Kids can easily make these homemade peppermint patty brownies in just minutes, even when using a simple brownie batter made from scratch!
As far as kids are concerned, a cookie may be good but a cookie filled with candy is BETTER. The same goes for brownies. Why bake a plain chocolate brownie when you can fill it with York peppermint patties??
When I asked my girls what was the One Thing they really wanted to do to celebrate Christmas this month, the Peanut immediately responded: "Bake your peppermint brownies!"
The answer truly surprised me. It's not something she's asked for in a long time but the last two Christmases found me smack dab in the middle of cooking/baking and photographing food for the cookbooks. Last year especially, we were drowning in various goodies of all kinds. Baking something "just for fun" wasn't remotely on my radar!
I loved pulling up this old family-favorite recipe from my archives. If you're a long-time reader, you might recognize it from the Kids' Holiday Baking Challenge a couple of years ago. I thought it deserved a little polishing up just in time for Christmas baking!
What makes these peppermint patty brownies better than the rest?
Right now, I can practically hear you thinking:
"I could just make these peppermint patty brownies with a boxed brownie mix. It would be so easy."
You aren't wrong, you could. BUT I really think you should give the full recipe a chance!!
Our brownie recipe features a from-scratch homemade brownie batter that I swear only takes a few minutes of measuring to prepare. The final brownie is SO much better than a boxed mix. The texture is richer, fudgier, and has a lovely chew to it that you just can't get from a packaged mix.
Can kids bake these peppermint brownies?
Absolutely!! In fact, these were one of the first holiday treats that my girls learned to make!
When they were really little, I would just put them in charge of unwrapping the peppermint patties. But now that they are bigger, they can do every little thing to bake them.
In fact, to encourage your own little bakers to get in the kitchen this holiday season, I've written the recipe in the exact same style as the recipes in The Ultimate Kids' Cookbook. You can print it off and hand it to your kids. Put them in charge of dessert this year!
Whether or not your kids decide to bake these for Christmas, this is a great recipe to keep on hand all winter long. The ingredients are perfect for keeping in your pantry for a snow day or lazy day at home during winter break, New Year's Day, or even for Valentine's.
I believe that kids gain so much confidence when they bake and it is a great no-screens activity to keep them busy!
Looking for more fun recipes for kids?
Our family loves to bake. Some of my kids' favorite recipes include:
- How to bake the BEST peanut butter blossoms ever
- The only gingerbread cookies recipe you'll ever need
- The only sugar cookies recipe you'll ever need
- The easiest chocolate croissant recipe for kids to make