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These chewy and chocolatey brownies get a minty crunch from a layer of peppermint bark, the perfect festive treat to end 2012 with something sweet. Kate, Recipe Hunter

Kate Swanson, NoshOnIt Recipe Hunter

THE RECIPE

Peppermint Bark Brownies

Festive minty brownies with crunch

These Peppermint Bark Brownies have a rich chocolate brownie base and are topped with a sweet, peppermint infused frosting with little crunchy bits of peppermint. Perfect for the holidays!

Who doesn’t love a soft, chewy, chocolatey brownie as a sweet treat after dinner? Jennifer makes these extra-festive by topping them with a layer of peppermint bark that, when cool, adds a minty crunch. After baking and cooling a batch of Jennifer’s basic chocolate brownies, you make the “bark” by either melting down Candy Cane Candy Melts (like these from Wilton) if you can find them or mixing up white chocolate, crushed peppermints or candy canes, and a few drops of peppermint extract for an added minty punch. Pour it over the brownies, let it cool again, cut, and enjoy! These are perfect for a holiday party and even better as gifts (if you can keep them around long enough!).

THE CHEF

Jennifer Dempsey

Creator of Mother Thyme

Jennifer Dempsey from Mother Thyme

My concept of cooking is homemade made easy. As a mom of twins, I like to incorporate fresh ingredients with common items already on hand for fast, easy, family recipes.

Think it’s difficult to put fresh, homemade food on the table every night? Hogwash! If you follow Jennifer, the blogger, cook, and design aficionado behind Mother Thyme, you’ll learn how homemade meals really can be made easy. Her family-friendly recipes are unique in that they combine fresh ingredients with items that you have in your pantry, teaching us along the way how to be resourceful with a full fridge and a well-stocked pantry. And, in addition to recipes, Jennifer also has a passion for a design and shares her DIY, decorating projects, and entertaining tips with us!

Say hello to Jennifer on Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest.

THE TIP

How to Keep Brownies Fresh for Days

Brownies are best enjoyed when freshly baked but if you want to keep them for days or months, here are 2 tricks on how to keep your brownies fresher longer.

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