Easy Brownie Christmas Trees
These festive brownies are the perfect Christmas dessert recipe!
So this holiday season, with so much going on, we are keeping things simple. I’ve recently been on a brainstorming wave, thinking of easy desserts for Christmas and these Brownie Christmas Trees fit the bill.
I’m prepping edible treats for Christmas that I can drop off to family members. I already have my Sugar Cookie Truffles and Gingerbread Cookie Truffles ready and stored in the freezer.
And this easy brownie recipe came to me after sorting through my holiday cookie cutters. Finally, some cute ideas for brownies popped into my head.
Mini Christmas desserts are always fun to make especially when you can save on time and use some store-bought items.
If you have a family favorite brownie recipe, feel free to use it but today I’m keeping things super simple and using good old Betty Crocker Brownie Mix.
Ingredients for Brownie Christmas Trees
- 1 box Brownie mix
- 1 tub Whipped buttercream frosting (You can use regular vanilla)
- Green food coloring gel or drops
- Round multi-colored sprinkles
- Small candy canes
- Sugar pearls or Stars (optional)
Instructions for Christmas Brownie Trees
- Prepare your brownie batter according to the package’s directions.
- Line an 8″x8″ or 9″x9″ baking pan/pyrex with parchment paper/foil after greasing the bottom and sides of the dish with cooking spray or other.
- Bake brownies according to the directions and allow to cool afterward for a minimum of 2 hours. I suggest lifting the brownies (with the parchment paper) from the pan after 30 minutes and allowing them to cool the remaining 1.5 hours on a cooling rack.
- Gently remove the parchment paper or aluminum foil. Cut your brownie square into 3 equal rows. Then using a sharp knife, carefully cut each row in alternating diagonals to make triangles. Don’t rush this step, brownies are delicate. I managed to get 12 brownie trees.
- In a small bowl mix in your food coloring gel paste or drops into half the whipped buttercream frosting. Add food coloring until the desired color is obtained. My leaf green Wilton soft gel paste did not require much.
- Unwrap your small candy canes and using your hands or a sharp knife, break off the candy cane hook, leaving just the straight portion.
- Insert the sharpest part into the base of your brownie Christmas tree.
- Transfer your buttercream into a piping bag, piping gun, or a ziplock baggy.
- Start at the top of your brownie tree and work your way down squeezing your buttercream icing in a zigzag fashion.
- Add your multi-colored sprinkles onto your buttercream in a similar pattern.
- Add some sugar pearls to the top of each brownie tree.
Note: I inserted my candy cane stems after frosting my trees but I suggest following my instructions above, it’s easier to it beforehand.
Get ready to have some fun and enjoy these delicious brownie Christmas Trees, they are the perfect dessert to decorate with kids.
Dutch is the author of Vanilla Nomad, Monday’s Not Coming, and Let Me Hear a Rhyme. A professional chef by day, and novelist by night. She received her bachelor of arts in film from Kingsborough Community College and her master of cooking from the New School. A Brooklyn native; she is a lover of naps, cookie dough, and beaches. Currently residing in the borough she loves, most likely multitasking. You can visit her online at https://vanillanomad.com