There is nothing better than a Christmas tree brownie to spread Christmas cheer. With a drizzle of white chocolate coloured green and some sprinkles this is a quick and easy Christmas Tree Brownie Bites treat that is perfect for Christmas parties.
You can make these Christmas tree brownies any size. They can be a cut into large Christmas trees for dessert, smaller triangles for Christmas tree brownies bites or even make one giant brownie Christmas tree to share. Make sure you eat the excess and enjoy when you decorate.
Why you’ll love this Christmas Tree Brownie Bites recipe
These Christmas Tree Brownies are so cute! I loved dyeing the white chocolate green to decorate them and throwing the fun sprinkles to look like little baubles too.
Having a good chocolate brownie recipe is always a good idea, and whilst this is a Christmas tree brownie recipe it can easily be adapted to make classic warm fudgey brownies.
Christmas tree shaped brownies make excellent gifts. They can be stacked once the decorations have dried and wrapped with ribbon. Who doesn’t love an edible gift?
This brownie recipe is easy to adapt to your favourite flavours. You can mix in chocolate chips, nuts or even dried fruit.
Christmas Tree Brownie Bites Ingredients
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Light Brown Soft Sugar
I really prefer using light brown soft sugar for these Christmas brownies as it adds a more caramelised sugary taste to the finished brownies.
To decorate your Christmas tree brownie bites, you dye the melted white chocolate green to create branches. You could separate some of the melted white chocolate to create snow-topped Christmas tree brownies.
Green Colour Paste
The best way to make your white chocolate to drizzle on the brownies is with green colours paste. Colour paste will mix in well to the chocolate without adding liquid that can make the white chocolate go a bit weird. Don’t use food colouring that is a liquid.
Other ways you can create the green chocolate drizzle is using green candy melts. These are like ready dyed chocolate and are available from a lot of hobby shops.
How to make Christmas Tree Brownie Bites – step by step
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Mix together all your wet and dry ingredients until combined, the mixture will be thick and quite heavy but there shouldn’t be any lumps of flour left.
Cocoa powder is hydrophobic, meaning it doesn’t mix well with water, so be careful to ensure it’s all mixed through fully.
Bake your tree-shaped brownie bites until crisp on top and gooey in the middle (that’s just how I like it!)
Cut them into little triangles and allow them to fully cool before decorating.
Melt your white chocolate and add in some green food colouring, add it a little at a time so as not to make your chocolate too thin.
Pipe your white chocolate branches across your brownie bites Christmas trees and add some festive sprinkles to create your baubles.
Add a star shaped sprinkle to the top.
Add some melted white chocolate to your tree brownie bites to create snow topped Christmas tree brownies. You could add a dusting of icing sugar to give this effect too!
Why stop at green food colouring? Add your favourite colour to the melted white chocolate and make pink, red or blue tinsel for your Christmas tree brownies.
Line your baking tray with greaseproof paper to prevent your brownie bites Christmas trees from sticking to the pan.
Christmas Brownies Serving Suggestions
Brownies can be served with anything: ice cream, double cream, custard or on their own. They’re delicious.
I made these Christmas tree brownies for a Christmas party and they went down a treat, not a single crumb was left!
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- 9 inch x 12 inch cake tin
- Kitchen Scales
- Electric whisk
- Mixing bowl
- Greaseproof paper / baking parchment
- Green Colour Paste
- Green Candy Melts
Substitutions and variations
You can add a little piece of candy cane or chocolate to the be Christmas tree base. If the brownie is dense you can even add lollipop sticks to make them brownie Christmas tree lollipops.
Add some chopped almonds and walnuts into the mix to create some crunch in each of your Christmas tree brownie bites.
To up the chocolate factor, roughly cut some chocolate or use chocolate chips to mix into your brownie mixture before baking.
Once they’ve baked, the chips melt and create wonderful little pockets of chocolatey joy in your brownies.
Like the nuts, adding some Christmas spices and dried fruits to the mix will make these Christmas tree brownies extra festive. I’ve used a mix of sultanas, currants and dried orange peel for my brownies but you could use whatever you have in the cupboards. Add cherries and make black forest brownies.
