Kneader’s Peppermint Brownies


When I was a little girl my parents would pack me and my sister into our 2 wheel drive sleigh, journey down the palm tree lined freeway, on a quest for the perfect Christmas tree.  It wasn’t exactly Christmas Vacation {thank goodness…”Dad, did you bring a saw?”} but we loved running through the huge pines at Home Depot to pick the perfect tree.

Once Dad got it trimmed and set up the smell of the house was intoxicating.  I loved having a fresh tree and I would often set up my Barbies around it and play.  I was a real girly girl okay?  What can I say.

With a family of my own now I vowed we would have a fresh tree.  I was NOT gonna do fake.  Til I realized they can be costly {and I like having a food allowance} and I love having two trees.  We have a family tree and my OCD, every ornament hung just so, glitter, beads, fairy dust tree that no one can touch except me.

So now we have two trees, neither of which are real, and I miss the way the house would smell at Christmastime.  Taking matters into

my own hands I decided that baking would be a wonderful substitution.  I was right.

If these Peppermint Brownies fashioned after Kneader’s famous brownies don’t make you say ho, ho, ho then you may be too far grinchy, even for me.

Kneader’s Peppermint Brownies

Kneader’s Peppermint Brownies


  • 1 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • Filling
  • 1/2 cup vegetable shortening
  • 2 cups confectioners sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 2 drops red food coloring, optional
  • Chocolate Ganache
  • 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup crushed candy canes


  1. Preheat oven to 350° and butter a 9"x13" baking dish.
  2. In a large, microwave safe bowl, melt the chocolate and butter in the microwave on high at 20-30 second intervals, stirring and repeating until melted. Cool slightly.
  3. Beat in the sugar, eggs, and vanilla.
  4. Add the flour and stir until combined. Fold in the chocolate chips.
  5. Pour into the baking dish and spread.
  6. Bake for 25 minutes.
  7. Frosting
  8. In a medium bowl beat the sugar, shortening, and mint until fluffy. Add a teaspoon or two of water or milk if necessary.
  9. Add food coloring, if desired, and stir until a uniform color.
  10. Spread evenly over the cooled brownies.
  11. Ganache
  12. In a medium saucepan heat the chocolate chips and cream over medium heat,stirring constantly, until the chocolate is melted. Pour over the frosted brownies and sprinkle with crushed candy canes.
  13. Allow to chill then cut and serve.


  1. I want these brownies now!! Brownies are my ultimate weakness, and these sound amazing!

  2. I’ve never had a real tree, which I’m OK with, and your tree looks gorgeous!
    I was also totally a girly girl :D Loved Barbies. Loved em.

    And these brownies look so festive and tasty!!

  3. I love peppermint and brownies, these look delish!

  4. Emily says:

    I may need this for lunch.

  5. You have such a beautiful tree Krista. And these brownies look amazing! Ho ho ho!

    Would love if you bring them to my December Chocolate party

  6. Our brownies look almost the same. Love the addition of chocolate chips in yours.

    • Krista says:

      Oh my goodness they are the same!!! I got this recipe from a neighbor in the summer and I couldn’t wait to make it. You have such good taste. ;)

  7. I’ve been looking for the perfect treat to make for homemade gifts this year and these take the cake… or perhaps I should say they take the brownie

  8. Angela williams says:

    This look delish. What size baking dish. I can’t find the size and I’m making them right :-)

    • Krista says:

      Ohh Whoops! It’s a 9×13 pan. And I’ve learned from making brownies over the years that I love putting in a sheet of parchment paper so I can just lift them out of the pan. Makes cutting and serving so much easier!


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