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Peppermint Bark Brownies

Time 40 minutes
Yields Makes one 17- by-12-inch tray (about 4 dozen)
Peppermint Bark Brownies
(Evan Sung / For The Times)
1

Heat the oven to 350 degrees. Lightly coat a half-sheet pan (17-by-13-by-1-inch) with nonstick cooking spray. Line the bottom and sides with parchment paper and spray the parchment.

2

Combine the chocolate chips and butter in a large sauce pot. Melt over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally to prevent scorching, until smooth. Remove the pot from the heat and let cool slightly. In a medium bowl, whisk together the sugar, flour, baking powder and salt.

3

Add the eggs to the melted chocolate one at a time, whisking well after each addition. Add the dry ingredients and stir with the whisk just until blended. Pour into the prepared pan and spread evenly.

4

Bake until a toothpick inserted 2 inches from the edge comes out clean, 20 to 22 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack. Let cool for 2 minutes, then gently lay the peppermint bark on top in a single layer. Cool completely in the pan on the rack. Use the parchment paper to slide the brownies out of the pan and cut into 2- to 3-inch squares.

Variations:
Double Mint Brownies: Add ½ teaspoon peppermint extract to the brownie batter after mixing in the dry ingredients.

Genevieve Ko is the cooking editor for the Los Angeles Times. She is a cookbook author and has been a food writer, editor and recipe developer for national food media outlets. Ko graduated from Yale after a childhood in Monterey Park.
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