I will be honest with you, I usually don’t make my brownies from scratch. I always make my cookies from scratch, I just usually don’t bother with brownies. The box of brownie mix is cheap and they turn out fabulous and gooey every time. Today I wanted to make the from-scratch version. I love me some brownies and I didn’t really feel the need to run to the store when we had everything I needed already at home. It honestly doesn’t take THAT much more time to make from scratch. And if I would have driven to the store just for brownie mix and back, it would have actually taken me longer, if you consider the drive time.
These from-scratch brownies are yummy! (Trust me!) I also wanted to add some Halloween flare and I added the fun little Halloween “cake” decorations to the top of the brownies once they came out of the oven. The packaging said to not bake the candies, so I just gently pressed them into the top once I pulled the brownies out of the oven.
These would be fun for a Halloween party or as treats for your kid’s teachers. Cut a big slice and package in a quart-sized ziplock bag on top of a paper plate and drop it off at school with a little note. I’m sure your kid’s teacher would enjoy the special treat. (BONUS, it’s nut free for school!) Or just make the festive brownies for you and your family. They are super gooey and delicious!
2 cups sugar
1 cup melted butter (2 sticks)
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1 tsp. vanilla
1 cup flour
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F.
2. In a medium bowl, mix all ingredients.
3. Bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes in a greased 9×13 inch pan.
4. If you are making these Halloweeny, add the “cake” decorating candies to the top of the brownies after they are fully baked and out of the oven.
*You can cut this recipe in half and bake in an 8×8 inch pan for 20-ish minutes.
*You can also use the box mix and just add the candies to make the Halloween Brownies. I won’t judge. I love the box mix too.
*You can also frost the top first with cake frosting before adding your spooky Halloween candies.
Do you have any recipe you always make from scratch? Is there a baked treat you always buy either pre-packaged or as a mix?
PS- these are the little candies I bought, I found them at Walmart the other day.