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15 Easy Christmas Brownies and Holiday Desserts

These fun and festive Christmas brownies are guaranteed to bring joy this holiday season. 

They’re so good, even the Grinch can’t resist!

A pile of chocolate brownies topped with M&M candies and drizzled with white chocolate syrup served on a holiday table.
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I know cookies are a Christmas must-make. But who can resist a big batch of chocolatey brownies?

Full of traditional holiday flavors like eggnog, peppermint, and gingerbread, they’re rich, sweet, and always a hit.

And, of course, there are a few fun options that the kids will adore.

So, crank up the carols, head to the kitchen, and make some Christmas brownies.

Brownies cut in triangles on a white plate decorated like reindeers with pretzels and candies.
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1. Reindeer Brownies

Honor Santa’s hardworking team of sled pullers with these adorable reindeer brownies.

After all, how else would we get our Christmas presents without Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, and co.?

Decorating these dairy-free brownies is a terrific way to get into the Christmas spirit.

Use pretzels for the antlers and red M&Ms for Rudolph’s nose. How easy is that?

A stack of peppermint candy cane brownies garnished with crushed candies.
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2. Peppermint Candy Cane Brownies

I think we all go overboard on the candy canes during Christmas. I know I always have a bunch left over once the tree comes down.

That’s why these fudgy brownies are the perfect Christmas treat.

The minty flavor pairs well with the richness of the dense chocolate. And the sweet peppermint frosting with crushed candy canes on top is to die for.

Christmas tree shaped brownies decorated with  green frosting and candies.
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3. Christmas Tree Chocolate Brownies

These Christmas tree-shaped triple chocolate brownies are just what you need to bring the Christmas cheer.

All you need is a boxed brownie mix (or your go-to recipe), a knife, and green candy melts.

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Bake the brownies, let them cool, then cut them into shape. It’s that easy.

Mini brownie cupcakes placed on a bed of sprinkles with green icing piping on top.
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4. Christmas Tree Brownie Bites

If you’re looking for an eye-catching Christmas treat, look no further.

What could be more spectacular than these brownie bites with mini-Christmas trees on top?

These tall, frosted brownie bites are perfect for sharing at dinner parties. And all it takes is a little piped green icing.

Christmas brownie truffles coated with candies and sprinkles.
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5. Christmas Brownie Truffles

As much as I love a box of traditional chocolates, I go weak in the knees for truffles.

They’re rich, soft, and insanely indulgent.

So, why not spoil someone you love this year with these no-bake brownie truffles?

They’re the perfect homemade edible gift. 

Bars of red velvet brownies with swirl of vanilla and green cheesecake on top.
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6. Christmas Cheesecake Swirl Brownies

Whether you’ve been naughty or nice, you deserve these delectable brownies.

This cheesecake and brownie combination is to die for, and it looks as good as it tastes.

This festive treat dazzles, from the red velvet brownie to the white and green cheesecake on top.

If you make this for gifting or parties, be sure to save yourself the biggest slice!

Bar of brownie topped  with green ganache and M&Ms.
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7. Grinch Brownies

These brownies are the ultimate festive pairing: mint and chocolate. One bite is sure to turn Christmas brownie skeptics into fanatics.

Just be sure to bake a big batch because everyone will be begging you for more!

The secret to their success? Crushed mint Oreo cookies.

Of course, the Grinch will go gaga over their bright green finish.

But if you add colorful M&Ms and maybe some gummy worms to the top, they’ll also make terrific Halloween brownies too!

Sweet Buckeye Brownies with Peanut Butter and Decadent Chocolate

8. Buckeye Brownies

These might not be the most festive looking right now, but if you’re nutty for peanut butter, they’re a must!

From the decadent brownie base and creamy peanut butter center to the chocolate on top, think of this dessert like a superior peanut butter cup.

And it’s easy to turn them into Christmas brownies with a few festive sprinkles on top!

A serving of gingerbread brownie on a white plate topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and sugar coated berries garnish.
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9. Gingerbread Brownies

With a touch of molasses and warming spices, these gingerbread brownies are the perfect winter warmer.

Swap out your yearly gingerbread house for these glorious fudgy brownies. These are so comforting on cold winter nights. 

And let’s be honest, they’re easier to make too.

This recipe has a beautiful mixture of warmth and fudgy goodness. The only thing missing (in my opinion) is a drizzle of caramel.

