Peppermint Marshmallow Brownies…and a Giveaway!

by doughmesstic on December 7, 2011

in brownies, chocolate, christmas, Giveaways, Holiday Gift Guide, holidays

 

You all know how much I love Dorie Greenspan, right?  No denying it, she’s my baking idol.  She drifts from Paris to New York and Connecticut as she desires (what a dream).  She has a pop-up cookie business that sells out in a blink.  She’s thoughtful, selfless, and just plain adorable.

Maybe when I grow up, I can be like Dorie. (Don’t hold your breath, I’m far to snarky.)

However, I CAN make her recipes.  Take these brownies, for example.

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In her Baking: From My Home To Yours, she has a recipe called Brrrownies.  It’s a deliciously rich brownie packed full of cool Peppermint Patties.  I’ve made it a dozen times, and am always thrilled with the results.  But – I’ve always made them in a standard square baking dish.

browniepanNot too long ago, I was sent this Christmas Tree silicone pan from Demarle.  It came with a fancy little silver baking sheet that was full of vents.

My first thought? I don’t really like silicone pans, especially shaped ones.  I’ve used a couple in the past, and they seem to fail every time.  I have a pumpkin one that I have yet to get a single good result from…so this Christmas Tree pan sat around for several weeks waiting on me to finally give in.

What a mistake that was, kids.

I SHOULD have leaned the other direction before jumping to conclusions.  Demarle is the company responsible for my absolute favorite kitchen accessory – the SilPat.  I can count on one hand the number of cookies I’ve made without a Silpat since first discovering it.

Three.

No stick. No mess. Perfect results, each and every time.  LOVE THAT THING.  I suggest it to everyone I know, especially bakers.  It’s wonderful.

That being said, the Christmas Tree Pan?  Equally fantastic.  I prepared the brownies as directed, then poured the batter into the little trees.  About 5 minutes before the timer buzzed, I added a handful of Peppermint Marshmallows and mini chocolate chips to a few of the brownies.

 

brownies2Not a single one stuck to the pan.  In fact, I left them in the pan, covered in aluminum foil for 3 days before we finished them, and even the very last brownie came out perfectly and was STILL moist.  No joke.

Color me impressed.

Whether you choose to make the brownie recipe I am sharing, or another brownie recipe, or a cake, or cookie, or blondie – I think you’d be hard pressed to find a better quality shaped pan.  DeMarle at Home offers several shapes and sizes, and I wouldn’t hesitate at this point to recommend any of them based on the quality of this one.

In the meantime, if you don’t have a special pan, you can pick one of them up here, or, you can certainly make these brownies in any old 8×8 baking pan.  They’ll still be delicious!

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Peppermint Marshmallow Brownies

Rating: 41

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Yield: 8 large brownies

Serving Size: 1 brownie

Ingredients

  • 5 tbsp unsalted butter, cut into 5 pieces
  • 3 oz. bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped *(I used Semi-Sweet Chips)
  • 3 oz. unsweetened chocolate, coarsely chopped
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup (6 oz.) York Peppermint Pattie Bites (or an equal weight of patties), chopped into bits
  • 1 cup mini peppermint marshmallows

Instructions

  1. Center a rack in the oven and preheat the oven to 325 F.Spray Demarle Christmas Tree Pan and place on perforated baking sheet. Set Aside (Alternately, prepare an 8x8 square baking pan.)
  2. Set a heatproof bowl over a saucepan of gently simmering water. Put the butter in the bowl, top with the chopped chocolates and stir occasionally until the ingredients are just melted – you don’t want them to get so hot that the butter separates. Remove the bowl from the pan of water. *I just melted the butter and chocolate in the microwave, taking care not to over heat it. It worked great heating it for 30 seconds and stirring, then repeating until it was all melted.
  3. With a whisk, stir in the sugar. Don’t be concerned when your smooth mixture turns grainy. Whisk in the eggs one by one. Add the vanilla and whisk vigorously to bring the batter together and give it a shine before gently stirring in the salt and flour; stir only until incorporated. Switch to a rubber spatula and fold in the peppermint pieces. Scrape the batter into the pan and smooth the top with the rubber spatula.
  4. Bake the brownies for 15-20 minutes (30 to 33 minutes for 8x8 pan, or until the top is dull and a thin knife inserted into the center comes out almost clean.)
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The Giveaway

imageWould you like to win one of these pans for yourself?  I bet you would!  It will come with a perforated baking sheet to place beneath the silicone pan, so you’ll be all set!  I’m going to keep this giveaway short and sweet so that you can go ahead and get your pan and still have time to use it before Christmas gets here, although you could certainly keep using it throughout the winter!

Tell me you want to win.  You do, right?  Okay, that comment counts as one entry.

  • For another entry, go check out the Demarle at Home Facebook Page.  They have lots of great info and photos there, so it’s worth the look.  Become a Fan, then come back here and let me know you did.  That counts as another entry.
  • For yet another chance, share this post on Twitter or Facebook.  Leave me another comment and now you’ve gained another entry.
  • For one more entry, Stumble or Pin this post.  Share it, folks, it’s the season of giving!  Be sure to leave a separate comment letting me know where you shared it.

There you go, up to 4 chances to win.

Four total entries per person, max.  All extra comments will be deleted.

Open to US Addresses Only (so very sorry Internationals, I do appreciate you, though), and is courtesy of and shipped by Demarle at Home. MSRP @$75. Giveaway ends December 9, 11:59pm EST.  I was supplied a pan to use, but all opinions are 100% my own.

The BIG DEAL

imageSee that 7 Quart KitchenAid?  I know you want it.  I certainly can’t blame you.  So, to keep it fun and interesting, I’m giving you LOTS of extra opportunities to win it.  For every giveaway you enter during my 25 Days of Doughmesstic Christmas, if you’ll go comment on THIS POST (Click thru!) saying “I entered to win the …” (you know, whatever you entered to win), you’ll get a BONUS entry to win the mixer.  That’s 24 additional chances to win that bad boy.  So scoot! Go enter to win today’s giveaway, and then visit THIS POST to comment for your bonus entries on the mixer.

Good Luck, and see you back here tomorrow for more fun things to win!

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Katie C. December 9, 2011 at 1:45 pm

I would love to win this Demarle tree pan. :)

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Julie U December 9, 2011 at 5:45 pm

love this!

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Joanna December 9, 2011 at 6:52 pm

Id love this!

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Debbie R. December 9, 2011 at 7:52 pm

Love this pan and would love to win it! Think I would have to make these same brownies in them – they look awesome!

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Debbie R. December 9, 2011 at 7:55 pm

Shared on Facebook!

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Debbie R. December 9, 2011 at 7:55 pm

Liked Demarle at Home on Facebook!

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Tamara Nankivel December 9, 2011 at 11:20 pm

would love to win the Christmas Tree silicone pan from Demarle

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Micaela December 10, 2011 at 12:38 am

yup, I sure do want to win this! I bet gingerbread cakelets would look adorable coming out of this pan!!!

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Micaela December 10, 2011 at 12:40 am

liked Demarle at Home on Facebook

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Belladatura December 12, 2011 at 12:15 am

Cute! I’d love to win.

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