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Reindeer Pecan Brownies

Yields1 Serving

Transform beloved brownies into festive reindeer treats using pecan halves as antlers! They’re easy to make, so get the kids involved and serve them at your next holiday gathering or give as a gift to loved ones! To make it even easier, simply use boxed brownie mix.

 1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, melted
 1 tbsp pecan or canola oil
 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
 2 large eggs
 1 tsp vanilla extract
 ½ cup all-purpose flour
 ½ cup cocoa powder
 1 tsp espresso powder, optional
 ¼ tsp kosher salt
 20 raw pecan halves, cut in half
 40 candy eyeballs
 20 red chocolate candies
 ¼ cup chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a mini muffin tin with nonstick baking spray.


In a large bowl, whisk together melted butter, oil, and sugar until well combined. Add the eggs and vanilla extract to the bowl and beat until the mixture is thick and pale in color, about 1 minute.


Sift in the flour and cocoa powder. Add the espresso powder (if using) and salt. Using a rubber spatula, fold the dry ingredients into the butter mixture until just combined. The batter will be very thick.


Using a 1-tablespoon cookie scoop, transfer the batter to the prepared mini muffin tin. Bake for 13 to 15 minutes. A toothpick inserted in the center should come out mostly clean, with a few lingering crumbs. Do not over bake.


Add the chocolate chips to a heatproof bowl and microwave until smooth and melted. Add the chocolate to a sandwich bag and cut off a small portion of the tip. Use the melted chocolate to glue on the pecan antlers, candy eyeballs, and red candy nose. Allow the chocolate to set before transferring to an airtight container. The brownies will stay fresh for up to 3 days. Makes 20 mini brownies.



You can substitute canola oil for melted coconut oil or vegetable oil.
If you don’t have espresso powder, substitute 1/2 teaspoon coffee extract.

Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving
Calories 160
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 8g13%

Saturated Fat 4g20%
Trans Fat 0g
Sodium 35mg2%
Total Carbohydrate 20g7%

Dietary Fiber 1g4%
Protein 2g4%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.