As I was wandering through the grocery store recently, trying to come up with some delicious recipes for this holiday season, I happened upon peppermint baking chunks! I’d been contemplating an almond flour brownie or cake and I knew I had to make these peppermint chip brownies. The pairing of chocolate and peppermint is one of my all-time favorites. I could eat mint chocolate chip anything, any time of year!
If you’re unable to find peppermint baking chunks, you can use peppermint bark or white chocolate chips instead. If you use peppermint bark, I’d recommend chopping it up into bite-sized pieces before sprinkling it on top of the unbaked brownies. The final result should be very similar if you use either of these methods.
Why Use Almond Flour?
In my baking experience, almond flour is more moist than regular wheat flour, while still being light in flavor. It behaves a lot like regular flour in baked goods, but is a bit sweeter and is a great alternative for those who have gluten intolerances.
Peppermint Chip Almond Flour Brownies
- ¾ cup cocoa powder, unsweetened
- 1 cup white sugar
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 5 tablespoon butter, melted
- ¼ teaspoon peppermint extract
- 3 large eggs
- 1 ½ cups almond flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ½ cup white chocolate peppermint chunks or chips
- Powdered sugar, for dusting (optional)
- Mini candy canes, peppermint sticks, or other items for garnish
Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly butter or grease an 8-inch-by-8-inch square or 9-inch round baking pan.
In a medium bowl, combine cocoa powder, sugar, salt, melted butter, peppermint extract and eggs.
Add baking powder and almond flour. The batter should be very thick! Pour batter into prepared pan. Spread to the edges with a spatula, ensuring it’s an even layer.
Top with a small handful or two of peppermint chunks, about ½ a cup, and bake for 32 to 35 minutes at 350°F until the top is set, and a toothpick comes out clean when inserted.
Remove from oven and allow them to cool before dusting the brownies with powdered sugar (if desired) and devouring!