The Best Brownies: Holiday Edition

Welcome to this month’s Blogorail Teal loop. Today we are sharing some of our favorite holiday cookie recipes.

Best Brownie Recipe

The holidays are here and ovens across the country are fired up and baking up some delicious holiday treats! Today’s Blogorail loop has already given us two amazing cookie recipes to try out, so I thought I’d shake it up a bit and share my favorite brownie recipe! Since there isn’t anything specifically “holiday-ish” about brownies, I made a few changes to my recipe so they won’t look out of place on your dessert table this December!

Brownie Recipe

As of about 5 years ago, it never even occurred to me that brownies could be made from scratch. Yes, I know it is ridiculous, but true! Since this discovery, I had been searching for the perfect brownie recipe, until I decided to just create my own! I’ve spent a while perfecting my recipe to be the perfect combination of fudgey and cake. I didn’t want to take a bite of brownie and have to immediately chase it with milk to get it to unstick from my teeth. And I really didn’t want to take a bite and have it crumble apart all over my shirt. I’m a messy enough eater as is, but having to change my shirt after snacking on a brownie? “Ain’t nobody got time for that!”

Ghirardelli Peppermint Bark Minis

Giving these brownies the “holiday overlay” takes two simple things: peppermint and decorating! I didn’t want to make them overly pepperminty, so my perfect solution was the Ghirardelli Peppermint Bark Minis. There is peppermint and chocolate in them, so the end result is just a mild change in flavor. To kick the peppermint flavor up a notch, you can crush a candy cane down to a powder and mix it into the batter or use a couple of drops of a peppermint oil. Personally, I like to add crushed peppermint on top of the brownie so that it serves as both flavoring and decoration. My kids, as usual, took over with the decorating and decided that plopping red and green M&M’s on top was the way to go!

Holiday Brownie Recipe

So here it is! The best brownie recipe that I have come up with…so far! I’m always looking for ways to improve it, so let me know how you make your brownies or tell me how you changed up my recipe! And of course, no matter what you serve up to your friends and family this holiday season, make sure to make it a happy one full of love and wonderful memories!


Brownie Recipe


1 1/2 cups of butter (melted)

3 cups of sugar

5 eggs

1 1/2 cups of flour

1 cup of cocoa powder (Ghirardelli powder is my favorite)

1/2 tsp of salt

1/2 tsp of baking powder

1 cup of milk chocolate chips*

*For a Holiday Flare to your brownies, instead of chocolate chips use the following:

1 – 3.8 oz. bag of Ghirardelli Peppermint Bark Minis (chopped)


1 peppermint candy cane crushed into a fine powder

Peppermint Brownie Recipe


Preheat the oven to 350° and  grease an 11 x 7 glass baking pan. In a large bowl, blend melted butter and sugar by hand. Beat the eggs into the mix, one at a time. In a separate small bowl, combine the flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt. Slowly pour this dry mixture into the large bowl and mix into the butter. For festive holiday brownies, mix in the peppermint chocolates and/or crushed peppermint. After mixing, spread the batter into the glass baking pan. Bake for 40-45 minutes. Cut into squares or use cookie cutters to create festive shapes perfect for decorating. Enjoy!

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  • Heidi Strawser
    Posted at 08:49h, 01 December Reply

    I love how you cut them out in Mickey heads and decorated them. What a clever idea. We so often reach for brownie mix; but there’s something extra special about from-scratch brownies.

    • Michaelyn Pouncey
      Posted at 00:35h, 02 December Reply

      I agree! While I actually love the box mix that I grew up on, there is something fun and more personal about making them from scratch. Also, people are always making cookies in cute shapes, why not do it to brownies, too! 🙂

      • Heidi Strawser
        Posted at 00:39h, 02 December Reply

        Good point! Plus, brownies are a bit of a pain to cut anyway, so you might as well get out the cute cookie cutters! Then, of course, the cutter would have to eat all the scraps from in between! 😉

        • Michaelyn Pouncey
          Posted at 00:55h, 02 December Reply

          And eat the scraps I did! 😉 But shhhh, I’m still trying to eat paleo, so don’t tell anyone!

          • Heidi Strawser
            Posted at 01:09h, 02 December

            Your secret is safe with me!

  • Julie Bigboy
    Posted at 04:06h, 02 December Reply

    Those look so delicious and exactly the way brownies should be…crackly on the outside and soft on the middle! Thanks for sharing, my chocoholic-husband thanks you too 🙂

    • Michaelyn Pouncey
      Posted at 04:45h, 02 December Reply

      Exactly the way I likely brownies! 🙂 I hope you get a chance to make them for your family! If it is after Christmas, just drop the peppermint and add milk chocolate chips! They’re every chocoholic’s dream! 😉

  • Lisa Cameron
    Posted at 05:52h, 04 December Reply

    I am a chocolate freak and these are screaming to be made. I’ve never attempted to make brownies from scratch, but I think this recipe might convince me. I’m a big fan of a soft brownie too! Thanks for sharing!

    • Michaelyn Pouncey
      Posted at 04:27h, 07 December Reply

      I hope you do get a chance to make them! As a “chocolate freak,” you may just want to skip the peppermint and add in the milk chocolate chips for some added yum! 😉

  • Capturing Magical Memories
    Posted at 20:50h, 06 December Reply

    Oh my! This is just like putting all of my favorite things in a single dish. Throw some ice cream on and I am in heaven.

    • Michaelyn Pouncey
      Posted at 04:26h, 07 December Reply

      Oh yes! Warm brownies with ice cream on top makes this the best dessert ever!

  • thechrislam
    Posted at 04:18h, 10 December Reply

    It’s been a while since I made brownies from scratch. I’m bookmarking for later! Also I agree with the last commenter – I think cutting them up with cookie cutters is genius. (And I’d eat the scraps too-LOL.)

    Found ya off today’s post in the Type A Parent FB group!

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