Look how pretty! Peppermint Brownie Bark, all dressed up and ready for giving!
Wait! Too soon? After all, it’s only been about eight weeks (!) since that very first post where I shared with you the chewy, chocolate-y goodness known here as, “Brownie Bark“. Those of you who have made it, have loved it; those of you who have not…well, here’s your second chance. This time, it’s peppermint! I know. Genius idea, right? (Or, an obvious one :)
If you are new to brownie bark, you need to get yourself familiarized with this amazing yummy treat. (Read this post for more info on the background of the bark.) Here’s the lowdown…this “bark” is actually a very thin brownie that is chewy, full of chocolate and can be highly addictive; once you’ve had one, you most certainly will want another. They’re so thin, they don’t feel like much of a splurge. It’s an easy recipe; the hardest thing you have to do is separate two eggs. Use a mixer to whip up the egg whites and then start adding your ingredients.
Once you’ve got everything mixed up, you’ll spread it thinly on your baking sheet coaxing it gently outwards until you’ve got a nice large rectangle. I use a silicone spatula to do this and it’s really quite easy to form the shape and get the thinness required to make the bark. Then, you’ll add the rest of your toppings. One of the reasons you save chips for topping is that when you spread the batter, it’s difficult to get the chips evenly distributed. So, I don’t even try. I simply fill in the bare spaces with the chips that go on the top and voila! A well distributed sprinkling of chocolate.
In this particular seasonal creation, I added some peppermint extract to the batter and sprinkled on some white chocolate peppermint chips. I decided to use the soft chips instead of chopped peppermint candies because I think the soft texture works better with the chewy brownie. Then, just to make them more festive for gift giving, I drizzled on some melted white chocolate.
Finally, I decided to make some tags for you so that you could dress up your gift properly. Just print the sheet, punch a hole in the top, feed a ribbon through it and you have a perfect peppermint present.
Of course, you could always just make them and eat them.
You don’t need any tags for that.