Can you believe its nearly October?! I feel like I blinked and skipped September. With October upon us it only seemed right to share this cute Halloween treat and one of my family’s favorite Halloween-time traditions.
First up, these cute Monster Bash brownies! Feel free to get creative, change the ganache color, give them multiple eyes, get a little crazy with the frosting decorations. They’re monsters, so just about anything goes!
The brownie recipe I’ve used is an adaptation from King Arthur Flour. It’s a great recipe to have on hand, it’s the perfect combination of a chewy and fudgy brownie. But, if you’re not feeling like whipping up brownies, you can always use a box mix. We’re actually big fans of box mix brownies at our house, shhhhhh!
Next up, I want to explain our favorite Halloween tradition. Now, I’m sure many of you guys have already done this before or maybe it’s even a favorite tradition of your family too! We call it “BOOing” someone! Basically, what you’ll do is whip up two plates of treats (like these Monster Bash brownies!), print off two copies of this cute poem I wrote and designed for you, and sneakily dingdong ditch them at two of your neighbors’ or friends’ homes. If and when you get BOOed you will tape the poem to your door or in a window where it can be seen so that everyone knows you’ve already been BOOed. It’s a super fun thing to do with your family and gets everyone into the Halloween spirit!
- 10 tablespoons Hershey’s Special Dark cocoa powder
- 2 large eggs
- 8 tablespoons butter
- ¾ cup white sugar
- 6 tablespoons brown sugar, packed
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- ¾ flour, measured correctly
- 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
- 2 ½ tablespoons cream
- 1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons white chocolate chips
- Pinch of salt
- Food coloring (optional)
- 9 large marshmallows
- Candy eyes
- Black gel decorating icing
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. In a large bowl mix together eggs and cocoa powder, set aside. In a microwave safe bowl add butter and both sugars. Microwave for 90 seconds, stirring every 30 seconds. Cool until warm, but not hot. Slowly mix in egg and cocoa powder mixture.
- Stir in baking powder, salt, vanilla, and flour. Let cool slightly, then stir in chocolate chips.
- Line a 9x9 inch pan with foil. Grease foil or spray with cooking spray. Evenly spread batter in pan. Bake for 25 minutes. Remove and cool completely before decorating.
- In a microwave safe bowl, heat cream for 30 seconds. Add white chocolate chips let sit with cream for 1 minute. Keep stirring until smooth. If necessary, microwave in 15 second increments until smooth. Stir in salt and food coloring if desired.
- Cut brownies into 9 equal pieces. Add a little bit of ganache mixture to the bottom of each marshmallow and stick on top of brownies. Stick in the fridge for 5 minutes.
- Drop a spoonful of ganache on top of the marshmallow, using your spoon coax the ganache down the marshmallow and onto the brownie. If needed, add more ganache to the top of the marshmallow. Repeat for all brownies. If adding candy eyes add now. Chill until solid before decorating the rest. Use gel decorating icing to draw faces. Serve and enjoy!