If you’re hosting a Christmas party you may want to serve a variety of Christmas brownies, I loved serving my Reindeer Brownies. They’re so cute and pair perfectly with the Christmas Tree Brownies.
Storing Christmas Tree Brownie Bites / Making ahead of time options
Brownies last best when kept in an airtight container in the fridge or a cool dark cupboard. They will start to dry a little after 3-5 days so I recommend eating them all before this.
Christmas Tree Brownie Bites FAQS
What is the best way to colour white chocolate?
The best way to colour white chocolate is to melt the white chocolate down and add a few drops of food colouring or food colour paste. Mix it in and add more until you’re happy with the colour.
What type of tree is a Christmas tree?
A Christmas tree is traditionally a pine tree. Originally a German tradition, the pine tree doesn’t lose its leaves in winter (it’s an evergreen tree) and so is perfect for adding decorations too. Before Christmas lights, candles and dried fruits would adorn the tree.
How do you keep brownies soft and chewy?
Brownies are softest and chewiest when they come straight out of the oven, a little warm and gooey in the middle. They can be kept soft and chewy if stored properly in an airtight container and if your brownies do go a little hard – warm them in the microwave for 30 seconds to warm them back up.
What is the trick to making brownies moist?
The trick to moist brownies is using melted butter in your mix. It helps the sugars combine and allows you to not overmix your mixture. You also want to be sure to not overbake your brownies. Brownies should be gooey in the middle as this will keep them moist.
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Christmas Tree Brownies
- 9 inch x 12 inch cake tin (see notes for other size cake tins and cooking times below)
For the brownies
- 350 g (2 cups) Milk chocolate
- 250 g (1 cups) Unsalted butter
- 250 g (1 ⅐ cups) Light brown sugar
- 3 large (3 large) Eggs
- 1 tsp (1 tsp) Vanilla extract
- 120 g (4 ¼ oz) Plain flour
- 150 g (5 2/7 oz) nuts, dried fruit or chocolate chips (walnuts or cranberries work really well)
Christmas Tree Brownie Decorations
- 200 g White chocolate
- green colour paste
- Pre-heat your oven to 160ºC Fan/ 180ºC/ 350 / Gas Mark 4 and grease and line your 9 inch by 12 inch tin with baking parchment/ greaseproof paper.
- Melt the 350g chocolate and 250g butter together in a pan on a low heat. Keep string to make sure it doesn't burn. When melted remove from the heat.
- Add the 3 large eggs, 250g light brown soft sugar and 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract into a bowl.
- Whisk with a hand mixer for 5 minutes until thicker and paler in colour.
- Add the now slightly cooled chocolate and butter mix to the egg mixture. Keep whisking as you go.
- Sieve in the 120g plain flour and using a hand whisk, whisk until the flour has been mixed in. Don't over-mix.
- Gently mix in the optional nuts or chocolate chips at this point.
- Spoon the mixture into the cake tin and bake for 15-20 minutes. (see other cake tin-size cooking time in the notes below).
- Let the brownies cool in the tin.
Decorating the Christmas Tree Brownies
- Remove the brownies from the tin and slice them into triangles. You can pick the size. From smaller bite-size brownies to larger slices, it's your choice.
- Melt the white chocolate in short bursts in the microwave.
- You can add a few drops of vegetable oil to make it runnier if you want.
- Add a little green colour paste to make a gorgeous green for the decorations.
- Add the chocolate to a piping bag. Cut a little hole in the end and drizzle it over the triangles of brownies.
- Add your favourite sprinkles and allow the chocolate to set. Then they are ready to serve.
- Store in an airtight container in a cool place and eat within 3 days.
- The brownies will last 2-3 days if you don’t eat them all in a few minutes.
- 9 inch square cake tine will need to bake for 25-30 minutes.
- 8 inch square cake tine will need to bake for 35-40 minutes. As the brownie will be thicker it will need more time than cooking a thinner brownie in the 9inch x 12inch tin.
Please note that the nutrition information provided above is approximate and meant as a guideline only.