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Holiday Wreath Brownies

 Holiday Wreath Brownies
My son, Jeremy, 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


  • 3/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 4 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 can (16 ounces) vanilla frosting
  • Green paste food coloring
  • Assorted nonpareils and AirHeads Xtremes Sour Belt candies


  • Preheat oven to 350°. Line bottoms of two greased 9-in. round
  • baking pans with parchment paper; grease paper.
  • 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 pans. Bake 25-30 minutes or until brownies begin
  • to pull away from sides of pan. Cool in pans 10 minutes before
  • removing to wire racks; remove paper. Cool completely.
  • Using a 3-in. round cookie cutter, cut out the center of each brownie
  • to form a wreath (save trimmings for another use). Tint frosting
  • green. Frost wreaths. Use Sour Belt candies to make two bows; attach
  • to wreaths. Decorate with nonpareils as desired. Store in an

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Holiday Wreath Brownies (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • airtight container. Yield: 2 wreaths.