Baking can be such a fun activity to do over the festive period, I saw super cute brownie ‘Christmas Trees’ on pinterest a few years ago and my friend made them for Christmas Day. Let me tell you now, she makes the best brownies ever. They are unbelievably delicious but unfortunately for me, it’s a top-secret recipe that will never be shared. I’m not a huge baker myself so I was on the search for an easy and simple brownie recipe when I remembered the book mum and I used when I was a child. The Usborne Children’s Book of Baking is a God send. So many tasty recipes that are really easy to put together!
For 9 brownies (I’m sure I got more!) you need:
100g chocolate drops
2 large eggs
275g caster sugar
½ teaspoon of vanilla essence
50g self-raising flour
25g plain flour
2 tablespoons cocoa powder
I didn’t follow the recipe exactly… Mainly out of laziness. So, my ‘recipe’ has fewer steps than the Usborne one.
I put the butter, sugar, and vanilla in a bowl and beat them together, then I added the eggs a little as a time. Following this I sifted the flour and cocoa powder into the mixture and stirred them all together. I added the chocolate drops and chopped walnuts, made sure everything was well mixed and put the mixture into a tin. You’re supposed to bake the brownies for 35 minutes at 180◦C but I had to leave mine a bit longer because they weren’t quite ready.
I made these again but omitted the walnuts and used peppermint extract instead of vanilla essence. Nothing says festive quite like peppermint flavour.
The decorations were from b&m, it was so long ago that I can’t remember who it was but it was one of my lovely followers that recommended I try there so, thank you! I’m really happy with how these turned out and would recommend you try them over Christmas if you’re looking for something fun to bake.