Note: these Santa Hat Brownies were first posted in 2015 and have been updated November 1, 2019 because they are just so fun and easy!
An easy and fun Christmas treat the whole family loves and the kids will love to help make! Use a brownie mix to keep these Santa Hat Brownies quick and easy.
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 a box mix (although we have a great Homemade Brownie recipe), 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.
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 Levi 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.)
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 pre-teen.
Katie 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...
"DO NOT SIGN THE DOCUMENT".
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. That's my kid.
These santa hat brownies are an easy and fun holiday treat that kids can make. Use boxed brownie mix to keep it easy or go ahead and make those brownies yourself!
Although we use whipped cream for the edges of the Santa hat, cream cheese frosting would be a delicious variation to try!
Santa hat brownies.
- 12 brownie cupcakes most brownie mixes will easily get you 12 brownie cupcakes.
- 1 recipe cream cheese frosting (or favorite white frosting)
- 12 sugar cones
- red edible glitter
- mini marshmallows
- Make brownie batter according to directions. Bake them into cupcakes. Cool.
- Frost the cupcakes with cool-whip or white frosting.
- Frost the sugar cones with red frosting.
- Lightly frost the cones (just enough to allow for the glitter to stick)
- Roll the frosted cone in edible red glitter.
- Put cool-whip or white frosting in the center of the cones (for added fun)-optional
- Set the cone on top of the frosted cupcake with the pointy end up.
- Push a mini marshmallow onto the pointed end of the cone.
- Pipe whipped cream or frosting around the cone to look like the bottom of Santa's hat.