Christmas Tree Brownies are a cute fun holiday dessert perfect for your Christmas dessert table. They are easy to make and fun for kids to decorate. This recipe uses a packaged brownie mix for simplicity, but can be made with your favorite from-scratch brownie recipe too.
If you've made cookie cutter sugar cookies before, this will be a breeze. And if you haven't, there's no better time to start than the holidays!
Christmas tree brownies are a super cute and super fun dessert. They are the perfect compliment to traditional Christmas sugar cookies. Chocolate lovers at the table will thank you!
Your kids (and you!) will have a ton of fun decorating these adorable little brownie cut outs. I'm not sure if my daughter had more fun decorating her gingerbread man or eating it. I hadn't even looked up from my Christmas tree and she had already decorated and eaten hers. And she doesn't even like chocolate!
Every year we look forward to making fun holiday shaped sugar cookies decorated with icing and sprinkles. We make them many, many times before Christmas.
And now that my daughter is old enough to help me more in the kitchen without make a gigantic disaster, I think I'll make cooking these Christmas tree brownies together a holiday tradition.
All you need to make Christmas tree brownies is:
- one package of brownie mix (or use a homemade brownie recipe like this mint chocolate chip brownie one)
- Christmas or winter-themed cookie cutters
- Christmas sprinkles and pearls
- icing (optional)
You are obviously not limited to Christmas tree cookie cutters, as you can see that I've also made ornaments and gingerbread men. I like Christmas trees because the pearls look like ornaments, and if I use icing, I can make it look like garland.
Use stocking and snowmen cutters, too.
🔪 Step-By-Step Directions
So how do you make these adorable Christmas tree brownies? It's very simple! Bake the brownie batter according to the package, but line the pan with a greased sheet of parchment paper.
Once they are done, let them cool for at least 30 minutes. You can put them in the fridge to speed this up, but keep them in the pan. If you remove them right away they will be too soft and will crack when using the cookie cutters.
Once cooled, lift the parchment paper out of the pan and gently transfer the brownies to your working surface.
Now not only do you have a clean pan, but you have an already prepared surface to work on without getting the counter dirty.
Before cutting, grease the inside of the cookie cutters with butter or oil so the brownies easily pop out.
Using cookie cutters of your choice, cut them out as you would cookies. If any pieces crack or break apart, just squish them back together and they should stick.
Once the brownies are cut out, it's time to decorate. The funnest part of holiday baking is always decorating and putting on the finishing touches. 🎄
Before moving on to my decorating tips, let's review some important cooking tips.
💭 Expert Tips
While making Christmas tree brownies is a breeze, here are some suggestions for making them the best that they can be:
- use fudge brownie mix so that the inside is more moist and gooey and therefore will hold together better than cake-like brownies when cut into
- allow brownies to cool before removing from the pan to avoid cracking (you can put them in the fridge to speed this up)
- use cookie cutters that are at least ½ inch deep and don't have small crevices (the brownie will get stuck in small parts or crumble in that space)
- grease the inside of the cookie cutters so the brownies come out easily
What should you do with all those leftover brownie pieces? Why, save them for later of course! You can freeze them and use those Christmas tree brownies clippings for:
- brownie crumble topping on ice cream
- brownie crumble topping on cake
- press into the bottom of a muffin cup and top with cupcake batter for a "brownie cupcake"
- mix with graham cracker crust when making cheesecake for a chocolate graham cracker cheesecake crust
Or, eat them right away! Can you really resist? I know we couldn't.
🎄 Decorating Tips
Once you have the Christmas tree brownies cut out, it's time to decorate. I let my daughter do most of the decorating since she doesn't do any of the cutting.
Decorate them any way you want using Christmas-colored pearls or Christmas-themed sprinkles, or both. Make sure to press the sprinkles into the brownie so they don't fall off. Do this gently, yet firmly.
A little bit of icing is neat too, to give them even more definition. With the icing, you can give the Christmas tree brownies garland or the gingerbread person clothing. Icing can also be used to create line patterns on th ornaments or stocking brownies.
To decorate with icing, use a piping bag. Since we travel for Christmas, I make them without icing because they are easier to transport that way.
Christmas Tree Brownies
- 1 box of brownie mix (fudge recommended)
- Christmas sprinkles and pearls
- Line a 13x9 pan with parchment paper and spray with oil.
- Make and cook brownies according to package.
- When brownies are finished, let cool for at least 30 minutes.
- Remove brownies by lifted the parchment paper. Grease the inside of holiday shaped cookie cutters and cut brownies into shapes, pressing any cracked pieces together. (hint: freeze leftover trimmings for use later)
- Decorate as desired with holiday colored or shaped sprinkles and pearls. Press the sprinkles into the brownies gently but firmly so they stick.
- Serve immediately or store in an airtight container.
I hope you enjoyed making and eating your Christmas tree brownies! Let me know what you thought in the comments below. I'd love to hear from you.