3 days till Christmas!!
So if you read yesterdays post you would know I threw a Christmas sleepover where I made a heap of yummy Christmas food which I thought I would share with you here!
Christmas Tree Brownies and Rudolf the Reindeer
To make both of these gorgeous treats you need to start by making brownies! I have my two favourite recipies below!
Brownie No. 1
Got this recipe from a friend and don’t know where it originated
3/4 cup good quality cocoa
1/2 cup plain flour
1 1/2 cups caster sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1. Heat cocoa, butter and sugar in a medium saucepan on the stove and stir constantly to avoid it sticking to the saucepan
2. When the butter has melted, take pan off the heat. If mixture had caught on the bottom transfer into a new bowl if not it’s fine to leave it in the saucepan.
3. If the two ingredients have not combined stir gently until just combined
4. Add vanilla and wait for it to cool.
5. Add eggs ad mix until incorporated
6. Add flour and mix until incorporated.
7. Poor in a tray with straight sides
8. Cook in the oven 160° FF for 25 mins
9. Check if ready, if so wait for it to cool then cut and enjoy!
Brownie No. 2
This Recipe is from The Australian Women’s Weekly old Fashioned Favourites cookbook. I take no credit for this recipe
250g dark Chocolate (finely chopped)
80g butter (extra)
2tsp vanilla essense
1 cup brown sugar (firmly packed)
1/2 cup plain flour
1/2 cup chopped roasted hazelnuts (optional)
1/3 cup sour cream
1. Grease deep 19cm square cake pan, line base with baking paper
2. Melt butter in a pan, add chocolate, stir over low heat until chocolate is melted
3. Cool for 5 mins
4. Beat extra butter, essence and sugar in a small bowl with an electric mixer until light and fluffy, beat in eggs one at a time. Transfer mixture into a large bowl.
5. Stir in sifted flour, then chocolate mixture, nuts and cream
6. Spread mixture into prepared pan, bake in moderate oven for about 45mins
7. After 45mins cool in the pan.
8. Turn brownies out from the pan, remove paper and cut.
Christmas Tree Brownies
I came up with my own recipe after seeing a picture on Pinterest. Later found out it was first created on this website: www.onelittleproject.com I got my icing recipe from this website: www.taste.com.au/
- Ingredients for your preferred Brownie recipe!
- Candy Canes
For Icing (you can just tint ready made icing if you prefer!)
- 1 1/2 cups of Icing Sugar Mixture (Sifted)
- 25g butter (softened)
- 1 tbs and a little bit milk or water
- Few drops of green Food Colouring
- Make your preferred brownie recipe
- Once it is cool, cut it into triangles as shown below
- Unwrap the candy canes, and use a sharp knife to gently cut/break the candy canes into 1.5″ long pieces.
4. Press one end of the candy cane into the bottom of the brownie triangles.
5. Spoon out approximately ½ of the tub of icing into a bowl.
6.Add green food colouring until you’re happy with the colour.
7. Spoon the green icing into a zip lock bag.
8. Seal the bag and cut off a small corner of the bag with sharp scissors.
9. Starting at the top of the brownie triangles, gently squeeze out the icing in a curvy zigzag as you go down the tree.
10. Add some Christmas sprinkles and a small star sprinkle at the top.
Rudolf the Reindeer Brownies
I originally got this recipe from www.yourcupofcake.com
- What you need for your favourite brownie recipe
- Red m&ms
- Sugar eyes / icing eyes
- Mini Pretzels
- Make your brownies and cut into rectangles or squares
- Use melted chocolate or icing to stick on pretzels, eyes and a red m&m
Coconut Lemon Snow Balls
- 2¼ cups desiccated coconut
- Zest of 1 medium/large lemon
- Half the lemon juice
- 2 Tbsp coconut cream, chilled
- 2 Tbsp Coconut Water
- 3 Tbsp honey
- Line a baking tray with parchment paper, set aside.
- Add all ingredients to a high speed food processor.
- Pulse a few times to incorporate ingredients then process on high until well combined and mixture begins to stick together.
- Pick up approx. 1-2 Tbsp of mixture to create small round balls.
- Add more desiccated coconut if mixture doesn’t hold it’s shape when formed into balls.
- Place on prepared baking tray, continue with remaining mixture.
- Set in the refrigerator for 30 min.
*Note: when I made them I found them a little too tangy so I would recommend adding 1/2 tbsp of icing sugar
This recipe if from the Australian Women’s Weekly Sweet Old-fashioned Favourites Cookbook – I take no credit
- 125g butter
- 1/2 cup brown sugar firmly packed
- 1/2 cup golden syrup
- 1 egg yolk
- 2 1/2 cups plain flour
- 1tbsp ground ginger
- 1tsp bicarbonate of soda
- Cream butter and sugar in a small bowl with electric mixer till light and fluffy
- beat in golden syrup and yolk
- transfer to a large bowl and stir in sifted dry ingredients in 2 batches
- Press mixture into a ball, knead on a lightly floured surface until smooth cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes
- roll dough between two sheets of greaseproof paper to 4mm thickness
- Cut shaped using cutters and remove from dough placing shapes 3cm apart on lightly greased oven trays
- Bake in moderately hot oven for about 8 minutes or until lightly browned and firm
- cool on trays
- ice if you wish!
I hope you guys love these sweet treats! If you try making them I would love to see your pictures and hear what you think of them! Tag me on Instagram, use the hashtag #DCDchristmastreats17 or comment below!