Peppermint Christmas Brownies

12 Days of Christmas: Christmas Picnic

These are so rich we can only eat them once a year

Peppermint Christmas Brownies, 16 brownies

I totally cheat on this one and use boxed brownie mix. HOWEVER, only the best boxed brownie will do.  I prefer the Ghirardelli dark chocolate brownie mix.

1 pan of baked brownies
Cream Cheese frosting (recipe below)
6 candy canes, crushed

frosting:

½ cups unsalted butter, softened
4 ounces cream cheese, softened
2 cups powdered sugar
½ teaspoon peppermint extract

In a large bowl, beat together the butter and cream cheese with an electric mixer. With the mixer on low speed, add the powdered sugar a cup at a time until smooth and creamy. Beat in the peppermint extract.  Frost the brownies and top with crushed candy canes.

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