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You are going to love these Christmas peppermint brownies! I love giving gifts in a jar for Christmas. Who can resist a homemade peppermint brownie? They are fun, useful gifts that everyone on my list enjoys receiving.
Christmas Peppermint Brownies
These Christmas peppermint brownies are created as a gift in a jar recipe. But, if you want to simply make the recipe right now and eat them, skip the step for assembling the jar and just bake the brownies.
We always make at least a few gifts in a jar for the holidays. This year, we are planning on these Christmas peppermint brownies and this Friendship Soup Gift Mix. Of course, there are lots of Mason Jar gift ideas for you to choose from. Some are edible like these brownies and some are for beauty products.
Peppermint extract brownies
So, these Christmas peppermint brownies get their peppermint flavor from the crushed candies that are added to the batter. The layer of crushed candies adds some visual interest and makes them look festive. But, if you want to add a drop or two of peppermint extract to the batter, you can certainly do that as well. Just make sure you get peppermint extract for baking.
Peppermint brownie mixes
If you would prefer to simply buy a peppermint brownie mix, you can certainly do that. It won’t work with this Christmas peppermint brownies recipe. But, the peppermint brownies Ghirardelli makes are one of my mother’s favorite desserts. You can find boxed brownies with peppermint on Amazon if you can’t get them in your grocery store.
York peppermint brownies
My husband is a huge fan of York peppermint candies. So, if you love them as much as he does, there is no reason why you cannot substitute chopped up York peppermint candies for the crushed peppermint candies in this recipe. Just make sure that you refrigerate the mix so that they don’t melt. It won’t look quite as festive, but it can be done.
Peppermint chip brownies
This Christmas brownies recipe uses chocolate chips. But, if you want peppermint chip brownies, you can certainly substitute peppermint chips or even white chocolate chips if you prefer. Or, why not try dark chocolate chips?
How far ahead can I make this?
You should have no problems making these Christmas peppermint brownies a week or two in advance. I wouldn’t try anything longer than that or the ingredients might start getting harder. We usually make them the weekend before Christmas. And, they always turn out great!
What size jar should I use?
You will need to use a quart (32-ounce) canning jar for this recipe. And, you will also need a lid. You can use the one-piece lids. Or, you can buy the lids and rings and use those instead. I like the one-piece lids because they are easier to re-use. I really love the plastic ones because they add a fun burst of color to the mix.
More brownie recipes
So, if you love brownies as much as my husband does, you might want to try a few of these. You could even make a variety of brownies, include these Christmas peppermint brownies, and put them in a gift basket. Or, if that seems like too much work, just order a Christmas gift basket.
- These red velvet brownies would be a festive holiday dessert. Get the recipe here.
- If you want something out of the ordinary, these chili brownies are a great gift. Learn more here.
- If you want a healthier brownie recipe, try these zucchini brownies that are low fat. Find out how here.
- Or, these black bean brownies are flourless and would work for those that are gluten-intolerant. Get the recipe.
- If you have a vegan in your home, try these vegan apple brownies for a treat they’ll enjoy. Learn more.
Christmas peppermint brownies printable
You will need to make a little tag to put around the neck of these brownies. That will tell the recipient how to make the brownies when they want to. You can download the free printable right here. You can tie it on the jar with a Christmas curling ribbon or fabric ribbon from the craft store. Both will work fine and look festive.
- 1 quart (32 ounce) jar with lid
- Printable label/gift tag
- 1 ¼ cup flour
- ⅛ teaspoon salt
- ⅔ cup cocoa powder
- 2 cups sugar
- 1 cup crushed peppermints
- ½ cup chocolate chip morsels
To make the brownies, you will also need:
- 1 cup (2 sticks) melted butter
- 4 eggs
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- Whisk together flour and salt. Place in the bottom of the jar.
- Place over the flour in this order: 1 cup of sugar, cocoa powder, the remaining sugar, chocolate chips, and crushed peppermints.
- Seal and attach a gift tag.
You can make these one to two weeks ahead of time.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 133Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 32mgSodium: 27mgCarbohydrates: 26gFiber: 1gSugar: 19gProtein: 2g