About Christmas Tree Brownies
Holidays are the perfect time to have a little fun, and what better fun is there than fun with food? It’s a win-win!
These Christmas tree brownies are not only extremely festive for Christmas, but are deceptively easy to make. All you need is a good brownie recipe (check), some frosting (double check), and a motivation to decorate (triple check).
Can Christmas tree brownies be made in advance?
Yes, they totally can!
Once prepared and stored in a sealed container in the refrigerator, these holiday treats should two to four days in the refrigerator. For best results, aim to refrigerate them no longer than two days.
Can you freeze Christmas tree brownies?
The answer to this question is yes, but with some stipulations. The two main parts of this recipe (the brownie and the frosting) should be prepared and frozen separately for best results.
The undecorated brownie base and the buttercream frosting can be frozen in separate sealed containers or freezer bags for up to three months.
What type of food coloring should you use?
This can come down to personal preference between liquid, gel, etc (you can read more about the different types of food coloring and when to use them here) but the true goal is getting the right color.
The color photographed in these pictures is gel food coloring in “irish green.” Using this color or any color that makes a reference to a plant (leaf, forest, etc) should get you a color that will be festive enough for these Christmas tree brownies.
How to make Christmas tree brownies
This next part is only a photo tutorial of the recipe steps. If you’re looking for the full recipe measurements and instructions, scroll down to Recipe Details.
Step 1 – Get ready to bake by spraying a 9×13 baking dish with cooking spray. Be generous with the spray; you’ll need the whole, uncut brownie to slide out of the baking dish in order to cut the Christmas tree shapes.
Step 2 – Using a stand mixer (or hand mixer and a large bowl), whip together the egg and sugar, then mix in the flour, heavy whipping cream, cocoa powder, vegetable oil, and baking soda until combined into a thin batter.
Step 3 – Pour the batter into the prepared baking dish, making sure the top is level.
Step 4 – Bake!
Step 5 – Let the brownies cool for at least one hour before attempting to remove them from the pan. When ready, drape a towel over the top of the baking dish, then hold the towel to the top of the brownies while you gently flip the dish over. Place the dish on a flat surface and gently shake until the brownie releases from the dish.
Step 6 – When ready to decorate, whip up the frosting by mixing the butter, powdered sugar, heavy whipping cream, vanilla extract, and green food coloring.
Step 7 – Add the frosting to a pastry bag (or a ZipLoc bag with the corner cut out) and get to assembling! Cut the brownie into triangle shapes. If the brownie is thick enough, you can cut them in half to double the amount of Christmas trees you can make (but it’s not required). Insert a paper straw in the bottom of the triangles, then decorate the trees with frosting and Christmas sprinkles.
Step 8 – Chill the Christmas tree brownies for at least one hour before serving.
Step 9 – Enjoy!
Christmas Tree Brownies
For the Chocolate Brownies
Pause mixing and add the self-rising flour, heavy whipping cream, cocoa powder, vegetable oil, and baking soda. Mix ingredients together on medium speed until combined, about 3 to 5 minutes.
Pour brownie batter into the prepared baking dish, smoothing out into an even layer if needed.
Bake brownies for 45 minutes or until a tester toothpick comes out clean with no crumbs.
Let brownies cool completely in pan until ready to decorate (about 1 hour).
For the Buttercream Frosting
While brownies cool, using a stand mixer (or hand mixer + large bowl), whip the butter on medium speed until fluffy, about 3 to 5 minutes.
Drop mixer speed to low and add powdered sugar in small batches, mixing inbetween.
Add the heavy cream, vanilla extract, and green food coloring. Whip until color of frosting is bright and consistent.
Putting it All Together
Remove brownie from baking dish (Tip: lay a large towel over the top of the baking dish, then press a hand on the top of the towel while carefully flipping the dish over. Place dish on top of the towel on a flat surface, gently shaking the dish until brownie releases on to the towel.)
Cut the brownie into triangles. You can do this by hand or use a cookie cutter or stencil. If desired (and if brownie is thick enough) you can cut the thickness of each brownie triangle in half, doubling the number of brownie trees you can create.
Insert a paper straw into the bottom center of each brownie triangle.
Refrigerate Christmas tree brownies for at least one hour before serving.
552kcal | Fat: 38g | Saturated fat: 26g | Cholesterol: 130mg | Sodium: 230mg | Potassium: 154mg | Carbohydrates: 51g | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 34g | Protein: 6g | Vitamin A: 773% | Vitamin C: 1% | Calcium: 36% | Iron: 1%