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 it’s time 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 though out 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 asking "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 Christmas Reindeer Brownies as the anticipation of Santa's arrival builds!
Our decorated brownies come to life as 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!
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 our Christmas Brownies too?
Wishing you Happy Holidays and treasured traditions for you and your family too.
How to cut brownies
How to cut your brownies into triangles for Rudolph? Brownies are first cut into a long rectangle and then cut 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
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Ingredients you will need to make this recipe
- granulated sugar
- vanilla extract
- unsweetened cocoa powder
- confectioners’ sugar
- edible candy eyes
- assorted red candy for noses, such as spice drops, cinnamon candy, red gum balls
- 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.
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!
Makes 24 reindeer brownies.
First Published: December 18, 2017... Last Updated: December 10, 2020