Dec 212012

Because I have been so busy with finals and work and holiday parties, I haven’t been able to post anything in a while.  Then, of course, when I finally tried to post a delicious kale and butternut squash lasagna recipe, I started having some technical difficulties with my computer (hey santa, maybe a new computer this year??  I’ve been really good.)  So Just so you have a little holiday eye candy :)

I’ve posted these before, but since I make them every single year I figured it was worthy of a repost.  I wish I could take credit for this brilliant idea, but it was my friend Erica of ericasweettooth that came up with this awesome idea.  It’s really pretty easy to put together.  I made mini brownie and blondie bites (because santa doesn’t discriminate) in a mini muffin pan, topped with a strawberry, and decorated with some cream cheese icing to make them look like santa hats.  Ho ho ho.  

I have to make a small confession…I used boxed brownie mix.  Ghiardelli dark chocolate to be exact.  I’ve made brownies from scratch before and they just never are quite as good as these.  So there.  Loud and proud.  
Nutritional Highlights:  Can’t say that the base of these treats are really healthy, but they’re mini and have a strawberry on top, so that counts for something, right?  Let’s be honest though…you’re not going to be totally healthy on Cristmas, so enjoy something sweet in moderation.  

Mini Santa Hat Brownies (or Blondies)


  • 1 Box of Brownie Mix
  • 24 strawberries
  • Cream cheese
  • powdered sugar
Directions:  Cook the brownies in a mini muffin tin according to directions.  They will only take 20-25 minutes to cook since they’re mini.  Cut off the base of the strawberries so they’re flat.  Prepare cream cheese frosting by mixing cream cheese with a few tablespoons of powdered sugar until it is sweet enough (sorry, forgot to measure!).  Put a little dot of cream cheese in the center of the brownie and place the strawberry on top.  Frost around the berry and on the top so it looks as santa like as possible.  

Maybe Santa will leave me some really good gifts this year if I leave these out for him and his reindeer?  

  5 Responses to “Santa Hat Brownies and Blondies”

  1. Beautiful pics!! You’ve definitely gotten the hang of it already :) Merry Christmas, see you in less than a weeeeeeeeeek

  2. Great dessert. Finally something not so healthy!!!
    We miss you at Christmas but are glad you are having fun with Jeff’s family.

  3. Love these! I’m just curious how far in advance they can be made? I’m hosting a Christmas party tomorrow and really want to make these. Is it best to make the morning of and just refrigerate?

  4. I think you could also do it the day before and refrigerate. Enjoy them :)

  5. These are pretty awesome. Makes a great Patron chaser!

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