We don’t know about you, but this is the most adorable DIY holiday idea we’ve seen all year! We stumbled upon these Pinteresting little Santa Hat Brownies on food blog Erica’s Sweet Tooth, and decided to really amp up the holiday spirit by combining Santa Hat Toppers with this Red Velvet Brownie recipe from How Sweet It Is. How festive are these? Your family and friends will be so wowed with our recipe combo that you’ll definitely make the nice, not naughty, list this year.
Santa Hat Brownie Bites
(Adapted from Erica’s Sweet Tooth and How Sweet It Is)
1/2 cup butter, at room temperature
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons cocoa powder
2 tablespoons red food coloring
2/3 cups chocolate chips (optional)
24 whole Strawberries
Preparation for Brownies:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter and flour a mini-muffin tin. In a small bowl, combine cocoa powder, red food coloring, and 1 teaspoon vanilla to create a paste.In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream butter and sugar until fluffy. Add eggs one at a time, then add remaining teaspoon of vanilla. With the mixer on medium speed, add in cocoa powder mixture. Beat until batter is completely red. (If at this time your batter is NOT red, you can add a little more food coloring if desired. Color will depend on brand.) Add flour and salt, mixing until just combined. Fold in chocolate chips. Fill each mini-muffin cavity about 3/4 of the way full with bater. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Let cool completely before frosting.
White Chocolate Frosting Ingredients:
1 stick of butter, at room temperature
2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 ounces white chocolate, melted
1-2 tablespoons milk (use as needed)
Preparation for Frosting:
Cream butter in an electric mixer until fluffy, then add vanilla. Slowly add in powdered sugar 1/2 cup at a time with the mixer on low speed. Add in melted white chocolate and beat until incorporated. To reach desired consistency, add in milk 1 teaspoon at a time with mixer on low speed. If frosting becomes too liquidy, simple add additional sugar.
Santa Hat Toppers:
While your brownies are cooling, take the time to cut the tops off the strawberries and clean the hulls. Once cool, place clean strawberries upside down on to brownie bites. Transfer White Chocolate Frosting into a piping bag and pipe a ring around the edge of the strawberry and a dot on top. Then bring to your party and let the guests rave about how fabulous you are!
Photo credit Daisy’s World