I was recently invited to participate in the Krusteaz Gluten Free Bake-Off, where I was provided with a baking kit full of their brand-new Gluten Free mixes and challenged to create my own unique recipe from one of them. There were all kinds of tasty treats to try, from their Gluten Free Buttermilk Pancake Mix for breakfast to their Gluten Free Honey Cornbread Mix that made a great topping for an impromptu casserole! But my biggest source of inspiration was the Gluten Free Double Chocolate Brownie Mix.
Years ago, I was at a Christmas party and had a peppermint brownie that one of the other guests had made. I love the peppermint/chocolate combination this time of year, and I thought that trying to create my own take using this gluten free mix would be just the thing!
Gluten Free Peppermint Brownies
Recipe by Beeb
Difficulty: Easy Prep Time: Around 10 minutes Bake time: 29 minutes Servings: Roughly 12-16, depending how large you cut the pieces. 😉
1 package of Krusteaz Gluten Free Double Chocolate Brownie Mix
1/3 C melted margarine
1/3 C water
1 tsp. peppermint extract
1 tub Betty Crocker Whipped Vanilla Frosting
12 candy canes
Zero calorie cooking spray (Make sure you get one that’s gluten free, or just substitute melted margarine.)
Melt margarine in the microwave.
In a large bowl, blend together the margarine, brownie mix, egg, peppermint extract and water using a hand mixer.
Line a 9×13 pan with foil, then spritz with cooking spray. Pour the brownie mix in the pan, then bake in a pre-heated 325 degree oven for 29 minutes or until done.
Allow the brownies to cool, then use the sides of the foil to easily pull the the brownies out in one piece to decorate.
Using a spatula, completely cover the top in frosting. Then, place your candy canes in a large, gallon size zip top bag and seal shut. Place on a counter and use a rolling pin to break the candy canes into small pieces; this works best when you use the rolling pin like a hammer, hitting the candy canes until they break up. Once the candy canes are broken into small pieces, open the top of the bag and carefully shake the pieces onto the frosted brownies, covering evenly. Holding the bag almost like an icing tube works well.
Once the brownies are covered in the peppermint candy pieces, use a knife to cut into even slices. Serve, and enjoy!
Note: While I researched all of the ingredients to make sure they would work for a gluten free recipe, I do not have Celiac disease myself. I either Googled “Is such and such gluten free”, or looked for notations on the packaging of what I was buying.
I brought these to my family’s Thanksgiving celebration, and they were a huge hit! Not only did they satisfy my own chocolate-peppermint cravings, but everyone else loved them as well. One person made the comment that “These don’t taste like they’re gluten free” – in other words, these just taste like regular, good brownies and not like “Health” food! The only reason anyone knew is because I mentioned it while talking about the recipe. Way to go, Krusteaz!
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