These Peppermint Brownies are quick and easy and include coffee for a peppermint mocha flavor perfect for the holidays!
I think I must be Target’s #1 fan. I’m not exaggerating when I say that I visited Target no less than five of the past seven days. It is my go-to store for shopping because I love being able to get everything I need in one place. New pajama pants, a laundry basket, a prescription pickup, and groceries for dinner? Done and done.
While it can be hard to drag my 3-year-old out of the toy or card section (do your kids love looking at cards too??), it’s still easier than taking him to four different stores with four different checkout lines.
Our hot spot for browsing right now is the Target Christmas section. The kids and I love looking at all the decorations, stocking stuffer doodads, and the holiday baking goodies. This week I found these White Chocolate Peppermint M&M’S, and I had to grab a bag!
I love Starbucks almost as much as Target, so of course these candies made me think of peppermint mochas. I incorporated these M&M’S and coffee into this recipe for peppermint mocha brownies. It only takes a few minutes to stir up a batch of these quick and easy brownies, and your family and friends will LOVE them!
Since I baked in the M&M’S® instead of decorating the finished brownies with them, some of them did crack a bit during baking. #1 – They still tasted just as good, and #2 – That’s what powdered sugar is for.
My oldest saw this dusting of sugar and said, “Oh how pretty! It looks like snow!” He did not say, “Oh, I see that you’re trying to cover up some cracked candies!” and neither will anyone else who is treated to these luscious mint chocolate brownies.
Now, go make a Target run and get cooking! Maybe I’ll see you there ;)Print
- 1 box brownie mix I used gluten-free
- 1 egg (or as directed on mix)
- 1/3 cup vegetable oil (or as directed on mix)
- 1/3 cup strong black coffee (if mix calls for more than 1/3 cup liquid, add more as needed)
- 1 teaspoon peppermint extract
- 1/2 cup white chocolate chips
- 1/2 bag White Chocolate Peppermint M&M’s
- powdered sugar for dusting if desired
Preheat oven to temperature listed on brownie mix (325 degrees F in my case). Spray an 8″ square baking dish with cooking spray.
Stir together egg, oil, coffee, and peppermint extract. Add brownie mix, and stir until well mixed. Stir in white chocolate chips, and pour brownie batter into prepared pan.
Generously sprinkle M&M’s over the top of the batter. Bake in preheated oven as directed on the brownie mix. Allow to cool in pan before cutting.
To dust with sugar, hold a mesh strainer over the brownies, and sprinkle about two tablespoons of powdered sugar into the strainer, moving the strainer around as you sprinkle to cover the brownies evenly. The sugar will hide any cracked M&M’s and also looks festive for the holidays.
- Prep Time: 5
- Cook Time: 45
- Category: Dessert