Santa Hat Brownies


1 pan of your favorite brownies, cooled and cut into desired size and shape (I used a round cutter)

12-16 small strawberries, cleaned and hulled

vanilla-mascarpone buttercream (recipe below)


Ingredients for Mascarpone Buttercream:

1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature

8 ounces mascarpone cheese, room temperature

2-1/2 to 3 cups powdered sugar

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

pinch of salt



Using a stand mixer with a paddle attachment, beat butter and mascarpone cheese until light and creamy, about 2 minutes.  Add vanilla extract and salt.  Add 2-1/2 cups of sugar, half a cup at a time and continue beating until smooth.  Add more sugar, if needed to reach desired consistency and sweetness.

To assemble, pipe a ring of vanilla buttercream on top of each brownie.  Cut off the base of a strawberry so it is flat and place it upside down on each brownie, pushing slightly to secure in place.  Top the tip of the strawberry with a dot of buttercream to finish the santa hat.

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