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Christmas tree brownies recipe

Christmas tree brownies recipe


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These are vegan brownies but you could use any other brownie recipe you prefer. It's all about decorating them as small Christmas trees! I use pomegranate seeds as I think the flavour pairs well with chocolate but you could use coloured sweets.

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IngredientsMakes: 16 brownies

  • 250g plain flour
  • 400g caster sugar
  • 65g cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • a pinch of salt
  • 240ml water
  • 240ml vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • pomegranate seeds for decorating
  • star-shaped sweets

MethodPrep:30min ›Cook:30min ›Ready in:1hr

  1. Preheat the oven to 180 C / Gas 4. Lightly grease a rectangular baking dish or tin.
  2. Mix flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt in a bowl. Make a well and pour in water, oil and vanilla extract. Mix well and transfer into the prepared baking dish.
  3. Bake in the preheated oven for 30 to 40 minutes, or until a skewer insertedinto the centre of the cake comes out clean. Allow to cool in the tin.
  4. Turn the cake out onto a flat surface or onto a chopping board. Using a jagged knife to cut the brownies into sharp triangles. Decorate with pomegranate seeds or other sweets as desired and put a small star on the top.

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  • 150g cook’s Belgian dark chocolate (76% cocoa solids), roughly chopped
  • 150g unsalted butter
  • 3 large eggs
  • 125g caster sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • zest and juice of 1 clementine
  • 3 tbsp port
  • ¼ tsp ground cinnamon
  • a good pinch of ground cloves
  • several gratings of nutmeg
  • 100g plain flour
  • ¼ tsp baking powder

To decorate

  • 75g royal icing sugar
  • 1-2 tbsp gold and silver sprinkles – we used star sprinkles
  • 12 x Cadbury chocolate fingers

  • Silicone baking mats for easy clean-up – try this one
  • Rolling pin guides for even cookies – I like this one
  • Silicone spatula to get all the batter – I love this one
  • Electric hand-mixer to save your arm – choose this one
Photo from joyfoodsunshine.com

These Peppermint Brownies are rich, chocolatey and easy to make from scratch.

They have a gorgeous crinkly top with a gooey middle, and a chocolate & peppermint ganache


Instructions

  1. Heat oven to 325 degrees F. Grease bottom only of round pan, 9 x 1 1/2 inches, with shortening.
  2. Make brownie mix as directed on package, using water, oil and eggs. Pour into pan.
  3. Bake 50 to 55 minutes or until toothpick inserted 2 inches from side of pan comes out almost clean.
  4. Cool completely, about 1 hour.
  5. In medium bowl, beat butter, powdered sugar and vanilla extract with spoon until smooth.
  6. Stir in milk until spreadable.
  7. Stir in food color.
  8. Spread frosting evenly over brownies.
  9. To serve, cut into 8 wedges. Decorate wedges with candies to look like Christmas tree lights.
  10. Center pretzel nugget on bottom edge of each brownie wedge for tree trunk.

Nutrition Information: 1 Serving: Calories 700 (Calories from Fat 280) Total Fat 31g (Saturated Fat 11g, Trans Fat ncg) Cholesterol 85mg Sodium 300mg Total Carbohydrate 102g (Dietary Fiber 0g, Sugars ncg) Protein 4g

Percent Daily Value*: Vitamin A 10% Vitamin C 0% Calcium 6% Iron 12%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

Recipe and photo used with permission from: Betty Crocker 2007/TM General Mills

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Christmas Tree Chocolate Brownies

Here’s a Christmas meal dessert inspired by this joyful holiday! It’s not that hard to make, so don’t shy away from it. It’s a batch of simple chocolate brownies, decorated with colored sugar glaze, to bring it a special Christmassy look. Try it yourself and your guests will not be able to resist it!


Christmas Tree Brownie Ingredients

For these Christmas brownies, you’ll be making your brownie batter by hand. If you’re short on time, go ahead and use the boxed brownie mix. That being said, I promise you… this homemade version is so easy AND SOOOOO delicious!

Dark Chocolate – you want your chocolate to be at least 70% cacao. I use dark chocolate baking squares in so many recipes, so that’s usually what I have on hand. But, you can use the melting wafers as well if that’s what you’ve got! Just make sure it’s got a high cacao content – that’s what gives these Christmas tree brownies their decadent flavor!

Ground cinnamon – I’m giving away one of my secret ingredients for you here….you’re welcome! I always add some ground cinnamon to my brownies (even my box mix brownies). Cinnamon gives a very subtle, almost untraceable, flavor to brownies. But, it really helps highlight the chocolate and makes your brownies that much better!

Decorations – here’s where you can let your little ones help you out the most. Let them go crazy decorating their Christmas tree brownies. You’ll need some icing sugar, sprinkles, and biscuit sticks (for the tree trunks).

I used Pocky Almond & Chocolate biscuit sticks because I love the nutty crunch they give to the trees. You can also use pretzel sticks, popsicle sticks, or even candy canes trunks!


If you don’t want to cut corners, and are looking for a fudgy homemade brownie recipe, we have just the one for you.

This is our grandma’s Fudgy Brownies recipe, and it makes a ton. You bake it in a cookies sheet, so you know you will be getting plenty of Christmas Brownie Tree’s out of it.

