All the Christmas baking I’ve been seeing on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest has got to me. I’ve given into the temptation of baking something that’s totally Christamassy! I made some Fudgy Brownie Christmas Trees.
These Fudgy Brownie Christmas Trees are just that – brownies cut and decorated to look like Christmas trees. I think I first came across them a couple of years back and have been wanting to make some since. It’s just that every Christmas, my baking gets taken over by these Date & Walnut and Fruit Cakes, and cookies. This time I decided to start my festive baking withthose brownies.
I. Love. Brownies. I cannot resist the intense chocolate goodness of them. It also helps that my brownies are never too sweet. I do have a preference for cakey Chocolate Brownies though. Fudgy Brownies always seem like partially uncooked to me. So I rarely eat or make Fudgy Brownies.
This particular recipe makes brownies that are half way between cakey and overly fudgy. The balance is just right for me. If your taste in brownies run in this direction, this is the recipe for you.
Fudgy Brownie Christmas Trees are very easy to make. Bake the brownies, let them cool and cut them into triangles. Push in small pieces of chocolate cigarettes, pretzel sticks or chocolate fingers into the base of each triangle to make the “tree trunks”. Then pipe white or green coloured icing in a zig-zag pattern and sprinkle some coloured sprinkles and silver dragees on that. Decorate the top of each “tree” with red and green chocolate buttons. Let the icing set and serve. That’s it!
I used an egg-free Royal icing to decorate my Brownie Trees. This basically is icing sugar mixed with a little lime juice and water. The consistency of the icing should be thick but runny enough to pipe easily. I like this icing the best because the lime juice cuts the sweetness of icing sugar. It’s also surprisingly good on the brownies. You could use buttercream or any other icing/ frosting of your choice that pipes easily.