This post is sponsored by McCormick. All opinions and love of peppermint are my own.

When fall arrives, there’s an explosion of pumpkin-flavored everything – which I love. Then winter moves in, and a new flavor season comes along: peppermint season. I like peppermint, but when you mix it with chocolate I am in heaven.

When I bake, I need recipes that are easy. I prefer recipes that are simple to follow AND make me look like a rock star. I have no problem letting people think I slaved in a hot kitchen for hours to make the perfect holiday dessert. That’s why I fell in love with this yummy peppermint bars recipe. It’s super easy and super delicious.

Chocolate Peppermint Bars Recipe

Ingredients

1 package of family-size fudge brownie mix

2 1/2 cups powdered sugar

1/2 cup plus 7 tablespoons butter, divided

1 1/2 tablespoons heavy cream

1 teaspoon McCormick Pure Peppermint Extract

12 oz semi-sweet baking chocolate, coarsely chopped (I used a bag of semi-sweet chocolate chips)

(optional) Crushed Peppermint Candies

Chocolate Peppermint Bars Recipe

Directions ( I swear it’s easy!)

1. Pre-heat your oven to 350°. Prepare the brownies as directed on the package, and then spread in a greased, foil-lined 15 x 10 x 1 baking pan. (I wanted a thicker brownie bottom, so I used a 13 x 9 pan.)

2.  Bake for 15 minutes or until a toothpick put in the center comes out almost clean. (Since I used a deeper pan, I baked for about 5 minutes longer.) Cool in pan on a wire rack.

3.  While your brownies are cooling, beat the powdered sugar with 7 tablespoons of butter (melted), cream, and the McCormick Pure Peppermint Extract (the good stuff) in a large bowl with an electric mixer until it’s well-blended and smooth. Once your brownies have cooled, spread this mixture evenly over the top. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.

4.  Microwave chocolate and 1/2 cup butter in a large bowl for 2 minutes or until the butter is melted. Stir until the chocolate is completely melted. Spread this mixture over the top of the chilled brownie, and then sprinkle with peppermint candies.

Chocolate Peppermint Bars Recipe

I wanted an honest review of this recipe, so instead of keeping it at home, I sent it with my husband to work. That way, if I messed it up, I could blame him. Thankfully, these peppermint bars got rave reviews:

“Thumbs up!”

“Tell Crystal these brownies are the bomb!”

“They are AMAZING.”

Easy recipe. I look like a rock star. This one is a win!

What’s your favorite peppermint recipe?