Christmas Reindeer Brownies is an easy recipe that will quickly become a holiday tradition. Homemade brownies, chocolate buttercream frosting and candy bring Rudolph to life!
Fudgy homemade brownies topped with a silky-smooth cocoa buttercream frosting come to life as Rudolph, with sugar eyes, candy cane antlers and a bright red candy nose, of course!
So much fun for kids to make and eat!
In anticipation of Santa's arrival, we always gather up our reindeer recipes because the time has come to make Reindeer Brownies.
A simple brownies decoration can turn triangular shaped brownies into holiday reindeer treats on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day!
Christmas Eve is steeped with tradition in our family. The Italian meal of the seven fishes along with pasta, of course, makes for a mouthwatering evening.
And then there's guitar playing and Christmas carol singing and, most importantly, tracking Santa in his travels around the globe.
The excitement builds thoughout the night as the kids keep gathering around the laptop (yes, there's an app for tracking Santa; gotta love modern technology!) to check on Santa’s location.
"Where is Santa now?” “Is he getting closer?” “When will he be here?"
They gather round and listen intently to a reading of 'Twas The Night Before Christmas and then excitedly run back to the laptop to check on Santa's travels.
And of course, we cannot forget the most important reindeer of all guiding Santa's sleigh to every girl and boy's house. Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, the most famous reindeer of all!
So it only seems appropriate to end the evening with our reindeer brownies as the anticipation of Santa's arrival builds!
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Our decorated brownies come to life as our beloved Rudolph when cut into triangles and decorated with sugar eyes and your favorite candy nose!
Last month my brownies were Turkey Brownies and this month they are reindeer brownies! I just go with the flow of the holidays around here!
And if you want more Christmas brownies ideas, check out our Christmas Tree brownies recipe too!
Christmas reindeer brownies have become a delicious tradition for our family and I hope for your family too! So why not begin by making delicious memories with your own Rudolph brownies for the holidays this year? I guarantee you’ll be making holiday brownies every year to come.
And you'll definitely want to feed Rudolph and his friends, well maybe just you and your friends, some Reindeer Chow too!
Wishing you Happy Holidays and treasured traditions for you and your family too.
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How to cut brownies
How to cut your brownies into triangles for Rudolph?
- Brownies are first cut into a long rectangle
- Then cut the rectangle into triangles as shown above.
The scraps on the ends make a delicious crumbled topping for ice cream. Or if you're like me, just pop in your mouth as is, just saying!
Swirls of Flavor Recipe Tips
- Decorate store bought brownies when you’re short on time
- Use a canned frosting
- Bring Rudolph to life with your favorite candy decorations
- Candy ideas for reindeer noses include spice drops, cinnamon candy, red gumballs
- Crumble any brownie scraps and use them as a topping on your next bowl of ice cream
- Stir the brownie scraps into ice cream
- Add brownie scraps into a milkshake
- Decorate brownies from your local bakery in place of our homemade brownies
- Make your brownies from a box mix
- Substitute canned frosting for our homemade frosting
Ingredients for edible reindeer
- granulated sugar
- vanilla extract
- unsweetened cocoa powder
- confectioners’ sugar
- edible candy eyes
- assorted red candy for noses
- mini candy canes or chocolate covered mini pretzels for antlers
Easy Christmas Desserts
Candy Cane Fudge is an easy recipe of sweetened condensed milk that mixes with bittersweet chocolate for a rich chocolate layer that compliments a top layer of candy cane flavor adorned with bits of green and red candy cane.
No-Bake Peppermint Bark Cookies are a twist on a holiday favorite! White chocolate surrounded by peppermint candy and chocolate cookies are guaranteed to be a hit on your holiday table! And so easy to make as a last minute sweet treat!
Christmas Tree Brownies is an easy homemade brownie recipe that's a fun holiday treat. Simply cut brownies into triangles and decorate with a homemade buttercream frosting, candy canes, candy, sprinkles and edible glitter! Make Christmas even more fun and festive with Christmas Tree Brownies!
Double Chocolate Espresso Cookies combine the flavors of chocolate and coffee in a decadent cookie for the holiday season. When deep rich chocolate cookie dough is flavored with espresso, studded with mini chocolate chips and rolled in festive holiday sprinkles, every bite is an indulgence.
Both kids and adults will fall in love with these Peppermint Snowmen Brownies. An easy recipe for homemade brownies is topped with a creamy homemade peppermint buttercream frosting and candy snowmen! Peppermint Snowmen Brownies will surely become a holiday favorite in your house.
The ever popular red velvet cupcake has just become a cookie! Topped with a peppermint glaze and crushed candy canes, this easy cookie recipe bakes up into Peppermint Crunch Red Velvet Cookies! The holidays will be sweeter than ever!
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- 1 cup butter
- 1 2/3 cups granulated sugar
- 4 large eggs
- 2 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1 cup flour
- 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 3/4 tsp. salt
Cocoa Buttercream Frosting
- 1/2 cup butter ,at room temperature
- 2 cups confectioners’ sugar
- 2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/4 cup milk
- 48 edible candy eyes
- 24 assorted red candy for noses such as spice drops, cinnamon candy, red gum balls
- 48 mini candy canes or chocolate covered mini pretzels for antlers
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- Preheat oven to 350F. Line a 13-inch x 9-inch baking pan with foil leaving a 2-inch overhang. Coat with non-stick cooking spray.
- In microwave-safe bowl, melt 1 cup butter. Stir in sugar until dissolved. Add eggs and vanilla, stirring until blended.
- Stir in flour, 1 cup cocoa powder and salt until a batter forms.
- Spread evenly in prepared baking pan and bake 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
- Cool 15 minutes in pan. Using foil overhang transfer brownie to wire rack and cool completely.
Cocoa Buttercream Frosting:
- Meanwhile, beat 1/2 cup butter until creamy. Combine confectioners' sugar and 2/3 cup cocoa powder in bowl and whisk until blended. Reduce mixer speed and gradually add confectioners’ sugar mixture until blended. Add milk and beat until creamy and smooth. Spread frosting over top of cooled brownie.
- Cut brownie horizontally into three sections. Cut each section into 8 triangles as shown above. There will be small brownie scraps on ends of each sections. Feel free to snack on those!
- Decorate each triangle with two candy eyes, two antlers and a red nose and watch as Rudolph comes to life!
First Published: December 18, 2017... Last Updated: November 10, 2022 for better readability and user experience
Darling little reindeer. I am sure the kids would love their sweet faces. I am happy to feature your darling reindeer brownies on Sunday at Love Your Creativity. Happy Holidays
These are so cute! What a fun idea! Will be making these for daycare and school treats this year!
This is super cute!!! Aw my kids are going to love these. We'll be making these for the neighbors too.
Adorable!! My kids will love these super cute reindeer brownies. Can't wait to try them. Thanks for sharing!
Super cute and festive! My grand kids will love making these.
My family had so much fun with this recipe. Reindeer Brownies will now be an annual tradition.
What a great recipe and a really cute idea! Also, I love your suggestion to save the brownie scraps for an ice cream topping or in a milkshake. Happy holidays and thanks for another winner!
Thanks so much Liza. Oh yes, never throw away brownie scraps! LOL Happy holidays to you too, GG
This makes me so happy Jayne! My family has been making these brownies on Christmas Eve for years now and the kids (both big and little kids!) always look forward to them. Happy baking, GG