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Candy Cane Brownies are a fun and festive way to dress up a boring box of brownie mix for the Christmas holiday season.
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Table of Contents
  1. Christmas Brownies With Crushed Candy Canes
  2. Why We Love This Candy Cane Brownies Recipe
  3. Ingredients
  4. Substitutions and Additions
  5. Recommended Tools
  6. How to Make Candy Cane Brownies
  7. Tip From Our Recipe Developer
  8. Storage
  9. Frequently Asked Questions
  10. Other Easy Brownie Recipes
  11. Candy Cane Brownies Recipe

This easy Candy Cane Brownies recipe is decadent, fudgy, and filled with a double dose of mint flavor, these semi-homemade desserts are a delicious way to dress a basic batch of brownies for Christmas.

These chewy brownies are prepared in 10 minutes using only a box of brownie mix combined with 4 ingredients plus crushed peppermint candy cane pieces swirled into the batter and then more sprinkled on top.

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Christmas Brownies With Crushed Candy Canes

Crushed Candy Cane Brownies are a semi-homemade holiday treat that transforms a box of brownie mix into the best batch of Christmas brownies that taste like you made them from scratch.

This simple brownie recipe begins with a shortcut one-bowl batter, made from a mix, oil, heavy cream, mint fudge-flavored baking chips, and candy canes.

The secret to my Christmas mint brownies that make them taste so much better is swapping out the water and using heavy cream instead – who knew a simple switch could provide such an upgrade to make peppermint brownies seem homemade?

These holiday brownies are filled with mint and chocolate flavors, both inside and out; not only are there mint fudge-flavored baking chips folded into the batter but there are also crushed candy canes baked into and sprinkled on top of these festive brownies.

Why We Love This Candy Cane Brownies Recipe

  • Quick and easy to make with a simple shortcut.
  • Only uses 5 ingredients plus a box of brownie mix.
  • Fudgy, decadent, delicious brownies that taste homemade but made without the hassle!
  • Box mix Christmas brownie recipes are the best for days when you are busy or lack the time to bake peppermint brownies from scratch.
  • Perfect for Christmas parties, dessert platters, cookie exchanges, and holiday gatherings.

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Ingredients

  • Dark chocolate brownie mix: You can use any chocolate brownie mix for this recipe. 
  • Eggs
  • Vegetable oil: You can use melted butter if you prefer.
  • Heavy cream
  • Mint fudge flavored baking chips
  • Candy canes

Substitutions and Additions

  • Make It with Milk: You can substitute milk or half and half for the heavy cream.
  • Choose Your Chip: Feel free to use white, dark, or milk chocolate chips if you prefer.
  • Create Some Crunch: Add in chopped pecans, walnuts or almonds for an extra bit of crunch. 
  • Tasty Toppings: Top your candy cane brownies with chocolate ganache or make your brownies with peppermint frosting on top.
three candy cane brownies stacked up
  • 9×13 inch baking pan
  • Parchment paper or cooking spray
  • Large mixing bowl
candy cane brownies cut into squares
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How to Make Candy Cane Brownies

  1. Make The Brownie Mixture: Mix together the brownie mix, eggs, oil and heavy cream and then fold in the baking chips.
  2. Pour Into The Pan: Spread the brownie batter the baking pan. Sprinkle crushed candy canes on top and then swirl them into the batter.
    Pro Tip: The candy does not need to be completely mixed in, just slightly swirled into the top. 
  3. Bake: Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 25-35 minutes, remove from the oven, and immediately top with crushed candy canes. 
  4. Serve: Cool for 15 minutes before cutting. Serve warm or cool. Enjoy!

Tip From Our Recipe Developer

  • If you make these brownies during a season when candy canes aren’t available, you can crush pieces of peppermint candy instead.
  • DO NOT follow the directions on the back of the box of brownie mix! Many times, the box mix will call for 3 eggs which will make more cakey brownies. We want a gooey, fudgy texture in this recipe!
  • I like to line the pan with parchment paper for easy removal. Once the brownies have cooled, you can lift the whole batch right out of the pan using the paper. 
  • Let your brownies cool completely before cutting them to get clean cuts.

