Crushed Candy Cane-Topped Brownies

Three posts in three days?! I'm surprised myself.

Is my family the only family that doesn't eat the candy canes off the tree after Christmas? When we take down the tree we set them on the counter and leave them there until February. That's when we decide to throw them in the trash and make way for Valentine candy.

What a waste of such a delicious and traditional candy, right?
I'm just not into eating candy canes. They look pretty, but unless I'm leaving an Italian restaurant, I rarely eat mint candy (come on - tell me you don't swoop in, Dean Martin crooning into your ears, and grab a big handful of mints and stuff them into your pockets as you slip out the door?).

I think when I was a younger I liked to eat candy canes. But I'm no longer satisfied by the simple things I enjoyed as a kid, candy included. Now I'm kind of into eating Rocher chocolates at Christmas time. I'm in love with their crispity-crunchy chocolate shell, the oozing chocolate filling and the single hazelnut that sits in the center . What a dreamy candy. Man, I hope someone from Rocher contacts me and asks me if I want a free sample.

Even with dozens of types of flavors, I still can't get into the candy cane. Except maybe mint chocolate. But definitely no to strawberry, watermelon, butterscotch, bubble gum, cinnamon, raspberry, apple, blueberry, cherry, or other flavors.

Anyway, if you're trying to use up extra candy canes that are laying around, I have a recipe for you: Crushed Candy Cane-Topped Brownies.

I am so sick of brownies. Sorry. I've made a batch a week for about the last month or so. I'm not sure why I keep making them. I guess it's my brownie obsession; my quest in finding the perfect brownie. If you think you discovered the ultimate brownie, please send me your recipe.... or if you have any brownie secrets, let me know...

These are dark chocolate brownies, that are very rich and fudgy. To make them appropriate for the season, I sprinkled crushed candy canes on top. My advice would be to crush the candy canes very finely. I wanted to them to look pretty, and I left the candy canes too coarse. So the topping was extra crunchy, and that disappointed me. No one likes to break a tooth on Christmas.

Crushed Candy Cane-Topped Brownies

14 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 1/4 cups dark chocolate chips (I used Hershey's Dark)
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/3 cup cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
3 large eggs
3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/4-1/3 cup finely crushed candy canes
3 tablespoons mini chocolate chips (optional)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line a 13x9-inch baking dish with foil; butter or coat foil with cooking spray.

Melt butter in a small saucepan over medium heat; turn heat off and stir in chocolate until melted and smooth.

In a medium sized mixing bowl, sift together flour, cocoa powder, salt and baking powder.
In a large mixing bowl, using a mixer on medium-high speed, beat eggs, brown sugar and granulated sugar until thickened and foamy, about 4 minutes; reduce mixer speed to low and beat in melted chocolate-butter mixture until well combined. Beat in flour mixture until just combined.

Scrape brownie batter into prepared baking dish; evenly top with candy cane and mini chocolate chips. Bake at 350 degrees F, for 28-32 minutes. Cool completely before lifting foil out of pan and slicing brownies into bars.

Makes 15 brownies


  1. A brownie obsession is not bad at least there's chocolate involved.

  2. No onein my family eats them either, no idea why i keep buying them, but at least NOW I have a yummy use for them!

  3. An excellent idea for using up those candy canes. We never eat ours either. Sometimes I will use one to stir a cup of tea, but that's about it.

  4. How nice. Even brownies can be dressed up for the festive season then :)

  5. yeah, no one ever eats candy canes! this is a perfect way to use them, the little mint has to be perfect with the dark chocolate.

    also instead of candy canes, andes has these little creamy peppermint pieces that would probably get a little melty and mmmmrrmmm! on something like these.

    the looking pretty part is also down pat, gorgeous!

  6. You are the perfect person to figure out what to do with leftover candy canes.

    I'm not big on the myself. I usually eat one at some point during the season, but that's my saturation point. I don't get into mint too much.

    I love your current prolific-ness. Is that a word?

  7. i never eat candy canes straight either, but i love crushing them up in things! and look at you go with the posts. you must be building up to a very thrilling announcement :)

  8. They look sooooooooo fudgy! I brought back from US some candy canes that arrived broken, but I've made a candy cane hot chocolate. I'm sure they would have tasted great on top of some brownies!
    Man I also love Rocher! They have now new flavours (they came out last summer) but I only tasted them this Christmas. Coconut, pictachio Yummmmmmmmmm!

  9. I never eat candy canes either!!! I also love crushing them up and put them in things. I made candy cane ice cream on Christmas day and it was good, but I am thinking that these topped with the ice cream would be the BEST!! Thanks for posting!!!!

  10. I don't eat candy canes either, haha - lovin' those brownies though! :-)

  11. I'm not a big fan of peppermint and chocolate, but the brownies look awesome. Please be sure to fill us in when you find that special brownie!

  12. Looks good!!!! I made a candy cane inspired brownie recipe recently too! It was good but unless it's Andes candies, mint is not my first choice for (brownies) chocolate.

    Happy 2009!

    Btw, hope you don't mind but I added you to my blogroll! THX!

  13. I didn't buy candy canes this year, but the brownie looks good!

  14. I love the butter spritz cookies! If one must be obsessed, brownies are the way to go.

  15. If you're so sick of brownies you should switch to chocolate-dipped chocolate and minty creme sammich cookies, with crushed candy cane on top.

    I always try to tell you what to do. I'm so bossy.

  16. Fantastic recipe, although I would leave out the candy canes. I use them to tie onto Christmas presents. They look so pretty.

  17. If anyone can write "1001 Brownies", it would be you...a brownie for all seasons!

  18. Thanks for this - it looks great!

    New book by Shirley Corriher called Bakewise has a fantastic Espresso Brownie recipe...just the right amount of espresso, plus a lot else going on - try it!

  19. i think this is a great use for the ridiculous accumulation of candy canes i wind up with every christmas. it makes the brownies extra pretty, and with a nice little crunch to boot.

  20. Dear Emily these look absolutely georgeous and tempting!!! aayyy!!Childs will love these, xxGloria

  21. I have an amazing brownie recipe in my blog, Fantastic Fudgy Brownies. And it's a Cooking Light recipe. It's amazing!! I've just now stumbled upon your blog. I love it! Congrats on going on the Food Network, I'm setting my DVR!!

  22. Hello Emily,

    I'm from the candy cane company and was wondering if I could send you a free 10 pound sack of candy canes.

  23. A friend of mine today told me that she likes to save candy canes over the years and waits to eat them until they get chewy. Gross right? I bet she'd like this recipe though...minus the chewy/four year old/probably not sanity candy canes.

  24. I totally want to make these, probably with white chocolate chunks. Do you foresee a problem if I mix the white chocolate and peppermint into the batter? I think I would prefer it, but would the candy canes come out a weird texture? Would I be better off doing a white chocolate frosting with the peppermint on top? Thanks for any thoughts!



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