I’ve always loved Halloween. Growing up, my mom and grandma would team up to make my Halloween costumes by hand. I was never happy with the standard witch or princess and requested oddball costumes such as a drive-in waitress on roller skates, Carmen Miranda, and a flamenco dancer.
The Carmen Miranda costume was the most memorable. My mom and grandma outdid themselves, re-creating Carmen’s exact outfit and even making me a basket of fruit to wear on my head. Even though none of my friends knew who Carmen Miranda was, I was so excited to wear the costume until the day before Halloween when I tripped at the zoo and managed to skin my entire face on the concrete. Not only was it incredibly painful, but I was beyond embarrassed at my school’s Halloween parade the next day. I can only imagine what the other fifth graders were saying about the weird girl with the fruit hat and cuts and scrapes all over her face.
I love holiday-themed desserts and I always have a blast seeing the fun ideas in magazines and on blogs around the holidays. Halloween seems to bring out the most creative concoctions with mummy cupcakes, jello worms, eyeball cookies, and even cakes that look human brains.
While I appreciate all of the creativity, sometimes these things get a bit out of hand and become slightly gross and unappetizing. This year, I wanted to make a dessert that was festive but still resembled something you would want to eat.
I decided to take my favorite brownie recipe and give it a bit of a spooky twist. I took a fudgy, deeply chocolatey brownie and dipped it in a rich chocolate ganache. Then, I added a spiral of white chocolate and used a skewer to create a spiderweb. The result is a delicious brownie that I would eat any day of the year but with just enough Halloween spookiness to belong at a Halloween party or gathering.
Tips and Tricks
Line your pan with a foil sling to help remove the slab of brownies from the pan easily. Simply line the pan with foil but use enough to create a large overhang that will work as a makeshift handle.
Let the brownies cool completely before cutting them. Once you cut them, flip them over and dip the smooth side in the ganache.
The ganache and white chocolate should both be warm when you use them to glaze and decorate. You want to create the spider webs with the skewer very quickly while they are both still warm and easy to swirl.
After you create the spider webs, refrigerate the brownies to set the ganache. Keep the brownies in the refrigerator until you’re ready to serve but let them come to room temperature before eating.
Check out this great article from Alice Medrich for advice on marbling the spiderwebs.
Halloween Brownies Recipe
This recipe is part of Food Network’s Fall Fest. Check out these other great Halloween recipes from some of my other food blogging friends!
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Healthy Eats: 5 Ways to Host a Healthier Halloween Party
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