When I discovered these Brach’s Crushed Candy Canes, I immediately started brainstorming how I could use them at Christmas time. One of the first ideas that came to mind was Crushed Candy Cane Chocolate Brownies!
This idea is so simple I hesitate to call it an easy recipe, but it’s truly too good not to share.
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How to Make Crushed Candy Cane Chocolate Brownies
You’re going to laugh at this first step, but I’m going to say it anyway.
Step One: Bake a pan of your favorite boxed brownies.
Yes, you just heard me correctly! No fancy recipe here. Simply grab your favorite box brownie mix, and get to work.
We typically purchase a bulk box of brownie mix from Sam’s Club or Costco. That way, we always have brownies on hand when we get a craving for them.
Our big box stores usually carry Hershey’s or Ghirardelli brownie mixes.
In our house, everything would agree that both brands of boxed brownie mix are delicious. They taste like homemade brownies.
Sometimes I bake our brownies in glass baking dish or square baking pan with parchment paper. There are also times I use a disposable foil pan.
For this occasion, I decided to bake my peppermint candy cane brownies in a silicone muffin pan.
This is the 12-cup silicone muffin pan we have, and it has crazy good reviews on Amazon.
Step Two: Sprinkle crushed candy canes on top of the brownies.
Do this as soon as your brownies come out of the oven!
I have found it helps to use a fork or a small spatula to pat the crushed candy canes down a bit they settle nicely into the tops of the brownies.
This small sprinkling of crushed peppermint with give your brownies the perfect amount of peppermint flavor.
Time to Eat this Perfect Holiday Treat
These holiday brownies are delicious served warm or at room temperature.
Is it weird I even like cooled brownies? Straight from the fridge, to be exact.
These yummy fudgy brownies can be served with ice cream or with a steaming cup of hot chocolate.
I promise your family will like either of these ideas!
An Extra Little Bit of Holiday Spirit
Don’t like the look of the brownies straight from the muffin pan?
Festive Christmas cupcake liners can add a nice little extra touch to this perfect treat for the holiday season.
The cupcake liners can be a special touch if you’re planning to share these at Christmas parties or gift them to someone else!
Another special touch I can’t stop thinking about for the Christmas season? Adding a drizzle of chocolate ganache! Or even a simple melted chocolate would work.
Doesn’t that sound beyond amazing – for any time of year really!
Some families might enjoy a touch of frosting – maybe even a peppermint frosting.
Honestly, that’s not my thing, but if you think that sounds like a good idea for your family, go for it!
Food Gift Idea: Candy Cane Brownie Recipe
I love sharing holiday desserts with friends and neighbors, and this is a great recipe if you’re planning to do the same.
Need some food gift tags to attach to the treats you’re planning to deliver?
These printable tags are free to all email subscribers, and we would love to share them with you.
Simply attach them to an airtight container filled with these perfect Christmas brownies and deliver!
Favorite Brownie Recipes
- Red Velvet Oreo Brownies
- Red Velvet Brownie Bars – Also made with a box mix!
- Leftover Candy-Topped Brownies
More Food Gift Ideas
- Snowman Jar: Christmas Gift Idea
- Create Cheeseball Kits in 3 Easy Steps
- Root Beer Reindeer: Christmas Gift Idea
- Snickerdoodle Bread
- Free Printable Food Gift Tags
Another Idea for Crushed Candy Canes
If you enjoyed this Crushed Candy Cane Chocolate Brownie recipe, you might also like to try these white chocolate dipped pretzels with crushed candy cane sprinkled on top.
This is another idea we had for the crushed candy canes, and they turned out to be another perfect holiday dessert! Quick and easy to make – the hardest part is not eating too many of them.