Short & Sweet: Peppermint Brownie Thins


If you like brownies, but find them to be inconvenient then you may just love these brownie thins. They’re essentially brownies but squished down to the size of a cookie! Yeah. Genius. Sadly I did not invent them.


The flavors here combine the delicious richness of chocolate plus the pop of peppermint, a seasonal favorite – or if you’re me a year round favorite. The textures are fun too as you get the loud snap and crunch of candy canes plus the soft, chewy bite of a brownie. Best of all this recipe requires just one bowl, and it is super easy and quick.



Short & Sweet: Peppermint Brownie Thins
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This recipe is adapted from my fudgy brownie bites.
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  • 4 ounces butter, chopped
  • 7 ounces granulated sugar
  • 2½ ounces dark chocolate, chopped
  • 2 ounces unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ¼ teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 2 ounces flour
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • Peppermint candy canes, crushed/broken
  1. Preheat an oven to 350°F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper of silicon mats.
  2. In a baine marie over simmering water, melt the butter. Once the butter is melted, add the sugar, chocolate and cocoa powder. Stir until all the chocolate is melted and the mixture comes together. Be careful not to overheat the chocolate.
  3. Remove the bowl from the heat and let cool a bit.
  4. Add the egg, vanilla and peppermint oil. Mix until combined.
  5. Add the flour and mix until combined.
  6. Evenly scoop the batter onto the cookie sheets, leaving plenty of space between each blob of dough. then using your hands or greased parchment paper, flatten the dough into flat circles about ¼ inch to ½ inch tall.
  7. Refrigerate the dough about 15 to 20 minutes until it hardens.
  8. Bake the brownie thins for 10 to 12 minutes or until the batter no longer looks wet.
  9. Remove from the oven and immediately sprinkle the crushed candy canes on to the brownie thins.
  10. Let cool completely on the baking sheets. If they appear greasy, dab the excess grease with a paper towel.


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AUTHOR - Russell van Kraayenburg

Food nerd. Cookbook author. Founder of Chasing Delicious. Pastry cook at Fluff Bake Bar. Lover of hot dogs. Russell van Kraayenburg founded Chasing Delicious in 2010 and has been chasing delicious recipes ever since. Russell is author of the cookbooks Haute Dogs and Making Dough.


  • nicole {sweet peony}

    ooh yum! i looove chocolate & mint together :) and i’m totally curious to try a brownie thin- it sounds awesome! beautiful pictures, as always!

  • Paula @ Dishing the Divine

    Ooooh!!! May have to make these once I get my hands on some candy canes! :) PS am making the “caleb’s chocolate brownie bar thing” today from your site. I’ll let you know how it turns out! :)

  • Ann P.

    Great recipe, and congratulations for making it into the contest! I hope you win!

  • Bianca @ Sweet Dreaming

    Festive and as delicious and gorgeous as always :) Voted on yummly!

  • Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar

    These sound just fantastic! Love ’em!

  • Sharyn Dimmick

    This looks like a good way to eat chocolate and peppermint: I gave you a “like” for your contest cookies. Good luck!

  • Evan Thomas

    All I want to eat lately is chocolate and peppermint. I love that these are called “thins”, which for me is code for “you can eat 4 and it’s basically just 1 brownie”.

  • Cassie

    OH I love brownies and the mint chocolate is a favorite this time of year. These sound delicious!

  • Snippets of Thyme

    How wonderful for you! I just saw your note and I’ll follow the path to putting in a vote. Good job!

  • Tiffany

    Wow, these are beautiful cookies, and I also want to try your Pecan Spice Gingerbread Cookies, congratulations and happy holidays!

  • RavieNomNoms

    Those pictures! Those thins! Oh I am swooning! They look irresistible!

  • Happy When Not Hungry

    Love the chocolate and peppermint combo. Yum!

  • Jon

    Amazing photographs (As always)…I’m loving your new lens!!! Can’t wait to see more of your images, especially when you try it on your film camera. Keep up the good work!

  • Alyssa

    Those look great! The best part of a brownie is the crunchy outside, so it looks like these thins would be perfect!

  • Lauren at Keep It Sweet

    I would love these!

  • Beth Michelle

    What a perfect cookie! Love that is one bowl, so easy.
    Congrats on your cookies making it into the running! I will be sure to head over there and vote for you, I just love all your recipes!

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  • Brian @ A Thought For Food

    Congratulations my friend!

    Also, thank goodness you can’t get fat from looking at pictures because your blog alone would be the end of me. Always a pleasure!

  • Jeff

    The Notebook picture is my favourite, It just sums up a happy kitchen. Tasty looking brownies!

  • lisaiscooking

    Brownies as cookies sounds delightful! Love the pretty, crushed candy canes and the mint in the cookie too.

  • kitchenriffs

    Nice recipe! And the “cookies” look great. And I’ll bet they taste great, too. Thanks.

  • Julie

    Peppermint and chocolate is a great combo. Pretty and festive!

  • Roxana GreenGirl {A little bit of everything}

    WOW, I LOVE brownie thin and yours looks amazing!!
    And the crashed candy cane on top, oh so cute!
    Happy Holidays!

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