Druckin Tasty Peppermint Brownies

Oh, 2011 is only a few days old and I’m already miles behind. In fairness, I was in Chicago for NYE, toasting my Dad’s 70th bday at Topolobampo and Hot Chocolate. YUM. But I made these brownies way back in 2010, and I cannot forget them. They were, IMO, indescribably delicious.

Please note, my buttercream was not green.

If you know me (and I know you do), I frequently hate the things I bake. In fact, I baked this Bobby Flay coconut cake for Christmas — this time, from SCRATCH — and wasn’t that impressed with the labor/results ratio. Five hours in the kitchen = average tasting cake.

But these brownies were easy and decadent. An irresistible combination, n’est pas? Plus, they got the Christelle seal of approval. (She’s French, so that’s in effect a Michelin star.)

Mine looked just like this, yay!

The perfect brownie texture is hard to achieve. These were beautifully balanced — fudgy, cakey, chewy — and light, not dense. The peppermint buttercream layer is pure genius, and the chocolate on top of that is sexyshinygood.

The sprinkle of crushed candy canes was my own festive addition. I went medieval on them, slyly slipping them into a plastic bag and then WHACK! pounding them mercilessly with the back of a wooden spoon. You can also get them from Williams-Sonoma, if you are fancy like that:

Eat the peppermint snow. But pass up the chocolate.

You can find the recipe for these “Mint Brownies” here at Epicurious. I think it’s adorable that they tell you to serve it with the fresh fruit of your choice. If I have room for fruit, I have room for MORE BROWNIES. Do ya feel me?

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5 responses to “Druckin Tasty Peppermint Brownies

  1. Tanya

    Not fair! Can’t have or make these for months! Boo!

  2. Tanya

    Pffft! You looking in funhouse mirrors again?! That’s the ONLY way you would have back fat Chica!

  3. Christelle

    Love it! Aw, so I’m not the only one who grew angel wings over the holidays! I don’t believe in cutting calories, though… Just praying to the yoga fairy for some help burning ’em 🙂
    Happy New Year, ma jolie !

    • debra

      aw, angel wings! that sounds so much NICER than back fat. i’m going with that! 🙂 put in a few prayers to the yoga fairy for me too, ma cherie.

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