My son, Jeremy, is 36 but acts as if he’s 5 when he sees these brownies—I’ve been making them for more than 30 years! My daughter, Jayme, and my four grandchildren love them, too. If you’re short on time, a boxed mix works just fine. —Jeannine Schneider, Fremont, California
4 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped
3/4 cup butter, cubed
3 large eggs
2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 can (16 ounces) chocolate frosting
48 candy eyeballs
24 red-hot candies
48 miniature pretzels
Preheat oven to 350°. Line a 13×9-in. baking pan with foil, letting ends extend up sides; grease foil. In a microwave, melt chocolate and butter; stir until smooth. Cool slightly.
Whisk eggs, sugar, vanilla and salt until blended; stir in chocolate mixture. Gradually stir in flour; spread into prepared pan. Bake until edges begin to pull from sides of pan, 25-30 minutes. Cool completely in pan on a wire rack.
Lifting with foil, remove brownies from pan. Spread frosting over top. Cut into 12 squares; cut each square into a triangle. Attach candies and pretzels to make reindeer faces.