It’s October which means it’s almost Halloween. Where has this year gone? Like every year, life seems to keep speeding up as I get older. Days run into weeks that run into months and it sometimes can turn into one big blurp. I think that’s just what happens in life but more so when you have children. School days run into children’s parties that run into weekend activities or lessons. I am always on the go. But whatever we are doing or the places we are going I like to keep time spread for family time. A day where we have nothing planned and nowhere to rush off to. Those are the days we usually end of baking something fun and silly in the kitchen. It’s no secret, I love getting my kids involved in the kitchen. We bake together. We cook together. They play a big role in preparing dinners each night even. I think they appreciate it more when they understand what is goes into creating something to eat.
What Can I Use To Decorate Halloween Brownies?
With Halloween in mind, we decided to take our favorite American Candy Corn and create something to celebrate the spooky holiday ahead. The kids are really excited for Halloween this year, now that they are older, and even picked out their own costumes for the first time. I can’t wait for it. We baked these scrumptious Candy Corn Halloween Brownies together to kick start a whole month of Halloween celebrations.
Check out my tips for preparing for the ultimate fun Halloween for the whole family
If you don’t like candy corn, or if you find it hard to buy here in the UK then it doesn’t matter (or you could try and make your own candy corn instead). You can always make the brownies in the same way as the recipe below, but then make them in to ghost brownies or mummy brownies using icing to decorate. Or how about using a cocktail stick to place a paper witch’s hat on top and drizzle with green and purple icing? There are loads of Halloween brownies ideas to choose from!
Candy Corn Halloween Brownies
- 3/4 cup vegetable oil
- 1 1/2 cups sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 3 eggs
- 3/4 cup flour
- 1/2 cup cocoa
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- Green and Black Icing
- Gold circle sprinkles
- 1 small bag Candy Corn American Soda website sell it for UK readers
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Grease a square baking pan, or line it with parchment paper
Mix oil, sugar and vanilla extract
Add eggs and mix well
In small bowl combine flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt
Slowly add to the egg mixture and mix well
Pour the batter into the pan and spread evenly
Bake for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean
Zip zag green icing or any color you prefer over the top of brownies before cutting
Sprinkle Candy Corn candies thick across the top and press down lightly so they stick to icing
Sprinkle gold circle sprinkles over top and zig zag black icing over candy corn
Cut into squares
Why not serve them in Halloween cupcake paper cups or with a toothpick halloween character stuck on top for a Halloween party?
How Can I Make My Brownies More Fudgy?
Should brownies be more cakey or fudgy? Which is better? This is an age old debate and I’ve got the secret for your here – one isn’t better than the other. It all comes down to personal preference. Cakey brownies have a high flour ratio, where fudgy brownies have more fat (butter and/or chocolate). You can tweak this recipe to make the brownies more fudgy by by increasing the fat content, or make them more cakey by increasing the flour and baking powder. Just make sure you don’t alter the amount and egg and sugar when making your fudgy brownies.
What Should I Bake My Halloween Brownies In?
This recipe is designed for baking in a metal tin, and I find this the best way to get the most even bake. You can use a glass or pyrex dish, but you will find they take longer to heat up. However, once they are hot they retain their heat for longer. This could mean that the sides and bottom brown faster than the inside of your brownies cook. So be aware and choose your pan carefully.
Get Kids Baking
Getting the kids involved in baking is such a fun activity for all of you. It may make a bit more of a messy kitchen but with an apron and a few cleaning accessories on hand, the clean up can be part of the fun. My two love washing up and wiping down the counters afterwards to help me out. I know this stage in their life where cleaning up is a fun activity woke last forever. At 3 and 5 years old they love the idea of cleaning supplies like gloves or sponges and even our mop and vacuum have them laughing when they help me. I will take full advantage of their innocence here.
The Clean Up
We have teamed up with Marigold to showcase just how fun it can be to clean up as much as it is to bake with your kids. After a sticky chewy baking session of Halloween brownies there was definitely a mess to clean up. The oil had spilt while we were measuring it out so the Marigold Wiper Upper yellow cloth was perfect to clean it up and shine my high gloss countertops at the same time. When it came time to wash up the big mixing bowls the kids had yellow kitchen gloves and suds building up in the sink ready to go. The Marigold Clean and Gleam sponge made it easy to wipe out the chocolate batter leftovers. No licks and scrapes in this house, unfortunately. The blue disposable gloves were great for protecting the kids hands from turning black from the black icing. After baking and the oven cooled, it was a job I couldn’t have the kids help out but I used the Marigold Oops Away pink cloth to wash out the oven. It was durable and soft and yet scraped all those baked messes away. I was impressed. It makes baking a whole day activity when you get the kids involved, even in the clean up, but it’s a day full of memories that will last forever. I still remember baking and cleaning up with my own mother.
Looking For more Ideas For Halloween Party Food?
Why not pin the photos below for later? I would love to know what you think of my Candy Corn Halloween Brownies?