Peppermint Mocha Latte Brownies

This recipe is based off of my “Choose Your Own Adventure Brownies” and makes two pans of brownies, which makes it perfect for Holiday gatherings or gifting!

What You’ll Need:

  • 1 1/2 C all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 C unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 Tbsp chili powder (you’ve got to trust me here)
  • 11 oz bag of milk chocolate chips
  • 5 sticks unsalted butter
  • 3 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 Tbsp peppermint extract
  • 4 Tbsp instant decaf coffee crystals
  • 7 eggs
  • 1 1/2 C granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 C packed brown sugar
  • 1 C white chocolate chips
  • 10 Starlight peppermint candies, crushed into different sized chunks

How To Do:

  1. Preheat oven to 390 degrees. Line two 9 x 13 pans with aluminum foil and spray lightly with non-stick stuff. 
  2. Combine flour, cocoa, chili powder, and salt in a bowl and mix thoroughly. 
  3. Place the butter and milk chocolate chips into a microwave safe bowl and heat it 30 seconds at a time, stirring between bouts, until it is all melted and combined.
  4. Pour the vanilla and peppermint extracts into a small bowl and add the decaf coffee crystals. Whisk until the coffee is dissolved. If it won’t dissolve all the way, add a touch of vodka or everclear until it does. Don’t worry – the alcohol will burn off and won’t affect the flavor or consumability of the brownies.
  5. Whisk eggs, both sugars, and extract/coffee mix in a large bowl (or stand mixer) until smooth, then whisk into melted butter/chocolate mixture. 
  6. Add dry ingredients slowly and mix until the flour is just invisible and the mixture is smooth and glossy.
  7. Pour into prepared pans and smooth out – Add the white chocolate chips and crushed peppermint candies to the top.
  8. Place pans in the oven and immediately reduce temperature to 350 (Don’t skip the temp reduction or you will be sad!!). Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, or when the middle is slightly puffed and a tester comes out with just a few crumbs on it.
  9. After about 20 minutes of cooling, carefully pick up the aluminum foil out of the pan and place on a wire rack to cool for another hour or so, then cut into rectangles of your prefered size and serve or package.

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