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Minty Dark Chocolate Fudge Brownies with Chocolate Ganache and Candy Cane Topping

If you like chocolate mint brownies, try these for a special treat.

Minty Dark Chocolate Fudge Brownies with Chocolate Ganache and Candy Cane Topping

Winter and the holidays make me crave candy canes and anything minty, plus chocolate makes everything better right?

I used a boxed brownie mix for these (Duncan Hines Dark Chocolate Fudge Brownies are vegan), but feel free to make the brownie base from scratch if you so desire.

Using a medium bowl, mix up your brownie mix according to the package directions. I substituted 1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce for the one egg the box said to use. I also added 1/2 teaspoon of pure mint extract to the batter to make the brownies nice and minty.

Spray your pan of choice with non-stick spray. I used an 8 x 8 pan, but according to the package directions you can use a variety of sizes. Just make sure to bake for the correct amount of time depending on the size of pan you choose.

Minty Dark Chocolate Fudge Brownies with Chocolate Ganache and Candy Cane Topping

While the brownies are in the oven, make your chocolate ganache. You can use any kind of vegan chocolate you prefer, I used Baker’s Semi-Sweet Baking Chocolate Squares. Roughly chop up your chocolate and place in a bowl. Then measure 4 ounces of full fat coconut milk and pour into pot. Gently heat the coconut milk on the stove until bubbles start to form around the edges and the middle is steaming. Pour the hot coconut milk onto the chopped chocolate and let it sit for 5 minutes.

After five minutes, gently stir the chocolate and coconut milk mixture with a fork. After about two minutes you will have a smooth and shiny chocolate ganache!

Minty Dark Chocolate Fudge Brownies with Chocolate Ganache and Candy Cane Topping

For the candy cane topping you can either use candy canes and crush them yourself or you can buy Mint Twists Crushed Peppermint Candy (I found mine at Wal-Mart).

Once the brownies have cooled, spread the chocolate ganache on top then sprinkle with your crushed candy canes.

Minty Dark Chocolate Fudge Brownies with Chocolate Ganache and Candy Cane Topping

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Ingredients

    Brownies:
  • Duncan Hines Dark Chocolate Fudge Brownie Mix
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure mint extract
  • Chocolate Ganache:
  • 4 ounces good quality dark dairy-free chocolate, coarsely chopped
  • 4 ounces coconut milk (Full fat)
  • 1/8 teaspoon vanilla

Instructions

    Brownies:
  1. Make brownies according to package directions then add mint extract.
  2. Pour batter into a 8 x8 pan and bake at 325 degrees for 30-35 minutes.
  3. Allow brownies to cool completely in pan on a wire rack.
  4. Chocolate Ganache:
  5. Place the coarsely chopped dark chocolate in a medium-sized bowl. Set aside.
  6. In a small saucepan over medium-high heat, heat the coconut milk until bubbles just begin to appear around the edges and steam rises from the surface. Pour the hot coconut milk over the chopped chocolate and let stand without stirring for 5 minutes. After 5 minutes, stir the chocolate-coconut milk mixture until glossy and smooth (this will take about 2 minutes of gentle stirring). Add the vanilla extract and stir until incorporated. Use warm or slightly cooled.
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Minty Dark Chocolate Fudge Brownies with Chocolate Ganache and Candy Cane Topping

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