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This holiday season, these festive Christmas brownies with their rich chocolate, creamy icing, and fun sprinkles will delight family and friends.
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  2. How to Make This Christmas Brownies Recipe
  3. How To Serve
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These adorable Christmas brownies are made into the shape of Christmas trees for a fun and festive addition to the holidays. Rich, fudgy brownies create triangle trees and are topped with green buttercream frosting before being decorated with plenty of cheer.

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Christmas Brownies Ingredients

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You’ll need:

For the Brownies

  • 1 (18.3-ounce) boxed brownie mix, prepared according to box directions
  • 18 mini candy canes, hook removed (or 9 regular size candy canes, hook removed and broken in half)

For the Buttercream Frosting

  • ¼ cup salted sweet cream butter, softened
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable shortening 
  • ½ teaspoon clear vanilla flavoring 
  • ¼ teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 cups powdered sugar 
  • 2-3 tablespoons heavy cream 
  • 4-6 drops forest green food color (depending on how dark green you want) 
  • 12 candy star decorations (optional decoration) 
  • Multi-colored candy confetti (optional decoration) 
  • OR nonpareils (optional decoration) 

SUBSTITUTIONS AND ADDITIONS

STARS: If you cannot find the candy star decorations, you can use a large white or yellow nonpareil for the star on this holiday brownie.

FROSTING: You can substitute canned white frosting for the buttercream for these easy Christmas tree brownies. Simply tint the frosting with the green food color.

SANDING SUGAR: Sprinkling a little bit of sanding sugar to give the appearance of snow would be gorgeous. Red and green decorator’s sugar is also very pretty on this festive treat.BROWNIES: If you don’t want to use a box of brownie mix, you can replace it with your favorite homemade brownie recipe instead.

How to Make This Christmas Brownies Recipe

For the Brownies

STEP ONE: Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a 9×9-inch baking dish with a parchment paper “sling”. Spray the pan with baker’s spray (Baker’s Joy or generic version). Set it aside. 

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Lining the pan with parchment paper will allow you to lift the entire rectangle of baked brownies out of the pan for easier cutting once cooled. You can also grease the pan instead if you would prefer.

STEP TWO: Prepare the brownie batter according to the box directions. Bake for 25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes away clean. Allow the brownies to cool completely. 

PRO TIP:

Oven temperatures vary and may need to be recalibrated periodically to ensure they are accurate. Make sure to keep a close eye on your brownies as the suggested baking time approaches.

brownie batter poured into a baking dish

STEP THREE: Once the brownies have cooled, lift the brownies out of the pan with the paper sling.

STEP FOUR: Slice three rows diagonally, then slice alternating diagonals to make triangles.

PRO TIP:

The brownies must be completely cooled before slicing. Brownies will crumble if they are too warm when cut.

slice brownies into diagonally slices to make triangles on a wooden board

STEP FIVE: Insert the broken candy cane into the bottom of the tree for the tree trunk. 

broken candy cane place into the bottom of the brownie tree

For the Buttercream Frosting

STEP ONE: Using a medium bowl and a handheld mixer on medium-high, beat the butter and vegetable shortening for 1 minute. 

butter and vegetable shortening blended in a bowl

STEP TWO: Add the clear vanilla and almond extract and continue mixing until well incorporated. 

STEP THREE: Lower the mixer speed to low, and add the powdered sugar ½ cup at a time, alternating with the heavy cream. Once all the powdered sugar and cream have been added, increase the mixer speed to high and mix until smooth. 

vanilla, almond extract, and powdered sugar blended in a bowl

STEP FOUR: Add the green food coloring and continue mixing until the color is even and no green streaks remain. 

green coloring added to the vanilla mixture in a bowl

STEP FIVE: Fill either a decorator’s bag fitted with a star tip or a Ziploc with a small corner of the bag snipped off with the green frosting. 

decorated bag fitted with a star tip

Decorating The Trees

STEP ONE: Starting at the top tip of the triangle, hold the decorator’s bag about a ¼ inch above the brownie. Using even, slow, steady pressure, squeeze the decorator’s bag in a zigzag pattern from the tip to the bottom of the brownie.

using ziploc bag frost the brownie on a wooden board

STEP TWO: Place a candy star at the top tip of the tree. Decorate the rest of the tree with candy confetti or nonpareils. 

candy star and candy confetti placed on the tree

How To Serve

These cute Christmas tree brownies would make the perfect addition to any Christmas dessert table during the holiday season. Add them along with our Christmas pinwheels and reindeer pretzels.

