Everyone knows I love Christmas and I wanted to share something you could actually do with ease. Of course I encourage brownies from scratch like these here, but let’s be real, shopping for gifts for yourself others is hard work right? So, you may not exactly have that lovely spare time. That being so, let’s go to the easy stuff.
Let’s get a brownie (look at that gorgeous crackle top) and a Christmas tree cookie cutter.
Okay, now place the cookie cutter over the brownie. WARNING: This part is not as easy as it looks. You might be tempted to eat the brownie. If this occurs, get another brownie.
Still with me? Okay good. Press down.
That wasn’t so bad! P.S. You cannot waste the ‘scraps’. Find something to do with them. I’m sure you’ll think of something great.
You can even get a little fancy if you want. Enjoy!
In a medium bowl combine sifted (yes, sifting is very important) flour, salt and baking soda. Set aside. In saucepan, over medium heat, bring sugar, butter and water to boil.
Remove from heat. Stir in 1 cup chips and vanilla (or any flavouring you like or both) Stir till smooth. Cool 5 minutes. Remember, you want to make sure its cool enough that the eggs don't cook in the heat (or...that'd be a BIG problem).
Beat in eggs 1 at a time until well mixed. Add flour mixture and combine.
Add 1 cup chips and combine quickly - if the chips melt, its okay, although it's never happened to me.
Pour into a greased, parchment lined, or a greased foil-lined 8x8 square pan.
Bake in a preheated oven set at 325. for 35 minutes. (if doubling it let bake for an additional 3-5 minutes). Cool completely. Cut into 16 pieces, or 8 if you like them big.
Cut out as many tree brownies as you can either after cutting the brownies so that they are easier to remove.
Decorate with M&Ms to mimic Christmas Tree Lights.