Mint Milano Christmas brownies are dense, chewy and rich. Mint brownies make a change from other flavoured brownies. As well as the typical brownie ingredients you’d expect this recipe calls for festive ingredients like mint truffle Hershey’s kisses and sprinkles in the shape of snowflakes, stars or even both. The top of these festive Christmas brownies are decorated with Christmas trees making them the perfect addition to Christmas dinner.
Add this fun brownie recipe to your Christmas baking list this holiday season and you’ll be glad you did. The hint of mint combines perfectly with the deep chocolate flavor. Green frosting piped in the shape of a Christmas tree gives each delicious brownie a cute look.
Mint Milano Christmas Brownies Ingredients
Although there are many unique brownie ideas to choose from, most fudgy brownies call for very similar ingredients. The typical brownie ingredients include flour, sugar, cocoa powder, eggs, salt, butter, and chocolate chips. With a short list of ingredients like this, you know these easy Christmas brownies are going to become a family favourite.
I find that semisweet chocolate chips give the best flavour but you could add dark or even white ones if you prefer. If you’re using white, you might need to reduce the amount of sugar to balance out the sweetness.
In addition you need vanilla, Mint Milano cookies, mint truffle, Hershey’s kisses, and sprinkles. For the buttercream frosting, you can mix green food coloring into regular frosting or buy readymade green frosting for this sweet treat.
How to Make this Christmas Dessert
You will find these peppermint brownies decorated with a Christmas tree simple to prepare. (We all love an easy recipe this time of year!) Mix together the cocoa, flour, sugar, and salt. Microwave the butter and chocolate chips in the microwave until melted together.
Mix the eggs, vanilla, and chocolate butter mixture with the dry ingredients. Scoop about half of this mixture into a parchment paper-lined baking dish. Top with Mint Milano cookies then add the rest of the batter on top. Bake the mint brownies until done then let them cool in the pan.
Once cool, you can cut the chewy Christmas brownies into squares with a sharp knife. Put the green frosting into a piping bag or pastry bag, and pipe it through a star tip on to the cute Christmas brownies.
Before piping it though, add a Hershey’s kiss to each one and then pipe the buttercream frosting in a swirly pattern over it, so it looks like each brownie is decorated with a Christmas tree. Finally, add some sprinkles on top and dust with a little powdered sugar (to resemble snow) if you want. You could even add candy canes.
This festive treat is the perfect addition to your Christmas party. Oh, and if you’re a brownie lover, try these brownie sundae waffle bowls too.
Optional Dried Fruit to Add to the Brownies
Holiday brownies are great with or without optional fruit, but you can still add some. After all, they’re for Christmas! Throw some dried fruit into the brownie mixture, perhaps raisins, dried cranberries or even chopped mixed fruits to make them even more indulgent.
Festive Christmas Tree Brownies FAQs
If these are just one of the Christmas treats you’re planning to make, you might want to know if they can be made ahead. After all, the kitchen can be very busy this time of year!
You can prepare and bake the rich brownies in advance and then wrap them in foil or plastic wrap and keep in an airtight container at room temperature. They will be fine for a day or so like this. Don’t frost them until just before your holiday party starts though, else the frosting will begin to seep into the brownies.
Although they complement the mint flavour, you don’t need to add them if you prefer not to. It’s actually easier to pipe the Christmas tree frosting if you’re using a Hershey’s kiss as a guide, but you can also pipe the trees without them if you prefer, or else use another flavour of Hershey’s kisses or another brand of candy altogether. If you’re new to piping though, I’d recommend using the candy so you can use it as a kind of ‘frame’.
Mint Milano Christmas Brownies Recipe
Mint Milano Christmas Brownies
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
- Mix the cocoa powder flour, sugar, and salt together in a mixing bowl.
- In a microwave safe bowl combine the butter and chocolate chips. Heat in the microwave in 15 second increments until the chocolate chips and butter have melted. Mix well.
- Add the eggs, vanilla, melted chocolate, and butter mixture to the dry ingredients in the mixing bowl. Mix until combined.
- Line a 7×11 or similar size baking dish with parchment paper.
- Scrape about 1/2 of the brownie batter into the parchment lined baking pan.
- Cover the top of the batter with a single layer of Mint Milano cookies.
- Scrape the remaining batter onto the top of the Milano cookies.
- Bake in a preheated 350 degrees F oven for 25 minutes.
- Remove from the oven and let cool completely.
- Once cooled, remove the brownies from the baking pan. Cut the brownies into 12 even sized pieces. (Optional, before cutting, slice all the rough edges off to make nice straight edges).
- Place your green frosting into a piping bag with a small star tip.
- Pipe a small glob of frosting onto the bottom of an opened Hershey’s kiss. Place the Hershey’s kiss frosting side down onto the center of one of your brownie squares.
- Now starting at the base of the Hershey’s kiss, pipe small stars all the way around, working your way up to the very top.
- Place one small snowflake or star shaped sprinkle at the very top of the frosted tree.
- At this point they are ready to serve, for an extra special touch dust lightly with powdered sugar to give a snowy look.
The nutrition information provided are only estimates based on an online nutritional calculator. I am not a certified nutritionist. Please consult a professional nutritionist or doctor for accurate information and any dietary restrictions and concerns you may have.
Mint Milano Christmas brownies are a delicious treat for the festive season. These mint brownies decorated with a Christmas tree combine the rich taste of chocolate with a touch of mint, while the green buttercream frosting on top is garnished with Christmas themed sprinkles and perhaps a dusting of snow (or, in this case, powdered sugar!)
If you are looking for a shortcut, instead of making brownie batter use a boxed brownie mix. These homemade brownies are perfect for a cookie exchange and they make great gift, too.
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