On a cold, dreary day when baking seems like the best thing in the world to do, brownies seem like the best thing to bake.
A perfect brownie is pure comfort food.
When it comes to brownies, I think I’ve just about had them all: peanut butter-stuffed, cheesecake-topped, ganache-glazed, and cookie dough-filled, to name a few. Those are all delicious (and sadly, sugar-coma-inducing), but there’s something to be said for a simpler brownie that delivers big on chocolate flavor.
(Not to mention, there’s something to be said for a brownie that won’t leave you in need of a nap two hours later.)
Here I take a classic fudgy dark chocolate brownie and add just a hint of peppermint to give it a little festive flair. To make it fun to serve at a party or cookie exchange, you can top each brownie with something different; fruit, nuts, coconut, and/or bittersweet chocolate are all delicious. Or you could take it one step further and set up a brownie bar and put out different toppings so people can come up with their own combos.
And if peppermint’s not your thing, no worries, just omit the peppermint extract. If you like mocha you could add 1 teaspoon espresso powder, or for another classic combo, fold 1 cup chopped walnuts into the batter before baking.
That’s the beauty of a classic brownie recipe; it’s easily adapted to suit whatever mood you’re in.Print