Peppermint Surprise Brownie Bites

These Peppermint Surprise Brownie Bites are made with one of my favorite candies ever buried in the brownie batter. It’s hard to resist the fudgy brownie surrounding the peppermint patty baked right in!

Peppermint Surprise Brownie Bites

Sometimes a girl just has to have her chocolate.  You know, as long as it is in moderation, right?  Well, to control the eating of these brownies, I did share them with my neighbor.  Let me tell you, they definitely are yummylicious!

Peppermint Surprise Brownie Bites

Sometime before the Christmas holidays I came across a Holiday Cookies magazine from America’s Test Kitchen.  That is where the recipe for the Macadamia Eggnog Creams came from that I shared with our cookie exchange this year.  I was looking through the book the other night and I decided, these don’t have to just be for the holidays!  Every single cookie in this book looks awesome and it is my plan to make every single one of them…..over time of course!

Peppermint Surprise Brownie Bites

I had some leftover peppermint patty candies from Christmas I decided to start with the Peppermint Surprise Brownie Bites.  I have made a brownie similar to this before – with the peppermint patties in them, but they were heavy and dense and made me not really care for them.

Peppermint Surprise Brownie Bites

These brownies are perfect for the peppermint patty!  They are light but fudgy and have a top layer that will peel right off (if you want it to!).  Oh so yummy.  Good thing I sent over half the batch to the neighbors house!
Peppermint Patty Surprise Brownie Bites
Peppermint Surprise Brownie Bites


Peppermint Surprise Brownie Bites
Author: from America’s Test Kitchen – Holiday Cookies 2010
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Serves: 16 brownies
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 stick unsalted butter
  • 2 ounces unsweetened chocolate
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 16 York Peppermint Patties, unwrapped
  1. Preheat oven to 350. Line 8-inch square baking pan with foil, allowing excess foil to hang over pan edges. Lightly spray with cooking spray.
  2. Combine flour, baking powder and salt in a small bowl. Set aside.
  3. Microwave butter and chocolate in a separate bowl, stirring occasionally, until smooth, about 1 minute. Set aside to cool slightly, 2-3 minutes.
  4. Whisk eggs and sugar together in large bowl. Add chocolate mixture and vanilla and mix until well combined.
  5. Add flour mixture and stir until just incorporated. Measure 1 cup of batter and set aside. Pour remaining batter into prepared baking pan, arrange peppermint patties on top of batter, spacing 1/2 inch apart. Smooth remaining batter over candy. Bake 30-35 minutes, until just set in the center. Cool completely, about 2 hours. Using foil overhang, lift brownies out of pan and cut into squares.

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About the Author: Shelby Law Ruttan

Shelby is the author/owner of Grumpy's Honeybunch. Established in 2007, she shares and preserves family recipes as well as recipes for cooking light and keto. She is an experienced, self-taught home cook who loves to share recipes with others. You can see her work on websites such as Veal Made Easy, Parade, Community Table, SoFab Food, Yummly, and FoodGawker.


  1. ann January 4, 2011 at 12:19 pm - Reply

    These look wonderful. And, I bet you made your neighbor happy!

  2. bellini valli January 4, 2011 at 1:09 pm - Reply

    Good to see you baking up a storm in your kitchen Shelby. Wish we were neighbours for you to share:D

  3. Lori January 4, 2011 at 1:54 pm - Reply

    Hmmm, they sound great.

    Happy New Year Shelby!

    How do you like living in Albany? Have you found some cool places yet? Albany is a nice city. What I like best about it is how close it is to many of the places I like to visit.

  4. Kate @ January 4, 2011 at 3:12 pm - Reply

    I also share a lot with neighbors, friends, parents…just so that I don't end up eating all of my goodies! Portion control, right? 🙂

    Your brownies definitely look yummylicious…I like the surprise factor a lot! 🙂

  5. briarrose January 4, 2011 at 3:23 pm - Reply

    Chocolate is a must I agree. 😉 Beautiful brownies….and the mint center….so good.

  6. Joy January 4, 2011 at 3:51 pm - Reply

    Ohh that looks great. I love peppermint.

  7. teresa January 4, 2011 at 5:10 pm - Reply

    oh yum! i just adore the mint chocolate combo!

  8. Cristine January 4, 2011 at 5:14 pm - Reply

    Oh my goodness… Can I be your neighbor? 🙂 They look fantastic!

  9. Kathleen January 5, 2011 at 12:31 am - Reply

    Oh Shelby, these look amazing!

  10. Barbara Bakes January 5, 2011 at 1:28 am - Reply

    Sounds like a must try brownie! Happy New Year!

  11. Lana @ Never Enough Thyme January 5, 2011 at 2:57 am - Reply

    OMG, how amazing is this! I'd have never thought of putting a peppermint pattie inside a brownie, but I'm darned sure going to try it now! Mouth already watering in anticipation…

  12. Fallon January 5, 2011 at 3:44 am - Reply

    I like surprises like that. 😉 They look amazing Shelby!

  13. Cajun Chef Ryan January 5, 2011 at 12:37 pm - Reply

    The surprise in the middle is perfection!

  14. Megan January 5, 2011 at 2:52 pm - Reply

    This brownie has been on my must make list all Christmas and I still haven't made it. I must, I must!!!

  15. Delishhh January 6, 2011 at 2:54 am - Reply

    Ohh peppermint and chocolate how can you go wrong. This is a recipe to save, nice work!

  16. Gera@SweetsFoodsBlog January 6, 2011 at 4:12 am - Reply

    These are my kind of brownies, with peppermint – superb 🙂

    Have an Excellent 2011! 🙂


  17. Barbara @ Modern Comfort Food January 6, 2011 at 4:26 am - Reply

    These look absolutely sensational, Shelby. I adore both peppermint patties and brownies. I know I would definitely want more than just a "bite" of these beauties!

  18. The Mom Chef January 7, 2011 at 7:41 pm - Reply

    They do look very gooey and moist. Unfortunately, this girl hates chocolate so no, I don't have to have it. Even more unfortunately, my family loves chocolate so I do have to make it. Thanks for the recipe. 🙂

  19. Kim - Liv Life January 9, 2011 at 8:39 pm - Reply

    I have a teenaged boy and a couple of friends here today who would most likely enjoy these!! =)

  20. Maggie @ Vittles and Bits January 17, 2011 at 1:54 am - Reply

    Oh how FUNNY! I did not see this post, but clearly we were in nearly the same conundrum!! Well you know what they say – great minds think alike 🙂 These look great!

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  22. Lindsay @ The Live-In Kitchen February 14, 2018 at 2:42 pm - Reply

    I’ll always say yes to a brownie!

  23. Megan February 15, 2018 at 8:09 am - Reply

    Peppermint is one of my favorite flavors…love the idea of peppermint patties “hiding” in my brownie batter!

  24. Jennifer February 15, 2018 at 10:36 pm - Reply

    Yum!! What a great dessert!

  25. Richa Gupta February 16, 2018 at 9:21 am - Reply

    Such a great combo and these brownies looks amazing!

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  28. […] I love a little minty chocolate ending to my meal. These Peppermint Surprise Brownies are so delicious with the peppermint patty in the middle of the bar. And, they are easy to pick up […]

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