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25 Days of Cookies: Peppermint candy adds color and crunch to these brownies

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Here’s another recipe using the classic combination of chocolate and mint. Great anytime, it is especially festive this time of year.

This is a recipe that I have had for years, but it never gets old.

Minty Winter Wonderland Brownies
Makes 24

  • ¾ cup vegetable oil
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 4 eggs, beaten
  • 1 1/3 cups flour
  • 1 cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ¾ cup crush peppermint candy, divided
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 1 tablespoon shortening

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350. Line a 13x9 inch pan with foil, grease and set aside.
  2. In a large mixer bowl, beat oil and sugar until blended.
  3. Add vanilla and eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  4. In a smaller bowl, sift together the flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt; gradually add to egg mixture.
  5. Set aside 2 tablespoons of peppermint for garnish. Stir the rest into the brownie mixture.
  6. Spread batter into prepared pan.
  7. Bake for 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Coool on a wire rack.
  8. For the glaze, combine chocolate chips and shortening in a small microwaveable bowl. Microwave until smooth.
  9. Spread over brownies; sprinkle with reserved peppermint candy.
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