These Ghost Brownies are a fun way to serve up brownies Halloween style. The fudge brownie base is my go-to, completely from scratch and insanely easy. When I found the ghost peeps at Michaels I was instantly inspired to incorporate them into a dessert some way. What better way than to top them on brownies??!!
I can’t believe Halloween is upon us! What fun, spooky treats did you guys make this year? I’ve been seeing so many cool recipes and ideas on Pinterest & link parties that I’ll be Halloween inspired for years to come. I love all the black, orange, green, purple spookiness that is going on, I think it’s so much fun to get festive with things.
These Toasted Ghost Brownies are a cinch to make. The only special equipment you need is a handheld kitchen torch. Other than that it’s easy ingredients to make the brownies and your Ghost peeps!
Let’s talk about this basic (but amazing) brownie recipe. These brownies are a classic, rich, fudgy & thick. They are completely from scratch but don’t let that shy you away from these; they are one bowl, no mixer needed fudge brownies. I typically use a double broiler to melt the chocolate together, but since I’ve been in a pinch for time this past week I melted the chocolate and butter together in the microwave. You just break up the chocolate and butter into a heat safe/glass bowl and heat for 30 seconds increments, stirring together in between each heating session. You repeat this process until the chocolate is completely melted and smooth. After that it’s basically adding the rest of the ingredients into the same bowl, mix it all together and you’ve got delicious, fudgy brownie batter.
Now for making these brownies “ghost” friendly. The technique I used for such a task was made easy with a handheld kitchen torch. All I did was toast the bottom of the ghost peeps so they melted slightly and became sticky, think of it like making the bottoms into marshmallow glue if you will. The bottoms become sticky enough to hold their own when you position them directly on top of the brownie and then I hit the lower part of the peeps one more time to melt them a little more and get that nice toasty texture.
Toasted Ghost Brownies
- 1/2 cup 1 stick Unsalted Butter
- 8 ounces Semi Sweet Baker's Chocolate coarsely chopped
- 1 cup Sugar
- 3 Large Eggs room temperature
- 2 teaspoons Pure Vanilla Extract
- 1 cup All Purpose Flour
- 1/4 cup Unsweetened Cocoa Powder sifted/whisked
- 1/2 teaspoon Salt
- 2 packages Ghost Peeps about 18 ghost peeps
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line a 8x8 inch or 9x9 inch pan with parchment paper and set aside. In a heat safe/glass bowl combine butter and chocolate. Heat in the microwave for 20-30 seconds, stirring in between each heating session. Repeat until chocolate is completely melted and smooth. Add in sugar and stir until combined. Add in eggs and vanilla extract and stir until completely incorporated into the batter. Add in flour, cocoa powder and salted and mix together until combined. *Make sure your cocoa powder is either sifted or whisked before adding it into the batter to avoid lumps/clumps in your brownies. Pour brownie batter into lined baking dish and bake for 30-35 minutes or until a tester inserted in the center comes out clean. Allow brownies to cool for about 30-45 minutes.
- Cut brownies into squares. Using a kitchen torch toast the bottom of each ghost enough so that the bottom is sticky. Place an individual ghost on top of a brownie and lightly torch the bottom of the ghosts around the edges to melt them a little more and to secure them to the brownies. Once you've finished topping all the brownies with ghosts they are ready to serve!
- prep time indicated above includes 15 minutes (at most) to make the brownie batter and then 15-20 minutes (at most) to torch the peeps and stick them to the brownies.