Just a couple weeks till Halloween! Who else is excited? Today I’m sharing with you my son’s favorite spooky themed dessert. He just can’t get enough of these brownies! I have to admit, I very much enjoy these Halloween Ghost Brownies too. Chocolate, cheesecake, marshmallow… what’s not to love? Plus they are pretty easy to conjure up in your kitchen!
Halloween Ghost Brownies
1 box of brownie mix (and recommended ingredients noted on the box)
8 oz of softened cream cheese
1/cup of sugar
1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract
Red and yellow food coloring
1 1/4 cups of creamy white frosting
Black edible decorating gel
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Then prepare the brownie batter mix as directed on the box.
Combine the cream cheese, sugar, egg, and vanilla into a mixing bow. You can use an electric mixer since it often helps create a smooth mixture quicker. Add in your food coloring to create a bold orange color. I usually add in 4 drops of red, 4 drops of yellow, and then mix. Then I add more food coloring if need be.
Pour about 3/4 of the brownie batter into a greased (or parchment paper lined) brownie pan. Next pour the cream cheese mixture on top and smooth with a spatula. Then quickly pour on the remaining brownie batter on top of the cream cheese. After you’ve poured the layers, drag a knife through the batter to create a swirl effect.
Bake the brownies in the oven for 25-35 minutes, or depending on the time guide featured on the box of brownie mix. Allow the brownies to cool because slicing them fresh out of the oven is just a mess!
Now time for the ghosts! Place a large marshmallow on top of each brownie slice. If you wish, you can a tiny bit of frosting as an “adhesive” before using it in the next step. Heat the frosting in a microwaveable bowl for 30 seconds. Stir every 10 seconds to create a smooth mixture. Pour a spoonful of melted frosting so that it covers each marshmallow. Let the brownies set for 30 minutes, and as a result, they will be easier to decorate. Finally, using the black decorating gel, draw eyes and mouths on each ghost!
It’s optional, but I like to decorate my brownies with orange sprinkles. Also other fun Halloween themed sprinkles are a great add-on to the Ghost Brownies. This year we added green and black “bugs” to the plate!
My son definitely got a kick out of these fun ghoulish treats. He keeps asking me if I’m going to make another batch of Ghost Brownies for his school’s Halloween party! We’ll see… It’s hard to say no when as they truly bring a big grin to his face!
All in all Halloween is such a fun holiday! If you enjoy Halloween themed recipes, check out this Monster Mix from Nifty Mom! Such a cute idea for Halloween party or as something different to give out to trick ‘r treaters.
Or check out these Halloween Truffles from Random Mommy! I love all the fun colors and designs she used. My son particularly likes the pumpkin!
What is your favorite Halloween treat?
This recipe was inspired by Betty Crock Spooky Boo Brownies. All opinions are my own.