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The Journal Rewired

The student online newsmagazine of SHS

The Journal Rewired

Salem Ortega-Morales

‘Rein’-ing in the holidays

A recipe to make reindeer holiday brownies

It’s starting to just barely snow outside and Christmas music is starting to get played on the radios, trees are being put up and beautiful Christmas lights are up on the houses. 

 If you’re looking forward to the start of a wonderful Christmas season, and looking for some festive things to bake to go along with the holidays, then you’re in for a treat! 

Here are reindeer brownies that call for simple ingredients and steps, and are the perfect way to start off the holiday season!


  • 1 cup unsalted butter 

    photo by Claire Steinbrook
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • ¾ cup cocoa powder
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 ½ cups chocolate chips
  • Pretzels
  • Red M&Ms
  • Candy eyes


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. 
  • Melt the butter in the microwave. 
  • Combine sugar, cocoa powder, eggs, vanilla and salt to a bowl. 
  • Add the melted butter into the bowl and whisk it together with the sugar, cocoa powder, eggs, vanilla and salt. 
  • Stir flour, baking soda, and chocolate chips, in a separate bowl from the wet ingredients. 
  • Mix the wet and dry mixtures together. 
  • Pour it in a pan and put it in the oven.
  • Bake for 30-40 minutes (insert a toothpick in the middle of the pan and if there is no wet batter and just crumbs attached to your toothpick, they’re all done!)
  • Let it cool.
  • Add pretzels for the antlers, red M&M for the nose and your candy eyes.


Hope you enjoy this holiday recipe, stay warm and have a happy holiday!

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Maddie Stutz, Arts and Entertainment Reporter
Hi! My name is Maddie Stutz, and I’m a sophomore this year. This is my first year on The Journal, and I am an Arts and Entertainment reporter. Outside of The Journal, I am in the SHS drama club and will be doing the musical this year! After high school, I plan to make my way through college and medical school to become a psychiatrist. I want to be able to really help people who need it, and this particular medical field is the one that sparks my interest. Outside of school, I enjoy reading and watching movies/tv shows. My favorite shows are The Last of Us and The Vampire Diaries. One of my favorite movies is "Pulp Fiction." My favorite author is Sarah J. Maas, along with my favorite two series, "A Court of Thorns and Roses" and "Throne of Glass." I also really enjoy listening to music. I will do my best to put in my best effort and hopefully I can contribute great work here.

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