1 pan of your favorite brownies, cooled and cut into desired size and shape
12-16 small strawberries, cleaned and haled
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, room temp.
8 oz. mascarpone cheese, room temp.
2 1/2 to 3 cups powdered sugar
2 tsp. vanilla
pinch of salt
Using a standard mixer with paddle attachment,beat butter and cheese until creamy, about 2 minutes. Add vanilla and salt. Add 2 1/2 cups sugar, half a cup at a time and continue beating until smooth. Add more sugar if needed.
To assemble; pipe a ring of vanilla buttercream on top of each brownie. Cut off base of strawberries so it is flat and place it upside down on each brownie, pushing slightly to secure in place. Top the tip of strawberries with a dot of buttercream to finish the Santa hats.