I don’t know if you’re ready for this or not, but there are only 44 days until Christmas! It’s my family’s favorite time of year – the whole season of Christmas. I love it. I roll around in it like a pig in mud. My daughter does, too – I swear she’s part Buddy the Elf. She’s been counting down since August.
One of my all-time favorite things in the world about Christmas is all the baking and yumminess that happens. I like to give gifts, probably more than I like receiving them, and because I like to give to so many people, I bake deliciousness and spread the love around!
I’m excited to be participating in the Handmade Holidays Blog Hop 2016, along with a ton of other awesome bloggers. Today I want to share the recipe for Easy Milk Chocolate Peppermint Brownies and share 3 ways to gift them!
Now when I say “easy”, I truly mean it. I’m not the baker here on this blog. (I leave that to my girl Roxana.) These are so easy, in fact, that they start with a boxed brownie mix!
I’m a huge believer in the fact that you don’t have to spend a ton of time or money to give thoughtful (and delicious) gifts. So let’s get to bakin’!
Pick out your favorite brownie mix. I like good ol’ Milk Chocolate Brownie Mix from Betty Crocker. You’ll also need a bag of peppermint candies and Peppermint Extract. (Don’t forget the ingredients you’ll need based on the boxed brownie mix, like eggs and milk.)
Prepare your brownie mix according to package directions.
Place about 30 or so peppermint candies into a food processor to break them into pieces. If you don’t have a food processor, place them in a plastic bag that you lay between two kitchen towels, then proceed to beat the living daylights out of those suckers with a wooden spoon.
Add the peppermint candy pieces to your brownie mix, along with 1 Tbsp. of peppermint extract. (Or more if you’re feeling frisky. Totally up to your tastebuds.)
Mix well, then bake according to package directions.
- 1 box Betty Crocker Milk Chocolate Brownie Mix
- 30 peppermint candies broken into pieces
- 1-2 Tbsp. peppermint extract, to taste
- Combine ingredients based on brownie mix package.
- Use food processor to break peppermint candies into pieces, then add to brownie mix.
- Add 1 – 2 Tbsp. peppermint extract to brownie mix, according to taste. For a lighter peppermint flavor, use 1 Tbsp. More minty? Go with 2!
- Bake according to package directions.
- Allow to cool until dish is warm to the touch before cutting brownies.
3 WAYS TO GIFT CHRISTMAS BROWNIES
#1 – IN A PRETTY BAKING DISH
The first way is to gift the entire pan of brownies. If you go this route, do what I did and find a really pretty baking dish. I picked up this beauty for $13 at Marshall’s. (I may or may not be going back for the round and square versions to match.)
#2 – IN A MASON JAR
This is probably my favorite, because I’m a sucker for mason jars. If you’re giving brownies to, say, teachers, for example, cut up a couple brownies and add the pieces to a mason jar. A cute string of twine tied around the top makes it festive.
#3 – WRAPPED IN PARCHMENT PAPER
Seriously, how cute is that? Stack 2-3 brownies on top of one another, the wrap a piece of parchment paper around and tie a bow. I love that you can see the peppermint and chocolatey goodness in the sides of the brownie. It’ll make your gift recipient want to unwrap them immediately and take a bite!
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The giveaway is for 11 prizes of $50+ value each. We will be choosing 11 winners – each will receive one prize. Winners will be randomly drawn from all contest entries on November 14, 2016. They will be displayed on the widget.
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