Does anyone really need more sweets on Halloween? I mean, probably not, there is so much Halloween candy to be had. But there is often parties to go along all October, and these Halloween-themed mummy brownies are cute, simple and a huge hit with everyone. And you can make a delicious homemade brownie recipe in no time, to make these spooky fun treats (or use boxed brownie mix of course - no judging!).
Halloween really has so much more to offer then just prepackaged candy. And if you're planning a party you can really get creative with Halloween-themed treats and food. Everything from halloween chocolate covered strawberries to poison apples to fun pumpkin shaped pork baos, you can put on one helluva party.
My personal favorite brownie is the homemade brownie recipe in these dulce de leche brownies. They are made with browned butter and dark cocoa powder and are definitely more of an adult brownie. The recipe for these mummy brownies is much more kid friendly. Here's what you'll need:
- semisweet chocolate
- cocoa powder
- baking powder
To make these 'mummified' you'll need powdered sugar and heavy cream to make a glaze to drizzle over the top in a zig zag motion. Oh yeah, and a couple little candy eyes.
Some quick ingredient swaps in case you don't have everything on hand...
- Use chocolate chips or milk chocolate or bittersweet chocolate if that is what you have on hand,
- When making adult brownies, I always use dark cocoa powder for the richer flavor, but since these are a kid friendly brownie recipe, I used regular cocoa powder. Feel free to use whatever you have on hand or whatever you prefer
- Add-ins are never a bad thing, and I have never met a kid who doesn't like a few in brownies. Go with some extra chocolate chips, or some m&m candies, or even a little swirl of caramel would be delicious!
Making this recipe with boxed brownie mix
Listen, do I think a homemade brownie recipe is necessary all the time? Hell no. In fact I think boxed brownie mixes are always a great option, especially if you have them on hand and are making a bunch of other things. Take the help where you can.
As a recipe developer, I feel I should provide you with a homemade brownie recipe that I find delicious and easy (especially since these are Halloween-themed mummy brownies. And this particular chocolate brownie recipe is a huge hit with kids and easy to make.
But again, do what works for you, this mummy brownie is really about the fun and cuteness of making a Halloween-themed dessert treat.
What can I add to brownie mix to make it taste better?
If you do decide to whip these up with boxed brownie mix, but want to make it 'extra' and as homemade a recipe as possible, I have a few tips and tricks...
- Add some extra cocoa powder. This will help make them extra chocolatey, and you only need a ¼ cup or so.
- Use melted butter instead of oil. I have never seen a homemade brownie recipe that doesn't use butter, and there's a reason for that. BUTTER IS BETTER in brownies.
- Add salt.
- Add vanilla extract.
Tips for success
- If making these mummy brownies with the homemade brownie recipe, don't overmix. Brownie batter is supposed to be super thick and overmixing will result in a tough brownie.
- Don't overbeat the eggs, unless you want cake-like brownies. The air beaten into the eggs when heavily mixed will create a cake-like brownie, not a dense fudgy brownie.
- If making with a box mix, really try your best to use butter instead of oil. Of all of the tricks for improving box brownie mix, this is the best one.
These mummy brownies should be fun and not overthought or taken too seriously. When drizzling with the glaze don't stress about it, mummies don't look perfect and they should look a bit messy!
- baking pan
- microwave safe bowl
For the brownies
- 1¼ cups all-purpose flour
- ¾ teaspoon baking powder
- ¼ cup cocoa powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 6 oz semisweet chocolate
- 12 tablespoon butter
- 2 cups sugar
- 4 eggs
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
For the white icing
- 1 cups powdered sugar
- 1 tablespoons butter melted and cooled slightly
- ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1-2 tablespoon heavy cream
For the brownies
- Preheat oven to 350. Line a 8x8 or 9x9 square baking pan with parchment or foil and spray with baking spray. In a bowl mix together flour, baking powder, cocoa powder and salt.
- Cut butter in to tablespoon-sized pieces and place in a microwave safe bowl. Chop your chocolate (if using a bar) or pour your chocolate chips over the butter. Microwave for 30 seconds at a time, stopping to stir with a spatula until melted completely and combined. Add your vanilla extract.
- In a larger bowl gently whisk together your eggs. Add the butter, chocolate, sugar mixture to the eggs while whisking, to fully incorporate.
- Using a spatula, fold in your flour mixture just until combined - do not whisk.
- Spread the batter into the greased baking pan. Bake for about 30 minutes on the middle rack. Brownies are done when a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with a few crumbs but not a big bunch of wet batter
- Cool completely and prepare the mummy glaze.
For the icing
- Combine the powdered sugar, melted butter, vanilla and 1 tablespoon of the heavy cream together. Whisk together until totally blended and smooth. If needed, add the extra tablespoon of cream, a little at a time to thin it out enough to a consistency you are comfortable with to drizzle over the brownies.
- To mummify these brownies. Take the COMPLETELY cool brownies (if they are not completely cool the icing will melt right into the brownies and you won't see the the white at all), lift the brownies from the pan via the foil/parchment paper. Cut the brownies into the size you want them, but the bars together like one giant brownie.
- If using a piping bag or a ziploc bag, pour your icing in and cut the teeniest tip off one corner. Drizzle the cining in a back and forth motion over all the bars leaving some brownie visible (you want it to look like a mummy. If you don't have a piping bag or ziploc bag, use a spoon and hold it high over the brownies and drizzle across the bars.
- Add your eyes to the top nestled on a line of icing to hold them into place.