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{Easy Holiday Recipe}Peppermint Crusted Brownies

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Pompeian Grapeseed Oil Spray.

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What do the holiday’s mean to you? To me its family, tradition, togetherness, and FOOD!  One of my earliest memories of the holidays is doing the Christmas baking with my mom.  I always loved that she didn’t just bake a batch of cookies.  For us, it was about making all sorts of treats that we would dream about all year until Christmas rolled around again.  Some of our favorites have always been classic chocolate chip cookies, brownies, chocolate dipped peanut butter sandwich crackers, chocolate dipped pretzels, and puppy chow.  We would snack on that delicacy all season long!

Just in time for the holidays and all of that baking, Pompeian has come out with a new {and really cool} cooking spray.  Pompeian Grapeseed Oil Spray is a light, all-natural cooking spray with a high smoke point.  So important so your food doesn’t burn from over heating the oil.  It is made from 100% grapeseed oil imported from France, Pompeian Grapeseed Oil Spray can be used whether you are stir-frying, grilling, sautéing or baking.  Since having kids, I have been increasingly aware of what we buy to put in our bodies, so it is big points with me that it is all natural.

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Not much has changed in all of these years for me.  I still like to load down the kitchen with more sweets and treats than our family could eat in about three years. I have added and reinvented several of the items we bake though the years though.  One of my newest loves is Peppermint Crusted Brownies.  There are a couple of reasons I love it.  1.  It is absolutely DELICIOUS!  2.  It is so quick and easy to make, I can whip it up in no time for a last minute party or gift.  Plus, that also makes it really easy for the kids to help, and there is no question my 3 year old will want to be involved in any brownie making activities that are going on at our house.

All you need for the brownies is a box of brownie mix {I use Ghirardelli}, plus the ingredients to make it {Water, oil, eggs usually} and about 24 candy canes.

Make the brownies as directed on the box.

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Grease an 8×8 pan with Pompeian Grapeseed Oil Spray and pour the brownies into it.

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Put the candy canes into a baggie and crush them up.  This is perfect to let the kids help with.  My kids always love to break stuff!  You really want to crush the candy canes more lightly because all of the finer pieces will melt when baking, while the larger pieces will stay in tact.

Pour half of the mixture on to the top of the brownies evenly spread.

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Bake according to package directions, usually around 325 for 40-45 minutes.

Once they are done, immediately spread the remaining peppermint on the top evenly. Press lightly if needed.  Let them cool a few minutes and then cut them and with a plastic knife.  As the brownies cool the melted candy cane will harden a bit to create the fabulous crust on these brownies.

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Mmmmmmm… now don’t those just look so good? I know you will be making possibly these and some equally tasty treats at your home this year.  While your baking take a minute to snap a pic and post it on Instagram to enter the Baking for Better Instagram Challenge.  

All you have to do is snap a pic of your baked good with the new Pompeian Grapeseed Oil Spray and hashtag it with #Bake4Better hashtag and tagging @Pompeian along with a couple of other easy tasks {See official rules here} You could win $5000 donated in your name to a local food bank, a Pompeian gift basket, will be crowned by celebrity pastry chef Duff Goldman or Charm City Cakes.  How’s that for spreading the holiday cheer?  You can’t fool me… I know you are intagramming any way!

I hope you love today’s recipe and it makes it easy to bake quickly for all of your holiday functions.  You can get more great holiday baking ideas from Pompeian here.  Also, make sure and like The Pinning Mama on Facebook for more great recipes, ideas, and tips.


Peppermint Crusted Brownies
  • 1 8x8 box brownie mix
  • 24 Candy Canes
  • Pompeian Grapeseed Oil Spray
  1. Make brownies as directed on back of box
  2. Spay 8x8" pan with Pompeian Grapeseed Oil Spray and pour in brownies
  3. Unwrap candy canes and place them in a bag and crush them
  4. Layer half of the candy canes on top of the brownies
  5. Bake according to package directions
  6. Remove from oven and immediately sprinkle remaining candy canes on top.
  7. Let stand for 3-5 minutes then cut with a plastic knife and serve!


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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Pompeian Grapeseed Oil Spray.
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  1. says

    Love the traditions you talk about as a child! I can’t wait to hear what my kids take away as family traditions….. These brownies look amazing, what a fabulous idea!!!
    xo ~kim (and chloe)

    • says

      Thanks Ladies! The best part is they can be whipped up in a jiffy so you can have them when ever that sweet tooth strikes (or you remember you were supposed to bring something to the party oops!)

  2. says

    I swear by my Ghiradelli brownie mix, but I’m always looking for something to dress them up a bit. This is perfect – easy and yummy. Thanks!

  3. Julie Rocco says

    What’s the for baking them with the candy cane on top instead of just adding it afterward?

    Thanks. I’m making these for my hubster to bring to his work.

    Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah.


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