triple chocolate peppermint brownie bites… and a fun little giveaway!

Happy almost St. Patrick’s Day, friends!

Do you have a whole menu of fun already planned to celebrate tomorrow?  Or are you a little last-minute like me and still looking for something ‘festive’?!

Well, I am not Irish, but I sure love an excuse to bake a cute little treat for the kiddos!

These pepperminty, fudgy brownie bites (well, maybe bigger than a bite, but it depends on who’s bite it is!) are so fun and festive…  and it sure doesn’t hurt that they are delicious!!

You can make these treats for any holiday by changing up the food-coloring, or just leave the food coloring out completely for a classy look!


Also, for a holiday treat… how about a little giveaway? 

McCormick has a great little baking kit for you!

McCormick‘s Pure Peppermint Extract & Green Food Coloring… and some fun St. Patrick’s Day cupcake liners and decorations!

(Yes, I know the day will have passed by the time you receive the kit, but since when do 4-leaf clovers not also mean spring?!  Or you could always save the liners for next year if you want!)

This is an easy one…  there is only one way to enter:

Comment on this post telling me what your favorite or most memorable ‘festive’ treat as a child was!

Only one comment per person, please!

There will be 5 winners, drawn at random…  and the giveaway will end this Sunday night March 18th at 11:59pm PST!  Sorry…  this one is open to US addresses only!

Triple Chocolate Peppermint Brownie Bites Recipe
makes 24 servings

3/4 cup dutch-processed unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
2/3 cup butter, melted & divided (1/3 cup + 1/3 cup)
1/2 cup boiling water
2 cups sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon McCormick’s pure peppermint extract
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/3 cup flour
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 1/2 cup white chocolate chips
McCormick’s green food coloring

Preheat the oven to 350ºF.  Line 2-12 cup muffin tins with paper liners.

In a large bowl, whisk together the cocoa powder and baking soda. Whisk in 1/3 cup of the melted butter until smooth. Whisk in the boiling water until thick.

Whisk in the sugar, eggs, remaining 1/3 cup melted butter and the peppermint extract until blended and smooth.

Toss the semi-sweet chocolate chips with 1 teaspoon of the flour to coat.

Stir the rest flour and the salt until just thoroughly mixed.  Gently fold in the flour-dusted chocolate chips and scoop the mixture evenly into the muffin tins, filling each one about 3/4 full.

Bake for 30-35 minutes, until the brownies are just set and starting to pull away from the edges a tiny bit.

In a medium bowl, melt the white chocolate chips carefully in the microwave (heat for 30 seconds, stir well and repeat until melted and smooth).

Stir in as much green food coloring as you would like and then carefully spoon a bit of the green white-chocolate onto each brownie.

Cool and serve!


Giveaway Winners!!

comment #10 – manda
comment #4 – amy beth m.
comment #8 – Myfudo
comment #5 – Leyah N.
comment #6 – tamaraben

Please email me (sweetannasblog[at] and send me your address!  If I don’t hear from you within 48 hours, I will draw a new winner!

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