Santa Hat Brownies

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How cute are these Santa Hat Brownies for the holidays! So easy to make, but super impressive and fun for everyone!

santa hat brownie on a white plate


These Santa Hat Brownies are so easy to make for the holidays. It is completely up to you how involved they are. I am including a recipe for homemade brownies and frosting, but you can use a box mix or even store bought brownies (the mini brownie bites would be great too). Store bought frosting works as well, so however much work you want to do.

If you are making Frosted Sugar Cookies, just reserve about 1/3 cup of frosting for these brownies.

brownies ready to be decorated

Why You’ll Love These Santa Hat Brownies

  • Cute – these are just a fun and festive treat that both the kids and adults will enjoy!
  • Easy – It really doesn’t get much easier for a festive dessert. Trust me, my crafting and cake decorating is at a 2nd grade level. If I can do these, anyone can!
  • No Baking Required – if you use store bought brownies, there is no baking involved. Personally I love homemade brownies, so it is worth it to me. But you could use this for a classroom party or let the kids help at home, and really not have to turn on the oven.
piping vanilla frosting on a brownie

What You’ll Need

Be sure to scroll to the bottom of the post for the FULL PRINTABLE recipe card.

  • Brownies – you can use store bought, a mix, or homemade. I am including a recipe for homemade brownies in the recipe card below, but you really can use whatever you like.
  • Strawberries
  • Vanilla Frosting – there is a recipe in the recipe card for a homemade version, but if you have leftover from making cookies or want to use store bought you can.
piping the tip of the santa hat on a strawberry

How To Make Santa Hat Brownies

  • Arrange your brownies on a board or tray, cut in your desired sizes. I made them bigger than the strawberries (9 pieces out of an 8 inch square pan), but you could cut rounds, so they are the same size as the berries, or you could make them mini and get 16 out of an 8 inch square.
  • Clean your strawberries and cut off the stem, making sure you have a flat surface to place on the brownie.
  • Pipe frosting in a circle, slightly larger than the strawberry, over the top of the brownie.
  • Place strawberry, flat side down, into the center of the frosting circle. Pipe a white tip onto the top ot the strawberries to finish off the hats.
brownie on a cutting board decorated like santa hats


Because of the berries you want to store these brownies in the fridge. They will last for 2-3 days before the berries start to soften and break down. So it is best to assemble close to when you want to serve them.

More Fun Holiday Treats

santa hat brownie on a white plate
close up santa hat brownie
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Santa Hat Brownies

By Erin
How cute are these Santa Hat Brownies for the holidays! So easy to make, but super impressive and fun for everyone!
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 25 minutes
Total: 35 minutes
Servings: 9


  • 9 strawberries, cleaned and stem removed


  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 4 oz semisweet chocolate
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 whole large eggs
  • 6 Tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 Tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Vanilla Frosting

  • 2 Tablespoons butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon milk
  • splash vanilla extract


To Make Brownies

  • Preheat oven to 350º F. Prepare an 8 in baking pan with butter and flour.
  • Melt the butter and chocolate together in a microwave. Cool slightly.
  • Stir in the brown sugar, sugar and vanilla until the mixture is nice and smooth.
  • Beat in the eggs until light and fluffy and fully incorporated
  • Add the flour, cocoa powder, and salt and stir until just combined, being careful not to over-mix.
  • Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake until the brownies are set in the middle, about 30 minutes.
  • Remove from the oven and let cool completely before slicing.

To Make Frosting

  • In a bowl mix together all of the ingredients for the frosting until smooth and spreadable. Add more milk or powdered sugar to get the right consistency.

To Assemble

  • Arrange sliced brownies on a tray or cutting board.
  • Fill a piping bag fitted with a round tip, or a sturdy ziplock bag with frosting, cutting off the end so you can squeeze out the frosting.
  • Pipe a round circle, slightly larger that the strawberries onto each brownie.
  • Place strawberries upside down into the center of each circle.
  • Pipe a white tip on the top of each strawberry to complete the top of the hat


You can use store bought brownies, a mix or use your favorite homemade recipe.
You can use store bought frosting or leftover vanilla frosting from sugar cookies etc.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 359kcal | Carbohydrates: 49g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 75mg | Sodium: 99mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 42g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Author: Erin
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Course: Christmas Recipes
Cuisine: American
Servings: 9
Calories: 359
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