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Peppermint Mocha Brownies #DuncanHinesHoliday


Peppermint Mocha Brownies #DuncanHinesHoliday
This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #DuncanHinesHoliday #CollectiveBias It's official. My husband has turned me into a fan of peppermint mocha. Can you believe I wouldn't go near peppermint mocha anything at one point in my life? Mint and chocolate? Pfft. That's like... chocolate flavored toothpaste. How could anyone possibly enjoy that? Turns out, I was really missing out. There's just something about these two flavors that when combined, they create a magical party in your mouth. Since I've already made peppermint mocha cupcakes , and peppermint mocha cookies , naturally, the next thing I needed to make was peppermint mocha brownies. And that called for a trip to Walmart. Yes, even bakers like a shortcut every now and then. And who can resist Duncan Hines® Chewy Fudge Brownie Mix when it's only $1.00! Plus, with only three easy ingredients, you're truly sa
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Bakery Style Chocolate Chip Pecan Cookies

Bakery Style Chocolate Chip Pecan Cookies

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Chai Spiced Pecan Tart

Chai Spiced Pecan Tart

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Paleo Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Pancakes

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Mini Pumpkin Espresso Bundt Cake

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Cake Batter Macarons

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No-Churn S'mores Ice Cream

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