Peppermint Brownies In A Jar

Disclosure: I received Ball Mason Jars to facilitate this recipe post for Peppermint Brownies In A Jar.

Peppermint Brownies In A Jar

Peppermint and chocolate go together perfectly any time of the year, but when the Christmas season comes the peppermint desserts are the best! This year I made some pretty Peppermint Brownies In A Jar that can be given as gifts. There are delicious layers of fudgy brownies with chocolate buttercream frosting, peppermint buttercream frosting and crushed candy canes on top.

For the fifth week of the holiday progressive dinner, our sponsor is Ball Canning. If you are a longtime follower, you know how much I love gifts in a jar! Today’s mason jar gift is different from some of my others mason jars because this one it totally edible. My daughter also made meringue glazed pecans that she put into mason jars to bring to work to share and to give as gifts!

2014 Holiday Progressive Dinner Dessert Recipes:

Busy-at-Home : Mini Chocolate Fudge Cobblers with Homemade Chocolate Cherry Ice Cream
Daily Dish Recipes: Spiced Pumpkin Gingerbread Trifles
Adventures in All Things Food: Layered Turtle Cheesecakes
Flour on My Face: Pumpkin Spice Cranberry Trifle in a Jar
The Gunny Sack: Peppermint Brownies
Will Cook for Smiles: No Bake White Chocolate Cheesecake Gingerbread Trifle

Cut Brownies Out

Start by making a pan of brownies. You can make boxed brownies or you can make homemade brownies. I made brown butter brownies and they were delicious! Once the brownies have cooled, use a small cookie cutter (mine was 2 inches) to cut our brownie circles. I was able to cut 24 brownie circles to make 12 brownie mason jars.

Mason jar dessert

Put one brownie circle into a mason jar. I used Ball® 8oz Regular Mouth Half Pint Jars for this blog post, but you can use any size jar as long as the brownies will fit into the jar!

Chocolate_Buttercream_Frosting

Top the brownies with a swirl of chocolate buttercream frosting.

Brownie Mason Jar

Top with another brownie circle.

Red stripes

Next, prepare a pastry bag for piping red and white striped peppermint buttercream. Make lines with red gel food coloring in your pastry bag. I found that I got the best results when I only made two lines.

Peppermint Buttercream Frosting

Fill the pastry bag with peppermint buttercream frosting and top the brownies with a swirl of peppermint buttercream frosting.

 Candy_Cane_Brownies_In_A_Jar

Crush a few peppermint candy canes and sprinkle them over the peppermint buttercream frosting.

Brownies in a jar

Add a lid and tie on a spoon with red and white striped baker’s twine. I made these Peppermint Brownies In A Jar the day before Thanksgiving and my kids didn’t have school that day. They hung around the kitchen wanting to eat the brownies and the buttercream frostingjust a tastejust a sampleare they done yet??? Finally, when I was done making them and done photographing them and they got to eat one. They said there were every bit as good as they were hoping they would be! We packed the rest of them up and delivered them to my nieces and nephews.

Brown Butter Brownies
 
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Ingredients
  • 1 cup brown butter
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 4 eggs
  • ¾ cup cocoa powder
  • 1 cup flour
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Grease a 9x13 pan.
  3. Brown butter in a saucepan.
  4. Pour into a large bowl. Stir in sugar and vanilla.
  5. Beat in eggs, one at a time.
  6. Mix in cocoa powder.
  7. Add flour, baking powder and salt.
  8. Pour into pan and bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes.

Peppermint Buttercream Frosting
 
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Serves: 2¼ cups
Ingredients
  • ½ cup shortening
  • ½ cup butter
  • 2 tsp peppermint extract
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • ¼ cup marshmallow cream
  • 3-4 tbsp milk
Instructions
  1. Beat shortening and butter until light and fluffy.
  2. Beat in peppermint extract.
  3. Add sugar one cup at a time.
  4. Add marshmallow cream and milk. Beat until light and fluffy.

Chocolate Buttercream Frosting
 
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Serves: 3 cups
Ingredients
  • ½ cup shortening
  • ½ cup butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ¾ cup cocoa powder
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • ¼ cup marshmallow cream
  • 3-4 tbsp milk
Instructions
  1. Sift together the cocoa powder and the powdered sugar. Set aside.
  2. Beat shortening and butter until light and fluffy.
  3. Beat in vanilla extract.
  4. Add sugar/cocoa powder mixture one cup at a time.
  5. Add marshmallow cream and milk. Beat until light and fluffy.

Brownies adapted from Hershey’s Best Brownies in Hershey’s Homemade Cookbook

Peppermint Buttercream adapted from Wilton’s Buttercream Icing.

Chocolate Buttercream adapted from Wilton’s Chocolate Buttercream.

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Comments

  1. says

    I love your creativity! Brownies, Buttercream frosting, and peppermint…what a trio…what a gift! Thank you for this great opportunity, I use Ball jars daily! Merry Christmas Tonia.

  2. Katie Z says

    if i won these jars, i would definitly start with this great brownie gift. then i would probably make candles or use the jars for jam.

  3. HELEN NEELEY says

    I absolutely enjoyed making this recipe. It is a keeper. Your instructions are magnificent to follow. It makes everything go together so smooth,
    I love the idea of the jar recipes. I made the five layer bars in the jars, and they were fantastic,

  4. kentuckylady717 says

    These look so good…
    Would love to win all these Ball caning …love these jars, I use them to store everything….getting rid of all plastics…..
    I would probably make your recipe for these brownies as I can’t think of anything else at the moment 🙂

    • Tonia says

      Hi Mary,
      I’ve read that it buttercream made with milk needs to be refrigerated. There are recipes that replace the milk with a coffee creamer dissolved in water. Another idea would be to use frosting in a can, instead of homemade frosting. Thanks!
      ~Tonia

  5. TAMARA says

    I AM GOING TO START WITH THESE PEPPERMINT BROWNIES IN A JAR AS GIFTS TO MY CO-WORKERS. THEN I AM GOING TO MAKE THE MINI CHOCOLATE FUDGE COBBLERS WITH HOMEMADE CHOCOLATE CHERRY ICE CREAM FOR A HOLIDAY GATHERING WITH FRIENDS.

  6. says

    I love this recipe! I also totally love that you used cookie cutters to cut out the perfect size circle for the jars. Smart! (I just crumbled mine into a giant mess in the jar LOL)

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