Whether you need cookies for a Christmas platter or goodies for Santa, these Christmas Tree Brownie Pops feature fudgy brownies, cream cheese frosting, and candy cane “trunks” for a fun and festive holiday treat!
I can’t tell y’all how excited I am about how today’s recipe turned out! I mean, how cute are these Christmas Tree Brownie Pops?! And even though they make look a bit on the fancy side, they were so easy to make. Decorating these guys would be such a fun holiday activity with the kiddos!
I started with my favorite brownie recipe EVER (I can never thank you enough for your brilliance, Ina Garten), which is almost entirely concocted of butter and chocolate. It’s the holidays, right? They are to-die-for and, while I only make them a few times a year, they are exponentially worth every calorie. As a bonus, these brownies are made in a big 12- by 18-inch sheet pan, which not only results in a ton of brownies (enough to enjoy and share!), but they’re also the perfect depth for cutting out with cookie cutters, should you so desire.
So after baking up a pan of chocolate decadence, I cut my brownies into tree-like triangles. I started out using a Christmas tree cookie cutter but quickly determined that I liked the look of simple triangles much better. Then it was time to whip up a batch of my favorite frosting ever — cream cheese frosting, which has the perfect amount of tang to balance out these rich, sweet, fudgy brownies. I scooped the frosting into a gallon-sized freezer plastic baggie, snipped about 1/2-inch off of one corner, and used it as a piping bag to quickly and attractively frost my brownies.
I found that I got the best results by turning each tree upside down, starting at the long flat side, and then frosting back and forth across the brownie, all the way down to the tip (the end where the star would go). You could just as easily use a knife to frost your brownies, but I think that this plastic bag method is actually quicker, less messy, and ends up looking nicer.
Finally I broke off the straight side of a mini candy cane to use as the Christmas tree trunk, and then I went to town with a variety of holiday sprinkles! You could choose to tint your frosting green, but I decided to leave mine un-dyed and instead bring in color using sparkling sugar, sprinkles, Sixlets, and whatever festive little candies I had in the pantry.
The final result? Brownie pops that will be the star of the Christmas cookie platter! And if you decide to leave a few for Santa? Well, in return, he might just stuff your stocking extra full this year. 😉
Outrageous Brownies recipe from Ina Garten.