Peppermint Brownies are a MUST MAKE recipe for Christmas! Holiday baking has never been so easy or delicious. These Peppermint Cheesecake Brownies are the perfect Christmas brownies, but I make them year round. They're amazingly delicious!

Peppermint Cheesecake Brownies (Peppermint Brownies)

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cheesecake brownies, peppermint brownies
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 12
Calories: 444kcal
Author: Becky Hardin - The Cookie Rookie
Peppermint Brownies are a MUST MAKE recipe for Christmas! Holiday baking has never been so easy or delicious. These Peppermint Cheesecake Brownies are the perfect Christmas brownies, but I make them year round. They're amazingly delicious!
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Ingredients

FOR BROWNIE LAYER:

  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3/4 cup butter melted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup cocoa
  • ***If you're in a pinch you can use boxed brownie mix in place of above ingredients***
  • 1/2 cup peppermint crunch baking chips or crushed candy canes if crushing the candy canes, place in a ziplock bag and use a rolling pin over the sealed bag

FOR PEPPERMINT CHEESECAKE LAYER:

  • 16 ounces low fat cream cheese softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 1 1/2 cups peppermint crunch baking chips or crushed candy canes, divided

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350F. Line a 9x13 inch baking dish with parchment paper or spray with nonstick spray.
  • Beat together eggs sugar, butter and vanilla. Stir until completely combined.
  • In a separate bowl, combine flour, cocoa, baking powder, and salt.
  • Add the flour mixture to the egg mixture and carefully stir until fully combined. Stir in the peppermint chips.
  • Pour the brownie mixture into your baking dish. Smooth out the top and spread the mixture to the edges.
  • Bake for approximately 20 minutes. This won't fully cook the brownies, but a film will begin to bake on top.
  • While brownies are baking prepare cheesecake layer.
  • In a stand mixer, beat cream cheese until smooth. Add in sour cream, sugar, lemon juice, and peppermint extract. Beat until fully combined.
  • While the mixer is on, add the eggs one at a time. Beat fully in between each egg. Add in 1/2 cup peppermint crunch baking chips and stir until just combined.
  • Pour mixture on top of pre baked brownie bottom, smoothing to completely cover the brownie layer. Top with remaining 1 cup peppermint crunch baking chips, making a solid layer of the chips if possible.
  • Place baking dish back in the oven and bake for 30-35 minutes, until center no longer wobbles and the edges are slightly browned.
  • Remove from oven and let cool completely.
  • Once cool, place in the refrigerator until serving, at least 2 hours. Cut and serve! Enjoy!

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Nutrition

Calories: 444kcal | Carbohydrates: 58g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 135mg | Sodium: 363mg | Potassium: 203mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 44g | Vitamin A: 14.2% | Vitamin C: 0.3% | Calcium: 9% | Iron: 8.5%