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Christmas Tree Brownies

These rich and crazy but scrumptiously happy Christmas Tree Brownies are a deliciously chocolate deviation from traditionally decorated sugar cookies.
Course Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword Christmas Tree Brownies, Christmas Tree Brownies Recipe, How Do I Make Christmas Tree Brownies, How To Make Christmas Tree Brownies
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 16 tree brownies
Calories 358kcal
Author Kathleen



  • 1 cup unsalted sweet cream butter, softened
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3 large eggs, lightly beaten and at room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2/3 cup unsweetened Hershey's cocoa powder
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts, optional

Royal Icing

  • 3 large egg whites at room temperature
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • black/green food coloring



  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Spray 9x13 with non-stick cooking spray and set aside.
  • In a small mixing bowl whisk together cocoa, flour, salt, and baking soda. Set aside
  • Using a medium saucepan, melt butter. Remove from heat and stir in the sugar, eggs, and vanilla.
  • Gradually whisk in flour mixture into cocoa just until incorporated.
  • Stir in chopped walnuts.
  • Place the batter in the prepared baking pan and bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with a few moist crumbs, about 30-35 minutes.
  • Place pan on wire baking rack, and cool completely.
  • When brownies are completely cool use a tree-shaped cookie cutter to cut brownies. Place cut brownies on a cookie sheet.

Make the Royal Icing:

  • In the bowl of a stand-up mixture, combine egg whites, cream of tartar, powdered sugar, and vanilla, mix on medium speed until stiff peaks form.
  • Divide the icing into two small mixing bowls.
  • To one bowl, add a couple of drops of green food coloring and stir until the color is even. Continue to add food coloring until the desired color is achieved.
  • On the second bowl, add a couple of drops of black food coloring and stir until the desired color is achieved.
  • Pour a small amount of each icing into its own piping bag.
  • Thin the remaining green icing with a little water (around 2 tablespoons) and mix until combined. It should be thin enough to spread easily but not runny.
  • Into a squeeze bottle pour the icing that has been thinned.


  • Using the green icing in the piping bag, add a line around the edge of the trees.
  • In the outlined area use the squeeze bottle to fill in.
  • One-third of the way place two edible eyes.
  • On the trunk of the tree add the red bow into the icing and allow it to dry.
  • Using the icing from the piping bag, pipe an oval-shaped nose under the eyes and fil in.
  • Using the black icing in the piping bag, pipe on a smile and eyebrows.
  • Allow completed cookies to set, one hour.


Serving: 1brownie | Calories: 358kcal | Carbohydrates: 49g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 61mg | Sodium: 131mg | Potassium: 135mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 40g | Vitamin A: 399IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 21mg | Iron: 1mg