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Festive Tree Brownies

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Photo courtesy of Kylee's Kitchen

Festive Tree Brownies

For the brownies

  • Two boxes of Ghirardelli brownie mix
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs

For the buttercream frosting

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 4 to 5 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Directions

For the brownies

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit
  2. Line a 15×10* baking pan with aluminum foil and spray with nonstick baking spray (the reason for using aluminum foil is so that they’re easy to pull out of the pan). Set pan aside.
  3. Mix the water, vegetable oil, and eggs in a bowl.
  4. Add the two boxes of brownie mix and stir until well-blended.
  5. Spread mix into pan.
  6. Bake brownies for 39 minutes. Check on them – if you stick a toothpick in the center and it comes out clean, they’re done! If brownie mix sticks on the toothpick, bake for a two more minutes and check again.
  7. When the brownies have cooled, life the aluminum foil out of the pan.
  8. Slice the brownies in half length-wise (down the center) and then make six diagonal cuts to form 22 “trees” with four edges as scraps in each corner.

For the buttercream

  1. Beat softened butter on medium speed for about 2 minutes until smooth and creamy.
  2. Add powdered sugar and mix until combined
  3. Add cream, vanilla extract, and salt and mix until combined
  4. Increase mixer to high speed and beat for 3 full minutes.
  5. Add more powdered sugar if frosting is too thin or more cream if frosting is too thick.
  6. OPTIONAL: Add two to three drops of green food coloring and mix until color is distributed.
  7. Decorate brownies with frosting, sprinkles, and other toppings of your choice!

*If you don’t have a 15×10 pan, use a 9×13 pan – the brownies will just be a little thicker.

Recipe courtesy of Kylee’s Kitchen