Peppermint Bark Blondies

I have finally left the pumpkin behind and moved on to peppermint.  I feel as though peppermint is a seasonal favorite and a personal favorite, as well.  While shopping for some basic baking supplies, I came across a Ghiradelli peppermint bark chocolate baking bar.  They can do no wrong, in my opinion, so I bought it and decided to incorporate it into a brownie recipe.  So why is this called a blondie recipe?  Well, these came out much lighter than typical brownies, probably due to the fact that only half the bar is actual chocolate and the rest is peppermint bark.

  • Ingredients:
  • 3 ounces Ghiradelli Peppermnt Bark Baking Bar (these are sold as 3.5 ounce bars so break it off accordingly)
  • 1 stick unsalted butter
  • 1 1/3 cups sugar
  • 2 whole eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt (use sea salt, if you prefer)
  • 2/3 cup all purpose flour
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Line an 8×8 inch square baking pan with parchment paper, extending it up two sides.  Butter the parchment or spray with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. In a double-boiler, over gently simmering water, melt chocolate and butter together until only a few unmelted pieces remain.  Remove from heat and stir until smooth and fully melted.
  3. Whisk in sugar, then eggs one at a time.  Then whisk in the vanilla, followed by the salt.
  4. Stir in the flour with a rubber spatula and scrape the batter into the prepared pan.  Spread the mixture until it is even.
  5. Put the pan into the oven and bake for 35-40 minutes, until a toothpick in the center comes out clean.
  6. Let cool for at least 45 minutes, then “flip” the baked blondies onto a cooling rack.  Allow to cool for another 5-10 minutes before slicing them.  They actually didn’t completely settle until they sat overnight, but they still tasted great!

After they were flipped onto the cooling rack.

See how light they are?  You’ll probably see a few red flakes once they’re baked.  These are from the peppermint bark and mostly form around the edges.  Trust me when I say these make your mouth feel clean after you eat one.  It’s a refreshing taste and probably one of the many reasons I simply adore peppermint anything.  Enjoy.

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2 Responses to Peppermint Bark Blondies

  1. filbio says:

    Since you have so much time on your hands make these for our party! Yum!

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