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Peppermint Brownie Towers are a quick and easy brownie recipe that is perfect for Christmas or New Years Eve dessert!
Remember those Mini Cranberry Fluff Cakes we made a couple of weeks ago? Well when we made them we both said the only way the could be any better would be if they were chocolate. Neither Melinda nor I thought that chocolate really went with cranberry fluff but I couldn’t get the thought out of my head and in the end these decadent chocolate Peppermint Brownie Towers were born.
Rich, fudgy brownies are one of my favorite chocolate desserts and it doesn’t hurt that they ‘re super easy to make. They are perfect for the holidays because while I love for the food to be beautiful I don’t want it to be so complicated to make that I spend the whole night in the kitchen and miss hanging out with friends. That’s also the reason I’ve stopped pulling out the good china for big parties. People aren’t there for the dishes and serveware, they are there to spend time with friends and family. Now I stock up on Chinet® brand plates, napkins, and cutlery at the beginning of the holiday party season and I get to enjoy being the hostess without worrying about washing dishes for hours after everyone leaves. Chinet® Classic White™ dinner plates are super sturdy so guests can load up their plates with lots of goodies and they don’t have to worry about leaks or spills and everything is made from recycled materials so at the end of the night it all goes in the trash. I think it may be one of the best tricks I’ve learned as a hostess!
One of my other favorite tricks is taking super simple recipes and presenting them in a way that make it look like I’m the hostess with the most-est. For the peppermint brownie towers I used my favorite boxed-brownie mix to keep things simple but if you have a homemade brownie recipe that you love then by all means use that. The towers are simple, bake a pan of brownies and once they have completely cooled cut out 3-inch circles of brownie using a cookie cutter, or just a plain old cup that is the right size works too! Once you have all of your brownie rounds you can pipe a layer of vanilla frosting (I think chocolate frosting would be awesome too!) on half of the rounds and then top each one with another brownie. Place peppermints on a plate and, while holding the brownie tower sideways over the plate sprinkle the frosting with crushed peppermint, turning the brownies until all the frosting is covered.
Then comes the fun part. In the microwave heat some cream up until it is almost boiling them pour it over a bowl of chocolate chips. Stir until the chocolate is smoothly melted and you have a thick, pour able ganache. Spoon a little on top of the brownies one at a time and using a knife spread it across the top until it drips down the sides. Top it with a peppermint and you’re ready to go!
Get ready for the holidays! Now through December 31, 2016 at BJ’s Wholesale Club has Chinet® Classic White™ round dinner plates (115 ct.) and Chinet® Cut Crystal® plates and cups of all sizes on sale. It’s a great opportunity to stock up on entertaining essentials for Christmas and New Year’s Eve. You can find a $2 off coupon for Chinet® Classic White™ round dinner plates (115 ct.) and a $2 off coupon for Chinet® Cut Crystal® plates and cups of all sizes in BJ’s Journal.
- 2 boxes Brownie Mix + ingredients required on box
- 1 can White Frosting
- 1 c Peppermints, crushed
- 20 oz. Bittersweet Chocolate, chopped
- 1 c Heavy Cream
- 8 whole peppermints for garnish
- Bake the brownies according to the instructions on the box.
- Let the brownies cool completely and then use a 3 inch circle cookie cutter and cut out rounds from the pan of brownies.
- You will need two brownie rounds for each tower. Spread frosting on the bottom round and place the top round on top.
- Holding the brownie tower sideways over a plate sprinkle the crushed peppermints over the frosting turning the brownie until the frosting is all covered with crushed peppermint.
- Place the chocolate in a small bowl.
- In a microwave heat the cream in a separate bowl until almost boiling and then pour the cream over the chocolate. Stir until completely smooth.
- Pour the ganache over the top of each brownie tower and use a knife to spread it around letting some drip down the sides.
- Top with a whole peppermint and enjoy!