Fudgy Peppermint Brownies

My family doesn’t have a whole lot of Christmas traditions. We’re always sure to do something special for dinner, we exchange gifts, and we take our annual photo in front of the tree, but there isn’t much beyond that. And it doesn’t bother me much at all, mostly because I like to have the opportunity to spend time with my family regardless, but boy do I wish we had some baking traditions. Maybe someday we’ll be able to establish one.

I think it’s quite clear that I’d use any excuse to bake more, though, so maybe this all doesn’t come as much of a surprise.

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When I think of Christmas flavors, I think of peppermint, eggnog, and gingerbread. And I had to snag the chance to bake with candy canes and peppermint flavors this holiday season. I made these fudgy brownies with crushed candy canes mixed into the batter and topped with a simple icing and more crushed candy canes.

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Adapted from The Comfort of Cooking

1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 cup white sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp baking powder
2 candy canes, crushed
2 cups of confectioners’ sugar
2 tbsp milk (the more milkfat, the whiter the icing)
2 candy canes, crushed


1. Preheat oven to 350ºF.
2. Combine oil, sugar, eggs, and vanilla in a bowl.
3. In a separate bowl, combine cocoa powder, flour, baking powder, and salt.
4. Combine wet and dry ingredients, along with the crushed candy canes, until thoroughly incorporated.
5. Pour into a 9×9 greased baking pan and bake in the oven for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
6. Let brownies cool. Meanwhile, combined confectioners’ sugar and milk to form the icing. When the brownies have cooled completely, layer on the glaze and sprinkle the crushed candy canes on top.

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