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Christmas Tree Brownies

 Christmas Tree Brownies
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
18 ServingsPrep: 30 min. Bake: 25 min. + cooling

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

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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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.