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Christmas Brownies

Celebrate the season with a crowd-friendly recipe for Christmas Brownies drizzled with chocolate and studded with sprinkles.

A view of Christmas Brownies drizzled with chocolate and topped with sprinkles

A view of Christmas Brownies drizzled with chocolate and topped with sprinkles

We have been down this Christmas tree-shaped foods road before, not once, not twice, but three previous times. But why stop there?

One of the all-time most popular desserts is getting a festive upgrade in the form of rich and fudgy Christmas Brownies.

Melted butter and semisweet chocolate in a saucepan

Melted butter and semisweet chocolate in a saucepan

The setup on this one couldn’t be more simple: Homemade brownie batter is baked, cooled and then sliced into a seasonal spin on a dessert favorite.

But we can’t stop there! 

Melted chocolate, white sugar and brown sugar in a glass bowl

Melted chocolate, white sugar and brown sugar in a glass bowl

Once the brownies are cooled, they’re then cut into wedges to resemble trees. A drizzle of chocolate and a shower of sprinkles are the ultimate final touches on these edible trees.

A baked tray of brownies sliced into wedges

A baked tray of brownies sliced into wedges

If you’re looking for a sweet treat that does double duty as dessert and tabletop décor then it’s Christmas Brownies for all!

A view of Christmas Brownies drizzled with chocolate

A view of Christmas Brownies drizzled with chocolate

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Christmas Brownies

For the brownies:

  • Cooking spray
  • 8
    oz.
    semisweet chocolate, roughly chopped
  • 1
    cup
    (2 sticks) unsalted butter
  • 2
    Tablespoons
    vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4
    cups
    white sugar
  • 3/4
    cup
    packed light brown sugar
  • 6
    large eggs
  • 1/2
    cup
    sour cream
  • 2
    cups
    all-purpose flour
  • 1/4
    cup
    unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1
    teaspoon
    baking powder
  • 1/2
    teaspoon
    kosher salt
  • 1
    cup
    semisweet chocolate chips

For decorating:

  • 1/2
    cup
    semisweet chocolate chips
  • Sprinkles

Make the brownies:

Preheat the oven to 325°F. Line a 15x10x1-inch baking pan with foil. Grease the foil with cooking spray.

Add the semisweet chocolate and butter to a medium saucepan set over low heat. Cook, stirring occasionally, until melted. Stir in the vanilla extract then add the mixture to the bowl of a stand mixer.

Add the white sugar and brown sugar and beat for 2 minutes. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating between each addition. Beat in the sour cream. 

In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt. Add the dry mixture to the wet mixture and beat just until combined.

Stir in the chocolate chips then transfer the batter to the prepared baking pan, spreading it into an even layer.

Bake the brownies until they are cooked through, 30 to 35 minutes. 

Remove the brownies from the oven and let them cool completely in the pan.

Once the brownies have cooled completely, place a cutting board on top of them then invert the baking pan. (Alternately, you can cut the brownies directly in the pan.)

Slice the brownies in half lengthwise to form two long rectangles. Slice each rectangle into wedges to form “trees.” 

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Transfer the brownies to the baking sheet.

Decorate the brownies:

Melt the chocolate chips in a microwave-safe bowl on 30-second increments, stirring between each increment until smooth.

Drizzle the melted chocolate on the brownies, then immediately top them with sprinkles. (Alternately, transfer the melted chocolate to a piping bag, snip off the tip and pipe the chocolate atop the brownies.) Serve immediately or store, covered, at room temperature.

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Nutrition Facts

Christmas Brownies

Amount Per Serving

Calories 352
Calories from Fat 171

% Daily Value*

Fat 19g29%

Saturated Fat 11g69%

Cholesterol 71mg24%

Sodium 80mg3%

Potassium 212mg6%

Carbohydrates 40g13%

Fiber 2g8%

Sugar 27g30%

Protein 4g8%

Vitamin A 364IU7%

Vitamin C 1mg1%

Calcium 46mg5%

Iron 2mg11%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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