These adorable little holiday treats are made with a box mix brownie and topped with homemade vanilla buttercream. Christmas Tree Brownie Bites are easy, fun, and perfect for holiday parties.
Christmas Tree Brownie Bites
Do you do a lot of baking around the holidays? I know a lot of people do and I’m definitely one of them. It’s really fun to get family or friends together and just have one big baking session. It’s a fun tradition! I really like finding new things to make each year so I’m not just repeating the same treats.
These miniature brownies with a buttercream Christmas tree on top are definitely on my list of desserts to make this year. Aren’t they so cute? They’d be great at a holiday party or an Ugly Sweater party.
Ingredients You Need
This is a pretty simple recipe and we’re even cutting some time by using a boxed brownie mix. At the bottom of this post you’ll find a printable recipe card with the full measurements.
- Brownie Mix: Grab a boxed brownie mix or use your favorite from scratch recipe. Plus, you’ll need the ingredients listed on the box like water, eggs and oil, usually.
- Unsalted Butter: If you use salted butter the frosting may come out a bit too salty. Leave this out to soften to room temperature.
- Powdered Sugar: An essential buttercream frosting ingredient.
- Heavy Cream: You can use milk in a pinch.
- Vanilla: Especially for homemade buttercream, pure vanilla extract is the best choice.
- Salt: We add the salt in ourselves (instead of in the butter) to we can control the flavor.
- Sprinkles: You’ll want little gold stars for the topper and assorted holiday colors to use as ornaments.
- Also needed: a mini muffin pan.
How To Make Christmas Tree Brownie Bites
- Make the brownies. Follow along with the recipe on the back of the box and bake them in your mini muffin tin. You may have some extra batter leftover.
- Take the top of the brownie off. Grab a round teaspoon and scoop the center of the brownie out while it is still warm.
- Make buttercream frosting. Start by beating the butter on low speed until it is creamy. Next, slowly add in powdered sugar and heavy cream, alternating both a little at a time. Lastly, add the vanilla, salt and food coloring and continue to mix.
- Decorate the trees. Once the brownies are completely cool, use a start tip piping bag and pipe frosting onto the brownies. Add sprinkles quickly before the icing dries.
How To Store The Brownies
You can store these brownies in an airtight container for up to 5 days at room temperature.
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Christmas Tree Brownie Bites
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and grease a mini cupcake pan well with nonstick spray and set aside.
- Prepare the brownie mix according to the box directions and fill each cupcake cavity about ⅔ full with brownie batter.
- Bake for about 15 to 17 minutes until the edges are firm but the center is still slightly soft (but not gooey).
- Remove from the oven and use the back of a round teaspoon to indent the center of each of the brownie cups. Let them cool in the pan for 10 minutes.
- Use a paring knife to help pop them out of the pan and transfer them to a cooling rack to cool completely before frosting.
- While they are cooling, cream the butter on low speed with a paddle attachment until pale and creamy.
- Slowly add in 3 cups of powdered sugar and 3 tbsp heavy cream a little at a time, alternating between each, while mixing on low over the course of about 3 minutes.
- If your frosting needs a more stiff consistency, add remaining sugar. If your frosting needs to be thinned out, add the remaining cream.
- Add vanilla, salt, and food coloring and whip on high speed for 2 minutes.
- Fill a piping bag fitted with a large star tip (I used this one: https://amzn.to/3njvNfX) with the frosting.
- Pipe the frosting onto the cooled cupcakes, twisting back and forth slightly to make a Christmas tree shape.
- Top with sprinkles.