Forget everything you know about mint brownies. A single layer of mint frosting ain’t got nothing on these gorgeous, chewy brownies that start with a box of chocolate cake mix, hide a layer of peppermint patties, and are topped with supremely buttery homemade peppermint buttercream. Yup. It’s happening in your kitchen. In less than an hour. Let’s do this, baking queens!
Hidden Peppermint Patty Brownies
These deliciously chewy brownies are topped with a homemade buttercream, and hide a peppermint patty right inside! Scrumptious!
- 1 chocolate cake mix
- 2 sticks butter
- 1 egg
- 3/4 cup water
- 12 mini York Peppermint Patties
- 5 cups powdered sugar
- 3 tablespoons milk
- 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
- red food coloring
- 3 teaspoons crushed candy canes
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, beat together the cake mix, 1 stick of butter, egg, and water. Spread half of this batter into a parchment-lined, 8×11″ baking dish. Place peppermint patties on top of the batter, then smooth the remaining batter over the top of the peppermint patties. Bake in preheated oven for 18-22 minutes, or until brownies bounce back when touched lightly with a finger. Remove and cool completely.
In a stand mixer, beat together the remaining stick of butter, powdered sugar, milk, and peppermint extract. Tint half of the frosting red, then fill one side of a pastry bag (fitted with a large, star tip) with red frosting and spoon the white frosting into the other side of the pastry bag. Pipe on top of cooled brownies. Sprinkle wish crushed candy canes. Allow frosting to set before slicing into squares. Enjoy!