Christmas Tree Brownies Recipe
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Christmas Tree Brownies Recipe

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My son, Jeremy, is 36 but acts as if he's 5 when he sees these brownies—I've been making them for more than 30 years! My daughter, Jayme, and my four grandchildren love them, too. If you're short on time, a boxed mix works just fine. —Jeannine Schneider, Fremont, California
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 25 min. + cooling
MAKES:18 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 25 min. + cooling
MAKES: 18 servings


  • 3/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 4 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 can (16 ounces) vanilla frosting
  • Green paste food coloring, optional
  • Assorted nonpareils

Nutritional Facts

1 brownie: 286 calories, 13g fat (7g saturated fat), 41mg cholesterol, 145mg sodium, 41g carbohydrate (33g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein .


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Line a 13x9-in. baking pan with foil, letting ends extend up sides; grease foil. In a microwave, melt butter and chocolate; stir until smooth. Cool slightly. In a large bowl, beat eggs, sugar and salt. Stir in vanilla and chocolate mixture. Gradually add flour, mixing well.
  2. Spread into prepared pan. Bake 25-30 minutes or until brownie begins to pull away from sides of pan. Cool completely in pan on a wire rack.
  3. Lifting with foil, remove brownie from pan. Cut brownie to form a tree (save trimmings for another use). If desired, tint frosting green. Frost tree; decorate as desired. Store in an airtight container. Yield: 1 tree.
Originally published as Christmas Tree Brownies in Taste of Home December 2013

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brownma 215603
Reviewed Dec. 22, 2014

"Jaymehale , I would appreciate having the original recipe. Please post it, if you don't mind.

Have a very Merry Christmas!"

roslynrosebud 133606
Reviewed Feb. 7, 2014


efwynne 195292
Reviewed Dec. 31, 2013

"This brownie tree recipe was a big hit with everyone!!! My daughter had the most fun adding candy decorations!! I'll be adding this recipe to our holiday treats!"

havingfunwithmyfamily 133858
Reviewed Dec. 21, 2013

"These are simple, and delicious. I made the Rudolph version for my kids! That version is in the Taste of Home Magazine/December 2013 edition. If you can't find the candy eyes, you can use white candies, and dab a little black gel frosting onto the centers!"

Jaymehale 124095
Reviewed Nov. 17, 2013

"I wish Taste of Home had posted my mom's actual recipe because it is a family favorite. I'm a bit disappointed that they changed the name, the pic, and a few of the ingredients because her brownies are great the way she makes them."

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