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Last Updated on December 18, 2020 by Diane Hoffmaster
This Christmas Tree Brownie Recipe is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of The J.M. Smucker Company. The opinions and text are all mine. #TheDessertDebate
One of the things I love most about the holidays is baking. Of course, I'm swamped with a ton of other things, too, but whenever I get an invite to a Christmas party I always want to bring something sweet. I would much rather make something at home and give it a personal touch than just pick up a package of premade cupcakes at the grocery store. When I came across this Christmas tree brownie recipe it looked so simple that I just had to give it a try. I picked up some Pillsbury™ Purely Simple™ Baking and Frosting Mixes at Publix and got creative this weekend. I think they turned out pretty darn cute! If you want to try this for yourself, check out The Dessert Debate for coupons before you shop!
The Pillsbury™ Purely Simple™ Baking and Frosting Mixes contain only simple ingredients. There are no colors, preservatives or artificial flavors in these mixes at all. You can choose from 5 different varieties of baking mixes or two different frosting flavors. The frosting is nothing like the other premade frostings I have tried. It comes in a dry, powder form and you add real butter and water before beating. It turns out incredibly fluffy and creamy!
When you bake these brownies, make sure to line the pan with overhanging parchment paper. That way, you can easily lift the brownies out of the pan once they are cool. Cutting and frosting them is much easier that way and you don't risk ruining your Christmas tree brownie recipe by having them get stuck in the pan!
This Christmas tree brownie recipe is incredibly simple. I came across a few that looked much more complicated that required dying the frosting and piping it on in a decorative fashion. Honestly, I was looking for simple and didn't really want to add food dye so I went with this version instead. Leave plenty of time to let the brownies cool before frosting them or your frosting will melt!
When you have the brownies out of the pan, you will need to cut them into triangles. Some of you may be better at Geometry than I am but I figured out how to get MOST of them to look like proper triangular Christmas trees. I cut the brownies in three rows and each row was cut into multiple triangles. You can sortof see the pattern below if you want to follow what I did.
After you have your triangles, you just need to decide how you want to decorate your Christmas tree brownies. I had some snowflake sprinkles, candy canes and yellow M&Ms for stars. You can get as creative or as simple as you want. This also makes a fun activity for classroom parties. Just hand children a triangular brownie and some 'decorations' and see what they create!
This Christmas tree brownie recipe was incredibly simple to make and they were a big hit with the kids. Since you start with a packaged brownie and frosting mix, it isn't hugely time consuming, which I appreciate during the chaotic holidays. The creative design, however, makes your holiday party contribution unique and festive!
If you are looking for more baking inspiration, you can visit the Pillsbury website for more information, tips, and recipes. Like them on Facebook or follow them on Pinterest or Instagram for creative baking ideas. Don't forget that you can find the Pillsbury™ Purely Simple™ Baking and Frosting Mixes at your local Publix, right where all the other baking mixes are found!
What will YOU be making for your next holiday party?
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of The J.M. Smucker Company. The opinions and text are all mine.
Diane is a professional blogger and nationally certified pharmacy technician at Good Pill Pharmacy. She has two college aged kids, one husband and more pets than she will admit to. She earned her BS in Microbiology at the University of New Hampshire but left her career in science to become a stay at home mom. Years of playing with LEGO and coloring with crayons had her craving a more grown up purpose to her life and she began blogging and freelance writing full time. You can learn more about her HERE.