Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Christmas Tree Brownie Bites

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Decorate your tree this year, and then eat it! These simple brownie bites are a fun project for kids, and make a sweet Christmas gift. Even serve them at your Holiday party! They can be made with your favorite brownie recipe, or used a boxed mix for a simple alternative.


Christmas Tree Brownie Bites

You will need
  • Brownie recipe (below) or boxed mix
  • Christmas tree silicone mold 
  • Green Candy Melts (found in the baking aisle of most arts and crafts stores)
  • Primary Sequin Confetti Sprinkle (Lights)
  • Multicolor Star Confetti Sprinkle (Stars)


Directions

Bake and cool brownies according to directions. Once cooled, place trees on cooling rack positioned over a cookie sheet. Pour melted green candy melts over brownie bites, without covering the trunks. Tap cookie sheet to help spread and smooth candy melts. Refrigerate until set. Add "lights" and stars, using melted green candy melts. Store in an airtight container, or package in clear plastic bags tied with ribbon. Even add custom tags!



Fudge Brownies

Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened, dutch processed cocoa powder
  • 3/4 cups granulated white sugar
  • 5 tablespoons packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon espresso powder
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2-3/4 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips or chopped nuts
Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease the sides and bottom of pan.

Place the butter, cocoa, sugars, and espresso powder, in a medium sauce pan over low heat, stirring until the butter is melted. Remove from heat and set aside to cool down.
Once mixture has cooled down, add the eggs, one at a time, mixing after each addition. Stir in the vanilla. Gradually add the flour, salt, and baking soda, folding in with a spatula or wooden spoon, just until incorporated. Do not over mix, this will result in a more cakey brownie. Fold in chocolate chips or nuts, and pour batter into prepared pan.


Bake according to silicone mold directions, or until an inserted toothpick comes out with a few moist crumbs sticking to it. Do not over bake.

Cool brownies completely, on a wire rack. Pop out of silicone molds.

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