30 Nov The Best Brownies: Holiday Edition
Welcome to this month’s Blogorail Teal loop. Today we are sharing some of our favorite holiday cookie recipes.
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!
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!”
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!
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!
1 1/2 cups of butter (melted)
3 cups of sugar
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
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!
Here is the map of Magical Blogorail Teal | Holiday Cookie Recipes Loop:
- 1st Stop – Home is Where the Mouse Is | Grandma’s Italian Christmas Cookies
- 2nd Stop – Saving Up for Disney | Disneyland 60th Anniversary Cookies
- 3rd Stop – Mousekatools | Holiday Brownies
- 4th Stop – Heidi’s Head| Pumpkin Chip Cookies