Peppermint cream cheese brownies are just what your holiday dessert tray needs!
Now that Thanksgiving is over, I am in full Christmas baking mode. Let’s just go ahead and assume every single recipe that I post for here through the end of the year will have sugar in it, mmmk?
I’m already riding high on a sugar buzz, having made peppermint bark and sugar cookies twice in the past week, but still have a long list of my usual suspects in line to make before Christmas, like peanut butter blossoms, peppermint shortbread bars, and fudge. I won’t stop there, though. Ohhhhh no. I need to make some fun new recipe ideas, too.
While I love all of the flavors of Christmas (eggnog! gingerbread!), my absolute favorite is peppermint. Add a little chocolate to that, and I’m good to go. So really, it’s not shocking that these Peppermint Cream Cheese Swirl Brownies just might be my new favorite holiday treat.
The brownie base is dense and fudgey, just like brownies should be in my opinion. I also added chocolate chips to the brownie batter, for even more chocolate flavor throughout.
Then comes the fun part – the peppermint cream cheese swirl. I divided my cream cheese mixture into two parts and added red food coloring to one part, so my swirls would be candy cane-ish. This is definitely optional, but a fun addition to make them look festive. To top them off, crushed candy canes not only make them look even more festive, but also add a little crunch to each bite.
These brownies would be a perfect addition to a holiday dessert tray, or would also be fun little edible gifts for coworkers and friends. Or just treat yourself and keep them. It’s the holidays, after all!
This post was sponsored by Lund’s and Byerly’s, however all opinions are my own.