Hot Cocoa Peppermint Bark Brownies

YIELD

9 brownies

TYPE

Dessert

TIME

43 minutes

LEVEL

Beginner

Ingredients

– Salted butter – Extra virgin olive oil – White granulated sugar – Ghirardelli double chocolate hot cocoa mix  – Vanilla extract – Eggs – All-purpose flour – Unsweetened cocoa powder – Ghirardelli peppermint bark – Peppermint candy or candy canes

Preheat oven & melt butter

1

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Add butter to a saucepan and melt over medium-low heat. When fully melted, remove from heat.

Mix melted butter, oil, & sugar together

2

Pour hot melted butter, olive oil, and sugar into a medium-sized bowl. Whisk for one minute, or until completely combined.

Mix in eggs & vanilla

3

Add eggs and vanilla to the bowl and whisk for another minute.

Fold in dry ingredients

4

Add dry ingredients (flour, Ghirardelli  hot cocoa mix, and cocoa powder) to the bowl. Fold the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients until just combined.

Add brownie batter to pan

5

Spray an 8x8 pan with cooking spray. Pour the brownie batter into the greased pan. Smooth it flat with a spatula.

Prepare toppings

6

Unwrap the Ghirardelli bark and, using a sharp knife, cut it into smaller pieces. Smash up some peppermint candy with a mallet.

Add bark to batter

7

Add the chopped peppermint bark to the brownie batter, sprinkling it evenly over the top.

Bake the brownies

8

Bake for 22-24 minutes. I’ve baked these in my regular oven and in my Ninja Foodi and right around the 23-minute mark is about perfect.

Garnish with crushed candy canes

9

Remove from oven and immediately top with crushed candy cane pieces, sprinkling evenly over the brownies.

Let cool & enjoy!

10

It’s a very important (but difficult ask!) that you let the brownies cool completely before attempting to cut.

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