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Holiday Wreath Brownies Recipe

Holiday Wreath Brownies Recipe

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
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
  • Assorted nonpareils and AirHeads Xtremes Sour Belt candies

Directions

  • 1. Preheat oven to 350°. Line bottoms of two greased 9-in. round baking pans with parchment paper; grease paper.
  • 2. 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.
  • 3. 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.
  • 4. 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 airtight container. Yield: 2 wreaths.