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Santa Hat Brownies

Santa Hat Brownies

Aren’t these Santa Hat Brownies just so cute? Thanks to Erica’s Sweet Tooth for the inspiration. I was looking for a fun and simple holiday treat and I ran across a recipe on her website. They’re so good and easy to make, especially since I bought Trader Joe’s Ready to Bake brownie mix (just pour the ready-made brownie batter in an 8X8 pan and bake for 22-25 minutes). You can use ready-made brownie bites or bake a pan of your favorite brownies. I whipped up some vanilla-mascarpone buttercream to simulate the white trim on the hats. Voila! A festive dessert to get everyone into the spirit of the holidays. It really is beginning to look a lot like Christmas around here!

Santa Hat Brownies
Yields 12-16 brownies

Ingredients:
1 pan of your favorite brownies, cooled and cut into desired size and shape (I used a round cutter)
12-16 small strawberries, cleaned and hulled
vanilla-mascarpone buttercream (recipe below)

Mascarpone Buttercream
Ingredients:
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
8 ounces mascarpone cheese, room temperature
2-1/2 to 3 cups powdered sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
pinch of salt

Method:
Using a stand mixer with a paddle attachment, beat butter and mascarpone cheese until light and creamy, about 2 minutes. Add vanilla extract and salt. Add 2-1/2 cups of sugar, half a cup at a time and continue beating until smooth. Add more sugar, if needed to reach desired consistency and sweetness.

To assemble, pipe a ring of vanilla buttercream on top of each brownie. Cut off the base of a strawberry so it is flat and place it upside down on each brownie, pushing slightly to secure in place. Top the tip of the strawberry with a dot of buttercream to finish the santa hat.

Adapted from this recipe found on Erica’s Sweet Tooth

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6 thoughts on “Santa Hat Brownies

    • Thank you, they were awesome… I made them for my daughters kindergarten Christmas party. They were gone in 10 minutes. Super easy to make, I had anticipated worse due to my list of successful sweet treats is rather short for my likin… I left out the mascarpone cheese in the frosting, because I was worried that for the kids sake they wouldn’t like it plus I’ve never tired nor heard of it. For the frosting I added Crisco thinking that the strawberries were on the heavy side, and if I used both unsalted butter and Crisco the frosting would be able to hold the strawberry with out falling over before I carefully reached my destination! Which it did a decent job of it, and the frosting was incredible… I am not much of awhipped cream kinda person when it comes to frosting! Actually I hate it, frosting is suppose to be thick in creamy not fluffy and whipped it makes me think that its fake… So thank you for taking time to comment on my post! Let me know of you’ve baked over the holidays if so please share!! Hope you have a prosperous new year….

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