Spooky Graveyard Halloween Brownies

Most people don't realise how innately spooky brownies are. 

I mean, they look like dirt. And you know what people do with dirt? They bury people in it! That's very, very spooky. 

So, for this Halloween-themed month on the Things by Bean blog, I've come up with these Spooky Graveyard Halloween brownies. They're fudgy brownies topped with crunchy coconut whipped frosting and teeny-tiny graves.

If you look closely, you'll see that one of the graves has been DUG UP! Your guests will run away shrieking but they will eventually return to get a taste of this dang delicious dessert.

Fudgy Brownies Ingredients

(can not take credit for these - they are slightly adapted from Cookie and Kate)

  • 225g tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 ¼ cups sugar
  • ¾ cup natural unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ½ teaspoon fine-grain sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ⅔ cup flour

Fudgy Brownies Insutructions

1. Preheat the oven to 325F/160C and line a square baking pan or small rectangular pan with parchment paper and spray cooking spray all over the inside of the pan and on the paper

2. Melt the butter in a microwave safe bowl and then pour it into a bigger mixing bowl

3. Stir in the sugar until combined then add the cocoa powder, sea salt and baking powder until fully combined

4. Add the eggs one at a time, beating very well after each one

5. When it's fully combined, add the vanilla and flour and stir until flour is completely integrated 

6. Stir the batter as hard as you can for about a minute then spread into the lined, greased pan

7. Bake for 25-30 minutes then leave to cool

Crunchy Coconut Whipped Green Frosting Ingredients

(adapted from the best frosting in the world, courtesy of The Pioneer Woman via Tasty Kitchen)

  • ¼ cup plus 1 tablespoon flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 225g/1 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons green food colouring
  • 1 cup shredded dried coconut

Crunchy Coconut Whipped Green Frosting Instructions

1. In a small saucepan, whisk together flour and milk then turn on low heat

2. Stir CONSTANTLY until it gets very thick (about as thick as brownie batter – takes about 10 minutes)

3. Remove it from the heat and let it cool completely

4. Once completely cooled, stir in vanilla

5. Beat together the butter and sugar with an electric stand mixer or electric hand mixer – you want it to be incredibly fluffy and smooth (a full 5 minutes of beating is ideal)

6. Add the cooled milk/flour/vanilla mixture to the butter/sugar and beat it until it looks a bit like whipped cream (light, fluffy and not at all separated) – this could take another 4-5 minutes of beating

7. Finally, beat in 2 teaspoons green food colouring

8. After colour is evenly mixed in, stir in shredded coconut

Spooky Gravestone Supplies

  • Cookies that are somewhat shaped like gravestones
  • Crumb of 2-3 crunchy chocolate cookies
  • Tube of writing icing to write RIP and such on the gravestones

Spooky Graveyard Halloween Brownies Assembly

1. Carefully remove the brownie slab from the pan (you'll probably need to run a knife around the edge to loosen it), turn it over and peel the baking paper off the bottom

2. Make sure it's COMPLETELY cool before frosting it

3. Pile the frosting on top, spreading it around and creating little hills 

4. Use the tube of icing to write on the cookie gravestones then position the gravestone around the frosting however you like

5. Use a small spoon to scoop some of the chocolate cookie crumbs in front of each grave into a little mound

6. If you like, use the spoon to dig a little hole in front of one of the graves and sprinkle some chocolate cookie crumbs around it

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