Peppermint Mocha Brownies – Perfect for Valentine’s Day

Posted by on Wednesday, February 13th, 2013


Here’s an easy variation of Best Brownies.  I’ve added some instant coffee and frosted them with a mint butter cream icing.  Perfect for Valentine’s Day!  Bake them for all the people you love who also love coffee, or just bake them for yourself.  Enjoy!

  • 2 sticks melted butter
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup instant coffee crystals (1/2 cup if you like your coffee strong!)
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3/4 cup cocoa
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla
  • 1 Tablespoon peppermint extract
  • 1 cup plain flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

In a small mixing bowl, sift together the flour, cocoa, salt, and baking powder.  Set aside.

In a large mixing bowl, add the butter and instant coffee crystals. Microwave for a minute or until butter melts.   Mix butter and instant coffee until coffee crystals are dissolved and well blended.    Add the sugar and mix well. Next add the eggs and mix well.  Add vanilla and peppermint extract and blend.  Finally add the flour mixture and stir until well blended.  Pour brownie batter into a greased 13×9 baking dish.  Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes.  Remove brownies from oven and cool them completely before frosting.

For the frosting:

  • 2 pounds  of powdered sugar
  • 2 stick butter
  • 4 Tablespoons milk or cream
  • 1 Tablespoon peppermint extract
  • 4-6 drops red food coloring

In a deep bowl add the soft butter and powdered sugar.  Mix on low speed with electric mixer until butter is well blending into powdered sugar.  Add the peppermint extract and the milk.  Whip on high speed until frosting is fluffy and spreading consistency.  Add another Tablespoon of milk to make icing a little thinner if desired.  Add enough red food coloring to make a pink tinted frosting.  Ice brownies.  Chill slightly before cutting into squares.

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11 Responses to “Peppermint Mocha Brownies – Perfect for Valentine’s Day”

  1. carolinaheartstringson 10 Feb 2011 at 5:02 pm 1

    OMG these sound amazing. Two of my favorite flavors, chocolate and peppermint. I will be making these very soon!

  2. Taraon 10 Feb 2011 at 7:19 pm 2

    I made some corrections to the recipe. I decided the icing needed to be doubled as I didn’t have enough to make a thick layer as pictured over the whole batch. I also tweeked the milk and peppermint flavorings. Thanks for stopping by.

  3. carolinaheartstringson 11 Feb 2011 at 8:27 am 3

    I checked back this morning and saw your changes. I absoluately cannot wait to make these. They look so so so good. I am with you, the more icing the better! I absolutely cannot wait to meet you one day. Hopefully there will be a conference we can all attend next year!

  4. Taraon 12 Feb 2011 at 3:49 pm 4

    I can’t wait to meet you one day too. I think we are kindred spirits. I saw your coffee flavored brownies on TK too. You may not need this recipe here after all. I keep coming back to that combination often. Peppermint Mocha Cookies, Peppermint Mocha Brownies, and I have a Mocha Frappacino Ice Cream too.

  5. Kristen@PrettySweeton 03 Mar 2011 at 7:01 am 5

    These sound so good and look so pretty! It would be perfect for a baby girl shower, too. =)

    Just wanted to tell you that I’m one of Heather Wamble’s friends from FHU. I was very impressed when I heard that you were featured on Tasty Kitchen! I love PW and just posted yesterday about meeting her at a booksigning on Friday. =)

  6. Taraon 03 Mar 2011 at 8:24 am 6

    Thanks for stopping by Kristen. How exciting that you got to meet Pioneer Woman. Wouldn’t you love to be picked for one of her Ranch sleepovers sometime?

  7. Shawnon 09 Feb 2012 at 7:14 am 7

    Sounds so good. I swore off sweets for reasons we don’t need to discuss. lol but you are tempting me. Whatever you share always looks so yummy!

  8. Dianne Joneson 09 Feb 2012 at 9:34 am 8

    Oooh these sound good! will have to give them a go :)

  9. Luisaon 22 Dec 2012 at 10:12 am 9

    Hi! These look DELICIOUS! I love peppermint and chocolate :) But I’ve got a question, what are instant coffee crystals? Is it instant coffee in powder, or is there a difference? (I’m not a native English speaker, sorry!)

  10. Taraon 22 Dec 2012 at 1:50 pm 10

    Yes instant coffee powder or instant coffee crystals – same thing. Merry Christmas!

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