Christmas Tree Brownies

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Christmas Tree Brownies are a festive twist on traditional brownies. They are cut into triangle shapes to resemble Christmas trees. After baking you have all the fun of decorating. The end result is a fun and festive treat that’s perfect for the holiday season! 

An adorable and festive Christmas tree brownie .

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What Box Brownie is best?

Ghirardelli Dark Chocolate Premium Brownie Mix is the best overall brownie mix, and that the brownies are intensely chocolaty and almost taste homemade. However, you can use the brand that you like best.

Why This Christmas Tree Brownies Recipe is a Keeper

These brownies taste as good as they look because you make brownies that you love. Use your favorite box mix or recipe and then place anything on top of the brownies you like.

  • Brownies are the Perfect holiday treat: It takes only a few minutes to make and bake the brownie mix. Then cut into triangles to make the trees and decorate.
  • Easy Ingredients for Christmas Trees: A quick and easy treat as they are made with pantry staples.
  • Family Friendly: Kids love to make fun for kids to help make and everyone will love to eat this sweet treat.
  • Adaptable: Can make a low calorie or gluten-free mix for the brownies shaped like Christmas trees shape.

If you’re looking for more Christmas inspired recipes, try these Christmas Peppermint Cookies, Reindeer Christmas Brownies and Christmas Brownie Balls.

What is the difference between a cake brownie and a fudgy brownie?

A tray of the finished holiday chocolate treat.

Fudgy brownies are different from cakey brownies in their texture and flavor. They also use different ingredients. They are dense, moist, and rich in chocolate, with a shiny top.

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Ingredient Notes to Decorate Brownie Trees

Brownies, sprinkles and icing for the treat.

There are so many fun ways to make a fun holiday surprise or leave out for Santa with a glass of cold milk.

  • Brownie Mix: A box brownie mix. Bake the brownies per the package directions in an preheated oven. Brownies are done when a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  • Sprinkles: Star sprinkles or other fun sprinkles or granulated sugar for these Christmas brownie trees.

See the recipe card below for a complete list of the ingredients with measurements.

Variations and Substitutions for Christmas Homemade Brownies

Make the easy mix, and pour into prepared pan and bake and then make diagonal cuts and let the fun begin.

  • Chocolate Chips: Throw some into the batter or use them on top of the frost of the tree.
  • Cooking variation: You can bake the brownies in baking pan that you line with parchment paper.
  • Blondie Brownie: Then add green food coloring.

How to Make Christmas Tree Brownies

If you love a little debbie brownie christmas tree, then you will love these amazingly easy chocolate brownie for your fun Christmas party.

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These are the basic steps for making this Christmas Tree Dessert. Refer to the full, printable recipe card below for detailed instructions.

Cutting out the shape.

STEP 1: Prepare the Brownie Batter and Pour into Prepared Pan

First, preheat the oven to 350 degrees f prepare the pan with cooking spray and then in a large bowl, prepare the boxed mix and pour batter into the prepared pan and bake your brownies per the package directions in a well greased or parchment paper lined pan. Bake for 25-30 minutes. Next, allow the brownies to cool completely, then refrigerate for 30-45 minutes to help making cutting and removing from the pan easier.

STEP 2: Remove from the Pan and Cut the Brownies into Triangles

Then remove the brownies from the refrigerator, and gently run a butterknife around the edges of the baking pan to help loosen the brownies and remove brownies from the pan. Next, set the entire round batch of brownies on a cutting board or platter, and use a sharp knife to cut the brownies into 8 triangles, the way to cut is to slice it like a pie.

STEP 3: Arrange the Christmas Brownie and Decorate with the Green Frosting

Arrange the triangles in a row, with the wider edge at the bottom to make decorating easier. Then snip off the end of your icing, and moving your hand in a zigzag motion, create a “tree” on the brownie tree.

Decorating the trees with sprinkles and icing.

STEP 4: Decorate the Triangle Tree with Christmas Sprinkles

Finally, decorate with sprinkles and add a tiny dot of icing to the bottom of a Reese’s miniature and secure it to the bottom of the brownie tree.

Recipe FAQs for Easy Christmas Tree Brownies

Of course, you can use a piece of a candy cane trunk or a pretzel stick. This is especially nice for people with peanut allergies.

Yes, you can use a variety of flavors, even try a blondie brownie and use green food coloring to dye the perfect green. You can even use fun food colors to make pink Barbie trees or white trees.

Indeed, you can use your own recipe and add some green food coloring gel, then add to a piping bag or even a plastic bag to pipe on the icing to the holiday dessert.

A tray of the christmas tree brownies.

Recipe Tips for Making This Christmas Recipe

This easy to follow food craft is wonderful for kids to help with, they love to put on the yellow star sprinkles, green candy or other fun decorations.

  • Don’t have a Piping Bag: Use a plastic bag or buy tubes of premade icing tubes.
  • Premade Brownies: If you do not want to use a boxed mix use a premade brownie.
  • Cool: Let the brownies cool completely before attempting the frosting.
  • Variation tip: Use a round cookie cutter and then decorate the brownies like Christmas ornaments.
An adorable and festive Christmas tree brownie .
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Christmas Tree Brownies

Yield: 8 servings
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 30 minutes
decorating: 10 minutes
Total: 55 minutes
Christmas Tree Brownies are a festive twist on traditional brownies. They are cut into triangle shapes to resemble Christmas trees. After baking you have all the fun of decorating. The end result is a fun and festive treat that’s perfect for the holiday season! 
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Equipment

Ingredients

  • 9 inch pan Baked brownies, prepare and bake according to your favorite recipe, or a box mix, in a 9 inch round pan
  • Green cookie icing
  • 8 Reese’s Miniatures, unwrapped
  • 2-3 tablespoons Sprinkles, holiday candies

Instructions

  • Prepare and bake your brownies in a very well greased 9 inch round pan. I used a box mix, and baked mine for 40 minutes.
  • Allow the brownies to cool completely, then refrigerate for 30-45 minutes to help making cutting and removing from the pan easier..
  • Remove the brownies from the refrigerator, and gently run a butterknife around the edges of the pan to help loosen the brownies. (This is why you need a very well greased pan, so this step is easy!) If needed, gently run your knife along the bottom edge of the pan too.
  • Set the entire round batch of brownies on a cutting board or platter, and use a sharp butcher knife to cup the brownies into 8 triangles, slicing it like a pie.
  • Arrange the triangles in a row, with the wider edge at the bottom to make decorating easier.
  • Snip off the end of your icing, and moving your hand in a zigzag motion, create a “tree” on the brownie.
  • Decorate with sprinkles.
  • Add a tiny dot of icing to the bottom of a Reese’s Miniature, and secure it to the bottom of the brownie tree.

Expert Tips

  • Don’t have a Piping Bag: Use a plastic bag or buy tubes of premade icing tubes.
  • Premade Brownies: If you do not want to use a boxed mix use a premade brownie.
  • Cool: Let the brownies cool completely before attempting the frosting.
  • Variation tip: Use a round cookie cutter and then decorate these brownies like Christmas ornaments.

Estimated Nutritional Information

Calories: 47kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 0.4mg | Sodium: 25mg | Potassium: 24mg | Fiber: 0.3g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 4IU | Vitamin C: 0.02mg | Calcium: 5mg | Iron: 0.1mg
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American

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