If you’re looking for a recipe for easy Christmas brownies, you’re in the right place! These cute reindeer brownies are so easy to make, and the kids will love to help decorate! 

It’s time for another easy and delicious dessert idea! These adorable reindeer brownies are about as easy as it gets.

Christmas brownies with pretzels shaped into reindeer.
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I love giving you inspiration for holiday baking, but I especially love when it’s something that’s so easy to make! We love getting creative with our holiday cooking, baking and gifting.

For these easy holiday brownies, I wanted something that felt special and cute, but would be easy enough that anyone can accomplish. I think they turned out so well and I hope you love them as much as we do!

When little hands are helping in the kitchen, we need our treats to be as easy as they are cute. These Christmas brownies aren’t about perfection, they’re about FUN! 

Christmas brownies with pretzels shaped into reindeer.

Christmas Brownies

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Why You’ll Love this Recipe

  • Boxed or Homemade – Make these reindeer brownies with our favorite homemade brownie recipe, or take a shortcut. They’re adorable either way!
  • Five Minutes – We doubled my decadent five minute brownie recipe for these sheet pan Christmas brownies. I cannot even describe how rich and fudgey these brownies are!
  • Easy to Decorate – Get creative here! Use fun Christmas sprinkles, powdered sugar to look like snow, or chocolate dipped pretzels for an extra dose of holiday joy!

If you’re new to baking, brownies are a great place to start. They are so simple to throw together, and they go in one pan with very little extra steps required.

I don’t want you to be intimidated! If you feel more comfortable buying a box of brownies and chocolate frosting, no judgement here. These cute holiday brownies are more about the decorating!

Love brownies as much as we do? Don’t skip this incredible Phyllo Brownie Recipe! It’s the perfect creamy, fudgy combination with a little crunch.

Christmas brownies with pretzels shaped into reindeer.

Ingredients and Substitutions

  • Vegetable Oil – For moisture and binding.
  • Sugar – White granulated sugar to sweeten these brownies.
  • Vanilla – True vanilla extract is always best for baking. Learn how to make vanilla extract here.
  • Eggs – For moist and decadent brownies.
  • Flour – All purpose flour is best here.
  • Unsweetened Cocoa – For rich, chocolatey flavor.
  • Baking Powder – For rise.
  • Salt – To balance out all the sweetness!

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Christmas brownies with pretzels shaped into reindeer.

For Decorating

I confess, for these images I used a store bought container of chocolate frosting! I know, I know. Here’s the thing though – you can make these brownies as simple as you’d like, or go the extra step and make everything from scratch.

They’re delicious either way.

  • Chocolate Frosting
  • Pretzels – I used the traditional rounds, broken in half for antlers. You can also use stick shaped pretzels and create an antler shape on your own!
  • Red m&ms – for noses
  • Edible eyes – I found mine here, but you can buy them at most craft stores.
Christmas brownies with pretzels on top.
Gold bakeware on a marble surface

Tools to Use

How to Make

  1. Prep – Preheat oven and grease pan.
  2. Combine Wet Ingredients – Beat oil, sugar and vanilla, add eggs.
  3. Combine Dry Ingredients – In a small bowl, combine flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt.
  4. Combine – Gradually add into your mixture and blend well.
  5. Bake – As directed, until toothpick placed in the center of pan comes out clean.
  6. Decorate – As you wish! Serve and enjoy.
Christmas brownies with pretzels shaped into reindeer.

How to Decorate

  1. Slather that chocolate frosting on thick! I like the swirly, slightly messy look. This isn’t about perfection, it’s about fun! Christmas brownies in a sheet pan, covered in choolate frosting.
  2. Next, add your pretzels in pairs all over the sheet of brownies. These can go any which way and however the kids (or you) see fit! I just found that it was easiest to add pretzel antlers first, and then I added the eyes and noses. Christmas brownies with pretzels shaped into reindeer.
  3. Get creative here! Use fun Christmas sprinkles, powdered sugar to look like snow, or chocolate dipped pretzels for an extra dose of holiday joy!
Christmas brownies with pretzels shaped into reindeer.
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Tips

  • Did you know? Slicing your brownies with a plastic knife is the ultimate trick. I don’t know why it works, but it does!
  • You can cut this recipe in half and use a smaller pan, but your baking time will change. Use the toothpick trick to ensure they’re done.
  • Struggling with doubling? Check out my free printable measurement conversion chart. You can also use the easy 1x2x3x tab right inside the printable recipe card – no math required!
Christmas brownies with pretzels shaped into reindeer.

Serving Suggestions

These brownies can stand on their own, but they are also delicious with a little ice cream or whipped topping!

Christmas brownies with pretzels shaped into reindeer.

How to Store

  • Room Temperature – Layer cut brownies with parchment paper (it prevents sticking) in an airtight container. Brownies keep for 3-4 days.
  • Refrigerator – Store these Christmas brownies in the fridge for up to a week in an airtight container.
  • Freezer – You can also freeze these brownies. Store as a full block or individually, wrapping tightly in plastic wrap, so they can be stored for up to 4-6 months.

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Christmas brownies with pretzels shaped into reindeer.
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Reindeer Christmas Brownies

If you’re looking for a recipe for easy Christmas brownies, you’re in the right place! These cute reindeer brownies are so easy to make, and the kids will love to help decorate!
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 40 minutes
Total: 45 minutes
Servings: 18
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Ingredients  

Instructions 

  • Preheat oven to 350℉. Grease 18 x 13 pan.
  • Beat oil, sugar and vanilla, beat in eggs.
  • In a medium bowl, combine flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt.
  • Gradually add into your mixture and blend well.
  • Bake 40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  • Frost, decorate, serve and enjoy!

Julie’s Tips

How to Decorate

  1. Slather that chocolate frosting on thick! I like the swirly, slightly messy look. This isn’t about perfection, it’s about fun!
  2. Next, add your pretzels in pairs all over the sheet of brownies. These can go any which way and however the kids (or you) see fit! I just found that it was easiest to add pretzel antlers first, and then I added the eyes and noses.
  3. Get creative here! Use fun Christmas sprinkles, powdered sugar to look like snow, or chocolate dipped pretzels for an extra dose of holiday joy!
Calories: 291kcal | Carbohydrates: 60g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 73mg | Sodium: 159mg | Potassium: 174mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 45g | Vitamin A: 106IU | Calcium: 32mg | Iron: 2mg

Estimated nutrition information is provided as a courtesy and is not guaranteed.

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  1. 5 stars
    I’ve made two batches of the peanut clusters. Since my daughter only eats dark chocolate, I made a special container of them for her. Delicious, easy and quick. Just what I like! 🙂 Thanks for the recipe!
    Now for the peppermint bark!