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With Christmas just around the corner, I have been baking nonstop for weeks! Family gatherings, neighborhood secret Santa, company party, school celebrations and the list goes on and on. So many parties and so much fun all squeezed into one month. December rules!

Last week I was looking for some fun Christmas baking inspiration and came across this idea. Oh, I wish I could take full credit for these adorable festive treats.  They are simply the cutest! The original recipe is completely off my safe eating list, as they contain gluten, dairy and soy… my top 3 allergies. So, I gave them an allergy friendly make over and voila! Gluten free, dairy free, soy free Lillabee Santa’s Hat Brownie Bites were born!

These mini sweets are so much fun for kiddos and the perfect little treat to bring to any Christmas party. And for the record they are also nut free and can easily be prepared vegan by following the vegan substitution for Lillabee Fudgy Brownies at http://lillabeebaking.com/recipes/vegan-directions/ .

So here ya go! The perfect bite sized holiday treat! And I bet Santa himself wouldn’t mind nibbling a few of them too.

Happy Holidays! And happy baking!

 

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Lillabee Fudgy Brownies Bites:

  • 1 box Lillabee Fudgy Brownie Mix
  • 1/3 cup butter / margarine
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs (vegan substitutions @

Grease mini muffin tin well and set aside. Follow box directions to mix batter. Portion brownie batter into muffin tins and fill to the top. Bake for 15-20 min, or until brownies are set up on top and toothpick inserted in center comes out with moist crumbs. (For really fudgy brownies  remove from oven when the tops and sides are set and center is a little underdone. Let cool completely in pans to set up.) Make frosting while brownies are cooling.

 

Allergy Friendly White Frosting:

  • 1 cup non-hydrogenated shortening
  • 3-4 cups powdered sugar
  • 2-4 Tb milk (rice, almond, cow, etc.)
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract (optional: this may slightly discolor the frosting)

In a standing mixer, use paddle attachment to mix shortening until smooth. Add powdered sugar ½ cup at a time along with 1 Tb milk and blend. Continue this process as many times as needed until you reach the desired consistency and sweetness. For Santa’s Hat Brownie Bites, frosting should be thick and stiff to hold shape and set up. If too runny /soft, mix in more powdered sugar 1 Tb at a time.

 

To Assemble Santa’s Hat Brownie Bites:

  • Lillabee fudgy brownie bites (cooled completely)
  • Strawberries (pull stems off)
  • Allergy Friendly Frosting (recipe above)
  • Pastry bag and large round tip: Wilton 1A*
  • 2 Tb sugar for decorating (optional)

Pull stems off of strawberries (do not cut stems off or they will lose juices and make brownies sticky). Insert tip into pastry bag and fill with stiff consistency white frosting. Pipe a thick ring around the outside edge of brownie bite. Immediately place strawberry in the center and top with a small dollop of frosting. Sprinkle with sugar if desired. Assemble one at a time. Store in refrigerator for 1-2 days in an airtight container.

*LILLAtip: If you do not have a pastry bag and tip, try filling a sandwich baggie with frosting. Squeeze all frosting to one corner and twist the bag above the frosting. Cut a very small tip off of the corner of the bag and squeeze frosting out while keeping  the twist in the baggie to maintain pressure. You can adjust the size of the hole by cutting more off the corner if necessary. See it done on you tube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZvBCBJOCUEU&noredirect=1