Peppermint Brownies with Cream Cheese Frosting | Secret Recipe Club

by Melissa on December 12, 2011

I had so much fun participating in the Secret Recipe Club last month, I was so excited to do it all over again this month. The concept of the Secret Recipe Club is just so much fun. You are assigned a blog, from which you can choose and make any of their recipes, including being able to adapt it to your dietary needs.

This month I was assigned The Realistic Nutritionist. I had so much fun reading her blog, but first I have to congratulate Claire on her new journey that she is beginning next year, as a full-time blogger. What an accomplishment! She is also working towards attending culinary school and I can not wait to read all about it on her blog when she starts attending.

Since she is an aspiring nutritionist, Claire’s recipes are mostly “skinny” or reduced in calories/fat. And I could not have been assigned her blog at a better time. I (re)joined my local gym exactly one week ago, so I’m back on a health kick. I love that the name of the blog is The Realistic Nutritionist, and that she does do posts with sweet goodies.

While browsing through the recipes on The Realistic Nutritionist blog, one jumped out at me. Blame it on the holiday season, blame it on the chocolate craving that hit just as I was browsing recipes… I just knew that I had to make Claire’s Peppermint Brownies with Cream Cheese Frosting. I did make a small adjustment to the frosting recipe, instead of using vanilla extract I used peppermint extract for extra peppermint flavor.

A great combination in a peppermint chocolate dessert just in time for the holiday season. If we had kids and were setting cookies and milk out for Santa, I think I would be setting these out instead.

Peppermint Brownies with Cream Cheese Frosting (recipe slightly adapted from The Realistic Nutritionist)
Brownies:
1 cup of flour
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups packed brown sugar
1/4 cup canola oil
1/4 cup buttermilk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 large egg whites
1 large egg
cooking spray

Cream Cheese Frosting:
1 (8-oz) package fat free cream cheese, soft
3 tablespoons of butter, soft
3/4 cup powdered sugar
2 teaspoons peppermint extract
2 – 3 candy canes, crumbled

Let’s Bake:
Preheat oven to 350˚F.

In a medium mixing bowl, mix together the flour, cocoa and salt with a whisk. In another mixing bowl, mix together the brown sugar, canola oil, buttermilk, vanilla extract and eggs. Then add the egg mixture to the flour mixture and mix well.

Coat a 8″ by 13″ pan with cooking spray, then pour the brownie batter into the pan. Bake in the oven for about 20 minutes, or until a toothpick that is inserted comes out dry.

To make the cream cheese frosting, mix together the cream cheese, butter, powdered sugar and peppermint extract together with a stand mixer or an electric hand mixer. Mix until the mixture is creamy and well blended.

Spread the frosting on the brownie once the brownie has cooled to room temperature. Then sprinkle the candy cane crumbles on. Enjoy with a glass of milk or cup of tea.

 

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1 Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga December 12, 2011 at 8:37 am

love the SRC and love what you made! can I have a bite? :)

GREAT pics, as usual, Melissa!

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2 Melissa December 12, 2011 at 10:12 am

Thanks Averie! If only you were closer! I need more mouths to help eat all this stuff I make for the blog :P

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3 Miz Helen December 12, 2011 at 8:53 am

Your Peppermint Brownies look so delicious, just in time for holiday entertaining. It is fun cooking with you at the SRC, have a great day!
Miz Helen

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4 Melissa December 12, 2011 at 10:13 am

Thanks Helen :) the SRC is so fun!

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5 amanda @ fake ginger December 12, 2011 at 8:58 am

Love the peppermint and chocolate combo this time of year! Your photos are lovely!

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6 Melissa December 12, 2011 at 10:13 am

Thanks Amanda!

