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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
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. Bake: 25 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    1 tree


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


  • 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.
Nutrition Facts
1 brownie: 286 calories, 13g fat (7g saturated fat), 41mg cholesterol, 145mg sodium, 41g carbohydrate (33g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein.
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  • TeriOnTheSandbar
    Nov 30, 2017

    I hate to be snarky about this, but why go to the trouble of making real "from scratch" brownies only to cover them with nasty frosting from a can??!? Homemade butter cream is not exactly brain surgery and it tastes so much better!

  • brownma
    Dec 22, 2014

    Jaymehale , I would appreciate having the original recipe. Please post it, if you don't mind.Have a very Merry Christmas!

  • roslynrosebud
    Feb 7, 2014


  • efwynne
    Dec 31, 2013

    This brownie tree recipe was a big hit with everyone!!! My daughter had the most fun adding candy decorations!! I'll be adding this recipe to our holiday treats!

  • havingfunwithmyfamily
    Dec 21, 2013

    These are simple, and delicious. I made the Rudolph version for my kids! That version is in the Taste of Home Magazine/December 2013 edition. If you can't find the candy eyes, you can use white candies, and dab a little black gel frosting onto the centers!

  • Jaymehale
    Nov 17, 2013

    I wish Taste of Home had posted my mom's actual recipe because it is a family favorite. I'm a bit disappointed that they changed the name, the pic, and a few of the ingredients because her brownies are great the way she makes them.