This recipe was inspired by many spontaneous lunch time visits to Starbucks. With my knitted snood tucked neatly in one hand and a warm cup of the ever so rich and buttery flavour of the sweet toffee nut latte in the other, I would gaze at the beautifully decorated Christmas tree brownies from the other side of the store.
I felt so inspired to make my very own. This is an adapted recipe which I saved onto my Pinterest board. I love the texture and flavour of these naughty but sweet brownies.
To make your very own Christmas tree brownies:
100g plain flour
150g unsalted butter
150g dark chocholate
125g brown sugar
1/4 tsp baking powder
1tsp Caramel flavouring
3 large eggs
3 large mixing bowls
1 roll of greaseproof paper
A pinch of salt
Baking tray (mines about 7x5in)
White shimmer snowflakes
White piping icing
Preheat your oven to 180C, 350F. Line your baking tray with paper.
Gently melt the chocolate and butter in the microwave on a low setting. Stir until smooth and cool for 15 minutes.
In a large bowl beat in the egg, sugar and caramel flavouring.
In a separate bowl, sift the flour, baking powder and a pinch of salt.
Pour the cooled chocolate mixture into the beaten egg mixture and mix until smooth. Fold in your flour mix until there is no visible flour.
Pour your mixture into your lined tin and bake for 20 minutes. Your brownies should be set on top and gooey on the inside.
Leave to cool for an hour or two before removing from your baking tray.
Cut your brownies into 12 triangular tree shapes. Firstly cut a horizontal lane across the middle, then work into triangle shapes from the bottom to the top.
*Slice off the rounded corners to give a straight edge before cutting out your tree shapes (this is optional).
Pipe over your brownies in a zigzag pattern. Decorate with your shimmer snowflakes and enjoy.