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Elf Pies {Video}

Chewy chocolate brownies baked in a mini muffin tin and topped with a light, fluffy frosting and crushed candy cane. Designed for Santa's elves (but well-loved by everyone else!).
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time12 mins
Total Time42 mins
Course: Dessert
Keyword: baking, Christmas, cookies, make with kids
Servings: 24 mini pies
Calories: 242kcal
Author: Jess Smith via Inquiring Chef


  • Mixing Bowls
  • Stand Mixer
  • Mini Muffin Tin
  • Cooling Rack


For the Pie Base:

  • 2 cups All-Purpose Flour
  • ¾ cup Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • ½ teaspoon Salt
  • cups Unsalted Butter, softened
  • 2 large Eggs
  • 2 cups Sugar
  • 2 teaspoon Vanilla

For the Frosting:

  • 6 oz Cream Cheese, softened
  • 2 tablespoon Unsalted Butter, softened
  • ½ cup Powdered Sugar

For the Topping:


  • Preheat the oven to 350 F. Spray a mini muffin tin with nonstick cooking spray.
  • Make the pie base: In a mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt.
  • In the bowl of a standing mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter, eggs and sugar until light and fluffy. Add vanilla and mix until just combined.
  • Add they dry ingredients to the mixer and mix on low just until evenly combined.
  • Roll dough into heaping 1 tablespoon balls and drop into the muffin tin.
  • Bake until the centers sink in the middle, about 12 minutes. Allow to cool for 5 minutes in the muffin tin before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
  • Make the frosting: Beat together the frosting ingredients (cream cheese, butter and powdered sugar) until light and fluffy. Transfer to a piping bag (or just do what I do and use a plastic bag with a corner cut out of it).
  • Top the pies: Top each pie with frosting and crushed candy canes.


Frozen rolled pie base balls can be frozen for up to 3 months. Baked chocolate pie bases will keep at room temperature for 3 days. If you want to make these in advance, you can bake the pies and make the frosting, but assemble them just before serving. Pie base adapted from these cookies.


Calories: 242kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 49mg | Sodium: 131mg | Potassium: 70mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 19g | Vitamin A: 440IU | Calcium: 17mg | Iron: 1mg