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Christmas Tree Brownies Recipe

Christmas Tree Brownies Recipe

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 YIELD:18 servings


  • 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


  • 1. 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.
  • 2. 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.
  • 3. 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.

Nutritional 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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brownma User ID: 3903855 215603
Reviewed 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 User ID: 6335103 133606
Reviewed Feb. 7, 2014


efwynne User ID: 4092460 195292
Reviewed 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 User ID: 7043692 133858
Reviewed 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 User ID: 7490118 124095
Reviewed 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."

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