Reindeer Brownies | Easy Christmas Brownies Recipe

LAST UPDATED: Nov 18, 2019 | PUBLISHED: Nov 14, 2019 | By: Julie Blanner

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! 

Reindeer brownies decorated with pretzel antlers and red noses.

Quick and Easy Reindeer Brownies

It’s time for another easy and delicious dessert idea! These adorable reindeer brownies are about as easy as it gets. In fact, you can even skip my brownie recipe and head straight for a boxed mix – I bet nobody would be the wiser.

I love giving you inspiration for holiday baking, but I especially love when it’s something that’s so easy to make! My funfetti dessert cheeseball in the shape of a snowman, eggnog ice cream and peppermint bark are just a few favorites. And don’t miss my round-up of fifty amazing Christmas cookie recipes

Close-up of reindeer brownies, in a sheet of Christmas brownies.

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! 

I like to provide a lot of information in my posts to help answer reader questions. If you’re simply looking for the printable version of this recipe, feel free to click “jump to recipe” just under the title of this post. 

Reindeer brownies decorated with pretzel antlers and red noses.

Christmas Brownie Recipe Ingredients

As I mentioned, I’m going to include my decadent five minute brownie recipe here. This means a lot of sugar, and a lot of eggs, and oil, and… you get the picture. I cannot even describe how rich and fudgey these brownies are!

However, 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! 

A pan of Christmas brownies decorated with reindeer pretzel antlers.

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SKIP THE MIX FUDGE BROWNIE INGREDIENTS:

  • vegetable oil
  • sugar
  • vanilla
  • eggs
  • flour
  • unsweetened cocoa
  • baking powder 
  • salt

A pan of holiday brownies decorated with reindeer.

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.

INGREDIENTS FOR DECORATING:

  • 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.

A pan of Christmas brownies decorated with reindeer pretzel antlers.

How to Make Holiday Brownies

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. These decadent fudge Christmas brownies are no exception! 

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease pan.
  2. Beat oil, sugar and vanilla, beat in eggs.
  3. In a small bowl, combine flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt.
  4. Gradually add into your mixture and blend well.
  5. Bake 40 minutes or until toothpick placed in the center of pan comes out clean.

Reindeer brownies decorated with pretzel antlers and red noses.

QUICK TIP: I used my half sheet pan (18″ x 13″ x 1″) for these holiday brownies. I doubled my original fudge brownie recipe in order to fit in a larger pan and allow more room to decorate! 

Struggling with doubling? Check out my free printable measurement conversion chart.

Decorating Ideas and Tips for Christmas Brownies

This is where the real fun begins! I don’t know about your house, but this kind of project is where my girls really excel in the kitchen. They’ve always got great ideas and I know they enjoy having full creative control. 

First step- slather that chocolate frosting on thick! I like the swirly, slightly messy look. This isn’t about perfection, it’s about fun! 

A pan of holiday brownies decorated with reindeer.

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.

Get creative here! Use fun Christmas sprinkles, powdered sugar to look like snow, or chocolate dipped pretzels for an extra dose of holiday joy! 

These Christmas brownies aren’t about perfection, they’re about FUN! 

A pan of holiday brownies decorated with reindeer.

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Reindeer brownies decorated with pretzel antlers and red noses.

Reindeer 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 decorate! 
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 18
Cost: $10.00

Ingredients

  • 2 cups vegetable oil
  • 4 cups sugar
  • 4 teaspoons vanilla
  • 8 eggs
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 cups unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 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.
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