A simple festive bake: easy chocolate brownies + fun decorations = cute edible Christmas trees!
I was searching online of easy Christmas bakes and kept seeing pictures of triangular brownies made into cute Christmas trees by adding some green icing and sprinkles. I decided to give it a try using one of my own chocolate brownie recipes.
Ingredients (makes 12-16 Christmas tree brownies)
- 3 eggs
- 250 g / 9 oz caster sugar
- 200 g / 7 oz butter
- 200 g / 7 oz dark chocolate
- 110 g / 4 oz plain flour
- 0.5 tsp baking powder
- 0.5 tsp vanilla extract
- 4-5 tablespoons icing sugar, sieved
- Green food colouring
- Various sugar sprinkles (hundreds and thousands, stars, snowflakes, whatever you like!)
- Optional mini candy canes for the tree trunks
Pre-heat the oven to 180 degrees C (160 fan)/ Gas Mark 4 / 350 degrees F. Grease and line a brownie tin or square/rectangular baking tin with greaseproof paper. My tin measures 24 x 20 x 4 cm (approx. 9.5 x 8 x 2 inches).
Beat the eggs, caster sugar and vanilla extract together in a large bowl.
In a heatproof bowl, melt together the butter and chocolate. You can do this by putting them in a bowl over a pan of simmering water. Alternatively, use the microwave. If you do this, make sure to go slowly. I start with one 30-second burst, stir, another 30-second burst, etc. until the mixture is smooth.
Pour the slightly cooled chocolate mixture into the egg mixture and stir to combine. Fold the flour and baking powder into the wet ingredients. Give the bottom of the bowl a good scrape to check you haven’t missed any pockets of flour.
Pour the chocolate brownie mixture into your prepared tin:
Bake for 20-25 minutes. The mixture shouldn’t wobble if properly cooked. A skewer or knife inserted into the middle should come out with a little gooey mixture on it, but it shouldn’t be liquid. Leave the brownies to cool in the tray for 5-10 minutes before transferring to a wire cooling rack.
Making the Christmas trees
Put your chocolate brownie slab onto a chopping board and cut it into triangles – you can make them as large or small as you like.
Break up the candy canes into short lengths (about 5 cm/2 inches will be fine) and push them into the bottom of the brownie triangles to form the tree trunks. This is an optional step.
Make up some green water icing. You won’t need a lot and I made way too much. I would start with 4-5 heaped tablespoons of icing sugar. Add water to the icing sugar a teaspoon at a time, stirring between additions until you have a thick white icing. It needs to be quite thick or it will run straight off your brownies. In fact, mine should have been a little thicker.
Add green food colouring to your icing and stir through until you have an even tone. Put the icing into a freezer bag and snip off the corner leaving a small hole. Drizzle the green icing in a zigzag from the top of each triangle to the bottom.
Add the sugar decorations you like while the icing is still wet. Leave to set.
The brownies will keep in an airtight container stored in a cool, dry place for at least a week.
A lovely festive treat which goes nicely with a hot cup of tea!
Looking for some other Christmas recipes? Try these!