Rich, chocolate brownies are a delicious treat and a tasty addition to the dessert table at any holiday gathering. While they taste great even when they are plain, holiday decorations help make these chocolatey sweets more festive. There are many easy ways to decorate brownies and make them a perfect holiday treat.
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Rather than simply cutting the sweets from their pan with a knife and serving rectangular brownies, use cookie cutters to make fun-shaped treats. Head to a craft store or a kitchen speciality shop, browse through a wide assortment of cookie cutters and find some shapes that are perfect for your holiday. For instance, brownies can be transformed to ghost or pumpkin shaped snacks for Halloween or trees and snowmen for Christmas.
Decorating the brownies with icing adds a layer of sweetness, as well as some colour and design to the sweet treats. Select colours that complement the holiday you are celebrating. For instance, drizzling white and blue dyed icing over the top of the brownies is a simple way to make brownies for a Hanukkah party. For Christmas, adorn a layer of white, red or green frosting with red and green mini-morsels, festive sprinkles or crushed peppermints.
Candies and Sugar
Candies and sugar can be used to decorate the top of the brownies in a festive way. Place candy-covered chocolate on the top of the brownies to add a bit of crunch and a burst of colour. Stick to colours that suit the holiday, such as pastels for Easter or red, white and blue for Independence Day. Powdered sugar can be used to create patterns on the top of the brownies, too. Place an object, like a paper cut-out of a snowflake, on top of the brownie, then sprinkle the icing sugar on top. When the paper is removed, the brownie will be decorated with a snowflake.
A combination of decorative techniques can make a truly stunning holiday brownie, such as a brownie that resembles a Christmas tree. Use a cookie cutter to create triangular brownies. Drizzle green icing down the brownie, like a garland. Speckle red candies and tiny green sprinkles on the top. For the tree trunk, stick a two-inch section of a candy cane into the bottom of the brownie. These elaborate treats are still a cinch to make, but look amazing.
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