A kid-friendly recipe for festive frosted brownie squares

Frosted Brownie Squares


Serving Size:



  • 2/3 cup walnut or pecan pieces
  • 1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter
  • 8 oz. bittersweet chocolate, chopped
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • A pinch of salt
  • Chocolate frosting (see below)
  • Red and green candies
  • Edible Christmas sprinkles
  • A 9-in. square baking pan, greased


1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.

2. Line the prepared baking pan with baking parchment.

3. Put the walnuts or pecans on a baking sheet and put them in the preheated oven. Roast them for 5 minutes, then remove them from the oven and let them cool.

4. Put the butter and chocolate in a heatproof bowl over a pan of simmering water. Stir very carefully until it has melted, then let cool slightly.

5. Put the sugar and eggs in a mixing bowl. Use an electric whisk to beat until pale and thick.

6. Add the vanilla and chocolate mixture. Mix well.

7. Sift the flour and salt into the mixing bowl and fold in using a large metal spoon or spatula. Add the nuts and stir to combine. Pour the batter into the prepared baking pan.

8. Put the pan on the middle shelf of the oven. Bake for about 30 minutes. Remove the pan from the oven. Let it cool.

9. Spread the chocolate frosting evenly over the brownies. Scatter the candies and sprinkles over the top, cut into squares, and serve.

Chocolate frosting

  • 6 oz. bittersweet chocolate, chopped
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, diced
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 3/4 cups confectioners’ sugar, sifted

1. Put the chocolate and butter in a heatproof bowl over a pan of barely simmering water or in the microwave on a low setting. Stir very carefully until melted.

2. Put the milk, vanilla, and sugar in a mixing bowl and whisk until smooth. Pour the melted chocolate mixture into the mixing bowl and stir until smooth and thickened. You may need to leave this somewhere cool for 30 minutes to thicken enough to spread.

Credit: Christmas Cooking with Kids by Annie Rigg. Ryland Peters & Small, $19.95. Photo credit: Lisa Linder

Article Posted 7 years Ago

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