These easy-to-make cookies are made using a convenient boxed brownie mix that includes chocolate chips. These yummy brownie cookies (aka brookies) bake up chewy and fudgy...and my addition of peppermint mini marshmallows adds a dash of fun. After cooling, the brookies are dipped in white chocolate and sprinkled with crushed peppermint for a fun peppermint bark accent. For peppermint lovers like me, these are the ultimate holiday cookie!
Peppermint Bark Brookies
Ingredients (makes approx. 2 dozen brookies):
- 1 20-ounce boxed brownie mix with chocolate chips included [NOTE: I used Ghirardelli Double Chocolate brownie mix]
- 1 cup AP flour
- 3 large room-temperature eggs
- 1/2 tsp. peppermint extract
- 1/3 cup vegetable oil
- 1.5 cups peppermint mini marshmallows
- 8 ounces white chocolate
- 2 tsp. vegetable oil
- 1 cup rushed peppermint candy
Step 1: Preheat oven to 350. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment or a Silpat; set aside. Add the brownie mix, flour, eggs, peppermint extract, and vegetable oil to a large mixing bowl. Stir with a sturdy spatula or spoon until evenly combined. Add the peppermint marshmallows and fold until evenly distributed in the dough.
Step 2: Scoop the cookie dough with a small cookie scoop and place approximately 2 inches apart on the prepared cookie sheet. The cookies will spread a bit during baking, so be sure to give them plenty of room. Bake for approximately 10 minutes. Let the brookies cool on the cookie sheet for at least 5 minutes before removing -- otherwise, they won't keep their shape.
Step 3: Let the brookies completely cool -- at least 1 hour. When the cookies are cooled, place the white chocolate and oil in a deep bowl. Microwave approximately 3 minutes, until melted. Stop halfway through to give the white chocolate a stir and to prevent scorching. Dip half of each brookie in the white chocolate and place on foil or parchment. Sprinkle the white chocolate with crushed peppermint candy. To speed up the process of setting the white chocolate, set the cookies in the fridge for 15-30 minutes.
These brookies are a peppermint lover's dream come true! They're crispy outside, with a fudgy brownie-like interior. Each bite contains pockets of melted chocolate chocolate chips and gooey peppermint-infused marshmallow. The peppermint bark coating works perfectly, making this treat a hybrid of holiday candy...and a cookie. I hope you'll give these a try for your upcoming holiday cookie plates...and they make amazing homemade holiday gifts too!