Whether celebrating the holidays at home or on the road, our coffee-infused Christmas Tree Brownies will keep you in the festive spirit.
Enjoying a fresh Christmas Tree Brownie is usually how I set off the holiday season. Stores began putting out the pre-packed confections around the front doors and checkout lines, but I figure, why spend your money on processed brownies when you can learn how to make Christmas Brownies at home?
This recipe requires ten (10) main ingredients and some food coloring but will turn out more decadent and luscious than the manufactured version.
Why You Will Love These Christmas Tree Brownies
- Not overly sweet
- Coffee infused
- Perfect with or without the icing
Most times, the result boils down to preparation. When baking brownies, you want to ensure that your temperatures are right, the chocolate is evenly melted, and the brownie batter is folded correctly. This is why the slogan made with love is so famous because a lot of care and thought is put into the prep work of baked goods.
- 8×8- inch Baking tray
- Parchment paper
- Microwave-safe bowls or double boiler
- Mixing bowls
- Cooling rack
How to Make Christmas Tree Brownies
For full instructions, please view the recipe card below:
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F
- Grease 8 x 8-inch baking tray with butter and line with parchment paper. Set aside.
- Take a large microwave-safe bowl and melt then mix your ingredients.
- Next, sift the flour, salt, cocoa powder, baking powder, and mix into the wet mixture. Add the coffee powder.
- Pour the brownie batter into the prepared baking tray and bake in preheated oven just until the batter set.
- Prepare your icing then with a piping bag squeeze the icing on top of the brownies.
For brownie recipes, I always opt for a non-stick baking tray paired with a heavy-duty non-stick baking spray. Like my Cookie Dough Fudge and Turtle Brownies, I’ve found that the non-stick is the best option because no matter how sturdy your parchment paper or baking pan is, chocolate goo finds a way to stick and stay. Which almost happened with the parchment paper in my Cookie Dough Fudge. Luckily, I had prepped the pan as a just-in-case and saved myself hours of soaking and clean time.
I mention this because a lot of bakers still use uncoated and low-quality bakeware. I cannot stress how much better the result will be when you make the switch, even if it costs a few bucks more.
And should you decide to substitute the icing for Vanilla Bean Caramel Sauce, imagine how hard it will be to scrub off the excess once it cools? No, thank you!
When it comes to cutting the Christmas Tree Brownies, you want to use a Chef’s knife or a knife with a sharp blade. This will make the Christmas Brownies cutting crisp while leaving the knife clean. I prefer to do this immediately after they have cooled to room temperature as it’s easier to work with them soft than stiffened.
How to Store Brownies
Once the brownies have cooled, wrap them tightly in plastic wrap, then pop ’em in an airtight container. If you’re planning to enjoy them in the next couple of days, just leave them at room temperature, but if you wanna make them last longer, toss ’em in the fridge or freezer. Easy peasy!Print