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Brownies Tannenbaum Recipe Brownies Tannenbaum Recipe

Our Christmas tree paper baking pans can be filled with cake, cinnamon (or sticky) buns... or brownies, as we do here.

At a glance

Prep
Bake
Total
Yield
18 to 24 servings

Ingredients

Choose your measure:

Brownies

Chocolate Ganache Icing

  • 1 1/3 cups semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease a paper Christmas tree pan, or a 9" x 13" pan. In a medium-sized microwave-safe bowl, melt the butter, then add the sugar and stir to combine.
  2. Return the mixture to the microwave briefly, just until it's hot (about 110°F to 120°F), but not bubbling; it'll become shiny looking as you stir it.
  3. Heating this mixture a second time will dissolve more of the sugar, which will yield a shiny top crust on your brownies. This is a plus if you choose to forego the ganache icing.
  4. Stir in the cocoa, salt, baking powder and vanilla. Whisk in the eggs, stirring until smooth; then add the flour and chips, again stirring until smooth.
  5. Spoon the batter into the prepared pan. If you're baking in the tree pan, lay a sheet of aluminum foil loosely across the top of the pan.
  6. Bake the brownies in the tree pan for 75 minutes, starting to check for doneness at 60 minutes.
  7. Remove the brownies from the oven when a cake tester inserted into the center comes out with just a tiny bit of batter or moist crumbs. The edges of the brownies should be set, but the middle still soft.
  8. If you're baking in a 9" x 13" pan, bake for 29 to 32 minutes, following the same guidelines for doneness.
  9. Remove the brownies from the oven, and cool them completely before icing with ganache, if desired, and decorating with holiday sugar sprinkles.
  10. Place the chips and cream in a microwave-safe measuring cup or bowl. Heat for about 1 minute, until chips are melting. Remove from the microwave and stir until smooth.
  11. The mixture will seem soupy at first, but will become dark and shiny as you stir. Spoon the ganache onto the brownies, spreading it into every corner of the pan. Decorate with holiday sugar sprinkles, if desired.
  12. To serve, peel the paper pan away from the edges of the brownies, and discard it; you can leave the bottom in place. Cut in slices.