Monday, December 22, 2014

Santa Hat Brownies

This is going to be a super short post but I wanted to share these Santa hat brownies in case you are looking for a last minute cute idea for a Christmas dessert.  I actually made these brownies last Christmas and it was too late to blog them and then I totally forgot about them until I was browsing Pinterest for holiday themed food ideas a few days ago.

These brownie bites are incredibly easy and they will be a huge hit with the kids, and adults too, if they can manage to sneak any before the kids eat them all!  I am pretty sure these lasted about 3 minutes before they were completely devoured and technically they weren't even suppose to be eating them yet.  !!Kids!! I am positive that your kids will love these just as much as all of the ones in my family did.

I hope everyone is having a lovely holiday season and that your days are filled with family, friends, good food, holiday cheer, and lots of love <3

Santa Hat Brownies

1 box brownie mix, prepared as directed on the box (or homemade)

Strawberries, washed and hulled

4 oz cream cheese, softened
4 oz butter, softened
2 cups powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1-2 tsp milk, if needed

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Prepare the brownie mix as directed on the box and bake in a greased mini muffin tin for 15-18 minutes.  Let the brownies cool completely in the pan on a wire rack.  Prepare the cream cheese frosting while the brownies are cooling.  Combine the softened cream cheese and softened butter in a medium bowl.  Use an electric mixer or a whisk to combine well.  Add the powdered sugar and continue to beat for 1-2 minutes.  Beat in the vanilla and the milk until you have a nice smooth consistency.  You don't want to the frosting to be too loose or too stiff.  Place the frosting into a zipper topped baggie and cut off a small corner. Transfer the brownies to a serving platter and pipe a small amount of frosting onto the top of each brownie.  Place a strawberry on top of the frosting and press slightly so a ring of frosting forms the base of each hat.  Pipe a little blop of frosting on the top of each strawberry to make the pom on the top of Santa's hat.  Chill the brownie bites until ready to serve.


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