Mini Santa Hat Brownies

This recipe was one of the first posts I had done, when I started this blog about a year back. Inspired by a picture that had been floating around around pinterest back then, I decided to share my mom’s very own brownie recipe and decorate them with Mascarpone buttercream icing and a strawberry santa hat. The post was a huge hit and is probably my popular one till date on the blog.

Anyway, since it’s about that time of the year again…I thought I’d re-post the recipe for those of you have missed it. It’s a great little Christmas treat for the kids or for a party.

Mini Santa Hat Brownies
Yields 48
Mini muffin brownies topped with a strawberry and mascarpone buttercream frosting.
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Fudge Brownie Recipe Ingredients
  1. 250gms (2 1/2 Sticks) Butter
  2. 250gms (approx. 2 cups) Chocolate Chips or chunks
  3. 12 oz (1 1/2 Cup) fine Sugar
  4. 1 tsp Vanilla extract
  5. 2 Cups of all purpose Flour
  6. 2 tsps Baking Powder
  7. 6 large Eggs
  8. 1 Cup of chopped Walnuts or Almonds (optional)
For the Mascarpone Buttercream icing
  1. 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
  2. 8 ounces mascarpone cheese, room temperature
  3. 2 cups confectioners powdered sugar
  4. 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  5. pinch of salt
Instructions
  1. Melt the butter gently in a sauce pan, on medium heat.
  2. Add the Chocolate and sugar and stir till they are completely melted.
  3. At this point, you can add the nuts and stir in the vanilla.
  4. Holding a sieve or sifter over the pan, put the flour along with the 2 tsps of baking powder in and sift into the chocolate mix. Stir mixed.
  5. Turn down the heat to low and start adding the eggs one at a time and stir till each one is incorporated into the mixture. With each egg the batter should get smoother and glossier.
  6. Turn off the heat and spoon the batter into sprayed mini muffin trays or regular muffin moulds. Fill each mold only 3/4th way full to compensate for the batter rising.
  7. Bake in an oven pre-heated to 360F for around 12-15 minutes. When checking on the brownies it’s ok if the center is still a little sticky.
For the icing
  1. In a KitchenAid or stand up mixer with a paddle attachment, beat butter and mascarpone cheese until light and creamy, about 2 minutes.
  2. Add vanilla extract and salt. And then add 2 cups of sugar, half a cup at a time and continue beating until smooth. Add more sugar, if you have a sweeter tooth than I have. Turn off the mixer when you reach your desired consistency and sweetness.
To assemble the mini santa hat brownies
  1. – Start by filling a piping bag or icing gun with the frosting.
  2. – Cut a little off the top of the mini brownies to stand them upside down.
  3. – Pipe a ring of icing around the top.
  4. – Place a strawberry upside down on each brownie, pushing slightly to secure in place.
Adapted from PictureTheRecipe.com
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