I can honestly say, I squealed like 15 times while making these Santa Hat Brownies. They are absolutely adorable and they are easy! Not only are they cute as a button but the strawberry, chocolate and buttercream combination is also really delicious! I sent these in to work with my husband and they went really fast. I can’t wait to make them again (which I can assure you, will be very soon). I made fresh buttercream for the frosting but if you are in a pinch use whatever frosting you can get your hands on. Although, I must say making buttercream is SO easy! You should really give it a try. I used a high quality brownie mix for the brownies because I was in a hurry and needed to get them out of my pantry. Next time I’ll try them with brownies from scratch.
So.cute.you.must.try.these. They will be the HIT of any Christmas party!
Santa Hat Brownies
Adapted from here.
1 pan of brownies, baked and cooled
20-24 small strawberries
1 batch of buttercream frosting (or a frosting of your choice)
(you will have some extra buttercream left with this recipe)
3 cups confectioners’ sugar
1 cup butter (softened but not melted)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 to 2 tablespoons whipping cream
In a standing mixer fitted with a whisk, mix together sugar and butter. Mix on low-speed until well blended and then increase speed to medium and beat for another 3 minutes.
Add vanilla and cream and continue to beat on medium speed for 1 minute more, adding more cream if needed for spreading consistency.
To Assemble Brownies:
Using a small round cookie or biscuit cutter, cut out brownies.
Clean and remove stems from strawberries, cut the stems off flat so it will sit flat on the brownie. Place strawberries point side up on the center of each brownie circle.
Using a piping bag (or zip-top bag with the corner snipped to create a piping bag in a pinch) Pipe the frosting around the strawberry for the white rim of Santa’s hat and top each strawberry point with a small drop of frosting.
Note for storage: If you plan on refrigerating these cuties, make sure you chill them uncovered first. This will allow the buttercream to harden so you don’t you lose your cute Santa hat topper to plastic wrap!