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By Nourishing Amy

Christmas Tree Brownies

timerPrep Time: 30 minutes

groupsServes: 8 People

These brownies are so fun to make with little (and big ones) this Christmastime. A rich, chocolatey, and fudgy brownie flavored with the delicious dark chocolate mint bar topped with more chocolate and decorated with green icing as Christmas trees. Add on some sprinkles as baubles and stars and add in a pretzel stick to complete these Christmas Tree Brownies. 

Ingredients

For the brownies

200g Dark Mint Chocolate, divided (2 ½ Divine Chocolate bars)

1 cup of plant-based milk, warmed slightly

⅓ cup sunflower oil

¾ cup granulated sugar

1 tsp vanilla essence

1 cup + ½ tsp self-raising flour

⅓ cup of cocoa powder

1 tsp coffee, optional

A pinch of salt

For the decoration

85g Dark Mint Chocolate (1 bar of Divine Chocolate)

½ cup of confectioner’s sugar

1-2 tbsp water

Green food gel or colouring

Sprinkles

Pretzel sticks

Method

Step 1

Preheat the oven to 355*F and line an 8-inch round tin with parchment paper (with fairly high sides as it rises).

Step 2

Melt 150g of the chocolate, allow to cool for 5 minutes. Chop the remaining 50g of chocolate small.

Step 3

Warm the milk slightly and add to a small bowl with the oil, sugar and vanilla essence.

Step 4

Sift in the flour, cocoa powder and coffee into a second mixing bowl and add the salt. Pour in the melted chocolate and the milk mix and whisk to a smooth batter.

Step 5

Fold in the chopped chocolate and pour into the lined tin. Smooth over the top.

Step 6

Bake for 30 minutes and cover the top if it’s browning too much and cook for another 5 minutes or until cooked round the edges but slightly soft in the middle.

Step 7

Allow to cool for 10 minutes then lift out the tin to cool fully.

Step 8

Once cool, use a hot sharp knife to slice into 8 triangles (like you’d slice a cake).

Step 9

Melt the 90g of chocolate and dip each triangle into the chocolate to cover the top. Place onto a tray or plate and chill in the fridge for 10 minutes to set the chocolate.

Step 10

Make the icing sugar by stirring together the icing sugar, water and green food gel to make a thick but pipeable frosting.

Step 11

Pipe the green frosting over the brownies as a tree and decorate with sprinkles and a pretzel stick as a tree stump. Allow the icing to set and enjoy.

Step 12

Store leftover brownies at room temperature for 5 days in a sealed container or freeze un-decorated brownies for 1 month in the freezer.

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