Fudgy brownies topped with white chocolate bark and chopped up candy cane kisses will freshen up your holiday.
The Holiday Food Bloggers are back, this time celebrating all things Christmas! How could we not when it’s one of the biggest holidays in the world? When I think of Christmas desserts, candy canes, gingerbread, and eggnog come to mind. It’s also that time of year to buy specialty Hershey’s Kisses, like mint truffle, cherry cordial, and candy cane. I’m obsessed with seasonal candy for the limited edition flavors. Probably one of the best marketing tactics for companies, right? For today’s recipe, I made Candy Cane Kiss Brownies, which are chocolaty brownies topped with a layer similar to peppermint bark. If you love candy canes and peppermint, you’re not going to want to pass these up.
I saw a picture of brownies similar to these with crushed peppermints on top. However, I’m not a big fan of hard candy, so I used candy cane kisses instead. Much easier on my teeth without losing the candy cane flavor. It’d be an understatement to say I couldn’t stop eating these brownies!
The brownie base recipe is from my favorite cookbook author Dorie Greenspan. I love that woman and can’t wait to someday meet her. Seriously, if you are a baker, you need to buy Baking: From My Home to Yours for your collection (Amazon affiliate link). I used to be a part of Tuesdays With Dorie way back when, so I’ve baked a good bit of recipes from that book (since I couldn’t keep up with the group).
The peppermint from the kisses is pretty strong, so I didn’t add any peppermint extract to the brownies. I know several people who don’t like peppermint (more for me), so feel free to substitute plain kisses.
Equipment you may need (Amazon affiliate link):
- 5 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into 5 pieces
- 4 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
- 2 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon espresso powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/3 cup all purpose flour
- 6 ounces white chocolate, chopped
- 1 1/2 tablespoons shortening
- 1 cup candy cane kisses, chopped
- Preheat oven to 350F. Line an 8x8-inch pan with parchment paper.
- In a heatproof bowl over a saucepan of simmering water, melt the butter, bittersweet chocolate, and unsweetened chocolate. Remove the bowl from the heat and whisk in sugar (it'll be grainy). Beat in the eggs, one at a time, then beat in the vanilla. Add the espresso powder, salt, and flour.
- Scrape into the prepared pan and bake 30-33 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool completely.
- In another heatproof bowl over a saucepan of simmering water, melt the white chocolate and shortening (white chocolate is very delicate to melt, so do not get any moisture in the chocolate or it'll seize up). Spread over the cooled brownies. Top with chopped kisses. Let the chocolate harden before cutting.
If you liked these Candy Cane Kiss Brownies, you may also like these recipes from me:
- Cherry Cordial and Mint Truffle Kiss Hot Chocolate
- Cherry Cordial Blossom
- Caramel Kiss Cinnamon Spritz Cookies
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