Over the weekend, we attended a Christmas in July party. The hostess was serious--we were NOT celebrating summer but rather the holidays; we all wished each other a Merry Christmas and Santa even made an appearance.
I had no idea what to bring, because it was to be a 100 degree day (so who would want to have a hot appetizer or Christmasy dessert?) but should be Christmas themed as well. To make things slightly more difficult, I was planning to prepare the dessert at my parents' house, so wouldn't have all my normal tools.
A friend suggested this, which has been making the rounds of Pinterest. I went lazy and used pre-made brownie bites and purchased frosting. Lazy.
I'm not over-the-moon about how they turned out; I used a zipper sandwich bag with the corner cut off and the piping didn't come out at nicely as it should have. They were, however, delicious, and flew off the table at the party!
Here's the original recipe, should you (or I!) want to make the brownies and frosting from scratch.
Santa Hat Brownies Source: Daisy's World
Santa Hat Brownies
Yields 12-16 brownies
1 pan of your favorite brownies, cooled and cut into desired size and shape (I used a round cutter)
12-16 small strawberries, cleaned and hulled
vanilla-mascarpone buttercream (recipe below)
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
8 ounces mascarpone cheese, room temperature
2-1/2 to 3 cups powdered sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
pinch of salt
Using a stand mixer with a paddle attachment, beat butter and mascarpone
cheese until light and creamy, about 2 minutes. Add vanilla extract
and salt. Add 2-1/2 cups of sugar, half a cup at a time and continue
beating until smooth. Add more sugar, if needed to reach desired
consistency and sweetness.
To assemble, pipe a ring of vanilla buttercream on top of each
brownie. Cut off the base of a strawberry so it is flat and place it
upside down on each brownie, pushing slightly to secure in place. Top
the tip of the strawberry with a dot of buttercream to finish the santa
Adapted from this recipe found on Erica’s Sweet Tooth