This holiday season, make brownies merry and bright!
Makes 8 to 10
2 cups caster sugar 1/2 cup cocoa powder 1 1/2 cups plus 2 teaspoons all-purpose flour 1/2 teaspoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt1 cup butter, melted 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 4 large eggs 1/3 cup dark chocolate chunks (optional 1/3 cup white chocolate chunks (optional) 1/3 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
For decorating peppermint sticks or pretzel sticks for the trunks homemade royal icing (recipe as follows) candy sprinkles
For the homemade royal icing 1/3 cup egg whites 2 cups confectioners' sugar 1 teaspoon lemon extract red food coloring green food coloring
1 In a bowl, mix together sugar, cocoa powder, flour, baking powder, and salt. In another bowl, mix butter, vanilla extract, and eggs. Add to flour mixture; mix. Add chocolate chunks and walnuts, if using.
2 Pour mixture into an 8x8-inch greased and floured baking pan.
3 Bake at 350ºF for 20 to 25 minutes.
4 Let cookies cool completely on a cooling rack.
5 Cut brownies into uniform triangles to make trees. This will make 8 to 10 triangles.
6 Frost and decorate as desired. Insert peppermint or pretzel sticks into the base of each triangle.
7 Make the homemade royal icing: Using an electric mixer on medium speed, mix egg whites with confectioners' sugar and lemon extract for 10 minutes or until soft peaks form. Divide into 3 parts. Add red food coloring to 1 part, green food coloring to 1 part, and leave the last one as is.
8 Use a piping bag with a star or plain tip to decorate. You can also use your favorite store-bought brownie mix for this recipe. Remember to ask for an adult's help for Step 5.