Triple Chocolate Brownie Christmas Trees

24 Nov 2016

It's definitely about time that I got a Christmas baking post up, isn't it? Things have been absolutely crazy this past month, and I've barely had time to stop and have a rest. But I've had a little bit of time on my hands today, and what better to fill it with than baking? I was inspired by these Christmas tree brownies that I saw on Pinterest and I absolutely had to have a go at making them! Unfortunately, I couldn't find a UK recipe that I liked too much, so I used my good old triple chocolate brownie recipe instead!

I won't lie, I did get a little stressed while making these guys. I didn't want to fully copy the design of the trees from the pin, so I was going to drizzle green white chocolate over instead of doing wiggly icing. I think I need tips on how to colour white chocolate, because mine just clumped together as soon as I added the green colouring! It was not a pretty sight, so I just went for a smooth buttercream instead. They still taste gorgeous, I'm just disappointed the my chocolate didn't work out.

What I love most about this recipe is it's pretty customisable. I toyed with the idea of using Terry's chocolate orange instead of milk and white chips inside the brownies, for a real festive treat, but J specifically asked for the chips. As well as that, you can also decorate with absolutely anything! The supermarkets have a bunch of amazing Christmas themed sprinkles at the minute, so you could really go crazy if you wanted. Or you could go simple with silver balls and pastel sprinkles like me. I love the way they turned out, so you should definitely give them a go!

You will need:
225g plain chocolate
325g softened, unsalted butter
3 eggs
225g caster sugar
30ml/2 tablespoons black coffee
75g self-raising flour
A pinch of salt
100g milk chocolate chips
100g white chocolate chips
5ml/a teaspoon of vanilla extract
200g white chocolate
150g icing sugar
Green food colouring
Decorations (e.g. chocolate stars and sprinkles)

  1. Preheat your oven to 180c/gas mark 5. Grease and line a 18 x 28cm/7 x 11" tin with greaseproof paper.
  2. Break the chocolate into squares and place in a heatproof bowl with 225g of your butter. Using the microwave, melt them down, stirring at intervals until they are completely combined. You can also do this by setting the bowl over a pan of simmering water. Remove the bowl and leave the mixture to cool for 5 minutes.
  3. In a separate bowl, beat the eggs, sugar and coffee together until smooth, then gradually beat in the cooled melted chocolate mixture.
  4. Sift the flour and salt over the mixture, then fold in together with both the chocolate chips and the vanilla extract. Your mixture should still be fairly runny.
  5. Spoon the mixture into the prepared tin, spreading it out evenly, and then bake for about 35 minutes or just until firm to the touch. If you are using a tin that is close to the original measurements, don't bake it for any longer, as it will still be soft under the crust but will firm up as it cools. If your tin is larger or smaller, you may have to adjust your timings accordingly.
  6. Leave the brownie to cool completely in the tin before turning them out. Once turned out, cut them into triangles. This will leave a lot of cut offs for you to snack on!
  7. Now you can get creative. Of course, you don't have to make a buttercream to go on top - it's just my go to. Melt your white chocolate in the microwave or in a bowl over a pan of barely simmering water. Once it has melted, remove it from the pan/microwave and leave it to cool slightly.
  8. Whilst your chocolate is melting, beat the remaining 100g of butter in a bowl to soften it. Gradually add the icing sugar until they are both combined.
  9. Once cool enough, add your white chocolate to the butter-icing sugar mixture and beat. Add in as much green food colouring as you like until you reach your desired shade. This may take a lot more than you think!
  10. Pipe your icing on to your brownies in anyway you like. I went for a simple wiggly line, but you could be much more creative. Then decorate with whatever you like!
Then you're done and left with a load of cute little trees! I think these would be ideal for a Christmas party or for making on a chilly afternoon. They've got a slight crunch on the outside with a mouth-wateringly gooey inside, so they're seriously moreish. They'll win absolutely anyone over and they're the perfect treat for this time of year!

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