamon: Don’t omit this! It enhances the chocolate flavor even more.
  • Sea Salt
  • Crushed Peppermint Candies: Or candy canes.
Eggs, vanilla extract, cinnamon, flour and the remaining ingredients arranged on a marble countertop

How to Make Fudgy Gluten Free Brownies

The instructions below will help you make homemade brownies like never before. Let’s get started!

Prep for Baking: Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease an 8×8-inch glass baking dish with cooking spray, then line it with parchment paper extending up the sides of the pan for easy removal after baking.

Melt Chocolate: Add the chocolate chips and butter to a small bowl. Melt the mixture in the microwave, heating it in 30-second shifts and stirring it until the chocolate is smooth and completely melted. Reduce the microwave time accordingly to avoid burning the chocolate.



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