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Fudgy Brownie Christmas Trees

Fudgy Brownie Christmas Trees

Easy fudgy brownies, a nice balance between cakey and very fudgy, that are cut into triangles and decorated like festive Christmas trees.
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 2 hrs 50 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 12 Brownie Christmas Trees

Ingredients
  

For the Brownies :

  • 100 gm unsalted butter
  • 1 cup dark chocolate chopped
  • 1 tsp instant coffee powder
  • 2 eggs lightly whisked
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 3/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt

For the Icing :

  • 1/2 cup icing sugar
  • 1/2 tsp lime juice
  • 1/2 tsp water more if necessary

For Decorating :

  • Coloured sprinkles
  • Red and green chocolate buttons M&Ms/ Gems/ Smarties
  • Chocolate cigarettes/ Pretzel sticks/ Chocolate fingers

Instructions
 

Make the Brownies :

  • Melt the butter and chocolate in a heatproof bowl over a pan of simmering water (don't let the bowl touch the water). Mix in the instant coffee powder. Remove from the heat.
  • Lightly whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt to mix. Quickly stir in the flour mixture, the whisked eggs, sugar, and vanilla until just combined.
  • Pour the batter into a parchment lined and greased 8” x 8” baking tin. Bake it at 180C (350F) for about 30 minutes or till done. A skewer inserted in the centre should come out with moist crumbs sticking to it (not uncooked batter). Do not over bake or the texture of the brownies will suffer.
  • Let it cool completely.

Make The Trees :

  • Cut the cooled brownie cake into 12 triangular tree-shaped wedges.
  • Mix the icing sugar with a tsp or two of water to make a thick icing that is runny. Put it into a plastic icing bag and cut a small hole at the bottom. Pipe over the brownie triangles in a zigzag pattern.
  • Lightly scatter the sprinkles over the icing and place a red or green chocolate button on the top pf each brownie tree. Insert a chocolate cigarette/ pretzel stick or chocolate finger at the base of each tree to create a tree trunk.
  • Let the icing to set well before serving.