Holiday Brownies Recipe and Decorating Tips

Last Updated on April 9, 2022 by ellen


Check out this holiday brownies recipe and learn how to make Christmas brownies. They make a wonderful gift for everyone on your gift list this year.

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The holidays are a great time to spend with family and friends, but also the busiest time of year. These Christmas brownie decorating tips make a simple dessert festive.

Check out this holiday brownies recipe and learn how to make Christmas brownies. They make a wonderful gift for everyone on your gift list this year. The holidays are a great time to spend with family and friends, but also the busiest time of year. These Christmas brownie decorating tips make a simple dessert festive. Holiday Brownies Recipe These brownies will make sharing holiday treats easy and fun for you and the kids! With this recipe, you'll be able to bake up a batch in no time at all. How about an easy dessert that's perfect for Christmas? This is one of my favorite recipes because it looks so festive when decorated. The best part is these sweet treats only take a few minutes to prepare! And they're sure to impress everyone at the party. So don't wait until Christmas Eve to try out this delicious recipe!

Holiday Brownies Recipe

These brownies will make sharing holiday treats easy and fun for you and the kids! With this recipe, you’ll be able to bake up a batch in no time at all.

How about an easy dessert that’s perfect for Christmas? This is one of my favorite recipes because it looks so festive when decorated. The best part is these sweet treats only take a few minutes to prepare! And they’re sure to impress everyone at the party. So don’t wait until Christmas Eve to try out this delicious recipe!

You can make these Christmas brownies from a box mix if you prefer. Decorating them will work just the same as if you make the recipe from scratch. You will want to get a piping bag.

Holiday Brownies Recipe Ingredients

  • ½ cup butter
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla or peppermint extract
  • â…“ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder

brownies in a pan next to bowls of decorative items

How to make holiday brownies

  • Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease an 8″ square baking dish. 
  • Melt the butter and turn off the heat. 
  • Slowly stir in the sugar, eggs, and vanilla.
  • Beat in the dry ingredients.
  • Bake for 25 to 30 minutes. Do not overcook.

For holiday peppermint brownies, add a few drops of peppermint extract to the batter of frosting. Don’t forget to get some Christmas sprinkles.

What can I add to brownie batter?

This Christmas brownie recipe makes a wonderful base for many Christmas treats.

Just stir in one of the following:

  • 1/2 cup finely chopped pecans (or walnuts)
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped dried cranberries or cherries (optional)
  • 1 1/2 cups miniature chocolate chips (or chopped candy canes)
  • 3/4 cup raisins (optional)
  • 1 cup flaked coconut (sweetened or unsweetened)

triangle shaped brownies in a container

How do you cut brownies?

Use a sharp knife to divide the brownies into individual portions. If you want square-shaped pieces, use a ruler and mark lines (every 1/2 inch or so) on the top of the frosted brownie. Then score by making lines at right angles across these lines to make squares. Use a knife to cut along the lines.

decorating holiday tree brownies

How to make holiday tree brownies

Cut each brownie in a triangle shape so that it resembles a Christmas tree. Then use green frosting and a star-shaped tip to decorate the brownies.

If you’d rather not frost the entire brownie, you can use a frosting bag to make lines to resemble tinsel. Get creative with red, green, and white. Don’t forget to add the star on top.

Easy Christmas present brownies

Cut the brownies in squares and frost all over with white frosting. Then, use a piping bag with red frosting to make a cross that resembles a bow. You can add festive sprinkles or crushed candy canes on top as well.

Your kids will love decorating brownies with you this year! And these tasty treats are sure to be a hit at the holiday party. So get your kids in the kitchen and celebrate Christmas baking style.

decorating snowman brownies

Snowman brownies

Cut the brownies into triangles. Then, pipe white frosting over the bottom two-thirds of the brownie with the tip pointing up. Add tiny candies for the buttons and a sliver of orange peel for the nose. Or, use orange frosting instead.

decorating brownies to look like reindeer

Reindeer brownies

Cut the brownies into triangles with the wide part at the top. Create eyes with white frosting. Use food dye to color the center of the eye. And, you can use pretzels for the ears. For the nose, you can use a red candy or more frosting.

What You Need to Make Holiday Brownies

You only need a few simple things for this holiday brownies recipe.

  • Large pan
  • Whisk
  • Wooden spoon
  • 8×8 baking pan

Holiday Brownies Recipe and Decorating Tips

How to package brownies

Presentation counts when you are sending holiday brownies to friends, neighbors, or co-workers. Wrapping brownies in festive gift wrap is a great way to show that you have put some extra thought into your gift! Here’s how to wrap four dozen brownies for an office party, neighbor gift, or special delivery:

Use a large piece of festive wrapping paper for the base of your gift. Then cover the brownies with cellophane and secure them with a ribbon or bow. You can also attach sheer ribbons to each end of the jelly roll pan before you put the brownies in it.

If you can’t find festive wrapping paper, you can use white or lightly patterned paper and attach colored ribbons to the corners of the brownies.

For an extra special touch, use a paper punch to make tiny cut-outs then attach them to the box with your festive ribbons. Or, these holiday boxes work quite well.

Check out this holiday brownies recipe and learn how to make Christmas brownies. They make a wonderful gift for everyone on your gift list this year.

Tip: Brownies keep for about three days at room temperature and one month in the freezer if they are wrapped tightly enough. You can also frost brownies weeks ahead of time and freeze them until you are ready to deliver them. It’s easy to make this holiday brownies recipe ahead of time.

Note: the peppermint extract will make the frosting white, not red. If you are looking for a red frosting, add a few drops of food coloring instead.

Christmas tree brownies are all decked out for the holidays!

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Yield: 4

Holiday Brownies Recipe

Check out this holiday brownies recipe and learn how to make Christmas brownies. They make a wonderful gift for everyone on your gift list this year.

Check out this holiday brownies recipe and learn how to make Christmas brownies. They make a wonderful gift for everyone on your gift list this year.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Additional Time 25 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • ½ cup butter
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla or peppermint extract
  • ⅓ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder

Instructions

  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease an 8″ square baking dish. 
  2. Melt the butter and turn off the heat. 
  3. Slowly stir in the sugar, eggs, and vanilla.
  4. Beat in the dry ingredients.
  5. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes. Do not overcook.
  6. Cut and decorate.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 349Total Fat: 17gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 103mgSodium: 254mgCarbohydrates: 44gFiber: 1gSugar: 34gProtein: 4g

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