Cutout Frosted Fudge Brownies — This easy last minute Christmas dessert is rich, fudgy, and so fun to make! Rich chocolate brownies are cutout into Christmas shapes and topped with homemade vanilla buttercream frosting!
Whether you make homemade fudge brownies or use a box mix, these Christmas Cutout Frosted Brownies are so fun and festive!
My obsession with fudgy brownies has taken a turn for the festive and ultra-decadent fudgy brownies.
I’m pretty sure there’s not a problem in the world that a big batch of brownies couldn’t solve (or at least lessen the blow), and these Cutout Frosted Fudge Brownies are so Christmasy that they can help make all the holiday stress take a back seat while you enjoy a little bit of the season’s merriment.
I may or may not be spitballing there, but I mean, it just makes sense.
I’m not sure it’s possible to be sad while eating a regular brownie, but then you add a Christmas version complete with Christmas cutouts, vanilla frosting, and sprinkles?!
Stoooop it now.
I can’t handle the cuteness overload and my heart is pretty much busting at the seems with all the tidings of great joy these brownies are bringing with them.
As if this is any surprise to you all, I’m a sucker for super cute desserts.
Around the holidays, I’m all about the mini desserts, like these White Chocolate Raspberry Brownies Bites and Rolo Pretzel Bites, and I’m all about the ridiculously festive desserts like Cutout Sugar Cookies full of sprinkles and frosting, and, of course, these Cutout Frosted Fudge Brownies.
I know that ‘less is more’ and all that, but when it comes to decorating Christmas desserts, I’m pretty sure that if it’s not exploding with holiday cheer, it’s not being done right.
Again, it’s just a theory, but it feels right.
I’m a big fan of going with your gut.
In all seriousness, these frosted brownies are a truly simple dessert that not only would make a great Christmas dessert, they also would make a fun project for your kids.
I can say with complete certainty that this is most definitely a Christmas craft my niece could get behind. We made sugar cookies a couple weeks back, and she was a real fan that it was an edible craft. 😉
Speaking of cutout sugar cookies, you use cookie cutouts to cut out shapes in the brownies. Once the shapes are cut, they can be decorated any way you want!
How do you make frosted cutout brownies?
- The first step is to make your favorite brownie recipe! I absolutely love this Homemade Fudge Brownie recipe, but I am 100% a fan of boxed mixes as well. If you’re looking to save time, boxed mixes are super convenient (I’m a big fan of Ghiradelli mixes).
- The second step is to pick your favorite cutout shapes. Personally, I found that the more detailed the shape is, the more difficult it is to push the brownie out and keep it fully in tact.
- You can cutout the brownies while they’re at room temperature or when they’re cold. I found that both ways worked fine (do not cut them out when they’re warm, otherwise they’ll fall apart), but I think chilling them made cutting them out a little easier.
- Finally, go crazy on the frosting and sprinkles. I would definitely suggest homemade frosting. It has such a fresher, richer flavor than canned frosting.
How to store frosted brownies?
- You can store them in an airtight container on the counter. They should last for about 5-6 days (if you can manage to keep these for up to 5 days, tell me your ways because my willpower seems to have a maximum capacity of like 3 hours).
- You can also store these in the fridge! I happen to L-O-V-E cold brownies so if you’re like me, definitely store these in the fridge.
Merry almost Christmas to you all! ❤️
- 1 box of brownies + ingredients on the back of the box or homemade brownies (my favorite recipe linked below)
- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 3-4 cups powdered sugar
- 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 2-4 Tbsp heavy cream
- food coloring, if desired
- Bake your brownies according to the directions on the back of the box (or make your favorite homemade version), and allow the brownies to cool completely (you can put them in the fridge to speed up the cooling down process).
- Beat butter until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add in powdered sugar, about 1/2 cup at a time, beginning with 3 cups. Add in vanilla extract and 2 Tbsp heavy cream, beating until combined. If the frosting seems too thin, add in the remaining 1 cup of powdered sugar. If it seems too thick, add in the remaining 1-2 Tbsp of heavy cream.
- Add food coloring to the frosting, if desired.
Once the brownies have cooled, cut brownies into shapes using your favorite cutouts. If needed, chill the brownies first (I found that they were a little easier to remove from the cutout shapes when they were cold, but it also worked fine without chilling them).
- Spread or pipe frosting onto the brownies, and add sprinkles or candies, if desired.
*You can use any cutout shapes you want, but I used a star shape, a tree shape, a wreath shape and a christmas light shape.
Here are some other Christmas recipes you might love!
Recipe and post updated in 2018.