As soon as the weather turns cold and the snow starts to fall, I start baking! A warm oven helps warm up a cold house better than anything else. And bonus, there are lots of delicious treats around to welcome in the holiday season. Last week as I was warming up an extremely cold house, I was playing around with two of my favorite Christmas ingredients: peppermint and chocolate and the result was these amazing Chewy Brownies with Peppermint Ganache.
These brownies are the best brownies ever. Seriously, they are a nice chewy brownie with loads of chocolate. There are no cake-like brownies here. Instead these super quick to make brownies are more fudge-like. To ensure the gooiest, fudgiest brownies ever, make sure not to skip the refrigerator step. I know, waiting for a few hours after the brownies are baked just seems wrong. And it’s almost impossible not to eat them hot out of the oven, but your patience will pay off.
But since I believe there is no such thing as too much chocolate, I took these chewy brownies up about 10 notches by frosting them in a chocolate peppermint ganache. If you’ve never made a ganache before, get ready to be addicted. A ganache seems like such a complicated thing, but it’s actually so ridiculously easy. All you need to do is pour heated cream over chocolate chips. Then after the chocolate has a chance to soften in the hot milk, you whisk them together to make a creamy smooth chocolate paste that you can just eat with a spoon (and I do eat it with a spoon quite often).
These chewy brownies with peppermint ganache are the best Christmas treat around. And because they are so quick and easy to make, you will be able to mix up a pan whenever you get the urge (and I promise you will get the urge often). I plan on taking these to every party we have this month!
For more chocolatey goodness, check out some of my other favorite recipes:
Here’s to a chocolate Christmas!