Brownies might just be the ultimate sweet treat and this festive twist on them will be a hit this Christmas. These Christmas Tree Brownies are sweet and fudgy brownies with some festive flavours, cut into tree shapes and decorated to look like a Christmas tree. Kids will LOVE decorating and eating these.
About these Christmas tree brownies
We love baking all through December and these brownie Christmas trees are always made on the day we put up the tree and again on Christmas Eve - it's a little family tradition of ours.
Christmas brownies are fun and festive and you can decorate them in so many different ways. They are really simple to make as well, and it's all done in one bowl.
These Christmas brownies make the cutest gifts. Wrap them up in some cellophane with some ribbon. The perfect gift for neighbours.
Ingredients and substitutions
- Flour - We used a mixture of plain flour and self raising flour, as we wanted these to be a little fluffy. To make these gluten free, swap it for your favourite brand of gluten free flour.
- Caster sugar - You could swap this for brown sugar if you wanted a richer, more caramelised flavour.
- Butter - We used unsalted butter for this recipe. It can be cold from the fridge, as it is going to be melted anyway.
- Eggs - We used medium sized eggs and make sure they are room temperature before baking.
- Cocoa powder - Use a good quality unsweetened cocoa powder. We like the Green & Blacks one.
- Vanilla - This adds a real depth of flavour to the Christmas tree brownies. Vanilla does to sweet dishes what salt does to savoury and really brings out the sweetness.
- Cinnamon and orange - This is where the festive flavours come from.
- Decorations - There are so many different options here. We went with some icing to look like tinsel, balls for baubles and chocolate sticks to look like the tree trunks.
A full ingredients list with measurements is in the recipe card below.
How to make Christmas tree brownies -Step by step
Prep: Preheat your oven to 180°C/160°C(fan)/350°F/Gas 4.
One: Melt the chocolate either in a microwave or over a pan of simmering water (a). Whisk the eggs in a separate bowl (b).
Two: In a large mixing bowl, beat the sugar, butter and vanilla together until smooth (a). Slowly add the eggs and beat well (b).
Three: Add all the flour, cocoa powder, cinnamon, vanilla, orange juice and zest (a). Mix well to form a smooth batter. Pour in the melted chocolate and mix again (b).
Four: Grease and line a 20cm (8 inch) tray. Pour the batter into the tin and smooth over the top. Bake in the preheated oven for 35 minutes. Once cooked leave in the tin to cool for 20 minutes.
Five: Cut into triangles and decorate like Christmas trees. Use icing for tinsel (a), chocolate sticks for the trunk (b) and sugar balls and stars for decorations (c).
This are a delicious festive treat that are perfect with a hot drink. Why not try one of these:
- Chai Tea Latte
- Cinnamon Coffee
- Slow Cooker Hot Chocolate
- Peppermint Hot Chocolate
- Cinnamon Mocha
- Christmas Snowman Hot Chocolate
- Baileys Hot Chocolate
Once you have your Christmas tree brownies, you are ready to decorate them and here is where you can go really wild. We used a plain white icing and drizzled thin lines over it to look like tinsel.
You could swap this for green icing, or even thick frosting if you wanted to make it more the same colour as a Christmas tree.
Then you can add pretty much anything. We went with tiny gold balls, a gold star on top and then some mini smarties at the edges for baubles.
You can use whatever sprinkles you have. A spray of edible glitter works really well too.
To give the effect of a tree trunk, we put Matchmakers into them. You could use Cadburys chocolate fingers instead, or even candy canes.
You can partly make them in advance. You can bake the brownies and then cut them into tree shapes and then freeze them (undecorated) for up to a once. Then you simply need to defrost them and then add your decorations.
The most common reason why brownies sink is because of over-mixing. You only need to fold the ingredients together, not beating them. This is why we beat the eggs before adding them to everything else, so we don't have to beat them in and can just fold everything together.
If you have followed our recipe exactly, and not over cooked them, then you shouldn't have cakey brownies. This happens when there is a higher flour to fat ratio, which this recipes doesn't have.
If you have a favourite brownie recipe, then feel free to use that and cut it into triangles for the tree shape and then decorate them. However, this brownie recipe is epic and makes perfectly fudgy brownies with plenty of chocolate and the crackly top.
You can store these Christmas tree brownies in an air tight container and they will keep for up to 4 days.
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Christmas Tree Brownies
- 100 g (0.66 cups) Chocolate - milk
- 2 Eggs
- 125 g (0.5 cups) Butter - softened
- 275 g (1.33 cups) Caster sugar
- 0.5 teaspoon Vanilla extract
- 50 g (0.33 cups) Self-raising flour
- 25 g (0.25 cups) Plain flour - (all purpose)
- 2 tablespoon Cocoa powder
- 1 teaspoon Ground cinnamon
- 1 Orange - (juice and zest only)
- 5 Matchmaker chocolate sticks - (broken in half)
- Sugar decorations
- Preheat your oven to 180°C/160°C(fan)/350°F/Gas 4.
- Melt 100 g Chocolate either in a microwave or over a pan of simmering water. Whisk 2 Eggs in a separate bowl.
- In a large mixing bowl, beat 125 g Butter and 275 g Caster sugar together until smooth. Slowly add the eggs and beat well.
- Add 50 g Self-raising flour, 25 g Plain flour, 2 tablespoon Cocoa powder, 1 teaspoon Ground cinnamon, 0.5 teaspoon Vanilla extract and juice and zest of 1 Orange. Mix well to form a smooth batter. Pour in the melted chocolate and mix again.
- Grease and line a 20cm (8 inch) tray. Pour the batter into the tin and smooth over the top.
- Bake for 35 minutes. Once cooked leave in the tin to cool for 20 minutes.
- Cut into triangles and decorate like Christmas trees. Use icing for tinsel, 5 Matchmaker chocolate sticks for the trunk and Sugar decorations for baubles and stars.
- It is best to use eggs at room temperature for these brownies. Adding cold eggs to the batter can sometimes make the softened butter and chocolate hard again, and this can sometimes affect the texture of the finished brownies.
- We make our brownies in an 8x10 inch pan. This results in the perfect pan of brownies to cut in to tree shapes. If you use a different size pan, then you might end up with thicker or thinner brownies.
- Allow the brownies to cool fully before attempting to cut them.
- You will have some scraps leftover from cutting the brownies. We like to crumble them on to vanilla ice cream.
- You can make your Christmas trees as big or as small as you like, however we like little mini ones, so they are almost bite sized.
- The nutritional information for this recipe is for the brownies only. Decorations will add calories and will depend on what you use.
- If you wanted to make a really simple version of these, that weren't tree shapes, then leave them in the tray and decorate them with icing and sprinkles. They would still have all the festive flavours, without any effort of shaping them.
The nutritional information provided is approximate and is calculated using online tools. Information can vary depending on various factors, but we have endeavoured to be as accurate as possible.