You know that excited feeling you get when you walk down the Christmas aisle and it’s Just. So. Sparkly. You just want to buy everything? (It can’t just be me who feels that way?) When I was in university, my sister and I shared a townhouse and the first Christmas we spent there together, we went to the hardware store and bought a Christmas tree, tinsel and tons of ornaments to put on it. And I mean TONS of ornaments (and lights for that matter…).
It was the first time we were let loose down that sparkly Christmas aisle, and we fell in love with everything we saw. There wasn’t an empty branch on the whole tree by the time we were done! We were so proud of our tree that we called up my parents, and even our grandparents, and invited them over for dinner that night, just so they could admire our very first Christmas tree.
It was a lot of money for us since we were both still students, but it made us SO HAPPY. It’s 15 years later and that’s still the tree that my husband and I put up, along with half of the ornaments (and of course a few new ones). My sister and I split the ornaments in half and there’s still more than enough for each of us to decorate our own trees!
Like that very first Christmas tree, these brownies make me SO HAPPY! Is there anything more delicious than the combination of peppermint and chocolate? Particularly when there’s icing and sprinkles involved? I didn’t think so. It’s pretty much guaranteed to brighten your day.
- 1 box Brownie Mix
- 1 tub white vanilla icing
- green food colouring
- small round sprinkles
- small star sprinkles
- candy canes
- Line an 8″x8″ baking pan with aluminum foil and spray with cooking spray.
- Prepare the brownie mix according to the package directions and bake as directed.
- Allow brownies to completely cool, approximately 1.5 hours.
- Remove the brownies from the pan, and cut into triangles. (Cut in three rows, then cut in alternating diagonals, as in the photo shown above).
- Unwrap the candy canes, and use a sharp knife to gently cut/break the candy canes into 1.5″ long pieces.
- Press the sharper end of the candy cane into the bottom of the brownie triangles.
- Spoon out approximately ½ of the tub of icing into a bowl.
- Add green food colouring until you’re happy with the colour.
- Spoon the green icing into a zip lock bag.
- Seal the bag and cut off a small corner of the bag with sharp scissors.
- Starting at the top of the brownie triangles, gently squeeze out the icing in a curvy zigzag as you go down the tree.
- Add your favourite sprinkles and a small star sprinkle at the top.