Gift-Wrapped Brownies Recipe

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Gift-Wrapped Brownies Recipe
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Gift-Wrapped Brownies Recipe

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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!
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MAKES:
30 servings
TOTAL TIME:
Prep: 30 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling
MAKES:
30 servings
TOTAL TIME:
Prep: 30 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling

Ingredients

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

Directions

Preheat oven to 350°. Line a 9-in. square baking pan with parchment paper, letting ends extend up sides.
Whisk together flour, salt and baking powder. In a large microwave-safe bowl, microwave shortening and chocolate on high until shortening is melted; stir until smooth. Whisk in sugar until blended. Whisk in vanilla and eggs, one at a time. Stir in flour mixture and nuts.
Transfer to prepared pan. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 20-25 minutes. Cool in pan on a wire rack. Lifting with parchment paper, remove browneis; cut into 30 rectangles.
For frosting, mix confectioners' sugar, cream and vanilla until smooth. Spread half of the frosting over brownies. Tint half of the remaining frosting red; tint remaining half green. Pipe onto brownies to resemble presents. Yield: 2-1/2 dozen.
Originally published as Gift-Wrapped Brownies in Country Woman Christmas Annual 1999, p45

Nutritional Facts

1 brownie: 126 calories, 6g fat (2g saturated fat), 24mg cholesterol, 53mg sodium, 17g carbohydrate (15g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.

  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 4 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts
  • ICING:
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Red and green food coloring
  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Line a 9-in. square baking pan with parchment paper, letting ends extend up sides.
  2. Whisk together flour, salt and baking powder. In a large microwave-safe bowl, microwave shortening and chocolate on high until shortening is melted; stir until smooth. Whisk in sugar until blended. Whisk in vanilla and eggs, one at a time. Stir in flour mixture and nuts.
  3. Transfer to prepared pan. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 20-25 minutes. Cool in pan on a wire rack. Lifting with parchment paper, remove browneis; cut into 30 rectangles.
  4. For frosting, mix confectioners' sugar, cream and vanilla until smooth. Spread half of the frosting over brownies. Tint half of the remaining frosting red; tint remaining half green. Pipe onto brownies to resemble presents. Yield: 2-1/2 dozen.
Originally published as Gift-Wrapped Brownies in Country Woman Christmas Annual 1999, p45

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