It also tastes way better than boxed brownies, but from one busy person to another, ain’t nobody got time for that, especially during the holidays, so I will take the boxed brownies.


Christmas Tree Brownie Ingredients

For these Christmas brownies, you’ll be making your brownie batter by hand. If you’re short on time, go ahead and use the boxed brownie mix. That being said, I promise you… this homemade version is so easy AND SOOOOO delicious!

Dark Chocolate – you want your chocolate to be at least 70% cacao. I use dark chocolate baking squares in so many recipes, so that’s usually what I have on hand. But, you can use the melting wafers as well if that’s what you’ve got! Just make sure it’s got a high cacao content – that’s what gives these Christmas tree brownies their decadent flavor!

Ground cinnamon – I’m giving away one of my secret ingredients for you here….you’re welcome! I always add some ground cinnamon to my brownies (even my box mix brownies). Cinnamon gives a very subtle, almost untraceable, flavor to brownies. But, it really helps highlight the chocolate and makes your brownies that much better!

Decorations – here’s where you can let your little ones help you out the most. Let them go crazy decorating their Christmas tree brownies. You’ll need some icing sugar, sprinkles, and biscuit sticks (for the tree trunks).

I used Pocky Almond & Chocolate biscuit sticks because I love the nutty crunch they give to the trees. You can also use pretzel sticks, popsicle sticks, or even candy canes trunks!


Strawberry Christmas Tree Brownie Bites

Brownie bites topped with a strawberry and covered in delicious frosting to brighten up your holiday party platter.

Ingredients

  • FOR THE BROWNIE BITES:
  • 1 box (18 To 21 Oz. Box) Brownie Mix
  • Additional Required Ingredients Specified In Mix Package (typically Water, Eggs And Oil)
  • 24 whole Small To Medium Size Strawberries
  • _____
  • FOR THE FROSTING:
  • ½ cups Butter, Softened
  • 8 ounces, weight Cream Cheese
  • 1 pound Confectioners Sugar
  • ½ teaspoons Vanilla Extract
  • Green Food Coloring
  • Yellow Fondant Or Star Sprinkles, To Decorate
  • Small Ball Shaped Candies, To Decorate

Preparation

Bake your brownies (you’ll typically need water, eggs, and oil, as directed in mix package) in greased mini-muffin tins filled up 3/4 of the way. You’re going to have to shorten the baking time a bit, so just keep your eyes on them as they bake—they’re done when a cake tester comes out clean.

As the brownies are baking and cooling, put together your frosting by combining the butter, cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla extract. Dye it green.

Once baked and cooled, secure the strawberries to the brownies with a dab of frosting. Put frosting in a piping bag fit with a small star tip, and cover the entire strawberry by starting at the strawberry, applying a bit of pressure, and pulling away gently to a nice point.


Christmas Tree Brownie Recipe

One of the things I love most about the holidays is baking. Of course, I'm swamped with a ton of other things, too, but whenever I get an invite to a Christmas party I always want to bring something sweet. I would much rather make something at home and give it a personal touch than just pick up a package of premade cupcakes at the grocery store. When I came across this Christmas tree brownie recipe it looked so simple that I just had to give it a try. I picked up some Pillsbury™ Purely Simple™ Baking and Frosting Mixes at Publix and got creative this weekend. I think they turned out pretty darn cute! If you want to try this for yourself, check out The Dessert Debate for coupons before you shop!

The Pillsbury™ Purely Simple™ Baking and Frosting Mixes contain only simple ingredients. There are no colors, preservatives or artificial flavors in these mixes at all. You can choose from 5 different varieties of baking mixes or two different frosting flavors. The frosting is nothing like the other premade frostings I have tried. It comes in a dry, powder form and you add real butter and water before beating. It turns out incredibly fluffy and creamy!

When you bake these brownies, make sure to line the pan with overhanging parchment paper. That way, you can easily lift the brownies out of the pan once they are cool. Cutting and frosting them is much easier that way and you don't risk ruining your Christmas tree brownie recipe by having them get stuck in the pan!

This Christmas tree brownie recipe is incredibly simple. I came across a few that looked much more complicated that required dying the frosting and piping it on in a decorative fashion. Honestly, I was looking for simple and didn't really want to add food dye so I went with this version instead. Leave plenty of time to let the brownies cool before frosting them or your frosting will melt!

When you have the brownies out of the pan, you will need to cut them into triangles. Some of you may be better at Geometry than I am but I figured out how to get MOST of them to look like proper triangular Christmas trees. I cut the brownies in three rows and each row was cut into multiple triangles. You can sortof see the pattern below if you want to follow what I did.

After you have your triangles, you just need to decide how you want to decorate your Christmas tree brownies. I had some snowflake sprinkles, candy canes and yellow M&Ms for stars. You can get as creative or as simple as you want. This also makes a fun activity for classroom parties. Just hand children a triangular brownie and some 'decorations' and see what they create!

This Christmas tree brownie recipe was incredibly simple to make and they were a big hit with the kids. Since you start with a packaged brownie and frosting mix, it isn't hugely time consuming, which I appreciate during the chaotic holidays. The creative design, however, makes your holiday party contribution unique and festive!


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