These delicious Elf Brownies will certainly help to get you into the holiday mood. Who can resist a tasty chocolate brownie decorated in Christmas spirit. And if you use The Elf on a Shelf as part of your holidays, you can decorate a couple of these Elf Brownies with a mischievous grin!
1 cup unsalted butter, softened
2 cups sugar
3 large eggs
2 tsp vanilla
2/3 cup unsweetened Hershey’s Cocoa
1 cup flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 9×13 baking pan lined with parchment paper
3 egg whites,
2 cups powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp cream of tarter
Red, brown, blue, black, and ivory gel food coloring
6 disposable piping bags fitted with a #2 tip
5 bowls to mix colors
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Melt butter in large saucepan.
Remove from heat and mix in the sugar,
Add in eggs and vanilla. Mix until combined.
In another bowl, combine the cocoa, flour, salt and baking powder.
Gradually add the dry mixture to the wet ingredients.
Mix well after each addition..
Pour the batter into the baking dish and bake for 30-35 minutes.
Once baked, remove from oven and cool to room temperature.
Once cooled, cut into squares.
Place the cooled brownies onto a cutting board or plate so that it will be easier to decorate them.
Royal Icing Directions
Combine the egg whites, cream of tarter, powdered sugar and vanilla.
Whip until stiff peaks form.
Split the icing into 5 bowls, leaving some left to go into the 6th piping bag.
In the first bowl, add a few drops of red coloring, mix until combined. Add in some more food coloring to get the shade you want.
In the second bowl, add in a tiny amount of ivory gel coloring to get a skin tone color.
In the third bowl, add in a few drops of blue and mix until combined.
In the fourth bowl, add in some black and mix until combined.
In the fifth bowl, add in some brown and mix until combined.
Using the remaining white icing in the mixing bowl, scoop the icing into a piping bag and set aside.
Scoop the colored icing into each of their own bags.
You should have 6 total piping bags.
Using the red piping bag, pipe a line for the elf hat.
Using the white, pipe a dollop of white at the end of the hat.
Pipe two dots in the middle of the face for the eyes.
Pipe two blue dots in the middle of the eyes.
Pipe two black dots for the pupils followed by two small white dots.
Pipe a red line for the smile.
Wait for 30 minutes for the icing to dry before piping an ivory dot under the eyes for the nose.
Let dry for an hour before enjoying!
Do you bake brownies for holiday celebrations? If so, what is your favorite recipe?