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Gift-Wrapped Brownies Recipe

Gift-Wrapped Brownies Recipe

With bright green and red frosting "ribbon" piped on top, these chocolaty "packages" are a pretty addition to any holiday gathering. They'll make a sweet gift for everyone on your Christmas list!
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling YIELD:30 servings

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 4 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract, divided
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • Red and green food coloring

Directions

  • 1. In a microwave, melt shortening and chocolate; stir until smooth. Set aside. In a large bowl, beat eggs, sugar and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Gradually add the flour, nuts, salt, baking powder and chocolate mixture.
  • 2. Pour into a greased 8-in. square baking pan. Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack. Cut into 2-in. x 1-in. rectangles; remove from pan.
  • 3. In a large bowl, beat the confectioners' sugar, cream and remaining vanilla until smooth; set half aside. Spread remaining frosting over top of brownies. Tint half of the reserved frosting red and half green.
  • 4. Cut a small hole in the corner of two plastic or pastry bags; fill one bag with red frosting and one with green. Insert pastry tip if desired. To decorate, pipe ribbon and bows on brownies or create designs of your choice. Yield: 2-1/2 dozen.

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 each) equals 126 calories, 6 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 24 mg cholesterol, 53 mg sodium, 17 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 1 g protein.