Peppermint Hot Chocolate Brownies & dessert challenge

I know, I know…’re trying to eat healthy, but it’s time for another Lady Behind the Curtain Dessert Challenge!  This month’s ingredients are Cocoa (or chocolate pudding) and Marshmallows.  I will be honest with you, I really struggled with this one!

Peppermint Hot Chocolate Brownies Dessert Challenge

I could not make up my mind!!  I must have gone through 5 or 6 different recipe ideas until I finally chose to make these Peppermint Hot Chocolate Brownies.  My first thought was S’mores, so I ran through pies, and cookies.  Absolute insanity!  While I was searching for the miniature marshmallows in the pantry, I came across some Starbucks Peppermint Hot Cocoa Mix…..BINGO!

Peppermint Hot Chocolate Brownies

If you do not have peppermint hot cocoa mix, you could use any mix that you have on hand.  I also found a salted caramel hot cocoa mix, but it contained milk. 🙁

Peppermint Hot Chocolate Brownies cocoa mix

This hot cocoa mix has crushed peppermint candies in it.  You know me and peppermint! 🙂  Beat the sugar and butter together until light and fluffy.  Add the eggs one at a time, and beat until well combined…..

Peppermint Hot Chocolate Brownies eggs

Add the extract and stir in the dry ingredients…..

Peppermint Hot Chocolate Brownies cocoa

Pour into a prepared baking pan, and bake.  Do Not Over Bake!  I was on the phone and mine got a bit over cooked.  I prefer them to be gooey, and fudgy, but they were still delicious…..

Peppermint Hot Chocolate Brownies pan

When the brownies are done, remove them from the oven and top with marshmallows…..

Peppermint Hot Chocolate Brownies baked

Return to the oven until the marshmallows puff up…..

Peppermint Hot Chocolate Brownies puffed

Allow to cool…..if you can…..cut and serve.  Don’t forget to scroll all the way down and check out all of the other yummy desserts.  Enjoy!!

Thanks so much for another fun challenge Sheryl. 🙂  If you would like to join in next month, click on the button below:

Peppermint Hot Chocolate Brownies

Serves 16
Prep time 5 minutes
Cook time 25 minutes
Total time 30 minutes
Meal type Dessert, Snack
Peppermint Hot Chocolate Brownies are part of my latest obsession.....chocolate and peppermint!! They are even topped with mini marshmallows.


  • 3/4 cups unsalted butter (softened)
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 Large organic eggs (at room temperature)
  • 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 1/2 cup peppermint hot chocolate mix (I used Starbucks)
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup miniature marshmallows


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 8-inch square baking pan with baking spray and set aside.
In a large bowl, beat the butter and sugar together until creamy.
Add the eggs one at a time, continuing to beat to combine. Add the peppermint extract.
Stir in the flour, cocoa, peppermint hot chocolate, and salt.
Pour into prepared pan and bake for 25 - 30 minutes until set, but still slightly shiny.
Remove from the oven and top with marshmallows. Return to the oven until until marshmallows puff, about 2 minutes.
Allow brownies to cool, cut, and serve.



  1. says

    I love brownies! I love peppermint and chocolate, too. I’m glad this is the recipe you settled on. What a great month for the Lady Behind the Curtain Dessert Challenge! HUGS!

  2. says

    Brownies are great!

    Stopping by from a blog hop that your link was in. I’m happy to have found your site/blog! I have started a blog/site that focuses on faith and home (with recipes, decorating ideas, etc.) and it has a great team of writers writing on these topics (and more).

    Hope to see you as a new like on Facebook and possibly an email subscriber at our website (so you can be notified of new content that’s posted, and it’s free to subscribe)!

  3. Cynthia says

    Healthy can wait – these look so good! Thanks for linking to the In and Out of the Kitchen Link Party. Hope to see you next week.


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