These adorable Rudolph Brownies are beyond easy to make. They make for a great last minute Christmas dessert because they can be thrown together fast.
Holiday brownies are both cute and delicious (hello Christmas tree brownies) and these Rudolph brownies are just the cutest. My kids lit up when I served these to them!
I made these easy Rudolph brownies with a box brownie mix, but you can use any homemade recipe, or any boxed brownies.
These reindeer brownies are
- gluten free
- dairy free
- easy to make
- festive and fun
While this chocolate brownies recipe is made dairy and gluten free, you don’t have to make it that way. I’ve written alternative ways in the recipe for you to make it according to your dietary preferences.
Rudolph Brownies – Ingredients
Box brownie mix – I used King Arthur Gluten Free for this recipe. But you can use any box mix you’d like, or make your own homemade recipe with cocoa powder and vanilla extract. I have a delicious brownie recipe here that’s refined sugar free and gluten free that would work great.
Chocolate chips – These will be used to make the chocolate ganache frosting. I love the Guittard brand because they’re high quality and taste delicious! Make sure to use a brand you love the taste of as the ganache is mostly made from chocolate chips.
Coconut cream – I use this in place of heavy cream for the ganache frosting. But feel free to use heavy whipping cream if there’s no need to be dairy free.
Mini pretzels – I used this brand, but any classic shaped pretzel will work!
Candy eyes – You can buy these online here. They can also be found in most grocery stores in the sprinkle section.
Red candy – M&M’s and Skittles are great option. But I prefer to eat dye free when I can so I used Giggles.
Rudolph Brownies – How to Make
First, prepare your brownies whether you’re using a box mix or making from scratch. Bake the brownies in a round 8×8 pan lined with parchment paper until done.
Follow the directions on the box for the bake time. It’s usually around 30-40 minutes. Let the brownies come to room temperature.
Next, make the chocolate ganache frosting by melting the chocolate chips and coconut cream in a small pot over medium heat.
Once fully melted together and smooth, remove it from the heat and allow it to cool down a bit.
Then, frost the cooled brownies with the melted chocolate ganache.
Finally, place in the fridge to set up.
Assemble the brownies
Once the ganache is set, remove the brownies from the fridge. Carefully slice the brownies into 8 even triangles.
Add the red nose to the cut brownies, along with the pretzel antlers and candy eyes. And you’re done! The cutest little Rudolph Brownies – so easy and fast!
Serve these Christmas brownies with a scoop of peppermint ice cream for an extra special treat, or eat as is – they are pretty rich!
Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge.
Ruldoph Brownies – Tips
To cut the brownies after they’ve cooled, I like to cut them down the center first, then cut each half into 4 pieces.
I like to wipe off my knife in between each cut just to keep the edges looking nice and less messy. It takes a little more time – but not much and it’s worth it.
Brownies have a different bake depending on if your pan is light metal or dark metal. Be sure to follow the directions on the box.
Before baking, I like to line the pan with parchment paper so it’s easy to remove the brownies from the pan.
Enjoy the rest of your Christmas baking!
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For The Brownies
- Line an 8×8 round cake pan with parchment paper.
- Prepare the brownies according to the package. Or make your favorite brownie recipe like this one here
- Let cool to room temperature
For The Chocolate Ganache Frosting
- Combine the chocolate chips and coconut cream in a saucepan and melt until smooth over medium heat.
- Allow to cool for a few minutes.
- Frost the brownies and place in the fridge to set up for 1-2 hours.
- Remove the brownies from the fridge and cut into 8 slices.
- Add the pretzels, giggles (or other red candy), and candy eyes to make 8 reindeer.
- Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge.