Simple to make and decorate, these red, white, and blue brownie stars are made with a tried-and-true brownie recipe and topped with candy melts and sprinkles.

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About Red, White, and Blue Brownie Stars

Need an easy dessert to serve at your next patriotic-themed party? Look no further than these festive red, white, and blue brownie stars!

They’re made with a tried-and-true brownie recipe and topped with melted candy and sprinkles. Simple to make, fun to serve, and delicious to eat!

What tools do you need to make brownie stars?

What’s in red, white, and blue brownie stars?

  • Baked brownies – You can either follow the recipe listed here OR you can make homemade brownies or box brownies. Use whatever you prefer.
  • Candy melts – You can either use colorful candy melts or use white melts and jazz them up with food coloring.
  • Red, White, and Blue Sprinkles – From fun shapes to standard jimmies, use any type of festive sprinkles that you’d like!

Can you use boxed brownie mix instead?

In a hurry and need brownies fast? No problem! Feel free to use boxed brownie mix (or even store-bought brownies) for this easy party dessert.

What type of candy melts should you use?

Candy melts (also called melting wafters) are pretty common – you can find them in the baking supply area, and they’re small, flat disks, typically sold by the bag – but I do think there are significant differences in quality depending on the brand of candy melts you buy.

Wilton is by far the most common brand of candy melt, and they are sold in a variety of colors. This makes them a popular pick, since you can buy the exact color you need and can get right to crafting your creepy treats. Wilton is simple and easy.

However, I’ve not been impressed with the quality of Wilton candy melts. These candy melts cool fast, which means it becomes thick and harder to use long before you’ve coated all your treats. This leads to them being reheated and the texture of the melts becomes a little more “iffy” each time.

Given the above, I would highly recommend picking up Ghirardelli brand candy melts instead. These are my favorite candy melts to work with due to the superior quality and taste.

Top down view of a plate full of decorated brownie stars.

Do you have to let the brownies set?

After baking the brownies, this recipe recommends waiting a few hours (overnight or up to 24 hours) before cutting out the brownie stars. This is to give the brownies time to “set,” which makes them easier to cut and handle.

You could potentially cut the brownies immediately after they’re cooled, but I do not recommend it. The stars may stick and fall apart in the cookie cutter.

Can you make this in advance?

Yes, they totally can!

Once prepared and stored in a sealed container, brownie stars can be stored for two to four days on the counter. For best results of a good first impression, aim to make them no longer than two days in advance.

How long are brownie stars good for?

Once prepared and stored in a sealed container, these reindeer brownies should last for up to four days.

Can you freeze these brownies?

Certainly!

Once prepared and decorated, these festive brownies can be stored in a sealed container or freezer bag for up to three months.

Notes & tips for brownie stars

  • Get creative with decorating! This recipe uses red and white candy melts, but feel free to also use blue (or any combination of red, white, and blue). You could skip the sprinkles and only use candy melts. Or if you’d like to only use sprinkles, top the wet brownie batter with them before baking.
Hand holding up a red, white, and blue decorated brownie star.

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How to make red, white, and blue brownie stars

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 – Start off by melting the butter and chocolate together until smooth, then whisk in the vegetable oil.

Step 2 – In another bowl, add the granulated sugar, brown sugar, vanilla, salt, whole eggs, and egg yolks. Whisk until combined.

Step 3 – Gently mix the melted chocolate, flour, and cocoa into the sugar mixture until just combined.

Step 4 – Pour the batter into a 9×13 baking dish sprayed with cooking spray and smooth it out into an even layer.

Step 5 – Bake!

Step 6 – Allow the brownies to cool, then cover and let set overnight.

Step 7 – Use a star-shaped cookie cutter to cut out brownie stars, then place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Melt the red and white candy melts, then drizzle them over the brownie stars. Top with festive sprinkles while the candy is still wet.

Step 8 – Allow candy melts to dry completely before serving.

Step 9 – Serve and enjoy!

Recipe Details

Two decorated brownie stars stacked and propped up against a plate with more brownie stars in the background.
5 from 1 vote

Red, White, and Blue Brownie Stars

20 mins prep + 35 mins cook + 12 hrs Setting Time
380 kcal
Yields: 15 brownie stars
Simple to make and decorate, these red, white, and blue brownie stars are made with a tried-and-true brownie recipe and topped with candy melts and sprinkles.

Ingredients 

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Generously spray a 9×13 baking dish with cooking spray, then set aside. NOTE: For easier removal, you can line the baking dish with parchment paper or aluminum foil before spraying with cooking spray.
  • In a microwave-safe bowl, add the butter and chocolate. Heat bowl in the microwave for 1 minute, then stir. Continue to heat for 30 second increments until chocolate is smooth. Be careful not to burn the chocolate!
    1/2 cup unsalted butter, 8 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • Add vegetable oil to the melted chocolate, then whisk well. Set bowl aside.
    1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • In a large bowl, add the granulated sugar, brown sugar, vanilla, salt, whole eggs, and egg yolks. Use a whisk to mix ingredients together until combined.
    1 cup granulated sugar, 1 cup light brown sugar, 2 teaspoons vanilla extract, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 2 large eggs, 2 egg yolks
  • Add the melted chocolate, flour, and cocoa to the sugar mixture, then use a spatula to gently fold ingredients together until just combined.
    1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour, 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • Pour batter into the prepared baking dish, smoothing out the top into a single layer.
  • Bake for 35 minutes or until a toothpick tester comes out clean with no crumbs.
  • Allow brownies to cool. Cover brownies and let set overnight or up to 24 hours.
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Use a small star-shaped cookie cutter to cut out star shapes in the baked brownie. Repeat this step until you've formed all the brownie stars.
  • When ready to decorate, add white candy melts and red candy melts into two separate microwave-safe bowls. Microwave for 30 second intervals, stirring in between, until both colors of candy are smooth.
    1 cup white candy melts, 1 cup red candy melts
  • Using a spoon or fork, drizzle melted candy across the brownie stars in decorative patterns. Top the brownie starts with red, white, and blue sprinkles while the melted candy is still wet
    red, white, and blue sprinkles
  • Allow melted candy to set completely, about 30 minutes.
  • Serve immediately.

Nutrition

Serving: 1brownie star | Calories: 380kcal | Carbohydrates: 56g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 43mg | Sodium: 99mg | Potassium: 144mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 45g | Vitamin A: 231IU | Calcium: 30mg | Iron: 2mg

I do my best to provide nutrition information, but please keep in mind that I’m not a certified nutritionist. Any nutritional information discussed or disclosed in this post should only be seen as my best amateur estimates of the correct values.

Author: Chrisy