i don’t know about where you are but down here is weird.
what i mean by that is that it kinda feels like the holidays are in full swing but then i step outside and i lose the feeling. i mean it’s supposed to get to close to 80F here today and i just can’t seem to quite find the holiday spirit when it’s hot outside.
and worse than that…
i feel very wardrobe challenged. i mean with the temps where they are, i want to be in shorts and sandals but my head is telling me it’s december and it’s boot season and i look forward to boot season so i need to be wearing boots. and then try shopping… i mean all the stores have these cute sweaters and longsleeve shirts but i’m here dying of heat.
this all makes me very sad.
what doesn’t make me sad though is baking this time of year. it’s like you can bake everyday and it’s completely acceptable to have a mound of cookies, brownies and cake on your desk for breakfast.
i’ve been craving a brownie recently. i’ve also been craving a cupcake with all it’s glorious buttercream on top. and i remembered i had these little gems pinned and it solved both! and bonus… they’re all pepperminty which is totally a flavor of the season! yay!
peppermint white chocolate frosted brownie bites
- 1 1/2 c sugar
- 3/4 c flour
- 3/4 c unsweetened cocoa powder
- 3 eggs, room temp
- 3/4 c (1 1/2 sticks) butter, melted
- 1 c dark chocolate chips
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 c (2 sticks) butter, softened
- 2 c powdered sugar
- 1 1/2 tbs milk
- 1 tsp peppermint extract
- 12 oz white chocolate, melted and cooled slightly
- preheat the oven to 375F. spray a mini muffin pan with nonstick cooking spray or line with mini cupcake liners.
- sift together the sugar, flour, cocoa powder, cinnamon and salt in a large bowl. in a separate bowl, whisk together the melted butter, eggs and vanilla. add the wet ingredients to the dry and stir until it’s all incorporated. fold in the dark chocolate chips.
- spoon about 1 tbs of batter into each of the muffin wells. bake 10-15 min, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of one of the bites comes out clean. remove from the oven and let cool 1 min before cooling completely on a baking rack.
- make the buttercream: beat the butter; add in the melted white chocolate. beat until creamy. add in the powdered sugar, milk and peppermint extract. mix 2-3 min until it’s smooth and fluffy.
- frost the brownie bites and sprinkle some red sprinkles on top.
even though these aren’t “cookies” they would make a great addition to your holiday cookie swap. and you could even change out the white chocolate for semisweet and make them peppermint double chocolate.
what holiday baking do you look forward to most?
recipe lightly adapted from: shugary sweets