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Tree-Shaped Brownie Torte

Looking for a delicious dessert? Then check out this cream glazed, vanilla frosted brownie torte that’s baked using fudge brownie mix and decorated with candies and chocolate!

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  • prep time 40 min
  • total time 3 hr 0 min
  • ingredients 15
  • servings 18
 

Ingredients

Brownies

1
(19.5-oz.) pkg. fudge brownie mix
1/2
cup oil
1/4
cup water
2
eggs

Glaze

1/2
cup whipping cream
1
(6-oz.) pkg. (1 cup) semisweet chocolate chips

Frosting

2
cups powdered sugar
1/3
cup margarine or butter, softened
1/2
teaspoon vanilla
1
to 3 tablespoons milk
1
to 2 drops yellow food color

Decorations

15
chocolate star candies (8 to 12-oz. pkg.)
1
tablespoon red and green candy-coated chocolate pieces
1
yellow gumdrop
1
chocolate-covered candy bar, cut in half

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LOCATION

Steps

  • 1 Heat oven to 350°F. Line 13x9 inch pan with foil, extending foil over sides of pan; grease foil. In large bowl, combine all brownie ingredients; beat 50 strokes with spoon. Spread batter in greased foil-lined pan.
  • 2 Bake at 350°F. for 31 to 33 minutes or until set. DO NOT OVERBAKE. Cool 30 minutes or until completely cooled. Freeze brownies 30 minutes.
  • 3 Meanwhile, in small saucepan, bring whipping cream to a boil. Remove from heat. Stir in chocolate chips until melted. Let stand about 30 minutes or until spreadable. In small bowl, blend all frosting ingredients except food color, adding enough milk for desired spreading consistency. Transfer 1/3 cup of the frosting to small bowl; add food color and stir to combine. Set aside.
  • 4 Using foil, lift brownies from pan; place on cutting board. To cut tree shape from brownies, start at center of 1 short side and make 2 diagonal cuts to corners of opposite short side, forming a triangular piece in center. (See diagram).
  • 5 Place 2 side pieces together on foil-lined serving tray to form tree shape. Spread with white frosting. Top with whole tree shape. Trim if necessary to line up edges.
  • 6 Spread glaze evenly over sides and top of brownie torte. Pipe yellow frosting on tree for garland. Immediately top with star candies and candy-coated chocolate pieces. Flatten gumdrop with rolling pin; cut into star shape. Place star on top of tree. Place candy bar pieces at base of tree for trunk. Let stand 15 minutes or until set.
  • 1 Heat oven to 350°F. Line 13x9 inch pan with foil, extending foil over sides of pan; grease foil. In large bowl, combine all brownie ingredients; beat 50 strokes with spoon. Spread batter in greased foil-lined pan.
  • 2 Bake at 350°F. for 31 to 33 minutes or until set. DO NOT OVERBAKE. Cool 30 minutes or until completely cooled. Freeze brownies 30 minutes.
  • 3 Meanwhile, in small saucepan, bring whipping cream to a boil. Remove from heat. Stir in chocolate chips until melted. Let stand about 30 minutes or until spreadable. In small bowl, blend all frosting ingredients except food color, adding enough milk for desired spreading consistency. Transfer 1/3 cup of the frosting to small bowl; add food color and stir to combine. Set aside.
  • 4 Using foil, lift brownies from pan; place on cutting board. To cut tree shape from brownies, start at center of 1 short side and make 2 diagonal cuts to corners of opposite short side, forming a triangular piece in center. (See diagram).
  • 5 Place 2 side pieces together on foil-lined serving tray to form tree shape. Spread with white frosting. Top with whole tree shape. Trim if necessary to line up edges.
  • 6 Spread glaze evenly over sides and top of brownie torte. Pipe yellow frosting on tree for garland. Immediately top with star candies and candy-coated chocolate pieces. Flatten gumdrop with rolling pin; cut into star shape. Place star on top of tree. Place candy bar pieces at base of tree for trunk. Let stand 15 minutes or until set.

EXPERT TIPS

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Expert Tips

Before spreading the glaze, tuck strips of waxed paper under the torte, all around the base. The waxed paper will catch spills and the serving tray will stay clean. Pull the waxed paper strips away before the glaze sets up.

Colorful foil or holiday wrapping paper can be used to line a tray or cover a piece of cardboard for the serving platter for this recipe.

Nutritional information

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Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 serving
Calories
380
(
Calories from Fat
170),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
19g
19%
(Saturated Fat
6g,
6%
),
Cholesterol
35mg
35%;
Sodium
150mg
150%;
Total Carbohydrate
49g
49%
(Dietary Fiber
2g
2%
  Sugars
39g
39%
),
Protein
3g
3%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
6%;
Vitamin C
0%;
Calcium
4%;
Iron
6%;
Exchanges:
1 Starch; 2 1/2 Fruit; 3 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 3 1/2 Fat;
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.