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Dense, fudgy brownies topped with a creamy layer of peppermint cheesecake. This is the perfect marriage of chocolate and peppermint for a chocolate Christmas dessert.
Peppermint Cheesecake Brownies
This recipe is low carb, sugar free, gluten free, and a Trim Healthy Mama S Fuel.
Surely I am not the only female who considers herself a brownie snob. I have tried multitudes of low carb, sugar free brownie recipes, but sadly, I have been disappointed by most of them.
That is, UNTIL NOW! You guys, these Fudgy Brownies topped with Peppermint Cheesecake are amazing. I’m not even kidding!
These make an amazingly easy Christmas dessert.
Peppermint Christmas Recipes
I love chocolate – I love chocolate and peanut butter.
I love chocolate and bacon.
I love chocolate and nuts.
I love chocolate and peppermint! And that is where this recipe comes in. (For the record, I DO NOT like chocolate and orange. Random fact!)
Christmas is the season of the year when we turn to peppermint. I’m not sure why we relegate certain flavors to seasons, but nonetheless the Christmas season is when peppermint reigns!
Ingredients needed for Low Carb Peppermint Cheesecake Brownies
Double batch of Low Carb Brownies (minus the chocolate chips and pecans)
Gentle Sweet (or my Low Carb Powdered Sugar)
Peppermint Essential oil (or extract – see below for more information)
How to make Sugar Free Peppermint Cheesecake Brownies
The recipe below makes 24 brownies, using a 9×13 pan. You need a double batch of low carb brownies to do this.
However, if you only need a small amount, you can use a single recipe of the brownies, and halve all of the ingredients for the cheesecake layer. (But, . . . I really recommend making the larger batch because . . . well, because BROWNIES!)
They freeze very well (in fact I enjoy eating them straight out of the freezer)!
Making this chocolatey Christmas dessert is super simple. (See below for full ingredients and instructions.) Mix up the brownies and pour them into your prepared pan.
In a separate bowl, mix up the cheesecake ingredients. Pour the cheesecake mixture over the top of the brownie batter, then use a knife to gently swirl the two batters together.
All that’s left is to bake, cool, and eat!
These low carb brownies are great to take to a Holiday party, add to your low carb Christmas Cookie trays, or just to stash in your refrigerator when you need a sweet treat! (I may or may not have eaten these for breakfast a couple times this week!)
These Peppermint Cheesecake Brownies are definitely better AFTER they have chilled in the refrigerator.
I tried them immediately out of the oven, and they were good, but much BETTER after they had completely chilled. (They tasted even better the next morning when I had them for breakfast! Wink, wink)
Using Peppermint Oil or Extract
I chose to use peppermint essential oil (DoTerra) because of the strong, clean flavor, but you can certainly use extract in place of the oil if you are uncomfortable with ingesting essential oils.
(I know there can be great debate about whether or not it is safe. I do not wish to argue about it – I do choose to use it, but peppermint extract would also work here!)
See the recipe card below for how to use peppermint extract in place of the essential oil.
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Dense, fudgy brownies topped with a creamy layer of peppermint cheesecake. This is the perfect blend of chocolate and peppermint.
- Double Recipe Low Carb Brownies (omit the chocolate chips and pecans)
- 1 8 ounce Block Cream Cheese, Softened
- ¼ Cup Gentle Sweet
- 1 Egg
- ¼ Cup Heavy Cream
- 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
- 3 Drops Peppermint Essential Oil (or use peppermint extract - amounts may vary, but I would begin with 1 teaspoon, then adjust from there to use more if needed)
Preheat oven to 350.
Mix up low carb brownie batter and pour batter into greased 9x13 pan.
In a separate bowl, beat softened cream cheese with Gentle Sweet.
Add egg and mix well.
Add heavy cream, vanilla, and peppermint oil (or extract). Mix well.
Pour cheesecake mix over brownie batter. Use a knife to create a swirled effect.
Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until center of brownies are set.
Tastes best after refrigerated overnight - store leftovers in the refrigerator.
I like to add another drop of Peppermint essential oil (or 1/2 teaspoon Peppermint extract) to the brownies for an extra minty flavor!
If you do not have Gentle Sweet, you can use this DIY recipe.