These Chocolate Christmas Tree Brownies are the perfect Christmas treat. They are so easy to make, yet kids absolutely love them. I came across the idea on Pinterest, but all of the recipes I found said to bake the brownies in a square cake tin, then awkwardly cut the brownies into Christmas tree shaped triangles. I decided it to try instead baking the brownie in a round cake tin, then simply cut the brownie into 8 wedge shaped slices, which are perfect Christmas tree shapes.
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If you have a favourite brownie recipe feel free to skip to the cutting and decorating section of the recipe. The brownie recipe I have included here is nice and easy, and tastes great. Like any brownie recipe, just be careful not to overcook it. I cooked mine for 30 minutes and my brownie was nice and fudgy in the centre, but feel free to cook it more or less depending on how you like your brownie.
To make the brownie, first preheat the oven to 160c. Line a round cake tin with baking paper and set aside. Add the butter and dark chocolate to a large microwave safe mixing bowl, and microwave until the butter and chocolate have melted. Mix until well combined. Next, add the eggs, white sugar, plain flour, cocoa powder and vanilla extract to the melted chocolate mixture and stir until smooth and well combined. Pour into the prepared cake tin and bake for 30 minutes. Set aside to cool completely.
Once the brownie has cooled, it;s time to make the icing. Add the icing sugar and boiling water to a small mixing bowl and mix until smooth, adding a little extra water if needed. Add the green food colouring and mix until evenly coloured. Either use a piping bag to ice the brownies, or do as I did and use a zip lock bag as a makeshift piping bag. Fill a small zip lock bag with the icing mixture, then zip the bag shut, removing any air as you do so. Snip a corner of the bag and pipe the icing onto the brownies. Snap off the bended part of the candy canes and stick the straight part of the candy canes into the bottom side of each brownie Christmas tree.
- 125g butter
- 125g dark chocolate
- 3 eggs
- 3/4 cup white sugar
- 3/4 cup plain flour
- 1/4 cup cocoa powder
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup icing sugar
- 1 tablespoon boiling water
- green food colouring
- 8 small candy canes
Preheat the oven to 160c. Line a round cake tin with baking paper and set aside.
Add the butter and dark chocolate to a large microwave safe mixing bowl and microwave until the chocolate and butter have melted. Stir until well combined.
Add the eggs, sugar, flour, cocoa powder and vanilla extract to the melted chocolate and stir until the mixture is smooth and well combined. Pour mixture into the prepared cake tin and bake for 30 minutes. Set aside to cool completely.
Once the brownie has cooled, remove from cake tin. Slice into 8 segments, as though you are cutting slices of cake.
Make the green icing by adding the icing sugar and boiling water to a small mixing bowl and stir until icing is smooth, adding a little extra water if needed. Add a small amount of the green food colouring and mix again until evenly coloured.
Transfer the icing to a small zip lock bag. Seal the bag and snip a corner of the bag, then pipe the icing through the sniped hole onto each brownie. Snap the curved part off each candy cane and insert the straight section into the bottom side of each candy cane brownie.