Get festive with some chocolate and sprinkles with these Christmas Tree Brownies! These can be made with a pan of boxed brownies, or my favorite homemade recipe. They are such a fun holiday activity for kids!
These days, I feel like we are constantly being thrown ideas at us on how to make the holiday season as magical as possible for ourselves and our kids. Make THIS craft! Have a perfectly decorated house! Make a bajillion cookies and don't forget the homemade gifts for teachers and snacks ready for any unexpected guests! So I want to be clear. I am NOT saying you should make these with your kids to try and have a perfect holiday season. What I'm saying, is you should make these Christmas Tree Brownies if you *happen* to be craving chocolate (it IS the most stressful time of the year, after all) and you want to occupy your kids for a solid 15 minutes over winter break. You can get behind that, right?
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Honestly, these can be as simple or as homemade as you want them to be. I almost made them with a boxed mix but I didn't have the vegetable oil, so I used my go-to brownie recipe which, I promise you is SO SO easy. I will never make a brownie recipe that has to melt chocolate - it's such a pain! I'm team cocoa powder all. the. way.
Once you make the brownies, let them chill all the way before you start decorating. I would actually bake the brownies a day in advance, if you have the time. Once the brownies are cooled, cut them into tree shaped triangles. The triangle shape allows for not much (if any!) of the brownie to be wasted, which is always nice. After you cut the trees, decorate! I used store-bought tubes of frosting that came with a piping star tip, which made the prep for decorating super easy. I also bought some cute special sprinkles to decorate the trees with, but any festive sprinkles will do.
To finish them off, I used candy canes as the trunks of the trees. As a peppermint lover, I really enjoyed this flavoring in a couple of the bites!
Of course, the most fun was eating the Christmas Tree Brownies! We delivered some to our neighbors, and enjoyed the rest ourselves at home.