A stack of eggnog cheesecake brownie bars.
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10. Eggnog Cheesecake Brownies

Eggnog is a little polarizing. I know plenty of people that love it and plenty that can’t stand it!

But thanks to this simple recipe, I know everyone will become an eggnog fan.

The subtle hints of vanilla and nutmeg add deeper flavors to the velvety cheesecake.

However, the nutmeg is only needed depending on the brand of eggnog you use. So, be sure to check the label before you add any.

Triangle cut brownies decorated into Christmas tree with green icing and star candies.
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11. Christmas Brownies (a.k.a Mincemeat Brownies)

Need to whip up a delicious treat in a hurry? I’ve got you covered. 

These brownies are super simple to make and only take 10 minutes to prep. They’re also a great way to use up leftover mincemeat. 

My family can’t get enough of these magical baked treats!

Loaded with spices, orange zest, and mincemeat, these brownies are bursting with Yuletide cheer. 

Mini brownies topped with strawberries and frosting.
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12. Mini Santa Hat Brownies

Are you still wearing a Santa hat? Good, you’ll need it for this one! 

Santa hats made from strawberries and icing make these a showstopping dessert.

The creamy mascarpone buttercream pairs perfectly with the rich chocolate brownie. 

The creative design makes these an excellent centerpiece for parties and family gatherings.

And it helps that they’re insanely easy to make!

Chocolate brownie bars topped with crushed peppermint candies.
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13. Chocolate Marshmallow Peppermint Bars

I’m a huge fan of marshmallows with fudgy brownies. But this recipe takes it up a notch.

Marshmallow, chocolate, and peppermint all combined in one moist and irresistible brownie.

You won’t be able to pass up this dessert heaven. 

And since you’ll use mini marshmallows and crushed candy canes on top, these Christmas brownies look just like a mug of hot cocoa.

Brownies made with buttery shortbread crust, gooey brownie, and plenty of pecan on top.
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14. Turtle Pecan Pie Brownies

Can’t decide between pie and brownies? Have them both!

Featuring a buttery shortbread crust, gooey brownie, and plenty of pecan pie goodness, they’re impossibly rich.

I like them finished with salted caramel, but that’s up to you.

Brownie bars topped with chocolate syrup and crushed candy cane.
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15. Peppermint Bark Brownie Bites

As amazing as these Christmas brownies look, they’re deceptively easy to recreate.

Use a box mix to save time. Then be sure to chill them fully before cutting and drowning in chocolate!

Add some peppermint candies or shards of peppermint bark, and they’re all done.

15 Easy Christmas Brownies



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These fun and festive Christmas brownies are guaranteed to bring joy this holiday season. They’re so good that even the Grinch can’t resist!


  • For the Brownies
  • 2 cups granulated sugar

  • 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 1 cup melted butter

  • 3 large eggs + 1 egg yolk

  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

  • 2 tablespoons hot coffee

  • For the Frosting
  • 1/2 cup whipping cream

  • 1/4 cup butter

  • 3/4 cups granulated sugar

  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


  • Preheat the oven to 350°F and line a 9×13 inch baking dish with parchment paper.
  • In a large bowl, hand whisk the sugar with the cocoa powder, all-purpose flour, and salt.
  • Add the melted butter, eggs, vanilla, and hot coffee, and stir until smooth.
  • Pour the brownie batter into the baking dish and bake for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out with just a few crumbs.
  • Let the brownies cool in the baking dish for 15 minutes, then gently move it to a wire rack to cool fully.
  • While the brownies cool, make the glaze.
  • In a medium saucepan, melt the butter with the cream over medium heat.
  • Add the sugar, cocoa powder, and salt and stir until the sugar dissolves. Cook for 2-4 minutes; reduce the heat if it begins to boil.
  • Pour the frosting over the cooled brownies, spreading it evenly. Add festive sprinkles, then let the frosting cool and set before slicing and serving.


  • Calories: 450kcal
  • Carbohydrates: 55g
  • Protein: 4g
  • Fat: 20g
  • Saturated Fat: 11g
  • Cholesterol: 33mg
  • Sodium: 185mg
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Sugar: 45g
  • Calcium: 10mg
  • Iron: 1mg
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Hey there! I'm Kim. I love running, cooking, and curling up with a good book! I share recipes for people who LOVE good food, but want to keep things simple :)

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