These Santa Hat Brownies are a simple and festive rich chocolate dessert the whole family will love!
Hey, guys! It’s Rebecca again from Sugar & Soul and I’m so excited to be back here for the holidays with this simple, yet insanely delicious, Santa inspired dessert! I’m pretty open about my brownie addiction, and I can’t help but continue to make them in new (and cute) ways!
There’s just something about fudgy brownies, it’s like rich, chocolate perfection in a bite. When you combine them with things like frosting, ice cream, and fruit, well, that’s where the real magic begins. That decadent brownie is enhanced by the creamy and tart flavors for a serious dance party you’ll definitely want to take part in!
These brownies combine two of those extras: frosting and strawberries. But they do it in the cutest of ways! I mean, come on, have you ever seen brownies this cute!? They’re so easy to make too and a fun dessert to whip up with the kids for a holiday movie night!
Can Strawberries be Left Out?
Strawberries will keep in the refrigerator for only about three to seven days; you can also freeze them for longer-term storage.
But leaving them out will only speed up their decay.
Are Strawberries a High Sugar Fruit?
Strawberries are a low sugar fruit.
In addition to being low in sugar, one cup of strawberries contains just over the daily recommended intake of vitamin C.
Why do Brownies Turn Out Cakey Instead of Fudgy?
Watch your baking time.
Over baked brownies tend to be more cakey.
A toothpick inserted near the center of the pan should come out with just a few moist crumbs clinging to the toothpick.
Cakey brownies have more flour and rely on baking powder for leavening.
Fudgy brownies have a higher fat-to-flour ratio than cakey ones.
So add more fat; butter and chocolate.
Also, brown sugar adds moisture and will help make brownies fudgy.
Santa Hat Brownies
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Santa Hat Brownies
- ¾ cup all-purpose flour
- ½ tsp salt
- ¼ tsp baking soda
- 2 large eggs
- ¾ cup light brown sugar
- ¾ cup vegetable oil
- 2 tbsp water
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 cups Semi-Sweet Chocolate
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- 9 fresh strawberries
- 1/2 cup vanilla frosting
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Line 8x8 baking pan with parchment paper and set aside.
- Combine flour, salt, and baking soda together in a small bowl and set aside.
- In a large bowl, whisk together eggs, brown sugar, and oil for 2 MINUTES!
- Whisk in water and vanilla extract until fully incorporated.
- Whisk in the dry ingredients.
- Melt 1 cup chocolate chips in microwave on 30-second intervals until melted, stirring in between, about 60 seconds.
- Whisk melted chocolate into the brownie batter until fully combined.
- Mix in the remaining 1/2 cup of chocolate chips.
- Pour batter into baking pan.
- Bake for 50-55 minutes.
- Remove from oven and transfer to a baking rack to cool.
- Cut into 9 brownies and pipe a circle of frosting (I used store-bought because you need so little) on each one, top with a strawberry that has had the stem sliced off, then pipe a little dollop of frosting on the point of the strawberry to complete the hat.
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