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Easy Brownie Christmas Trees Recipe

Looking for a fun holiday treat? Try this Brownie Christmas Trees recipe. They’re super easy to make using boxed brownie mix.

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I love sweets. I have the biggest sweet tooth of anyone you’ll ever meet. Pete, however, is really good at not eating sweets. His only real weakness, though, is brownies. So of course, I like to bake brownies when I can, then wrap them in foil so Pete can take them to work.

He loves brownies no matter how they look, but I like to do something special for Christmastime, like brownie Christmas trees.

These are pretty simple to make, especially since you start with a box of brownie mix. And they’re so cute, so they’re totally worth the extra effort.

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Easy Brownie Christmas Trees Recipe

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This recipe uses boxed brownie mix. This was originally inspired when we saw the recipe in a recipe booklet from a popular brownie brand, but of course, if you have a favorite brownie recipe, you can use that instead.

Brownie Christmas Trees Ingredients:

How To Make Brownie Christmas Trees:

Line a 9- x 11-inch pan with parchment paper.

Brownie batter in a bowl with a spoon.

Bake the brownies according to the package.

Brownie batter in a pan.

Cool them on the counter. When they’re cool to the touch, put them in the fridge to cool overnight.

Baked brownies on top of parchment paper.

When they’re cool to the touch, remove the parchment paper (and the brownies) from the pan.

Brownies cut into six slices.

Flip the brownies onto a cookie sheet (so the parchment paper side is up) and remove the parchment paper.

Cut the brownies into six sections (making the cuts across between the longer ends of the pan).

Brownies cut into triangles.

Then, cut triangles from each strip. I fit seven full triangles in each strip, then had a little leftover on each side.

Eat those sides. That’s your payment for a job well done.

Green icing on a brownie triangle.

Scoop a heaping teaspoon of frosting into a bowl. Add one drop of green food coloring. Stir.

If you want your coloring to be darker, add more food coloring and stir again. Keep adding food coloring and stirring until you reach your desired color.

If you have a piping bag, spoon the colored frosting into the piping bag, add a thin tip, and you’re ready to go.

If you don’t have a piping bag, put the frosting in a ziptop bag. Cut the corner (the smaller the cut, the better). Push the frosting towards the hole in the corner. No tip needed.

Pipe the frosting on the brownie triangle.

A brownie Christmas tree.

Add a star-shaped sprinkle at the top of the frosting, then add sprinkle “ornaments” on the rest of the frosting.

A bunch of brownie Christmas trees on a pan.

Tips for making Brownie Christmas Trees

These Brownie Christmas Trees are so easy to make, but I did have a couple tips for you.

Cool the brownies

You really want to wait until the brownies have cooled completely to cut and decorate them. If you cut them when they’re warm, they will potentially crumble and won’t hold their triangle shape.

If you decorate them when they’re warm, the icing will melt and create a mess. This is why we suggest cooling your brownies in the fridge overnight.

If you can’t wait overnight, at least let them cool on the counter until the brownies are cool to the touch, then put them in the fridge for at least an hour.

Line your baking pan with parchment paper

You’re going to need to cut these brownies into tree shapes because you’re not baking them in tree shapes.

The easiest way to do this is to line your pan with parchment paper, leaving excess around the edges. Then, when your brownies have cooled enough to remove them from the pan, you can grab the edges of the parchment paper and take the entire batch out.

It’s so much easier to cut the brownies into trees that way because you’re not trying to maneuver around the baking pan.

Brownie Christmas Trees: Frequently Asked Questions

Can you use a from scratch brownie recipe?

I love cooking and baking from scratch. I actually really love having the knowledge of being able to look at yeast and water and know how to make bread.

But sometimes, it’s more about the aesthetics than the actual treats. That’s how I feel in this case. It’s more important to spend your time decorating than it is to bake from scratch.

But if you want to make from scratch, go right ahead. A boxed brownie won’t be any better in this.

How to cut brownies without ruining them:

Cool your brownies completely, then put them in the fridge.

When you finally get to cutting them, use a flat (not serrated) knife and push down in one motion. Pull it out in one motion as well.

Clean the knife after every cut.

However, plastic knives are rumored to cut brownies better. I’ve never used a plastic knife, but the Internet says brownies don’t stick to plastic knives in the same way they do to metal knives.

Can you make a trunk?

If these brownie trees don’t have enough sugar for you, you can use a mini candy cane to make a tree trunk. Just snap off the curved portion and stick a bit of the straight portion into the brownie bottom, leaving the majority of the candy cane exposed.

If you’re worried about someone biting directly into a candy cane, you can use a small pretzel rod instead.

We never add a trunk because I don’t feel these need one, but you do you.

Decorated Christmas Tree Brownies.

Purchase Christmas Tree Brownies Online:

If you like these Christmas Tree Brownies and want them for a holiday party of your Christmas Charcuterie board, but you don’t want to make them yourself, I found a couple options that you can order online.

Christmas tree meringue cookies on a green napkin.

More Christmas Tree-Shaped Treats:

Believe it or not, these Brownie Christmas Trees are not our only Christmas tree-shaped treat. We also have our Christmas Tree Meringue Cookies recipe.

Yield: 42 Brownies

Easy Brownie Christmas Trees

Looking for a fun holiday treat? Try this Brownie Christmas Trees recipe. They’re super easy to make using boxed brownie mix.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Additional Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 32 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 box of brownie mix
  • 2/3 container cream cheese frosting
  • 6 drops green food coloring
  • Star-shaped sprinkles
  • Rainbow nonpareils sprinkles

Instructions

  1. Line a 9- x 11-inch pan with parchment paper.
  2. Bake the brownies according to the package. Cool them on the counter. When they’re cool to the touch, put them in the fridge to cool overnight.
  3. Remove the parchment paper (and the brownies) from the pan.
  4. Flip the brownies onto a cookie sheet (so the parchment paper side is up) and remove the parchment paper.
  5. Cut the brownies into six sections (making the cuts across between the longer ends of the pan).
  6. Then, cut seven triangles from each strip.
  7. Scoop a heaping teaspoon of frosting into a bowl. Add one drop of green food coloring. Stir.
  8. If you have a piping bag, spoon the colored frosting into the piping bag, add a thin tip. If you don’t have a piping bag, put the frosting in a ziptop bag. Cut the corner (the smaller the cut, the better). Push the frosting towards the hole in the corner. No tip needed.
  9. Pipe the frosting on the brownie triangle.
  10. Add a star-shaped sprinkle at the top of the frosting, then add sprinkle “ornaments” on the rest of the frosting.

Nutrition Information

Yield

42

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 5Total Fat 0gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 0mgSodium 2mgCarbohydrates 1gFiber 0gSugar 0gProtein 0g

Have you used this Easy Brownie Christmas Trees Recipe? Let us know how it went in the comments.

Jacqui

Friday 2nd of December 2022

This is such a creative and fun idea! They turned out great

Erlene

Sunday 3rd of January 2016

I that these are so easy to make and there is no waste cutting out triangle shapes. Super cute idea. Hope you can come back and share on Merry Monday!

Quinn Caudill

Monday 14th of December 2015

What a cute idea and would be great for a kids party.Thanks for sharing with us at #Throwback Thursday. Pinned. Hope to see you again next week. Quinn

Abby

Sunday 13th of December 2015

I love brownies, and frosting just makes everything better!

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Jennifer

Saturday 12th of December 2015

What a great idea! Thanks for sharing at My Flagstaff Home!

Jennifer

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