Move over sugar cookies, the traditional brownie is here to show off with sweet frosting and candy decorations just in time for the Christmas season! I used the Best Brownies recipe and 1/2 of the Special Buttercream Frosting recipe on this site. I do not suggest using different recipes.


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45 mins
25 mins
1 hr 10 mins
8 brownies


Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified


Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour an 8-inch square pan.

  • Melt butter in a large saucepan. Remove from heat and stir in sugar, eggs, and vanilla. Beat in flour, cocoa powder, salt, and baking powder. Spread batter into the prepared pan.

  • Bake in preheated oven for 25 to 30 minutes. Do not overcook. Remove from the oven and let cool on a wire rack for at least 20 minutes.

  • Meanwhile cream shortening for frosting until fluffy. Gradually add confectioner's sugar and continue beating until creamy and well blended. Add 3 ounces cream, vanilla, and salt and blend on low speed until moistened. Add up to 1 more ounce cream if necessary. Beat on high speed until frosting is fluffy.

  • Transfer 1/2 of the frosting into another bowl and mix in green gel food coloring to get your preferred shade of green.

  • Use a tree-shaped cookie cutter to cut out 8 Christmas trees from the pan of cooled brownies.

  • Pipe green and white frostings onto cooled brownies to look like snow-covered trees. Decorate with candies.

Cook's Notes:

You may get more trees if you use a knife to cut out the Christmas trees, instead of a cookie cutter.

Use candy decorations such as white jimmies, silver dragées, and miniature candy-coated chocolate pieces (such as M&M's(R)).

Nutrition Facts

765 calories; protein 3.4g; carbohydrates 95.9g; fat 43.1g; cholesterol 92.3mg; sodium 185.5mg. Full Nutrition