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Reindeer Christmas Brownies

These adorable Rudolf the Reindeer Christmas Brownies are made in a round cake pan to create a fudgy brownie layer that is iced with chocolate ganache. Decorating these Christmas brownies are pretzels, candy eyeballs, and red M&M’s.

These cute Christmas brownies are easy to make and the kids absolutely love them.

Reindeer Christmas Brownies on a white serving plate decorated with pretzels, candy eyes, and red M&M's.

Ingredients in Reindeer Christmas Brownies

  • Unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
  • Dark chocolate chips or dark chocolate baking bar
  • Granulated sugar
  • Eggs
  • Vanilla extract
  • All-purpose flour
  • Instant espresso powder
  • Salt
  • Semisweet chocolate chips
  • Red M&M’s
  • Candy eyeballs
  • Pretzel Twists
  • Semisweet chocolate chips
  • Heavy cream
A Rudolf Reindeer Brownie glazed with chocolate ganache with a face on a white saucer.

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How to make Reindeer Christmas Brownies

Preheat the oven and prepare the pan – Preheat oven to 350º F. Grease a 9″ round cake pan with cooking spray, line it with parchment paper, and set aside.

Melt the dark chocolate – In a microwave-safe bowl, add the cut butter and the dark chocolate chips.

Reduce the microwave power by 50% and melt at 15-20 second intervals. Stirring in between.

TIP: A double boiler can also be used to melt the chocolate.

Combine the chocolate and sugar – In a large bowl, add the granulated sugar and pour the melted chocolate over the top of it. Stir the chocolate into the sugar allowing the granulated sugar to dissolve.

Add the eggs and vanilla – Add the eggs and the vanilla extract and mix until just incorporated.

Stir in the dry ingredients – Measure and add the flour, salt, and espresso powder to the melted chocolate mixture and stir until everything is moistened. The texture will be fudgy.

Stir in the semisweet chocolate chips and pour the brownie batter into the prepared round cake pan.

Bake – Bake for 24-26 minutes.

Cool – Allow the brownie to cool completely before removing it from the pan and decorating.

TIP: A pie cutter tool creates equal slices every time!

Bird's eye view of triangle cut brownies decorated like reindeers with Christmas napkins in the background.

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How to Make Chocolate Ganache

Heat the heavy cream – In a saucepan, heat the heavy cream to a low boil.

Measure the chocolate – Measure the chocolate chips and place them in a heatproof bowl.

Combine the chocolate with the heavy cream – Remove the heated heavy cream from the heat and pour the heavy cream over the chocolate chips.

Allow the chocolate chips to melt – Allow the mixture to sit for a minute or two before mixing the chocolate into the heavy cream.

Allow the ganache to cool – Let the mixture cool slightly before pouring the chocolate ganache over the brownie.

Harden – Allow the ganache to harden before slicing the brownies into triangles and decorating.

A Reindeer brownie on a pie server hovering above a plate of Christmas brownies.

Make the Reindeer Faces on the Brownies

Prepare the pretzels – Cut the pretzel twists in half to create the reindeer ears and gently press them into the top of the brownie slices.

Add the eyes – Place two eyes onto each brownie below the antlers.

Add the nose – Press 1 red M&M onto the tip of the reindeer brownie to finish the look.

Store – Store these Reindeer Christmas rownies in an airtight container in a single layer. After 24 hours place the brownies in the fridge to keep the ganache fresh.

Fudgy Christmas brownies decorated with ganache with reindeer faces.

How Long Does Ganache Last?

Freshly made ganache can safely stay good for up to 2 days before needing to transfer it to the fridge. Once in the fridge, it can last for up to 1 week.

How Long Do Brownies Stay Good?

Brownies can stay good for 3 to 4 days on the counter and up to a week in the fridge.

For this Reindeer Christmas Brownies recipe, store the brownies glazed with the ganache but not decorated in the fridge if not serving right away. That way, the brownies, and the ganache will keep their flavor and the pretzels and candies don’t change in texture or color during storage.

Yield: 8 brownies

Reindeer Christmas Brownies

Fudgy Christmas brownies decorated with ganache with reindeer faces.

These adorable Rudolf the Reindeer Brownies are made in a round cake pan to create a fudgy brownie layer that is iced with chocolate ganache. Decorating these Christmas brownies are pretzels, candy eyeballs, and red M&M's.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 24 minutes
Ganache 20 minutes
Total Time 54 minutes

Ingredients

Brownie

  • ½ cup unsalted butter, cut into pats
  • 1 cup dark chocolate chips
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon instant espresso powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 8 Red M&M's
  • 16 Candy eyeballs
  • 8 Pretzel Twists

Chocolate Ganache

  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream

Instructions

Brownie

  1. Preheat oven to 350º F.
  2. Grease a 9" round cake pan with cooking spray, line it with parchment paper, and set aside.
  3. In a microwave-safe bowl, add the cut butter and the dark chocolate chips. Reduce the microwave power by 50% and melt at 15-20 second intervals. Stirring in between.
  4. In a large bowl, add the granulated sugar and pour the melted chocolate over the top of it.
  5. Stir the chocolate into the sugar allowing the granulated sugar to dissolve.
  6. Add the eggs and the vanilla extract and mix until just incorporated.
  7. Measure and add the flour, salt, and espresso powder to the melted chocolate mixture and stir until everything is moistened. The texture will be fudgy.
  8. Stir in the semisweet chocolate chips and pour the brownie batter into the prepared round cake pan.
  9. Bake for 24-26 minutes.
  10. Allow the brownie to cool completely before removing it from the pan.

Chocolate Ganache

  1. In a saucepan, heat the heavy cream to a low boil.
  2. Measure the chocolate chips and place them in a heatproof bowl.
  3. Once the heavy cream comes to a low boil, remove it from the heat and pour the heavy cream over the chocolate chips.
  4. Allow the mixture to sit for a minute or two before mixing the chocolate into the heavy cream.
  5. Let the mixture cool slightly before pouring the chocolate ganache over the brownie.
  6. Allow the ganache to harden before slicing the brownies into triangles and decorating.
  7. Once the heavy cream comes to a boil, turn off the heat and pour heavy cream over the chocolate chips.

To make the Reindeer faces

    1. Cut the pretzel twists in half to create the reindeer ears and gently press them into the top of the brownie slices.
    2. Place two eyes onto each brownie below the antlers.
    3. Press 1 red M&M onto the tip of the reindeer brownie to finish the look.
    4. Store the brownies in an airtight container in a single layer.

Notes

These Reindeer Christmas Brownies can be stored in an airtight container in a single layer for up to 2 days at room temperature for up to a 1 week in the refrigerator.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 938Total Fat: 46gSaturated Fat: 27gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 15gCholesterol: 102mgSodium: 550mgCarbohydrates: 128gFiber: 6gSugar: 86gProtein: 10g

Nutrition calculation is a rough estimate and can vary depending on the cooking technique and the exact ingredients used. For informational purposes only.

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