Christmas Brownie Trees

Details

Time
3 hours 15 minutes
Skill Level
Beginner
Yields
30 brownie trees

Need an easy holiday treat that puts the “glad” into glad tidings? These decorative chocolate brownie Christmas trees make the holidays brighter. Share your joy by wrapping in plastic, tying with a pretty ribbon and handing out to friends and coworkers.

Ingredients & Directions

Prep Time
37 minutes
Bake Time
38 minutes
Cool Time
2 hours

Ingredients

  • 21-30

    pretzel sticks, 3 inch

  • 1/2 cup

    Vanilla Frosting (homemade or ready-to-spread)

  • green food color

  • assorted sprinkles and small candy decorations

  • 21-30

    candy yellow stars

  • Fudgey Special Dark Brownies

  • 3/4 cup
  • 1/2 tsp

    baking soda

  • 2/3 cup

    butter or margarine, melted and divided

  • 1/2 cup

    boiling water

  • 2 cups

    sugar

  • 2

    eggs

  • 1-1/3 cups

    all-purpose flour

  • 1 tsp

    vanilla extract

  • 1/4 tsp

    salt

READY TO MAKE THE RECIPE?

Step-By-Step Directions

Equipment Needed 

13x9x2-inch baking pan
13x9x2-inch baking pan
pastry bag with tip
pastry bag with tip
cookie sheet
cookie sheet
knife & cutting board
knife & cutting board
wire rack
wire rack
toothpicks
toothpicks
wax paper & foil
wax paper & foil
microwave-safe bowl
microwave-safe bowl
1

Prepare Fudgey Special Dark Brownies; cool completely in pan. Tint frosting to desired shade of green; place in pastry bag with piping tip. Cover tip to prevent drying; set aside. Line tray or cookie sheet with wax paper.

2

Lift brownie from pan using foil as handles. Place on cutting board; peel back foil. Trim brownie edges; cut brownie lengthwise into 3 strips approximately 2-1/2 inches wide. Cut each strip into triangles (see diagram) or to get exactly 30 triangles follow directions below.

TIP

Directions given for 30 trees. Different sizes of triangles can be cut, but number of trees will be different.

3

Place reserved 1 tablespoon chocolate chips from brownie into small microwave-safe bowl. Microwave at Medium (50%) 15 seconds; stir. If necessary, microwave at Medium an additional 10 seconds at a time, stirring after each heating, until chips are melted and smooth when stirred. Dip tip of pretzel into melted chocolate; push into bottom of triangle brownie being careful not to push through top of brownie. Place on prepared tray.

4

Pipe frosting onto each triangle in tree-like pattern. Immediately add sprinkles or other toppings to decorate. Top with yellow candy star. Allow frosting and toppings to set. Store finished trees in one flat layer in cool, dry place.

Fudgey Special Dark Brownies:

  1. Heat oven to 350° F. Line 13x9x2-inch baking pan with foil, extending foil beyond sides of pan.
  2. Stir together cocoa and baking soda in large bowl; stir in 1/3 cup butter. Add boiling water; stir until mixture thickens. Stir in sugar, eggs and remaining 1/3 cup butter; stir until smooth. Add flour, vanilla and salt; blend completely. Set aside 1 tablespoon chocolate chips; stir remaining chips into batter. Pour into prepared pan.
  3. Bake 35 to 40 minutes or until brownie begins to pull away from sides of pan. Cool completely in pan on wire rack.

Directions To Cut 30 Triangles:

  1. Cut brownie into 3 strips as directed above.
  2. Working with one strip at a time and working from left to right, measure and place toothpick every two inches along bottom of strip. Repeat process on upper edge of strip, but work from the right toward the left.
  3. Starting at lower left corner of strip, connect corner to first mark from upper left side of strip; cut. Cut from that point to point 2 inches from bottom left. Repeat procedure until 10 triangles are cut.
  4. Repeat for remaining 2 brownie strips. Discard or nibble on end pieces.

Additional questions?