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These reindeer brownies are so cute and delicious to eat! This easy Christmas food idea is so fun for kids and adults alike and a perfect way to get into the festive spirit. These brownies are dairy free, rich, fudgy and perfect for any holiday party.
It’s the one time of the year when you can turn your ordinary brownies into Christmas brownies…aka reindeer brownies – with a very shiny nose! Believe it or not, I actually used some of the kids’ Halloween candy to pull these off. Talk about seasonal overlap!
Anyways, if you don’t have little ones who would get a kick out of these reindeer brownies, you should still make the brownies recipes. This is my standard brownie recipe that I love to make, and it comes out perfectly fudgey and gooey like from a box. They can have a cake-like consistency if you over-mix them, but that’s totally OK by me!
What’s so great about these Christmas brownies?
Well for starters, they’re dairy-free! I used canola oil instead of butter to make them healthier than your average brownie recipe. However, they still taste just as great, and I would even say they rival the Ghirardelli box brownies. And you guys, that’s kind of a big deal for a homemade batter! Rich, fudgey and decadent reindeer brownies.
Then it’s up to you and your creativity to make them totally ADORBS! I used pretzels, m&m candy and googly eyes I found at Target – nothing fancy here, but the outcome is very festive christmas brownies your kids will absolutely love!
How to Make These Chocolate Reindeer Brownies
Preheat the oven to 350°F and grease a round 8 inch baking pan.
In a medium bowl, whisk together the wet ingredients and then beat in the eggs.
In another medium bowl, mix together the dry ingredients.
Mix the wet ingredients with the dry ingredients using a spatula and fold in the chocolate chunks.
Pour the brownie batter into the prepared pan and bake in the preheated oven for 20 to 25 minutes. Cool on a wire rack then cut into triangles and then decorate into little reindeer as shown in the video below.
Tips to make Reindeer Brownies
- Use aluminum foil in the baking pan to ensure even cooking. It also makes clean-up much faster and easier!
- For a more fudgey consistency and if you’re not worried about making these brownies dairy-free, feel free to use butter instead of the canola oil
- Customize the recipe by adding crushed walnuts in the brownie batter, cinnamon or even a heat kick with cayenne pepper (not recommend for the kiddos though!).
- Use good quality chocolate. These brownies are only as good as the chocolate you use, so don’t skimp!
- Use room temperature eggs for the smoothest texture. I like to take them out of the fridge about an hour before I make the brownies.
Frequently Asked Questions
It’s best to cut the brownies when they are slightly warmer than room temperature. Let the brownies cool on a rack for about 10 minutes and then cut them. Ue a thin knife to cut the squares, and it’s best if the knife is warm – just run it under a hot tap and wipe it dry.
Once the brownies are baked and cooled, you can store them in an airtight container with the layers separated by parchment. They will keep in the fridge or at room temperature for 3 to 4 days. You can then decorate the brownies just before serving them.
Yes, brownies freeze really well, and you can freeze them individually or the whole thing. Wrap in plastic wrap and foil and then place in a freezer bag or airtight container. They will keep well for up to 3 months. Thaw at room temperature or you can reheat from frozen in the microwave in 15 second increments, taking care not to over heat them.
For more Christmas desserts, check out:
- White Chocolate Dipped Sugar Cookies
- Chocolate Peppermint Mousse
- Chocolate Peppermint Bark
- Vegan Peppermint Brownies
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- Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease a round 8 inch baking pan.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the wet ingredients: oil, sugar, and vanilla; then beat in the eggs.
- In another medium bowl, mix together the dry ingredients: flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt.
- Mix the wet ingredients with the dry ingredients using a spatula until well blended and then fold in the chocolate chunks.
- Pour the brownie batter into the prepared pan.
- Bake in the preheated oven for 20 to 25 minutes, or until the batter pulls away from pan’s edges. Cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes, cut into triangles and then decorate into little reindeer as shown in the video.