How To Make Peppermint Brownies and Peppermint Tea

Welcome to the 16th Tea Time Tuesday
Peppermint Topping for Brownies and a simple Peppermint Tea
These brownies are great for Christmas, Valentine, or July 4th you could add blue icing and a flag. 
I think they are perfect for anytime!
Would like to learn how to make these wonderful Peppermint Brownies?
Here is How!
I will take you step by step in making these easy
Peppermint  Topping for Brownies!

Ingredients:
one box of Duncan Hines Chocolate Lovers Walnut Brownie Mix
Branches’ Star Brites hard peppermint candy
(This peppermint candy melts easier)
Betty Crocker Butter Cream Icing,
(one can will do three sets of brownies)

I used about a twelve by nine inches cookie sheet
add Parchment Paper on cookie sheet
Unwrap the peppermint candy

Line the candy in rows of six across and eight down the length of the cookie sheet. Spacing the peppermint candy evenly as you can in each row.
Preheat your oven I use 300 degrees,
but my stove is older and your may need to be a little hotter.

Place in a preheated Oven, and be careful not to tip or your rows will not melt evenly. You can move each peppermint back in place if you hurry for it will start being sticky just seconds after placing in the oven.

I baked my peppermint candy for six minutes. You need to stay at your oven and check on the peppermint as it melts. When you see it melting, and spreading. I take my melted peppermint out when I see a couple of bubbles only!
Not a pan full of bubbles! Watch it close!
For you do not want it to turn pink or tan or yellow.

You will want work QUICKLY AS YOU SCORE the melted peppermint.
Score the melted peppermint just after taking it from the oven on the parchment paper lined pan, it was baked on.
I keep a pizza stone warm and ready, for as I start to score the melted peppermint, it may try to melt back together. I then place it on the warm pizza stone and finish scoring, until I am sure it is not sticking together. Taking it on and off the stone as I need to.
I use a pizza cutter and keep a small knife close to score the edge on each side of the pan. ( Where the pizza cutter does not get close to) You may have to score several times. Should the melted peppermint start to stick back together keep scoring. Making the size blocks you want.

This is what you want your Melted Peppermint to look like.

See how I made the ends too large, now you can make you measured out temlate from parchment paper.
I just eye ball it and you will get better at it the more you make.
The Melted Peppermint will be very sticky.

This is the colors you do not want your Peppermint candy to look like as you bake it. Then too it is too thin for I used less candy. To have your topping of melted peppermint THICK ENOUGH use as many as I showed above.
The melted peppermint can look pink on top, but the bottom will be a light tan.
Something you do not want. None of the are good!

I scored my peppermint 3 to four times and sometimes it hard to keep the scoring in the same place. You will have little pieces left from the edges. Some will break so make at least two cookie sheets of candy for one box of brownie mix.
As you score you can feel the candy getting harder, this is when you want to go to the warm pizza stone if you do not have all the pieces cut loose Yet or need to do a little trimming up on the edges.
Do not let it slide off to the floor you will have a sticky mess. After I made my topping and/or brownies I cover both in aluminium foil should I want to finish up putting them together later.
Make sure they are cool!

As you can see here some of the pieces have broken.
Another tip I would like to mention is I have another cookie sheet with parchment paper (cool) to lay the scored peppermint tops on make sure you lay flat and work fast for they will bend or curl on you.

I save the pieces and use them in my tea, Yes, I sometimes add Peppermint Schnapps too, but just 1/2 teaspoon or less per cup of tea. I sit and drink this as my brownies and peppermint tops cool.

I make the Brownies using the cake brownie recipe on back of Duncan Hines box.
Using a eight by eight glass baking pan.
I just like baking brownies in a glass pan.
After the brownies are done,
I press down the top so it will be flat and not a peaked top.

I place the pan on a wire rack to cool. Within less than five minutes I turn the pan over onto the wire cooling rack. After the Brownies have cooled. I then place them back into the same pan (washed and dried).
I usually trim off the outer edge of the brownie with a knife.

Below is Duncan Hines Milk Chocolate Brownies Mix I added walnuts to.
For I forgot to take pictures of how to put the brownies together Christmas.
My larger pan has gotten broken, now the new brownie pan might not work with this unless the cutting divider will cut through the Melted Peppermint Candy.
Should you try it let me know, I might go buy one. lol
I used Betty Crocker Butter Cream Cupcake Icing
In a can. Homemade would be great. But then so would Brownies made from scratch. This is all about Semi-Homemade.
When placing the Melted Peppermint Topping and Brownies together,
Make sure both are totally cooled.

I added the icing around and around on top of the baked brownies,
which are in the clean dry pan they were baked in.
This helps keep the size of the peppermint topping in portion.
I start placing the blocks on top, you may have to rearrange them to fit.
All the toppings are on top of the brownie
I now cut the brownies to the size of the Melted Peppermint Topping.
Cutting around each side of the Peppermint Topping.

