Tired of eating Candy-Cane Joe-Joe cookies straight out of the box? Try them in this recipe! (note: this year I've also seen peppermint Oreos, so you could use those if you don't have a Trader Joes near you). These delicious, fudge-y brownies are made with the popular candy-cane chocolate wafer cookie available at Trader Joe's during the holidays. Make these early in the day as they slice best when cooled completely.
- 1 cup butter
- 6 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped
- 3 cups sugar
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1⁄8-1⁄4 teaspoon peppermint extract
- 4 large eggs, room temperature
- 1 2⁄3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1⁄3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 3 cups roughly chopped peppermint oreos (approx 18)
- 1 candy cane (optional)
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- Line a 9×13-inch baking pan with aluminum foil, and grease lightly.
- In a medium-large saucepan over low heat, melt together butter and chocolate, stirring occasionally.
- Stir in sugar, salt and vanilla & peppermint extracts; remove from heat.
- Whisk in eggs one at a time, waiting until each is fully incorporated before adding the next.
- Stir in flour and cocoa powder until mixture is uniform. Stir in crushed cookies.
- Spread batter into prepared pan.
- If desired, crush 3-4 additional cookies finely and scatter on top of batter. You can also crush 1 candy-cane and sprinkle it on top; it will melt slightly but still be pretty and festive.
- Bake for about 35 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out with moist crumbs, but not coated with batter.
- Cool brownies in pan on wire rack for 20 minutes, then lift brownies in the foil out of the pan and place on a wire rack to cool completely (at least one more hour) before slicing.
I was so excited to try this recipe! I used a boxed Betty Crocker brownie mix because easy and they always come out perfect! I was sad Trader Joe's was out of peppermint Joe Joe's, we bought a box a couple weeks ago and loved them but they said sell out fast. I used mint Oreo's which has a light green filling. I sprinkled crushed candy cane on top, how ever you couldn't see much of it at the end. It was there when I checked the brownies but after I reset the timer for 5 more min they all sank into the brownie- I was bummed so not many pretty red pieces on mine. However now that I see a few of the candy cane pieces it looks a little funny melted so I might like better not adding? Maybe I should sprinkle very crushed pieces on top after cooked? The Oreos crushed on top didn't look pretty and were soft Not a crunchy topping so I think next time I wont crush them for the top so it looks prettier, but maybe I didn't like the look of mine because mine were light green filling. Anyway they taste wonderful and that's what counts. I really enjoyed them cold out of the fridge more then served at room temp. Thanks for the fun idea I will make again next Christmas!
I am going to wait until I make this again to add my stars. I had bought my mint cookies after the hoidays when they were on sale. I had started to make these browinie and set my "helper" DD on the task of breaking up the cookies while I was making the batter. She used the regular oreos by mistake so I upped the mint extract to 1/2 teaspoon. I though they were ok this way, but not as minty as I would have liked. The kids loved them and DH gave them 4 out of 5. I guess I will have to wait until holiday time to try to make these again, as no one has these cookies anymore. But I am looking forward to it and I will add our star rating to the review at that time.
I cheated and used the boxed mix version of these brownies, but they turned out fabulously! I made them to send to school for my daughter's teachers. I loved how they looked so pretty and festive. I baked the brownies according to the directions on the box. Had to bake a few minutes longer, but otherwise didn't make any changes. Used chopped up mint oreos and crushed candy cane. YUM!