Christmas 2022: Celebrate The Season With Peppermint Brownies

Peppermint is one of those flavours that we use almost every day in the form of toothpaste or gum, but come December, it takes on a whole new avatar. Candy canes are a classic of Christmas and the red and white striped treats are out in force.

This long history may have something to do with the herb’s naturally anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties which make it a soothing ingredient to fend off winter illnesses. The candy cane itself can be traced back to Germany where a frustrated choir master needed a treat to pacify his students during rehearsals. 

Today peppermint is synonymous with the holiday and adding a touch of it to your desserts along with the vibrant colours makes for a traditional Christmas treat.


  • 6 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 60 gms semi-sweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • ¾ tsp peppermint extract
  • ½ cup unsweetened natural cocoa powder
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ⅔ cup chocolate chips


  • Preheat the oven to 190°C and grease a banking pan or line with aluminium foil or parchment paper.
  • In a microwave-safe bowl, combine the butter and 2 ounces of chopped chocolate. 
  • Melt in 30-second increments, whisking after each, until completely smooth. 
  • Whisk together the sugar, eggs, vanilla extract, and peppermint extract until completely combined.
  • Add the cocoa powder, flour, salt, and chocolate chips. Fold it all together into a thick batter. 
  • Optional step: Crush a few candy canes into chunky shards and sprinkle over the top as decoration.
  • Spread evenly into the prepared pan and bake for 30 minutes, then test the brownies with a toothpick. 
  • Insert it into the centre of the pan. If it comes out with wet batter, the brownies are not done.
  • Keep checking every 2 minutes until you have moist crumbs.
  • Remove from the oven and place on a wire rack to cool completely before cutting into squares.