Place cut Brownies on your favorite dish and enjoy!
I hope you enjoyed seeing how I made my Peppermint Brownies.
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33 thoughts on “How To Make Peppermint Brownies and Peppermint Tea

  1. Oh, Katherine those brownies are amazing! I love how you did that. Thanks for hosting your lovely tea.
    Sherry

  2. Not being a fan of peppermint I did so enjoy this post though. Who would have thought to use the candies on top of brownies?
    Thank you for hosting tea again this week.

  3. Hello, Lady Katherine,
    My goodness those brownies look amazing. You did a wonderful job making them, and thank you for the directions. Thank you also for hosting our tea party. Have a lovely week as you enjoy your tea. Love and blessings always~ Vicki

  4. Oh my goodness, these look delicious! I might bookmark this post and make these minty treats at Christmastime!

    Thanks for having me Lady Katherine!

    Best wishes,
    Natasha.

  5. Those are such pretty brownies. Very festive looking and wouldn’t they be wonderful for Christmas? Thank-you again Lady Katherine for hosting this tea time, I always enjoy myself here.

  6. OMYGOSH…these look so delicious and so pretty. What a great job you did…I MUST try these soon..all the grands LOVE mint and so do I. Thanks bunches for the recipe.

    I do hope it’s ok to have an occasional WINE party instead of a tea party. If not, please just kick me out and I’ll do better. :))
    love ya, bj

  7. Katherine, such a lovely post and the goodies are so delicious looking!

    I would love to have linked my giveaway but my husband is standing at the door waiting on me. You are such a thoughtful person. Thank you for displaying the Rooster button.

    Hugs and many blessings,
    Barb

  8. These brownies look so whimsical – I would love to try these with my Kitchenettes’ girls. Thank you for a wonderful post.
    <>< Concetta

  9. Lady Katherine,

    I must say I am very much craving chocolate and peppermint. I have a recipe that combines both, which I make at Christmas time each year. The peppermints all melted together is so pretty and I bet tastes so nice in the tea! What a pretty and fun post!

    Nancy

  10. Lady, you are such a sweet soul. I love you lots and am sorry you hurt yourself. How in the world did you fall? Take care of yourself and hurry and feel better soon.
    xo bj

  11. I’m late joining in, but wanted to share my yellow depression glass tea time.

    I enjoyed reading about how to make the peppermint brownies. I love peppermint (and brownies as well!!)

    Katherine

  12. So festive! I would have never thought of them for July 4th but you are right, they are perfect. Thanks for giving us the recipe.

  13. Hi, Lady Katherine,

    These look wonderful! This is one of the best tutorials (food-related or otherwise) I’ve ever seen anywhere. You took such great care to explain each and every step — and every potential mis-step. Thank you!

    Hope you and yours have a wonderful weekend!

    Warmest regards,
    Bill

  14. You have GOT to be kidding me. What a glorious idea. I just can’t stand how wonderful this is. Thank you SO much for sharing it.

  15. oh Butter Yum was thinking as I was, what fun for Christmas…I suppose we just associate that holiday with those candy stripes!

    The grandkids will have a blast…we can practice a batch first…

    (best get the fire extinguisher!) LOL

  16. Greetings darling Lady Katherine, I must say, I love the changes you have made to your blog, lovely, lovely. I am so sorry to have missed so many delightful afternoon tea parties. God willing, I will attend next Tuesday’s tea. Take care darling.

    Love & Hugs
    Duchess

  17. Thank you for leaving a comment on my blog. I checked back on some of your older posts, hoping to find a few pictures of sheep, chickens, and your house, maybe I did not go back far enough. The peppermint brownies are lovely. Now I have a whole new group of ladies to check out. I’ll trade you some bamboo for some of those beautiful roses.
    Had fun here, I’ll be back, now I am off to check out some of your blogging buddies.

  18. Katherine, I’m sorry I’m late for your tea this week. Peppermint is a favorite flavor around here. Thanks for having us to the beautiful tea. ~ Sarah

  19. Hi Katherine, these look gorgeous AND delicious! Perfect for a Christmas tea, too! Didn’t know you could melt those peppermints!
    So glad you came by to visit!
    xo,
    Debra

  20. Hellow Katherine: Thank you for your sweet comment on my blog. I am so sorry you have not been well. I know what its like to be up late with pain. I will pray for you on a regular basis. It touches my heart that you thought of me while you are in so much pain. I will check with you again. Blessings, Martha

  21. Those brownies are gorgeous! Looking forward to this week’s tea party! Hope you are having a good week, Lady Katherine.

    Beth

  22. Those look yummy! I think I may try and adapt that idea using homemade brownies and icing that my dd can have (she has multiple food allergies).

    Happy 4th!!

  23. I love these, Katherine. I remember when you made them for Christmas one year and how cute they are! Perfect for the FOURTH! 🙂

    Speaking of which, I hope yours is happy…

    XO,

    Sheila 🙂

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