Cookin’ up Some Christmas with the Kids!

One of the things we look forward to the most about the Christmas season is the baking! This Christmas, I want to share with you a fun way to get the kids involved in the spirit of Christmas baking! Teachers and Parents, this is one of my favourite “easy” recipes to make with young people. These Brownie Gems are easy peasy three steps to make and can be “dressed” up in gold, green or red foil cups to make a stylish addition to any Christmas baking tray. The recipe makes a class set or your children can give the little treasures as a surprise gift to someone they care about. Cook up some Christmas with the kids with the recipe for these Brownie “Gems”

cupcake1 package of Chocolate lover’s Double Fudge Brownie Mix (Duncan Hines or any you prefer)
2 eggs
2 tablespoons water
1/3 cup vegetable oil
28 miniature peanut butter cups or chocolate kiss candies
1 container of your favorite frosting.

1) Preheat oven to 350 degreesF. Spray (13/4 inch) mini-muffin pans with vegetable oil or line with foil baking cups.(Make them Christmas fancy!)
2) Combine brownie mix, fudge packet from mix, eggs, water and oil in a large bowl. Stir with spoon until well blended, about 50 strokes. Drop 1 heaping teaspoonful of batter into each muffin cup;top with candy. Cover candy with more batter. Bake at 350 degrees for 15—17 minutes.
3) Cool 5 minutes. Carefully loosen brownies from pan. Remove to wire racks to cool completely. Frost and decorate as desired.

Makes 28 brownie gems – perfect for the whole class or to divide up into small gift packages as part of a service project!


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