Craving more chocolatey brownies? Our cheesecake brownies and Rolo brownies are two more decadent recipes to add to your recipe box.

Storage

ON THE COUNTER: Store any leftovers of these chocolate brownies in an airtight container at room temperature for 3 days.

IN THE FRIDGE: This delicious brownie recipe can also be stored in the refrigerator for 5 days. 

IN THE FREEZER: You can freeze the un-decorated trees for up to 2 months. Allow the brownie trees to thaw in the refrigerator overnight before decorating. 

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There’s no denying that Christmas is a time for indulging in sweet treats, and these rich brownies are certainly no exception! The chocolate fudge brownies create a perfect base for festive frosting and sprinkles.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Can I freeze these homemade brownies?

You can definitely freeze this easy recipe, but we do recommend waiting to decorate them until you are ready to serve. They can be kept in the freezer for up to three months.

Can I use store-bought frosting in place of the homemade one?

If you are looking for a quick shortcut for this simple recipe to save time, you can use store-bought frosting on top of these brownies and tint it with green food coloring.

Can I add chocolate chips or nuts to these brownies?

These festive Christmas tree brownies would be delicious with either chocolate chips or nuts mixed in.

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This holiday season, these festive Christmas brownies with their rich chocolate, creamy icing, and fun sprinkles will delight family and friends.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 25 minutes
Servings 12

Ingredients
  

Brownies

  • 18.3 ounces brownie mix, prepared according to box directions
  • 18 mini candy canes, hook removed (or 9 regular size candy canes, hook removed and broken in half)

Buttercream frosting

  • ¼ cup salted sweet cream butter, softened
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable shortening
  • ½ teaspoon clear vanilla flavoring
  • ¼ teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 4 to 6 drops forest green food color, depending on how dark green you want
  • 12 candy star decorations, optional decoration
  • Multi-colored candy confetti, optional decoration
  • nonpareils, optional decoration

Instructions
 

Brownies

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a 9×9-inch baking dish with a parchment paper “sling”. Spray the pan with baker’s spray (Baker’s Joy or generic version). Set it aside.
  • Prepare the brownie batter according to the box directions. Bake for 25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes away clean. Allow the brownies to cool completely.
  • Once the brownies have cooled, lift the brownies out of the pan with the paper sling.
  • Slice three rows diagonally, then slice alternating diagonals to make triangles.
  • Insert the broken candy cane into the bottom of the tree for the tree trunk.

Buttercream Frosting

  • Using a medium-sized mixing bowl and a handheld mixer on medium-high, beat the butter and vegetable shortening for 1 minute.
  • Add the clear vanilla and almond extract and continue mixing until well incorporated.
  • Lower the mixer speed to low, and add the powdered sugar ½ cup at a time, alternating with the heavy cream. Once all the powdered sugar and cream have been added, increase the mixer speed to high and mix until smooth.
  • Add the green food coloring and continue mixing until the color is even and no green streaks remain.
  • Fill either a decorator's bag fitted with a star tip, or a Ziploc with a small corner snipped off.

Decorating The Trees

  • Starting at the top tip of the triangle, hold the decorator’s bag about a ¼ inch above the brownie. Using even, slow, steady pressure, squeeze the decorator’s bag in a zigzag pattern from the tip to the bottom of the brownie.
  • Place a candy star at the top tip of the tree. Decorate the rest of the tree with candy confetti or nonpareils.

Notes

  • Lining the pan with parchment paper will allow you to lift the entire rectangle of baked brownies out of the pan for easier cutting once cooled. You can also grease the pan instead if you would prefer.
  • Oven temperatures vary and may need to be recalibrated periodically to ensure they are accurate. Make sure to keep a close eye on your brownies as the suggested baking time approaches.
  • The brownies must be completely cooled before slicing. Brownies will crumble if they are too warm when cut.

Nutrition

Calories: 432kcal | Carbohydrates: 79g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 0.4g | Cholesterol: 13mg | Sodium: 158mg | Potassium: 4mg | Sugar: 60g | Vitamin A: 155IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 3mg | Iron: 1mg
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