Peppermint White Mocha Brownies have a fudgy brownie base, filled with white chocolate and coffee! Then finished with a buttery peppermint frosting. A holiday dessert table must!
Now this is how you celebrate a Sunday!
Hi all! How has y0ur weekend been? Filled with holiday joy? Parties? Dinner with friends? Nothing at all? Maybe a glass of bubbly or two?
This past weekend has been a rejuvenating one. We had a date night Friday night while my parents watched the little man. Something we have come to miss is our one on one time. Don’t worry, we understood that would be tossed out the window once the babe arrived, but doens’t mean we can’t miss it.
We have been very fortunate that our parents jump at any opportunity to babysit which allows the hubs and I to escape for an hour or two for some adult conversations and hot meal together. What those few hours does for the soul!
It breaks my heart to hear how couples say children strain their marriage. I agree. In the near 2 months we have been parents, we have gotten a glimpse at the how difficult it really is. It tests your limits along with your patience. Something both of us don’t have much of. But I am certain that it has grown lately. It doesn’t have much of a choice really! So in order to keep our marriage alive and help us move past those painful long crying sessions, we devote time to ourselves.
Rejuvenating I tell you.
Something else that is great for the soul?
Chocolate + Peppermint + Coffee + Brownies.
I have never met a chocolate and peppermint dessert I have not liked. They are two peas in a pod. And theis peppermint brownie recipe fit the bill perfectly. During a Sunday run to Starbucks, a lightbulb went off as they were featuring their seasonal White Chocolate Peppermint Mocha. Oh my word. My heart started pitter pattering. And these easy peppermint brownies were born.
I used a shortcut for these brownies because I thought with all the holiday baking going on, we could all use a helping hand here and there. The base is a brownie mix that I doctored up with white chocolate chips, brewed coffee which replaces the water in the batter and espresso powder. The coffee not only supplies the obviously mocha flavor but it also enhances the chocolate. When used in chocolate desserts, it deepens the flavor without overpowering. You may see it in a chocolate cookie recipe or chocolate cake without even noticing a coffee flavor, rather a more pronounced chocolate flavor. It is a trick of the trade!
Then these peppermint brownies from a mix are dressed up with a fluffy and butter peppermint frosting. With a few pantry staples you are only a few minutes away from a spoonful of sugar. While the brownies cool, whisk together the frosting ingredients until fluffy. The frosting sets up better if refrigerated for a short amount of time; allowing you to cut them easier too!
For the frosting, go lightly with the peppermint extract as it can steal the show quite easily! And it is easier to add more and impossible to take it out once added in. So light handed here folks.
Now with Sunday underway, I am off to finish our relaxing Sunday with a handful of Peppermint White Mocha Brownies.
meal prep tips:
these Peppermint White Mocha Brownies are great to make ahead then enjoy all week long or later on, say at a holiday!
you can choose to frost ahead of time or before serving. either way, they taste great!
I prefer to store these in the fridge, so the frosting does not melt. Remove from fridge before serving.