Peppermint Stuffed Brownies

Peppermint Stuffed Brownies

 

Can you say yum!


I’m slightly cheating with this week’s post as I didn’t technically make these! My friend Kathleen wanted to bake with me one night, so she made these wonderful creations while I supervised and talked her through it. It is my recipe though, so I did some of the work at least! And now Kathleen isn’t able to claim she can’t bake because these brownies were amazing – they were super gooey and fudgey, crinkly on top and oozing with an Andes mints fondant type filling. 

Peppermint Stuffed Brownies

I’m a huge fan of chocolate and mint together, I mean who isn’t? The rich taste of dark chocolate combined with the refreshing mint is match made in heaven. And I adore the peppermint fondant you get inside things like andes, after eights and peppermint patties. I wasn’t 100% sure baking this fondant inside of a brownie would work, which I admit isn’t a great move when you’re baking with a very unconfident first time baker, but luckily it was amazing! It stayed soft and gooey and complimented the dark chocolate brownie perfectly

Peppermint Stuffed Brownies

 

 

I do love baking with people who don’t think they can bake, it’s great to be able to show them that they can in fact do it! And she must not have hated her experience baking with me as wants to bake with me again once I’m state side next! Brownies are a great option to bake with somebody who lacks confidence as they’re pretty simple to make with a really satisfying result! I mean, what cures a chocolate craving like a gooey, fudgey brownie? And this flavour combination was all her idea! The other great thing about this base brownie recipe is you can do it all in one bowl and there’s no need for a mixer, just a good old fashioned whisk is all you need. It’s one of the reasons it’s my go to brownie recipe! 

Peppermint Stuffed Brownies

The brownies themselves are made with dark melted chocolate and cocoa, I’m a firm believer that you should always use dark chocolate in baking especially in brownies (milk chocolate has it’s place sometimes, but particularly in brownies I can’t imagine anything beating dark chocolate!). Nothing beats that rich, decadent flavour you get from the dark chocolate and cocoa combined. While I do love these cocoa brownies, I don’t think anything can beat putting solid chocolate in your brownies, what do you think? I’ll be bringing these along to Fiesta Friday to see what you guys think, I’m sure they will go down well! 

Peppermint Stuffed Brownies

Then all the minty goodness comes from the peppermint fondant in the centre. It’s a really simple mixture to make and it just works so well in these brownies, we coloured it green because it was more fun that way! But of course you can leave that out. These peppermint stuffed brownies are super simply to put together too, you just spoon half the brownie batter into the pan, then spoon on the fondant filling (which is kind of tricky to spread out, but presentation isn’t important here!) and then cover with the rest of the brownie batter! And then bake! I tend to under bake my brownies a little because I like that extra gooey factor, but if you prefer yours a little firmer just bake them for about 5-10 minutes longer

Peppermint Stuffed Brownies

 

 

Peppermint Stuffed Brownies
Gooey brownies filled with peppermint fondant
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For the brownies
  1. 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  2. 8oz good quality dark chocolate, roughly chopped
  3. 1/2 cup caster sugar
  4. 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  5. 3 large eggs, room temperature
  6. 1 tsp vanilla extract
  7. 1/2 cup plus 2 tbsp plain flour
  8. 2 tbsp cocoa powder
  9. 1/4 tsp salt
  10. 8oz semi sweet chocolate chips
For the peppermint fondant
  1. 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  2. 4 cups icing sugar
  3. 2 tbsp milk
  4. 2 tsp peppermint extract
  5. green food colouring (optional)
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350F/180C. Line a 9x9 brownie pan
  2. Melt the butter and chocolate for the brownies in the microwave in 30 second intervals, stirring in between, until all melted. Leave to cool.
  3. Beat the butter and icing sugar for the fondant until it comes together. Add the milk and beat in.
  4. Add peppermint extract and green colouring, if using, and beat until all combined.
  5. Put the fondant mixture in the fridge until ready to use
  6. Once the melted butter and chocolate is cooled, whisk both sugars into the mixture until combined
  7. Whisk the eggs in one at a time. The whisk in vanilla
  8. Fold in the flour, cocoa and salt
  9. Stir in chocolate chips
  10. Pour half of the brownie batter into the lined pan
  11. Spoon on the fondant and spread out as evenly as you can, it will spread during baking so don't get too frustrated with that
  12. Then pour the rest of the brownie batter over the top
  13. Bake for 30 minutes until set. Bake for 40 minutes if you like a firmer brownie
  14. Cool on a wire rack, remove from pan and cut into squares
Notes
  1. These will keep in an air tight container for 3-5 days
  2. To get clean lines when you cut the brownies, chill them in the fridge for a few hours before cutting
  3. You can also use the fondant in this recipe to make your own peppermint patties, just roll into balls and dip in melted chocolate
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47 comments

  1. Stephanie says:

    WOW do these look good, I can’t think of a better combo, I’m a HUGE fan of peppermint… and who doesn’t love brownies? I’ll probably have to try this recipe too, but after I have one I’ll have to hide the rest from myself!

    • Michelle @ Giraffes Can Bake says:

      Thank you Stephanie!
      Do what I do – I make the yummy treat, eat one myself and then send the rest off with friends and family so I don’t end up eating the whole batch. My mum’s work colleagues end up with most of my creations! xx

  2. Lina | StrictlyDelicious says:

    You. Bring. The BEST. Stuff. to the party! I would like to stuff 900 of those immediately into my mouth please please please. Oh my goooosh those are the gooey-est brownies I have ever wanted to make. Pinning and thanking all that is good and holy for you!

  3. Hilda says:

    I agree with you wholeheartedly that dark chocolate is best. I usually just like it on its own, not mixed with other things, but mint is one exception to that rule. So these brownies are made for me. I bet they are even better than After Eights.

  4. Angie says:

    Chocolate and mint, yum yum yum! I think that combo is even better than chocolate and nuts or at least as good. 🙂 Awesome recipe, Michelle. I know I’ll have to try it. Soon! These brownies will be my kid’s special school snacks first week of school. Thanks! <3

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