Christmas Brownies

Servings :

Total Time:

15 brownies

40 minutes


 For the brownies 200 g | 7oz | 7/8 cup unsalted butter 200 g | 1 1/3 cup chocolate chips (or chopped chocolate) 200 g | 1 cup soft light brown sugar 4 large eggs zest of 1 orange 5 tbsp mincemeat (optional) 125 g | scant 1 cup plain flour 50 g | 1/4 cup cocoa powder 2 tsp ground cinnamon 1/4 tsp ground cloves 1/2 tsp salt For the glaze 85 g | 3oz icing sugar 1 tbsp milk more if needed a couple drops vanilla extract Green food colouring (optional) sprinkles to decorate chocolate fingers , halved, for the tree ‘trunks’

Step 1

Put the chocolate and butter in a microwave-safe bowl and heat for 30 second bursts, stirring in between, until melted. Alternatively you can use the double boiler method here: place the bowl over a saucepan of barely simmering water and the chocolate and butter to melt gradually.

Step 2

Place the sugar, orange zest and eggs in a large bowl and use a hand whisk to mix together until frothy. Stir in the mincemeat if using.

Step 3

Stir in the melted chocolate/butter mixture until thoroughly combined.

Step 4

Sift in the flour, cocoa powder and spices and stir to combine. You should have a glossy thick batter.

Step 5

Pour the batter into a lined brownie tin and level. Cook in a 180°C (350°F) preheated oven for 30 minutes until the edges are set but the middle is still a little squidgy. A toothpick inserted in the centre should come out with a few moist crumbs.

Step 6

Leave the brownies to COOL. Sorry for shouting, but if you cut the brownies now they will fall apart – be patient and allow them to cool before slicing.

Step 7

Remove the brownies from the tin using the paper lining to lift them out. Cut into triangle shapes.

Step 8

If you are decorating them then mix the icing sugar, vanilla extract, green food colouring (if using) and enough milk to make a pourable icing. Drizzle over the brownies and add sprinkles or decorations while the glaze is still wet.

Step 9

You can add chocolate ‘fingers’ to create the tree trunks and little gingerbread stars to top if you like.

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