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Creamy Peppermint-Topped Brownie Dessert

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  • Prep 30 min
  • Total 2 hr 45 min
  • Servings 24
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Love brownies for dessert? These delicious baked brownies get dressed up for the holidays with whipped cream and crushed peppermint candy.
Updated May 17, 2022
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Brownie Base


  • 2 cups whipping cream
  • 1 envelope unflavored gelatin
  • 1 cup crushed round peppermint candies (about 40 candies)
  • 24 round peppermint candies


  • 1
    Heat oven to 350°F. Line 13x9-inch pan with foil; spray bottom only with nonstick cooking spray. Prepare brownie mix as directed on package, using oil, water and eggs. Spread in sprayed foil-lined pan.
  • 2
    Bake at 350°F. for 28 to 30 minutes. DO NOT OVERBAKE. Cool in pan on wire rack for 1 hour.
  • 3
    While brownies are cooling, place 1/2 cup of the whipping cream in small saucepan. Sprinkle gelatin over cream; let stand 5 minutes to soften. Heat over low heat for 2 to 3 minutes or until gelatin has dissolved, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat. Stir in half of the crushed candies. Cool 20 to 25 minutes or until lukewarm, stirring occasionally. Most of candy will melt.
  • 4
    Beat remaining 1 1/2 cups whipping cream in large bowl until stiff peaks form. Fold in remaining half of crushed candies. Working quickly, stir 1/4 of whipped cream mixture into gelatin mixture. Fold gelatin mixture into remaining whipped cream until blended.
  • 5
    Spread whipped cream mixture over cooled brownies. Cover; refrigerate at least 1 hour or until serving time.
  • 6
    To serve, using foil lift dessert from pan; cut into squares. Top each with whole peppermint candy.

Tips from the Betty Crocker Kitchens

  • tip 1
    This creamy peppermint topping is inspired by classic French Bavarian cream. Served cold, Bavarian cream is a mixture of custard, whipped cream and flavoring set with gelatin. The festive color, flavor and luscious texture of our simple version adds an extra attraction to the universal appeal of brownies.
  • tip 2
    Remember to first soften gelatin for 1 to 3 minutes in cold liquid before heating it to dissolve. The cool water swells the gelatin granules so they fully, easily and quickly dissolve in hot liquid without over-heating. remove the gelatin mixture from the heat as soon as all the granules have disappeared.
  • tip 3
    To keep the whole candies from melting into the topping, garnish the dessert squares just before serving.


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