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Christmas Tree Brownies Recipe

Christmas Tree Brownies Recipe

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 YIELD:18 servings

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 4 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped
  • 3 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

Directions

  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

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