I know it’s only the last day of November, but with Christmas just around the corner and so many shops already bursting with decorations, I thought I might as well jump on the bandwagon and start sharing Christmas ideas. A number of friends have already put their trees up too, but I try to get through November before starting to concentrate on Christmas.
I can’t claim that this creativity belongs to me though, but I do have permission to share it with you. Last Christmas, one of my friends used my Best Chocolate Brownie Recipe Ever to make these gorgeous Candy Cane Christmas Trees and I loved the idea. Kids love the idea too, combining the peppermint flavour of the candy canes with the gooey chocolateyness of the brownies, adding a few M&Ms for decorations glued in place with melted white chocolate and you can’t go wrong.
When my son was still in kindergarten I used Christmas shaped cookie cutters to cut seasonal shapes out of freshly baked Brownies to take to his school Christmas party which also worked a treat. Dusted with a light sprinkling of icing sugar to give a snowy effect and everyone thought I was very clever, but now I’m thinking my friend is very clever and you can be too.
What you will need:
1 quantity Best Chocolate Brownie Recipe – ever!, baked and cooled
1 medium sized Christmas Tree cookie cutter (or cut triangles if you don’t have a cutter on hand)
8 – 12 candy canes (depends on how many trees you can get out of the brownie based on the size of your cookie cutter)
red and green M&Ms
50 g white chocolate (use more if you prefer)
1 medium plastic sandwich bag
- Bake the brownies and allow to cool in the pan for a few minutes. Carefully turn out of the pan onto a cooling rack and cool completely. Then turn onto a chopping board and cut out the desired shapes (triangles or Christmas trees).
- Chop off the hook of the candy canes, leaving you with straight sticks to be used as handles.
- Carefully insert the candy canes into the base of the trees.
- Separate all the green and red M&Ms from the pack, eating all the others you don’t need.
- Melt the chocolate over a double boiler or in the microwave for a few seconds until of a pouring consistency. Either transfer to a bag with a small hole in the corner to squeeze patterns onto the brownie trees, or use a spoon and drizzle it on – personally, I think the bag method is easier as you have more control over the pressure, quantity and direction the chocolate will go in but take care to work quickly as the chocolate will begin to set.
- Place the M&M decorations onto the white chocolate and allow to “dry”.
Santa might even enjoy a couple of these with his cookies and milk ;).