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Minty Moonlight Graveyard Brownies

October 06, 2012 By: Denise Leo, Global Brownie Ambassador Category: Creative, Fun For Kids, Holiday, Mint, Nut-Free, Off the Beaten Path

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With Halloween on its way, what could be better than a graveyard full of marshmallow ghosts, some chocolate gravestones, and mint-flavored grass to cover the brownie earth underneath? Celebrate October and tickle your ghostly goblins with this tasty kid-friendly recipe for Minty Moonlight Graveyard Brownies.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 large box brownie mix (I used Duncan Hines, the 13 x 9 family size)
  • Oil, eggs, and water as called for on the box directions
  • 1 tub pre-made dark chocolate frosting (I used Duncan Hines Home-Style)
  • 2 tsp mint extract
  • a TON of green sugar sprinkles, 1-2 ounces
  • 9 Keebler Deluxe Graham cookies (chocolate-covered graham cookies)
  • Optional cookie icing: 2 T soft butter, 1/2 cup confectioners sugar, sprinkle of water or milk
  • 1 package of 9 marshmallow ghosts (by Peeps, the same company that makes Easter chicks)

DIRECTIONS

Be sure you’re using a large or family-size mix, one that will work in a 9″ x 13″ pan. Mix batter as directed on the box. Pour batter into a VERY well-greased pan and bake as directed. Let cool.

The following step is optional, but it will make it easier for you to decorate, cut, and serve. Using a knife and/or spatula, carefully loosen all 4 edges of your entire pan of brownies. Work a spatula underneath to loosen the bottom. Keep at it until it feels loose and move-able. Using a couple of spatulas, and as many hands as you can recruit, carefully move the singular, massive brownie from the baking pan onto a flat serving tray that will impress your trick-or-treaters. I used the “reversible-lid-and-serving-tray” piece from this awesome two-piece Longaberger ceramic stoneware set.

To save the need to wash another bowl, pour 2 teaspoons of mint extract directly into the tub of frosting. Mix thoroughly. Mmmmm, minty!

Cover your graveyard . . . er, brownies with this dark layer of dirt . . . er, frosting.

Quickly, while the chocolate frosting is still moist, sprinkle your green sugar crystals onto the surface. This will create a grassy-green, cemetery-yard effect. I wanted mine to look really grassy, so I was VERY generous and used about 1.5 ounces of sprinkles.

Soon, you will push your cookie headstones into the grass. But, first, you may want to write “R.I.P.” (for “Rest In Peace”) onto your headstones. It’s completely optional, but definitely fun. To do this, you’ll need to mix up some icing. It only takes a few minutes.

Take 2 tablespoons of soft butter and smoosh it against the edge of a bowl until it’s smooth. Add about 1/2 cup of sifted confectioner’s sugar, and dribble in a tiny bit of milk or water. Mix it up. You want the icing to be pretty stiff, but still easily squeezed from a pastry bag. If it’s too thick, add more liquid. If it’s too thin, add more sugar.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Don’t have a pastry bag? No big deal! Spoon the icing into the corner of a plastic baggie. (Don’t know why I can’t say “bag;” I guess “baggie” just feels more natural to me.) Use scissors to snip off the TINIEST BIT of the baggie’s corner, leaving a tiny hole through which you’ll squeeze the icing.

 

 

 

 

This super-inexpensive, super-quick, icing-filled baggie is your new writing utensil. Use the icing to write “RIP” onto the top edge of your gravestone cookies — or make any headstone design you like. Steady, now.

Push your decorated headstones slightly down into the crust of the brownies, allowing them to stand up on their own. I made 3 rows of 3, allowing room for my Peeps-brand marshmallow ghosts to float above each grave. Here’s what the box of Peeps Ghosts looks like from the side. (Not every store in my area had them; I found these in the Giant Eagle candy aisle.)

Peeps brand ghosts

To help the ghosts stand up — even during a rough transport — I added a toothpick into the bottom of each ghost.

Notice how each ghost is now floating on top of its grave. Spooky!

No matter what angle you look at it, this is a fun Halloween dessert that will delight 18 kids.

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Let your imagination run wild. Add a couple of candy pumpkins, the ones made from the same stuff as candy corn. Add a gnarled stick from your yard so it looks like a creaky old cemetery tree. You could even dig a hole into the brownie surface, leaving big brown “dirt clumps” that look like an open grave.

When I cut and served this dessert, each kid got either a ghost or a headstone. Everybody was happy. I hope you and your favorite trick-or-treaters enjoy this ghost-in-the-graveyard Halloween dessert special: Minty Moonlight Graveyard Brownie!

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