There are a lot of things that Christmas is synonymous with; fairy lights, pine trees, open fires, carols and over indulgence. Now what is a little over indulgence without chocolate? The shops seem to be stocking the huge boxes of chocolates earlier and earlier these years which makes avoiding the family box of Celebrations really difficult. Call my logic flawed but I always think homemade is healthier than shop bought (usually) so it ensure I get a much healthier snack I like to bake my chocolate treat at home where I can. Yeah, ok I can see that one small chocolate is probably less calorific than a slice, or two of Christmas Tree Brownies…. But I do like to eat half the box of chocolates soooo….
Brownies are a treat in our house all year round and I like to try and jazz them up every now and then. Last time I made cinnamon brownies but this week I have made chocolate orange Christmas Tree Brownies. The orange flavour is actually stronger than you would expect but not over powering at all. And it is such a great flavour for the holiday season, it instantly makes me feel festive.
Usually I like to make a big elaborate cake for Christmas Day dessert, however this year these cute little Christmas Tree Brownies are what I am planning on serving. With eight adults and four children to cater for a tray bake of brownies is the perfect size and really quick and easy to do. The decoration is also really simple as the green is made my simply melting candy melts and the baubles are smarties. For Christmas I will try and find or make some edible stars for a real finishing touch but for these practice ones I have just used yellow and orange smarties.