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    Chocolate Brownies with Peppermint Bark

      Servings:   18 squares


      1 1/2 cups Ghirardelli 60% Cacao Bittersweet Chocolate Chips
      1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter (12 tablespoons)
      3 large eggs, at room temperature
      1 cup sugar
      1 teaspoon vanilla extract
      1/4 teaspoon salt
      1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons all purpose flour
      1/2 teaspoon baking powder
      8 Ghirardelli Peppermint Bark SQUARES™ chocolates, chopped into large chunks (for the brownies)
      18 Ghirardelli Peppermint Bark SQUARES™ chocolates, broken in to large chunks (about 8 pieces per square) (for the finishing)


    1. Preheat oven to 350°F.

    2. Line a 9 x 13 inch baking pan with foil and grease with pan spray.

    3. In a medium saucepan, bring 2 inches of water to a gentle simmer.

    4. Put the 60% Ghirardelli Chocolate Chips and butter in a heatproof bowl and set it over (but not touching) the simmering water.

    5. Stir the mixture with a rubber spatula until the better is melted and both ingredients are completely combined.

    6. Turn off the heat and leave the bowl over the warm water.

    7. Sift together the flour and baking powder and set aside.

    8. In a large bowl whisk together eggs, salt, sugar and vanilla.

    9. Add the egg mixture to the chocolate mixture and whisk together gently.

    10. With a spatula, fold in the flour. Immediately pour ½ the mixture into the prepared baking pan and spread it evenly.

    11. Next, sprinkle the chopped peppermint bark over the batter and then pour the remaining batter over this. Spread evenly.

    12. Bake for 15-20 minutes. The center should be fudge-like but not dry.

    13. Remove from the oven and cool for 10 minutes.

    14. Place Peppermint Bark chunks on top of warm brownies and allow them to soften for 1 minute.

    15. Using a spatula, gently swirl the melting Peppermint Bark to create swirls of melted chocolate.

    16. Refrigerate for 1 hour.

    17. Trim the 4 edges of the brownies by 1/4 inch. Cut into 18 squares.

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