Storage

  • To Store: Candy Cane Brownies can be covered and stored at room temperature for 4-5 days or refrigerated for up to a week.
  • To Freeze: You can freeze your brownies in a freezer-safe bag or container for up to 3 months.
candy cane brownies with candy cane topping

Frequently Asked Questions

How should I store Candy Cane Brownies?

These Candy Cane Brownies should be covered and stored at room temperature for 4-5 days. If you would like to store them longer, you can place them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week or in the freezer for up to 3 months. I recommend freezing them individually so that you can remove and thaw them individually. They should be thawed before serving and they can also be warmed in the microwave for 10-30 seconds for a fresh from the oven gooeyness. 

Can I add frosting to the top of my brownies?

You can absolutely add frosting to the top of your brownies. My favorite peppermint frosting, which adds a bit more elegance and mint to these brownies. Simply mix extra crushed candy cane with white frosting for an easy topping with extra minty flavor.

Which brownie mix is best for this recipe?

My favorite brownie mixes are Betty Crocker Dark Chocolate Brownie Mix, Pillsbury Dark Chocolate Brownie Mix, and Ghirardelli Dark Chocolate Supreme Brownie Mix. However, any mix will work–use your favorite.

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Candy Cane Brownies

Serves — 12
Candy Cane Brownies are a fun and festive way to dress up a boring box of brownie mix for the Christmas holiday season.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 35 mins

Ingredients
  

  • 18.3 ounce box dark chocolate brownie mix
  • 2 large eggs
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • ¼ cup heavy cream
  • ¾ cup mint fudge flavored baking chips
  • cup candy canes crushed and divided

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and line a 9×13 inch baking pan with parchment paper or spray well with cooking spray.
  • In a large mixing bowl, mix together the brownie mix, eggs, vegetable oil and heavy cream until fully combined, about 1-2 minutes.
  • Fold in the mint fudge flavored baking chips and then spread the brownie batter evenly into the prepared baking pan.
  • Sprinkle ⅓ cup of crushed candy cane over the top of the brownies and then gently swirl them into the batter with a butter knife. They do not need to be completely mixed in, just slightly swirl them into the top.
  • Bake the brownies in the oven for 25-35 minutes or until a toothpick placed into the center comes out clean.
  • Remove from the oven and immediately top with the remaining crushed candy canes.
  • Allow to cool at least 15 minutes before cutting and serving warm or cool.

Jenn’s Notes

Storage:
  • To Store: Candy Cane Brownies can be covered and stored at room temperature for 4-5 days or refrigerated for up to a week.
  • To Freeze: You can freeze your brownies in a freezer-safe bag or container for up to 3 months.
Tips:
  • If you make these brownies during a season when candy canes aren’t available, you can crush pieces of peppermint candy instead.
  • DO NOT follow the directions on the back of the box of brownie mix! Many times, the box mix will call for 3 eggs which will make more cakey brownies. We want a gooey, fudgy texture in this recipe!
  • I like to line the pan with parchment paper for easy removal. Once the brownies have cooled, you can lift the whole batch right out of the pan using the paper.
  • Let your brownies cool completely before cutting them to get clean cuts.

Nutrition Info

Calories: 279kcal | Carbohydrates: 45g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 0.03g | Cholesterol: 35mg | Sodium: 145mg | Potassium: 35mg | Fiber: 0.3g | Sugar: 32g | Vitamin A: 136IU | Vitamin C: 0.03mg | Calcium: 15mg | Iron: 2mg
Jennifer Fishkind

About Jenn

Jenn is a mom to three beautiful boys, wife to an amazing husband, social influencer and blogger. I love all things easy recipes, easy crafts, all things hacks, traveling EVERYWHERE and feeding my Pinterest addiction!

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