Gluten-Free Peppermint Brownie Bites – These gluten-free brownie bites are dipped in chocolate and coated with crunchy peppermint bits. They’re a fabulous holiday treat!
Cookies are probably the thing I bake the very most, but brownies are a close second.
Fudgy centers, crackly tops, ultra-chocolatey flavor…what’s not to love?
Around the holidays and Christmas, it’s always fun to dress up my brownies to celebrate and today’s recipe is just that! Fudgy brownies dipped in melted chocolate and covered with crushed candy cane.
These gorgeous little bites are the perfect holiday treat (easy, fun, pretty, delicious!), and come together without a lot of fuss, despite their pretty presentation.
Here’s all you need to get started on these gluten-free peppermint brownie bites…
gluten-free peppermint brownie bites, at a glance:
Here’s What You Need To Make Peppermint Brownie Bites:
- A Batch Of Your Favorite Brownies or Boxed Brownies. I’m using my Gluten-Free Brown Butter Brownies as a base for these brownie bites. The flavor is impossibly delicious and the texture is everything you dream it should be. That said, if you don’t have time to make brownies from scratch, you can absolutely use a boxed brownie mix. We did a big gluten-free brownie taste test a few years ago for One Lovely Life, and found our favorite gluten-free boxed brownie mix is King Arthur brand.
- Semi-Sweet or Dark Chocolate Chips. I suppose you could make these with milk chocolate instead, but I find that the more intense chocolate flavor of semisweet or dark chocolate chips goes so nicely with peppermint that it’s my first choice for these peppermint brownie bites.
- Crushed Candy Canes or Peppermint Candies. Thankfully, most peppermint candy canes & candies are gluten-free, so finding a brand you can use is pretty easy! We love the ones from Yum Earth are some of our faves, but readily available brands like Brach’s also work.
- White Almond Bark or White Chocolate. If you want to add a little decoration, you can also melt some vanilla almond bark or white chocolate.
A Trick For Crushing Candy Canes:
Use the bottom of a sturdy cup or spice jar to gently tap the candy cane. It will break in a more controlled way than bashing willy-nilly with a rolling pin and will help you get get a variety of sizes. These gluten-free peppermint brownie bites look so pretty with some larger pieces and some smaller pieces of candy cane!
How To Make Gluten-Free Peppermint Brownie Bites, Step By Step
- Bake Your Brownies! If you haven’t yet, bake your brownies. (Again, you can use homemade brownies or a store-bought mix.) I recommend adding 1/2 tsp. of peppermint extract for extra peppermint flavor!
- Chill The Brownies Before Slicing. Then, you’ll cool the brownies completely and refrigerate them until they’re fully chilled. This makes them easier to slice and helps the chocolate set later.
- Cut The Brownies Into Bites. Once the brownies are chilled, you’re ready to cut them into bites! I recommend a clean, sharp knife. (Rinse it off between cuts for perfectly straight lines.) Cut the brownies into 36 bites. This means you’ll cut the brownies in half lengthwise, then cut each half into thirds. Repeat going the opposite direction for 6 columns and 6 rows (a total of 36 gluten-free brownie bites).
- Set Up Your Station. Get everything ready to dip so you’re ready to go as soon as the chocolate is melted. You’ll need a place for the chilled brownie bites, the melted chocolate, somewhere to set them down and add the crushed candy cane bits. I recommend setting out a baking sheet lined with parchment for placing dipped brownie bites.
- Melt Your Chocolate. In a small saucepan or better yet, a double boiler (a large heat-proof bowl set over a saucepan with 1-2” of gently simmering water). gently melt the chocolate and coconut oil together until the mixture is smooth and glossy.
- Dip & Sprinkle. Working 1 brownie bite at a time, dip the top of each brownie bite into the melted chocolate to coat it thoroughly. Let the excess chocolate drip back down into the bowl of chocolate before transferring the dipped brownie bite to your prepared baking sheet lined with parchment. Sprinkle with crushed candy cane.
- Repeat Repeat Repeat! Then, just keep going with the remaining brownie bites. Dip in chocolate, let the excess drip off, place on the baking sheet and sprinkle with peppermint.
FAQ + Tips For The Best Peppermint Brownie Bites
How To Store Gluten-Free Peppermint Brownie Bites: The chocolate coating on these brownie bites works best when it stays cold, so I recommend refrigerating the brownie bites in an airtight container or bag for 5-6 days.
Can I Dip Brownie Bites In White Chocolate Instead? Yes! If white chocolate is your jam, you can absolutely melt and dip white chocolate chips or white chocolate instead of semisweet or dark chocolate.
Make Them Dairy-Free Or Vegan! All you need to do to make these peppermint brownie bites vegan or dairy-free is use dairy-free/vegan chocolate chips and a compliant brownie recipe. These vegan brownies get great reviews, or you can use these gluten-free, dairy-free brownies.
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