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NellieBellie: santa hat brownie

These Santa Hat Brownies have a great story attached to them, which I just have to share with you.  Before I  do, though, I want to make sure you know they are legitimately good brownies.  They are made from box mix, but they are a great activity to share with your kids (or someone else’s) leading up to Christmas.  This is one of those activities that you just go buy the supplies for and wait to create until that time when boredom sets in.  Or there’s a snowstorm.  The instructions for their creation is at the end of this post, if you don’t want to hear the fun story attached.

Now the fun story:

So, sometimes I have brilliant kids. Sometimes their stupidity astonishes me. If you have kids, grandkids, or have seen kids in the store…you understand.  I recently had each of those moments, and at the same time.  One child behaved astonishingly brilliantly, the other just made me shake my head.

You see, my 9 year old desperately wanted a Kindle Fire. He seemed to be of the impression that if he had his own tablet he would be allowed to play games on it as often as he wanted.  He thought that I wouldn’t enforce screen time (no electronics on weekdays, etc., etc.)

silly child. 

But that’s another story.  Anyway, we wouldn’t buy one for him. I know, mean parents.   But if he saved his money, we said he could get one. $160 (or whatever it is) is A LOT of money for a 9 year old.

His sister, the 14 year old, felt bad for him. She wanted to be a good sister, a hero. She wanted to help…or so she says.  I think she was just being brilliant.  She offered to loan him the remaining $60 he needed. He was sooo happy. She was sooo willing. I was unaware of any of this.  She shows up with a paper, and hands it to me.

“Read this, you are a witness” she says to me.

“Levi hereby agrees to be my peasant until he has paid off the $60 dollars he owes me. He will do whatever I say, whatever I need to make me happy. He cannot complain or say no or I will take away his Kindle.”

I read. I gave legal advice to Levi that went like this…


He signed. He got the Kindle. He is finding cats, bringing tea, doing chores, giving massages. And decorating Santa hats for his sister.

Brilliant and Stupid.
In one fell swoop.

Okay, now you can have the recipe for these Santa Hat Brownies. 

Santa hat brownies.

Santa hat brownies.


  • brownie mix
  • cool-whip (or white frosting)
  • sugar cones
  • red frosting
  • mini marshmallows


  1. Make brownies according to directions. Bake them into cupcakes. Cool.
  2. Frost the cupcakes with cool-whip or white frosting.
  3. Frost the sugar cones with red frosting.
  4. Put cool-whip or white frosting in the center of the cones (for added fun)
  5. Set the cone on top of the frosted cupcake with the pointy end up.
  6. Push a mini marshmallow onto the pointed end of the cone.
  7. Serve.


  1. Linda @ Fingers in the Dirt says:

    LOVE IT and, since we have a 10 year old boy in the family, there’s one more year of sophistication in this brilliant/stupid phase…your daughter is also taking wonderful advantage of the older sister role! And, YES, everyone (this means all of you) must head on over and read Levi’s tribute to chicken coops! It’s on the brilliant side….

  2. Laura @ Our Prairie Home says:

    That is HILARIOUS!!!! Sounds like something one of my kids would do. Smart girl you’ve got there. :) I just wonder how long it will last. I don’t envy you the fights that are coming when he gets tired of “serving” in a a week or so and she hides his tablet. (At least that’s how it would go down in my house. LOL!) Oh! And the cupcakes are pretty cute too. :)

    1. miznelliebellie says:

      Isn’t it funny! I don’t expect it to last long. He’ll be asking for jobs around the house soon. If not it will take him months to earn the money back. Can you imagine?? 3 months or so before his allowance allows him to pay it back. NOOOO I can’t last that long!

  3. Evelyn @ My Turn (for us) says:

    It’s tough being the younger child, LOL! But a great lesson learned about signing on the dotting line that you could have never duplicated. I love it when the “children” learn from each other, hehehe
    Poor Levi:(

    1. miznelliebellie says:

      Ack, don’t feel too bad for him…he’s kind of enjoying it. And it is a good lesson for him. I’ve been giggling for days now as he goes around and “serves” his sister :).

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