Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Low-Point Holiday Brownies with Santa Hats

Your family and friends will love all the effort you put into these adorable mini brownies with cute little santa hats! Just be sure not to mention it actually took very little effort to make. Leave them thinking it took you hours to create something so fun and festive!

I have a low-point brownie recipe that I was going to post; however, I compared the amount of points my brownie recipe has to how many points a boxed brownie mix has and it turned out the same, as long as you substitute the oil you use in a box mix with applesauce.

Low-Point Holiday Brownies with Santa Hats
- Strawberries
- Betty Crocker whipped white icing
- 1 boxed brownie mix (any kind that has 120 calories, 2 grams of fat, and .5 grams of fiber per serving - unprepared. I used Betty Crocker Ultimate Fudge premium brownie mix with the extra Hershey fudge pouch inside. However, I did not use the Hershey fudge pouch. The recipe also called for 1/4 cup of oil. I substituted 1/4 cup of applesauce instead.
Heat oven to 325 degrees. Combine ingredients (water, applesauce, and egg).  Spray mini cupcake pans with Pam cooking spray and spoon brownie mixture into pans, filling 3/4 way full. Bake at 325 degrees for 12 minutes (or until toothpick comes out clean when inserted into the middle of a brownie). Remove and cool. Cut strawberries stems off strawberries and also a little off the tip. Place strawberry, upside down, on top of each brownie and pipe icing around the bottom of the strawberry. Add a little drop of icing on the tip of the strawberry (hat) as well. If you'd like a printer-friendly version of this recipe, Click Here.
Total servings - 40
Serving size - 1 brownie with santa hat
Points per serving - 2.5
*NOTE: The brownies had a rounded top after removed from the oven. After they cooled, I took a very thin layer off the top of the brownies so the strawberries could lay flat.

"Coffee makes it possible to get out of bed. Brownies make it worthwhile." - Anonymous