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7 Nicole @ The Daily Dish December 12, 2011 at 9:09 am

Oh yum! Your photos are so pretty!! I want to climb through the screen and taste test one of those. Pinned and added to my “to make” list. :)

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8 Melissa December 12, 2011 at 10:14 am

Haha thanks Nicole! A scratch and sniff plugin is really needed for food blogs, I think :)

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9 claire @ the realistic nutritionist December 12, 2011 at 10:20 am

man, your version looks TO DIE FOR!! Aren’t they the most addictive little brownies in the world?

Thank you again for your sweet words. You are too sweet!

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10 Melissa December 12, 2011 at 11:09 am

Thanks Claire! I can’t wait to see what the next year will bring for you! Exciting changes for sure :)

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11 andi Winslow December 12, 2011 at 12:12 pm

Love what you made. The photo is beautiful. andi

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12 Melissa December 13, 2011 at 9:25 am

Thanks Andi!

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13 Kristen December 12, 2011 at 12:14 pm

I love the idea of adding mint flavor to the frosting. Your photo is wonderful!!

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14 Melissa December 13, 2011 at 9:25 am

The peppermint in the frosting just gives it that extra holiday cheer :)

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15 Jo-Anna December 12, 2011 at 1:30 pm

This recipe looks perfect for the holidays! And what a stunning photo!!
Jo-Anna

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16 Melissa December 13, 2011 at 9:26 am

Thanks Jo-Anna!

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17 Karen December 12, 2011 at 2:03 pm

Perfect treat for this time of year. Chocolate and peppermint… how could you go wrong!

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18 sara December 12, 2011 at 7:54 pm

Yummy! I love chocolately pepperminty stuff, especially at Christmas time. Isn’t SRC so fun???

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19 Foodiewife December 12, 2011 at 8:26 pm

I don’t blame you for choosing this recipe. I love making brownies, from scratch. The sounds moist and perfect for the holidays. I’m so saving this recipe. Beautiful photos, too! So nice to meet my fellow SRC bakers and cooks!
Debby, at A Feast for the Eyes

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20 Betsy December 12, 2011 at 8:28 pm

Great photos! I love all things peppermint ESPECIALLY if they are ‘skinny’

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21 Melissa December 13, 2011 at 9:27 am

We all need a little ‘skinny’ this time of year – haha! :)

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22 colleen December 12, 2011 at 9:55 pm

I want to lick my screen. I’m totally pinning these because I HAVE to make them.

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23 Melissa December 13, 2011 at 9:27 am

Haha! Awesome.

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24 Rachel December 12, 2011 at 10:10 pm

These look and sound amazing!! Perfect for the holidays.

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25 Jenny @ Savour the Senses December 12, 2011 at 10:46 pm

These look delicious! Great photos as well! Glad to be a part of SRC with you. Check out my Shrimp & Artichoke Tapenade Crostini recipe from this month’s reveal. Happy eating!
http://savourthesensesblog.com/shrimp-crostini-w-artichoke-tapenade-src-post/

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26 Trisha December 12, 2011 at 10:50 pm

These little brownie bites look soooo cute. Great pick for the season!!!

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27 A Bowl Of Mush December 13, 2011 at 1:51 pm

These look so pretty and festive!

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28 Andrea (questfordelish) December 13, 2011 at 5:21 pm

these look so cute and delish.

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29 Valerie December 13, 2011 at 6:43 pm

These brownies are beautiful…so festive (and healthy to boot!)

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30 Natalie December 13, 2011 at 7:24 pm

oh yum these look fantastic!

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31 Yadsia @ShopCookMake December 13, 2011 at 9:24 pm

How cute! And they look delicious too.

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32 Katerina December 14, 2011 at 5:04 am

First of all let me tell you how beautiful pictures you take. Second these brownies look totally decadent, especially with this frosting!

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33 Christin December 14, 2011 at 8:00 am

Your pictures are incredible and the brownies look fantastic!

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34 Angie @ Bigbearswife December 14, 2011 at 11:11 am

Pass a few over this way!

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35 Simply Tia February 2, 2012 at 8:12 am

These look soooo awesome

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