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Scaredy-Cat Brownies

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  • Yield: Makes 16
Scaredy-Cat Brownies

Source: Everyday Food, October 2011


  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, plus more for baking pan
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour (spooned and leveled)
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine salt
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 1/2 pound bittersweet chocolate chips (1 1/2 cups)
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 32 miniature chocolate peppermint patties, such as York
  • Candy eyes, chocolate chips, and icing pens, for decorating


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly butter an 8-inch square metal baking pan and line with parchment paper, leaving a 2-inch overhang on all sides. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt. In a medium saucepan, melt butter, sugar, and bittersweet chocolate over medium, stirring frequently, until smooth. Add to flour mixture and stir to combine. Stir in eggs and vanilla, then let cool to room temperature, 10 minutes.

  2. Transfer batter to pan. Press 16 peppermint patties evenly into batter and, with a small offset spatula, evenly spread batter to completely cover patties.

  3. Bake until cake is puffed and just set, about 35 minutes. Let cool on a wire rack, 25 minutes, then top with 16 peppermint patties. Let cool 25 minutes more, then decorate peppermint patties with candy eyes and chocolate chip ears. Refrigerate until chocolate is set, 5 minutes. Using parchment, lift cake from pan and cut into 16 squares. Decorate with icing pens.

Cook's Note

Place peppermint patties on warm, not hot, brownies so they soften but do not melt. Candy eyes, icing pens, and candy skulls are available at

Reviews (2)

  • pgpines 5 Nov, 2012

    I've tried a few different brownie recipes and this one is by far the best. I have even made these without the peppermint patties and they got devoured at home and at the office. This will be my go to recipe.

  • Mom24_4evermom 31 Oct, 2012

    Unfair to review as I used a box brownie mix, but these are such a huge hit with kids I wanted to give it my thumbs up. I only used one row of peppermint patties, both to cut costs but also as not to lose the brownie flavor. My kids, and the kids in my daughter's class all loved this idea. A "Martha" recipe, but easy enough for us mere mortals.

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