Calling all lovers of mint and chocolate, you need this brownie in your life ASAP! We all know that peppermint and chocolate are a match made in heaven, and it really doesn’t get much better than combining these two delicious flavours in one amazing slice!
This recipe is based on a cheesecake brownie recipe that I’ve been making for years, but it was just last year that I got the idea to add some peppermint essence to the cheesecake mixture to help turn it into something even more amazing. It’s a great recipe to make with Christmas approaching, but it’s also perfect to enjoy all year round.
As with all of my recipes, these brownies are quite easy to make. My biggest tip is to make sure you are gentle when using a butter knife to help ‘swirl’ the cheesecake mixture to make sure you get a nice clean swirl through your brownie.
These brownies make a fabulous dessert or special treat – and with Christmas parties already appearing on our calendar, they’re going to appear quite a few times in my kitchen!
Peppermint cheesecake brownies
Makes: approx. 24 pieces
Prep time: 20 mins
Cooking time: 45 mins
Total time: 1 hr 5 mins
1/4 cup cocoa
1 cup caster sugar
1 cup plain flour
250g cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup caster sugar
1 tsp peppermint essence
- Line an 18cm x 28cm slice tin with baking paper and preheat your oven to 160°C.
- To make the brownies, place the butter into a microwave-safe bowl and cook in 30-second spurts until it has just melted.
- Place the butter, cocoa, caster sugar, 2 eggs and flour in a large bowl and whisk to combine. Pour the mixture into your prepared tin and use a spoon to smooth the top. Set aside until needed.
- For the cheesecake swirl, place the cream cheese, caster sugar, peppermint essence and the 2 eggs into a food processor (or stand mixer with a whisk attachment) and mix until smooth.
- Pour the peppermint cheesecake mixture over the top of the brownie mixture and use a butter knife to ‘swirl’ the cheesecake mixture through.
- Place the tin into the oven and bake for 40-45 minutes or until set.
- Carefully remove the tin from the oven and let it cool completely in the tin before cutting into pieces.
You can store these brownies in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week.
Lauren is the creator of the blog Create Bake Make where she shares simple, delicious and most importantly easy recipes that the kids can help make and the entire family will enjoy. A keen home baker, Lauren is also a mum to three boys, so when she isn't breaking up arguments over toy trucks, you will find her in the kitchen baking up a storm! In her rare quiet moments, you will find her curled up with a book or the latest magazine, enjoying a hot coffee or indulging in her slight online shopping addiction.