Treat yourself to the irresistible pleasure of Christmas brownies, taken to a whole new level with decadent chocolate truffles. The delicate blend of rich cocoa and fragrant amaretti cookies is a heavenly combination of desserts. Every bite is a symphony of flavors that entices your taste buds to enjoy the Christmas spirit. Topped with adorable edible Christmas decorations, these brownies will effortlessly bring festive cheer to your table. Prepare for an extraordinary dessert experience that will leave everyone wanting more. Treat yourself and your loved ones to these adorable Christmas brownies and create beautiful memories this holiday season.
- 200g unsalted butter, cut into cubes, plus a little butter for greasing
- 100g dark chocolate, chopped
- 100g milk chocolate, chopped
- 3 large eggs
- 300g golden powdered sugar
- 100g plain flour
- 50g cocoa powder
- ½ tsp spice mixture
- 9 sprigs of rosemary
- 9 glazed cherries
- 1 egg white
- 2 tbsp powdered sugar
- 4 amaretti cookies, crushed
- 9 chocolate truffles (we used Lindt Lindor)
- edible gold shine spray
- 1-2 tsp powdered sugar for dusting
- a few chocolate buttons
- Edible silver balls
- Grease and line a 20 x 20 cm brownie tin.
- Preheat the oven to 180°C/160°C fan/gas 4.
- Place the butter and both types of chocolate in a heatproof bowl and either melt in the microwave (in 30 second increments, stirring one at a time) or place over a saucepan of barely simmering water, stirring occasionally until the chocolate is melted.
- Let the chocolate-butter mixture cool slightly while you beat the eggs and powdered sugar in a large bowl with an electric mixer.
- Once the mixture is pale and fluffy and looks like it has about doubled in volume, stir in the melted chocolate.
- Fold in the flour, cocoa powder, and spice mixture until there are no pockets of flour left, then pour into the prepared pan.
- Smooth the top with a spatula and bake for 20-25 minutes.
- The top should look firm and shiny, but a little wobbly when you gently shake the can.
- Allow the brownie to cool completely in the pan, then place it in the fridge until solid.
- While the brownie is cooling, brush the rosemary sprigs and glazed cherries with egg white, blot the excess with paper towels, then dip in powdered sugar until well coated.
- Let dry on a cake rack.
- Place the chocolate truffles on a sheet of baking paper or foil and spray them with the edible gold shine.
- Dust the cooled brownie with powdered sugar to create a snow-white surface.
- Top with amaretti biscuit pieces and then stick the crystallized rosemary sprigs into the surface at irregular intervals.
- Place a glazed cherry or gold truffle next to the rosemary sprig.
- Add the buttons and silver balls.
Equipment and tools
- mixing bowl
- Mixing spoon
- parchment paper
Please note that this recipe contains dairy and gluten. If you have specific dietary restrictions or allergies, be sure to check the labels of the ingredients you use or consult your doctor.
Storage and leftovers
Once the Christmas brownies have cooled, store them in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days. You can also store them in the refrigerator for longer freshness, up to a week.
If you have leftovers, you can freeze them in an airtight container for up to 3 months. Just be sure to thaw them before enjoying them.
Remember to taste them before serving and discard any leftovers that have gone bad or developed a bad taste.
Health Benefits of Christmas Brownies
Christmas brownies are a delicious and festive treat that can bring joy to any holiday gathering. While they may not be the healthiest option on the dessert table, these delicious brownies can still provide some surprising health benefits when enjoyed in moderation. Let’s explore the nutritional value and potential benefits of the main ingredients of these delicious Christmas brownies:
1. Dark chocolate
Dark chocolate is a rich source of antioxidants, especially flavanols. These compounds are associated with numerous health benefits, such as: B. reducing inflammation, improving heart health and increasing cognitive function. The 100g of dark chocolate in the brownie recipe provides a deep and complex flavor while providing a dose of those beneficial antioxidants.
Incorporating rosemary sprigs into the Christmas brownies adds a unique and aromatic touch. In addition to being an aromatic herb, rosemary also contains anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. It is traditionally used to improve digestion, improve memory and support immune health.
Adding glazed cherries to the brownie recipe not only adds to the festive appeal, but also offers potential health benefits. Cherries are full of vitamins, minerals and powerful antioxidants. They are associated with reducing inflammation, relieving arthritis pain, promoting sleep, and supporting heart health.
4. Amaretti cookies
The crushed amaretti cookies in the Christmas brownies not only provide a delicious crunch, but also offer a unique flavor. These Italian almond cookies typically contain almonds, which are a great source of healthy fats, fiber, vitamin E, and protein. Almonds have been linked to promoting heart health, weight control, and improving blood sugar control.
5. Chocolate truffles
Adding chocolate truffles to holiday brownies, especially high-quality brownies like Lindt Lindor, can be a decadent treat. Although they should be consumed in moderation due to their high calorie and sugar content, they can provide a temporary mood boost and a pleasurable experience.
Keep in mind that while these holiday brownies offer some potential health benefits, it’s important to consume them in moderation as part of a balanced diet. For optimal well-being, it is recommended to combine them with healthier options and engage in regular physical activity during the holiday season.