More Almost-Starbucks Holiday Cheer

I haven’t gotten around to my dream of homemade eggnog lattes yet like I mentioned in the pumpkin spice latte post, but we did just discover an amazing “Starbucks At Home” dessert. My husband LOVES the Starbucks Peppermint brownies circa a few years back. He loves them so much that he had them one year as his birthday cake and awaited the advent of November 1st just about as eagerly as I did. For those of you who might be unfamiliar with the significance of November 1st, it is the date that Starbucks brings out all of their Christmas beverages and treats. Peppermint brownies and eggnog lattes… about as close to heaven on earth as you can get.
I found this recipe a couple of weeks ago and made it for my husband as part of his anniversary gift, and they are AMAZING! I guarantee you will love them and that they will certainly bring a lot of holiday cheer along with them. Enjoy!
  • 1 (19 1/2 ounce) box fudge brownie mix
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract

(I actually just made my own brownies from scratch since we don’t have mixes, and I didn’t add all of the extra butter because I couldn’t bring myself to do it! They were still great though. )

Peppermint Buttercream Frosting

Chocolate Frosting


  1. Preheat oven to 325. Then prepare a 9×9 inch baking dish by spraying lightly with non-stick cooking spray. Cut a piece of parchment paper to the width of the bottom of your pan but long enough to extend over the edge of the right and left sides of the pan.
  2. Sift brownie mix to eliminate any clumps. Then add melted butter, water eggs and 1/4 teaspoon of peppermint extract. Mix by hand just until dry ingredients are incorporated. (See above alteration if you don’t have a box mix)
  3. Pour into prepared pan. Bake according to package directions. Let cool.
  4. Beat together cup powdered sugar and 1/2 cup softened butter. Mix in another 1/2 cup powdered sugar, then add 1 tablespoon milk and peppermint and vanilla extracts. Spread frosting evenly over the top. Place brownies in fridge to firm up frosting. (Or place them on your balcony in the -15 degree Celsius Northern Russia weather to firm them up real quick as I did!)
  5. Bring 1/3 cup milk and 1/4 cup butter almost to a boil over medium heat. Pour chocolate chips into a heat-safe bowl. Pour milk mixture over the top and let sit for 5 minutes. Add 1 teaspoon vanilla and whisk until smooth. Use an electric mixer to beat in 1 cup powdered sugar until frosting is smooth. This will make more than you need, so remove 1/4-1/3 cup frosting and reserve for another use.
  6. Spread chocolate frosting over the white frosting on the brownies.
  7. Place back in fridge for about an hour to firm up frosting. Remove brownies from pan and slice into 9 pieces.Have you made any fun holiday goodies this season? Do you have a recipe that you could share either with a link or by pasting the recipe?

    Have you made any fun holiday goodies this season? Do you have a recipe that you could share either with a link or by pasting the recipe?


4 Responses to “More Almost-Starbucks Holiday Cheer”

  1. 1 Jami Gustafson December 20, 2009 at 3:42 am

    I’ve been specifically CRAVING chocolate mint lately… in a big way! We’re having guests tomorrow. If I have the extra energy, I’ll try out this recipe!!

  2. 2 Jami Gustafson December 22, 2009 at 12:27 pm

    Okay, so I did make this and it was SO YUMMY!! And we thankfully have leftovers. =)

  3. 3 Ashley L. December 22, 2009 at 2:51 pm

    So glad you liked them! I think this will be a keeper for our family. I love chocolate mint!

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