peppermint bark brownies and thoughts on simple baking
I have a confession to make, although it’s nothing earth shattering. I mean, how serious could it be when I’m talking about brownies?
Spoiler: I’ll be talking about brownies in a minute
The confession is that I’m a lazy baker. Totally, and utterly lazy. I like baking cookies because they tend to be uncomplicated, and while brownies from scratch aren’t difficult, I find brownies from a box to be even easier and when doctored up with some of my favorite candy, they’re utterly irresistible.
So there. Not a big deal, right? While this isn’t a recipe in the traditional sense, it is technique that I think everyone should try. Brownies with candy baked in. It’s simple baking and I’m absolutely a supporter of doctored up baking mixes. Whether my ingredients come from a box or several different packages, I still find myself in the kitchen and baking up something sweet with my kiddos.
When it came to these peppermint bark brownies, I needed a dessert to bring to C’s school Thanksgiving lunch. Being the last minute girl that I am, I clearly waited to the last minute to plan something. Luckily I keep several boxes of my favorite brownie mix on hand (Ghirardelli, but you can use any brand that you like) and had impulse bought two bags of the peppermint bark with dark chocolate. I considered mixing up a frosting for the top, but decided to leave them naked. I actually don’t enjoy a thick frosting on my brownies because then it seems like cake, and if I wanted cake, I’d make cake.
You know what I mean?
Anyway, these brownies turned out so delicious, that when several of my friends told me how much they enjoyed them, I wasn’t the least bit embarrassed to tell them it was a box mix with some pepperminty candies baked into the centers.
They disappeared from the dessert buffet so I knew I wanted to make another batch when my sister-in-law and niece came to visit the next week. Those disappeared even faster so I knew that even during the holidays, simple is never bad.
In fact, simple can be down right awesome.
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peppermint bark brownies
Yield: 25 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes