Peppermint Blondies with White Chocolate Peppermint Frosting

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

I’m thankful for a million things this year.  I can’t list them all, because I’m seriously blessed and we’d be here all day looking at my crazy long list.  But here’s the top few:

The Tall Boy and Doodle, who fill my days with joy;

All of my family and friends – the best bunch of people who ever lived;

My really awesome {non-blogging} job; and

THESE BLONDIES.

I am not sure if they are technically blondies, since they don’t use brown sugar.  They do, however, use 12-ounces of melted white chocolate in the batter and another 6 ounces in the frosting.

So, yeah, a diet food these are not.  But we’re heading into the holiday season, a time when the word “diet” has no place in my vocabulary.  🙂

These blondies are definitely not for the faint of heart.  They are dense and decadent, soft and chewy, and with just the right amount of peppermint.

It’s Christmas, right in your mouth!

I garnished the top of mine with Andes peppermint baking chips.  Doodle loves to “help” in the kitchen, typically by sampling the baking chips, licking the bowl, et cetera.  After eating a few of the peppermint chips he said, “Congratulations to whoever made these.”

I couldn’t agree more.

Peppermint Blondies with White Chocolate Peppermint Frosting
 
Ingredients
  • 12 ounces white chocolate, chopped
  • ½ cup butter (1 stick)
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 3 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 1½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup mini chocolate chips
For the frosting:
  • 6 ounces white baking chocolate
  • 2½ cups powdered sugar, divided
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • ⅓ cup sour cream
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ teaspoon peppermint extract
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup Andes peppermint chips, or crushed candy canes
Method
  1. Preheat oven to 350. Grease a 9x13 pan and set aside.
  2. In a medium saucepan, melt chocolate over low heat until smooth. Remove from heat and stir in butter until melted. Whisk in the sugar, eggs, and extracts until smooth. Stir in the flour to combine. Pour batter into prepared pan.
  3. Bake for 28 to 30 minutes, or until the top is light brown and the edges begin to pull away from the side of the pan. Immediately sprinkle mini chocolate chips over the top. Allow to cool completely on a wire rack.
For the frosting:
  1. In a small saucepan, melt the white chocolate over low heat until melted and smooth. Set aside until lukewarm. In a large mixing bowl, combine butter and 1¾ cups of powdered sugar. Beat on low speed until combined. Add in sour cream, extracts, and salt and beat until combined. Beat in additional 1¾ cups powdered sugar, and melted white chocolate until combined.
  2. Stir over cooled bars and top with peppermint chips or candy pieces, if desired.
Notes
from Better Homes and Gardens, Christmas Cookies 2012

Have a wonderful holiday, everyone.  And be sure to stop by on Friday for my Black Friday giveaway.  You won’t want to miss it!

If you’re interested in participating in the 12 Weeks of Christmas Treats, stop by Brenda’s blog to sign up!

I’m linked up at these great parties this week: Crazy Sweet Tuesdays, Trick or Treat Tuesdays, Tasty Tuesdays, Totally Tasty Tuesdays, Cast Party Wednesday, Whip it Up Wednesdays, Watcha’ Whipped Up Wednesdays, Eat, Pray {Read}, Love, Sweet Treats Thursday, Mrs. Fox’s Sweets, Kitchen Fun with My 3 Sons, Itsy Bitsy Paper, Crumbs and Chaos, I’m Lovin’ It Fridays, Weekend Potluck, and Six Sister’s Stuff!

 


32 Comments

    • Ashley

      Thanks, Dorothy. You have a great holiday as well!

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    • Ashley

      Thanks for stopping by, Terry. I hope you have a great holiday.

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      • Odair

        I found your blog on facebook sugar daddy group. I just added you to my MSN News Reader. Keep up the good work. Look frwaord to reading more from you in the future.

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    • Ashley

      They are pretty darn tasty, Liz. I need to quit eating ’em, or my pants won’t button tomorrow–and I need to save room for turkey. 🙂 Hope you have a great Thanksgiving.

      Reply
  1. Joan

    Very pretty blondies!!!

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    • Ashley

      Thanks, Joan!

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    • Ashley

      This frosting is to die for, Kristi. These would make and easy and festive dessert for Christmas dinner!

      Reply
    • Ashley

      Thanks Amy–you have a great holiday as well!

      Reply
  2. Sarah C.

    Thank you for hosting and BONKERS, the blondies look so good!
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    • Ashley

      Thanks, Annamaria. I hope you have a wonderful holiday!

      Reply
  3. Liz

    These look amazing and I even have the Andes peppermint and white chocolate in my cupboard right now! Thanks for sharing 🙂
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    • Ashley

      I’m in love with these Andes peppermint chips–they work perfectly in these blondies!

      Reply
  4. Shirley

    Wow, these look just amazingingly (is that a word?) KILLER. Your pics look like these bars could be right in my kitchen. Of course you would be have to be there too.
    This could be a very pants tightening Christmas holiday. Ashley I hope you and Tall Boy and Little Man have the best Thanksgiving ever.

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  5. Mom

    That Doodle cracks me up.

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  6. Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel

    Lemme get this straight: white chocolate IN the batter? I love you. And I’m thankful for you and your AWESOME recipes like this one! Holy cow, my love for peppermint and blondies know no bounds, and when combined, it’s like magical things have happened in my life. Happy Thanksgiving, Ashley!!
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    • Ashley

      I hope you had a WONDERFUL Thanksgiving, Hayley!

      Reply
  7. sally @ sallys baking addiction

    how did you know that i dogearred this exact recipe to make?? You beat me to the punch my dear!! now i can just drool over your photos. 🙂 I love white chocolate and peppermint together. 🙂 Happy thanksgiving my dear friend!
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    • Ashley

      Oh Sally, I hope you make and post these. They were soooooo good, and I know your version would be phenomenal! I hope you had a fabulous Thanksgiving!

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    • Ashley

      Wait a minute–you made peppermint hot chocolate ice cream? Oooooh, I’m off to check that out now!

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    • Ashley

      Thanks so much for the kind compliment, Roxana. Yes–Christmas and peppermint definitely go hand in hand!

      Reply
  8. Rebekah

    Beautiful!! I need to make a ton of deserts all at once for my husband to give out at work, do these need to be refrigerated because of the sour cream in the frosting? Could I make the frosting without it without messing things up too much? Thanks for your help!

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    • Ashley

      Hi Rebekah–yes, these do need to be stored refrigerated. BUT, they freeze great, so you could easily make these now, freeze them, and then have them ready for your husband to give out at work later. 🙂

      Reply

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