Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Santa Hat Mini Brownie Bites #BakeInTheFun

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I love baking during the holidays! I grew up baking with my mom and siblings and we
especially loved making treats to share with friends and family. My mom learned from
her mom how to make delicious treats and I love that she passed it on to me. Now
it's my turn to make delicious treats during the holidays and we can share with friends
and family. It is so fun to get my kids in on the baking and creating. They really love
helping and delivering the goodies to their friends.
 My Isabella loves to do the grocery shopping with me for the ingredients for our
holiday treats. So, we headed to Walmart to do some shopping and find the perfect
ingredients for our Santa Hat Mini Brownie Bites! We found the Pillsbury™ Family 
Size Chocolate Fudge Brownie MixPillsbury™ Creamy Supreme® Vanilla 
Flavored Frosting and M&M’S® Brand Minis Milk Chocolate Baking Bits on baking 
aisle. We grabbed all three and headed home to bake.

First, we mixed up the Pillsbury™ Family Size Chocolate Fudge Brownie Mix and
used our mini ice cream scoop to spoon it into the mini muffin pan. I used cupcake
liners on half of them and the other we didn't use liners. I wanted liners and Isabella
didn't, so we compromised and it worked perfectly. After we baked them we let
them cool on the cooling rack and then got to decorating.

Next, we used a decorating tip to pipe the red hats onto the mini brownie bites. My 
baking hack for filling a frosting bag is to use a tall glass to hold the bag. This leaves
your hands free to fill the bag with frosting and makes it easier to load.

I used a medium sized tip for piping the red portion of the Santa Hat, but you can use
whatever you have on hand. If you don't have any decorating tips, you can just cut a 
little hole in the corner of your plastic baggie and use it to pipe instead. I've done this in
a pinch and it works fine, especially if you you're not looking for a fancy frosting shape.

Look at my cute little hats all ready for the white icing. This time I use a pretty small 
decorator's tip for the white frosting. It all depends on what look you want. Isabella
had a great time helping me turn the little brownie bites to get the white on them just right.

We decided to embellish our little Santa Hat brownies a bit and used the 
M&M’S® Brand Minis Milk Chocolate Baking Bits to add a little bling. This was
Isabella's favorite part and it was fun to give her a job that she could do all by herself.
If you think your hats are looking a little droopy, then pop them in the refrigerator and
they will stiffen up nicely.

I can't take a treat to a friend without a cute little printable note to go with it. So I 
whipped up these cute cards that you can pair with your treats when you share them
with friends, family, co-workers or neighbors. I think baking as a family really brings
us together and helps makes the holidays extra sweet. I especially love that my kids
are so excited to share what they make with others. It helps to spread the holiday
spirit and cheer and helps us to get a boost from giving those around us.

Do you bake with your family at the holidays? What's your favorite treat to make with
one another? Do you keep them all for yourself or share with others? I'd love to hear
about your baking holiday traditions! Share in the comments below!



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