Fireside Experience

Peppermint Hot Chocolate Brownies


Looking down on twenty four brownie squares  topped with mini marshmallows and drizzled with chocolate.

These fudgy Peppermint Hot Chocolate Brownies have amazing flavor and they’re easy to make. Delicious chocolate brownies flavored with peppermint and topped with melted chocolate and mini marshmallows are the ultimate holiday treat!

What You Will Need

  • .75 cup unsalted butter softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 large eggs at room temperature
  • 0.5 teaspoon peppermint extract or .25 teaspoon peppermint oil
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 0.5 cup hot cocoa mix I used Starbucks
  • 10 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips divided
  • 1 tablespoon crushed candy cane or more to taste
  • 1 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1.5 cups miniature marshmallows
  • Chocolate syrup optional

How to make Peppermint Hot Chocolate Brownies:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 9 x 13-inch baking pan with parchment paper, spray with cooking spray, and set aside.
  2. Beat the sugar and butter together until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, and beat until well combined.
  3. Add the extract and stir in the flour, hot chocolate mix, and salt.
  4. Stir in the crushed candy cane and half of the chocolate chips.
  5. Pour into a prepared baking pan and spread out evenly with a silicone spatula.
  6. Place in the oven and bake until the brownies begin to pull away from the sides of the pan and are set in the center, about 25 to 30 minutes.
  7. Remove from the oven and sprinkle with the remaining chocolate chips and the mini marshmallows evenly over the top of the hot brownies.
  8. Place a baking sheet over the top of the brownies so the chocolate and marshmallows will melt.
  9. Let cool for at least 10 minutes before cutting. Cut into 24 squares and drizzle with chocolate syrup for even more chocolatey goodness.

Recipe Notes & Tips

  • Allow brownies to cool completely before cutting for cleaner edges and less mess.
  • Use the ends of the parchment paper to lift the cooled brownies out of the pan.
  • It is best to cut the brownies on a cutting board to avoid cuts in the base of the baking pan that will end up rusting over time.
  • Cut brownies into 24 small squares or 12 large squares depending on your needs.
  • Store cooled brownies in an airtight container, or covered with plastic wrap at room temperature for 3 to 4 days. These brownies do not need to be refrigerated.
  • To freeze leftover brownies, wrap in plastic wrap, then aluminum foil and place in a zipper top bag. Freeze for up to 3 months. To defrost, allow brownies to defrost at room temperature. Heat in the the microwave in 15-second intervals to melt the chocolate if desired.

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Calories: 199kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0.3g | Cholesterol: 39mg | Sodium: 132mg | Potassium: 83mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 217IU| Calcium: 16mg | Iron: 1mg


Credit: Lisa from Cooking with Curls





  • Matches by River Birch Candles (black owned, women owned)

      • These matches make this gift box a complete set! 


  • Mistletoe Candle by Nectar Republic (AAPI owned, women owned)

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  • Peppermint Hot Cocoa Mix by Nikki Darling Confections (women owned)

      • Hot cocoa is a holiday staple, feel cozy and enjoy yours!