The gifts are in your virtual shopping cart, the wrapping paper is poised to cleverly hide the surprises, and the kids are….well, the kids are going crazy! Are you with me?
Christmas is so much fun, and the magic is incredible for child and adult alike! However, if you don’t do something constructive soon, the kids might just form a coup– armed with sharpened candy canes, and armor made of pine boughs and tinsel expertly pulled from the tree.
Quick! Think of an easy activity to satisfy the troops!
Simple and fun holiday recipes ahead!
Brownie Christmas Trees Recipe
1 box brownie mix
Ingredients called for on brownie mix box (usually water, oil and eggs)
Green ready-to-use frosting (I used this decorating icing)
Bounty Paper Towels
1- Heat oven to 350°F (or temperature indicated on brownie mix box). Line a 9-inch square pan with tinfoil with excess foil hanging over the edges of the pan. Grease the bottom of the foil with cooking spray.
2- Make brownie according to instructions on the box. Cool completely after baking (about 2 hours). Remove the brownies from the pan by lifting up the foil and then peel the foil from the brownies.
3- Cut brownies into triangles.
Holiday Cleaning Tips:
Now is a super time to give you a tip that my mother gave to me when I was a candy-cane-sword-wielding , tinsel-wearing, excited-for-Christmas child. The tip is this: clean as you go. Yes, it’s pretty simple, yet life changing! Keep a supply of paper towels on hand to clean up your messes as you go. This way you can enjoy the holidays without worrying about cleaning up the messes.
4- Break candy canes into small straight pieces and insert pieces into the bottom of the triangles to create tree trunks.
5- Using green frosting tube (I loved using the ready-to-use frosting tube), squeeze frosting onto your brownie tree. Immediately cover with small candy sprinkles. (See that Bounty paper towel under the brownie? It easily captures the rogue sprinkles and drips of frosting for easy clean up!)
6- You can also paint a design onto your brownie with a clean brush and Karo syrup followed by dipping the brownie into sprinkles.
After the holiday baking comes the “dreaded” clean up. But with plenty of Bounty paper towels on hand, and a clean as you go principle, clean up is a breeze!
Since clean up is already done, sit back with the littles and enjoy a tree-shaped brownie and a cup of cocoa!