Saturday, September 24, 2011

Ghost & Monster Halloween Brownies

What do you do when you are feeling under the weather and still want to make a fun and cute dessert? Make these cute little Ghost and Monster...and Jack-o-Lantern Brownies!
A cold is like a fire, it starts with one twig or family member and quickly spreads. Although, I am on the mend, I really didn't want to spend a lot of time in the kitchen, but still wanted to make something fun for the kids...and you my readers!
So, are you ready for how quick these are?
What you will need:
1 box of brownie mix and the ingredients needed to make them (I used Pillsbury Funfetti Brownie Mix)
1 can of vanilla or white frosting (you will need less than a 1/3 of the container for 8 of these)
Regular size marshmallows
various food colors
various candies
For candies I used what I had in the cabinet: Mini M&M'S, Candy Coated Sunflower Seeds, chocolate jimmies, and Wilton Rainbow Chip Crunch Sprinkles.
Just use whatever you have in your cabinet, just have fun with it!

I mixed the brownie mix according to the directions, but I substituted the oil out and put in unsweetened applesauce. This makes the brownies look a little different on top and a little denser, but healthier and lower in calories. Since this is easily mixed by hand, the bowl can easily go in the dishwasher. No dishes to hand wash. I baked the brownies in a 9x13 pan with a foil sling sprayed with baking spray. No pan to wash.
I know, the picture isn't great, but you get the idea. Within about 15 minutes you can easily lift the brownies out of the pan in the foil sling and let continue to cool on baking rack. I actually was able to begin the next step while the brownie was still a little warm. Now since my pan curves up in the corners, the bottom of the brownie is thinner on each of the short sides, so I cut that part off for snacking later. With a round cookie cutter, I was able to cut out 8 brownies. If you your pan is even all the way to the sides you will be able to cut out 10 to 12. You could also just cut them and leave them squares if you want!
After the brownies are baked, cooled, and cut, the decorating part takes no more than 15 minutes!
Put the little round brownies on a piece of wax paper to work with making clean up a snap!
Sit a marshmallow on top of the brownie, no need to stick it down with anything, it will stick from the melted frosting in the next step.
You will need 2-3 teaspoons of frosting per color if you are making 3 colors. Melt the canned frosting in the microwave in a glass bowl for about 20 seconds. I used Betty Crocker Whipped Frosting that I had leftover, and it did separate in the microwave, but easily mixed back together when adding the coloring.
Spoon the melted frosting to cover the marshmallow and drip down the sides a little, that will adhere the marshmallow to the brownie. After 3 or 4 brownies are covered, go back to the first and the icing will still be tacky enough to stick on your candy pieces. If you wait too long the icing will dry and the candy won't stick. If the candy wants to slide down the icing, wait a couple more minutes. You will know it is perfect when the candy sticks on and doesn't slide anywhere. This is quite easy when the frosting is at the right tackiness!
I had so much fun making these little guys!
Have fun! Go crazy! Be creative!

If you are inspired by these Halloween brownies and decide to create your own, I would love for you to share photos of your creations on the Mrs. Fox's Sweets Facebook Page!
I can't wait to see what you come up with!



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17 comments:

  1. What child (or childlike person like me) wouldn't love these? Hope you are feeling much better - as mother of five, I know all too well how a virus spreads in a house!
    Lisa

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  2. I love these! And, I love your tutorial on how to apply the candy. I always resist making things like this because I don't know when to do what. But, I may be able to pull them off now. I really do want to try these for my kids. Thanks for sharing on Sweet Indulgences Sunday.

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  3. Oh my your food is always so cute, love these brownies and love your kind words to0 at Bacon Time. It means a lot to me, just wanted you to know you are appreciated.

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  4. That is adorable! Love this idea and am sharing it on pinterest. I am a new follower from Tatertots and Jello. Vicky @ www.messforless.net

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  5. I won't be afraid to try this sweet looking monsters;)

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  6. super spooky...but at least I can bite their head off if I need too!

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  7. Love! I'd love for you to link up to my Wickedly Creative Halloween Ideas Link Party!
    www.itsybitsypaperblog.com

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  8. Just stopping by to let you know that I have featured your project on Fun Family Crafts today! You can see it here
    http://funfamilycrafts.com/halloween-brownies/

    If you have other kid friendly crafts, I'd love it if you would submit them :) If you would like to display a featured button on your site, you can grab one from the right side bar of your post above.

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  9. I love this idea! My children will thank you for this one.

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  10. Love these! We're featuring them tomorrow at Seasonal Inspiration - thanks so much for sharing!

    Becca @ Crumbs and Chaos
    www.crumbsandchaos.blogspot.com

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  11. Not surprisingly, your brownies made the list of top recipes for last week's Sweet Indulgences Sunday. You always made such cute treats! P.S. I'm still tweaking my grab button. Thanks for the help.

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  12. Thanks for linking up last week to my Whisking Wednesday party. I featured your recipe this week. Would love for you to come back this week and link up a few more recipes. Your recipes are so creative, I just love them all!

    http://pinchofthisthatandtheother.blogspot.com/2011/10/whisking-wednesdays-20.html

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  13. This is awesome..Love it..So much creativity lives here...I would love for you to link/share to my Pinspiration thursdays linky party happening now pweease..(I see soo much I'm loving) TY. http://theartsygirlconnection.blogspot.com/2011/10/pininspirational-thursdayspin-it.html

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  14. Hello, thanks SO much again for linking your project up to Pin'Inspirational Thursdays last week.. I featured it as my top five this week.. Please stop in and have a looksey/grab a button if you'd like. pweaase. This is totally awesome.. :))..Hope you can link up again today..~M

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  15. I love these!!! gotta try them!!!

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