Three Layer Peppermint Brownies

These three layer peppermint brownies are perfect if you're in a mint chocolate kind of mood! #brownies #chocolate #peppermint #candycanes #mintchocolate

these three layer peppermint brownies have a crunchy chocolate sandwich cookie crust and fudge-y brownie middle, all topped with a layer of dark chocolate and crushed peppermint candy canes.

are you one of those people who were listening to christmas carols before halloween hit? i may have made (and destroyed) a gingerbread village before thanksgiving, but nothing aside from a few poinsettias (you’re welcome, high school choir children) and a box of mini candy canes hints at holiday time inside my house. and i’m still avoiding those christmas-exclusive radio stations.

good thing i have three layer peppermint brownies, or i’d come off as a an even bigger scrooge (; i love peppermint year-round though it still feels like a winter-only ingredient (similar to how fresh cranberries scream thanksgiving to me). there’s crushed oreo’s (or joe joe’s or chocolate sandwich cookies, depending on how accurate/vague i want to be) as the base, covered with molten-y brownies (they should seem really wet and almost underdone when you pull them out of the oven), and a thick layer of chocolate and peppermint on top. perfect if you’re tired of the holidays because working in e-commerce is all about moving the needle for key holiday periods, and need some mint chocolate tlc to nudge you into the right mood.

say you’re not in the mood for three layer peppermint brownies, but still want crunchy cookies, minty-cool candy and plenty of chocolate. feel free to ditch the cookie crust on the bottom and the chocolate/mint on the top. stir the cookies (crumble them into big pieces using your fingers) along with chocolate chips and crushed peppermint into the batter, and bake. ta da! peppermint oreo brownies without having to dirty your food processor.

Crush your candy canes on top of these three layer peppermint brownies in case you're tired of eating them plain or swirling them into your hot chocolate. #brownies #chocolate #peppermint #candycanes #mintchocolate

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These three layer peppermint brownies are perfect if you're in a mint chocolate kind of mood! #brownies #chocolate #peppermint #candycanes #mintchocolate
Three Layer Peppermint Brownies
Prep Time
35 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
55 mins
These three layer peppermint brownies are the perfect dessert for taking care of all of your chocolate mint cravings.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: brownies, candy canes, chocolate, chocolate chip cookies, chocolate chips, dark chocolate, dessert, nut-free, oreos, peppermint, vegetarian
Servings: 32 people
Calories: 437 kcal
  • 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 1/2 sticks unsalted butter
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp peppermint extract
  • 2 large eggs room temperature
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 12 oz chopped dark chocolate
  • 1 cup crushed candy canes
  1. In a food processor, pulse the cookies until powdery. Add 2 T cocoa; pulse again. Stir in 1 stick melted butter. Press into bottom of 9x13” dish (no need to grease), using the inside of a butter stick wrapper.
  2. Melt remaining butter over a double boiler. Stir in the sugar and remaining cocoa. Cool slightly. Stir in the peppermint extract. Add the eggs and stir until shiny. Add the flour and fully incorporate.
  3. Pour over the cookie layer. Bake at 350F for 15-20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the brownie layer comes out with wet crumbs (it may seem too wet, but don't worry).
  4. Immediately cover the top with the chocolate. Wait a few minutes, then spread the chocolate into a smooth layer. Sprinkle the candy canes over and gently press into chocolate. Cool slightly before cutting.
Recipe Notes

Adapted slightly from Catherine Firpo.

If the cookie crust feels really wet and/or there’s not enough to cover the base of the pan, pulse a few more cookies in the food processor, add the dough in the pan back into the food processor, and pulse to combine.

If you're lazy and/or pressed for time: ignore the cookie crust and chocolate/peppermint on top. Crumble the Oreos with your fingers, and stir them into the brownie batter with chocolate chips and peppermint bits. Bake per usual!

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These three layer peppermint brownies have a layer of crushed chocolate sandwich cookies, fudge-y brownie and are topped with plenty of dark chocolate and crushed peppermint candies. #brownies #chocolate #peppermint #candycanes #mintchocolate

18 Replies to “Three Layer Peppermint Brownies”

  1. Heather – these look and sound so totally festive! You know I love “molten-y” (great word BTW) anything, so add some peppermint and a cookie crust and I’m all over it! What a creative idea!5 stars

    1. same – molten chocolate sounds great right about now (; might need to do an emergency chocolate lava cake baking session tonight!

  2. Mmmm three layers of peppermint chocolate heaven!! Love the cookie crust. Totally perfect for Christmas!!!

    1. yes!! and i found a whole other box of candy canes, so i might have to make a batch even though it’s not quite christmas anymore (;

  3. Oh my, these look so beautiful. What a wonderful festive treat.

    1. thanks emma! amazing how some crushed candy canes make these look that much more festive (;

  4. I am such a huge candy cane dessert fan, so these brownies are definitely speaking to me on soooo many levels! And 3 layers? All brownies need to be 3 layers. Also, your photos are gorgeous!

    1. agreeeed on making all brownies 3 layers (:

  5. The classic chocolate and mint!! Such a festive brownie and that crunch from the candy canes with soft decadent brownie sounds delicious.5 stars

    1. yes, the crunchy candy with the soft brownie is SO good!

  6. Delicious and classic! Mint and chocolate (as you know) is one of my favourite combos!

    1. totally get it though – it’s such a good combo!

  7. These peppermint brownies look bombdotcom! I love how it’s simple but yet, so festive. I need to get my hands on one of these!!

    Nancy ♥

    1. the bomb diggity-est!

  8. You got me with the brownies and peppermint. Two of my favorite things!
    Happy Holidays!

    1. thanks radi! hope you had a great holiday season (:

  9. This was a great way to use up a bunch of leftover candy canes. Thanks for the recipe!5 stars

    1. definitely! these brownies and stirring candy canes into hot chocolate are my go to ways to use up candy canes (:

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