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Makes 30 brownie trees

Need an easy holiday treat that puts the “glad” into glad tidings? These decorative chocolate brownie Christmas trees make the holidays brighter. Share your joy by wrapping in plastic, tying with a pretty ribbon and handing out to friends and coworkers.


21 to 30 pretzel sticks, 3 inch
1/2 cup Vanilla Frosting (homemade or ready-to-spread)
green food color
assorted sprinkles and small candy decorations
21 to 30 candy yellow stars
Fudgey Special Dark Brownies
3/4 cup HERSHEY’S Cocoa
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
2/3 cup butter or margarine, melted and divided
1/2 cup boiling water
2 cups sugar
2 eggs
1  1/3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup HERSHEY’S SPECIAL DARK Mildly Sweet Chocolate Chips

1.Prepare Fudgey Special Dark Brownies; cool completely in pan. Tint frosting to desired shade of green; place in pastry bag with piping tip. Cover tip to prevent drying; set aside. Line tray or cookie sheet with wax paper.

2.Lift brownie from pan using foil as handles. Place on cutting board; peel back foil. Trim brownie edges; cut brownie lengthwise into 3 strips approximately 2 1/2 inches wide. Cut each strip into triangles (see diagram) or to get exactly 30 triangles follow directions below.

3.Place reserved 1 tablespoon chocolate chips from brownie into small microwave-safe bowl. Microwave at Medium (50%) 15 seconds; stir. If necessary, microwave at Medium an additional 10 seconds at a time, stirring after each heating, until chips are melted and smooth when stirred. Dip tip of pretzel into melted chocolate; push into bottom of triangle brownie being careful not to push through top of brownie. Place on prepared tray.

4 Pipe frosting onto each triangle in tree-like pattern. Immediately add sprinkles or other toppings to decorate. Top with yellow candy star. Allow frosting and toppings to set. Store finished trees in one flat layer in cool, dry place.

Fudgey Special Dark Brownies

1.Heat oven to 350 degrees. Line 13 x 9 x 2 inch baking pan with foil, extending foil beyond sides of pan.

2.Stir together cocoa and baking soda in large bowl; stir in 1/3 cup butter. Add boiling water; stir until mixture thickens. Stir in sugar, eggs and remaining 1/3 cup butter; stir until smooth. Add flour, vanilla and salt; blend completely. Set aside 1 tablespoon chocolate chips; stir remaining chips into batter.

3.Pour into prepared pan. Bake 35 to 40 minutes or until brownie begins to pull away from sides of pan. Cool completely in pan on wire rack.

Directions To Cut 30 Triangles

Cut brownie into 3 strips as directed above.

Working with one strip at a time and working from left to right, measure and place toothpick every two inches along bottom of strip. Repeat process on upper edge of strip, but work from the right toward the left.

Starting at lower left corner of strip, connect corner to first mark from upper left side of strip; cut. Cut from that point to point 2 inches from bottom left. Repeat procedure until 10 triangles are cut.

Repeat for remaining 2 brownie strips. Discard or nibble on end pieces.


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