I almost didn’t share this recipe, it seemed too easy. But then I remembered that people like easy, simple recipes that can be whipped up in a few minutes. The first time I made these brownies, it was after work to bring to a church group meeting I had to leave for in about an hour and a half. In less than 90 minutes I had homemade, from scratch brownies cut and ready to go!
This brownie recipe is my absolute favorite and is so versatile. It’s dressed up for Christmas with a little peppermint extract and crushed candy canes on top. Cut into small pieces it makes a for a delightful hostess gift of shared treat. The holidays feature so many desserts, it’s best to provide everyone with small bites!
I brought these to Andrea’s lovely holiday party and a guest asked me if they were soft. Two questions – where does one find non-soft brownies? Who would bring hard brownies to a party? Clearly my sarcasm could not be contained! These brownies are deliciously soft, moist, fudgy, peppermint-y, and easy. Whip up a batch now, anyone can do it!
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Candy Cane Brownie Bites
Adapted from MMMMM Brownies
Yield – 8” x 8” pan, 36 bites
1/2 cup sugar
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons water
1 teaspoon instant coffee
10 ounces bittersweet chocolate chips
1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
2/3 cup flour
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 mini candy canes crushed
- Preheat the oven to 325 ˚F. Grease an 8” x 8” square pan and line with parchment paper leaving an overhang. Grease that too.
- In a medium saucepan melt the butter, sugar, water, and instant coffee. When melted add in the chocolate chips and stir until combined and melted. Add in the eggs one at a time and then the peppermint extract, stir to combine. Add in the flour, soda, and salt mixing until just combined.
- Pour the brownie batter in the prepared pan and sprinkle with the crushed candy canes, press them in slightly.
- Bake for 20-25 minutes until the top is shiny and crusty and a toothpick comes out almost clean. DO NOT OVER BAKE!
- Let cool slightly and then slice and serve. For bites, I remove the whole brownie from the pan and cut into 9 large pieces. Then, I cut each ninth into 4, placing in a mini cupcake wrapper for maximum cuteness.