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Spooky Chocolate Brownies

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You know it’s October when I pull out the eyeball and bones sprinkles! ūüôā These deliciously rich chocolate brownies are a family recipe that we LOVE. Whether you decorate them or not, they are guaranteed to make your family smile!

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A couple of months ago, a friend of mine came across this recipe of my mom’s that I hadn’t ever made. I actually don’t remember her ever making it either, but my friend sent me a copy in my mom’s handwriting and told me that she’d made them for their wedding reception years ago. We lost my mom to cancer about 7 years ago, so I loved trying this recipe of hers for myself. And… these brownies are the BOMB. The brownies aren’t super sweet, but the frosting is like fudge. They cut *perfectly* too- which I love. When you want to share brownies with a group, there is nothing worse than trying to cut them, and ending up with gooey piles of chocolate. Plus…. they are super easy to make!

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Want to try them? Here’s the recipe (printable version):

INGREDIENTS: 

Brownies

  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1 stick butter (room temp)
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups Hershey’s chocolate syrup
  • 1 cup flour

Icing

  • 1 1/3 cups sugar
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 6 Tablespoons butter
  • 6 oz. chocolate chips

DIRECTIONS:

Brownies

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.¬†
  • Cream together butter and sugar
  • Add eggs and syrup
  • Blend in flour
  • Pour into a greased 9×13″ pan
  • Bake at 350F for 30 min
  • Cool

Icing

  • Combine sugar, milk and butter in a saucepan
  • Bring to a boil and boil for 2 minutes
  • Remove from heat and stir in chocolate chips until completely melted.¬†
  • Pour over the top of brownies
  • To decorate, drizzle with colored Wilton Candy Melts and sprinkle with Halloween candies (if desired)
  • Allow icing to harden up before cutting brownies into squares.

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My thoughts: Just make these. Honestly, they are one of the best brownie recipes I have tried, and they have become a go-to recipe for us! Enjoy! ~r

Want to try a different Halloween dessert? We have SO MANY! Click on a photo to see the recipe: 

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And… our top two favorite Halloween recipes on Easybaked:¬†

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Chocolate Ganache Brownies

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Ganache Brownies
These dense chocolate brownies are topped with a rich chocolate ganache. ¬†You won’t be able to eat just one!!

It’s November. ¬†Time for turkey and thankfulness. ¬†One of the things I am incredibly thankful for is my wonderful family. ¬†We are spread over many states and have many interests, but one thing we all love: ¬†dessert. ¬†This month I am going to feature some of our family’s best dessert recipes– just to get you all ready to bring some mouthwatering treats to¬†your¬†Thanksgiving feast!

This brownie recipe is from my Aunt Sara. ¬†She’s known in our family for her wonderful layered salad, but since this is a blog about sweets,¬†that recipe will have to wait for another day.

Aunt Sarah and her granddaughter Sierra

Aunt Sarah and her granddaughter Sierra

Several years ago I asked everyone in our family to submit recipes to compile into a family cookbook. ¬†SO many wonderful things (with the exception of “Feline Delight”, submitted by my Uncle Keith and my dad, involving a stew made from the family pet…. a joke, of course!) ¬†My Aunt Sara turned in this brownie recipe and I’ve always wanted to try it but just hadn’t taken the time until right now.

The verdict: ¬†AMAZING. ¬†These are the¬†most fudge- like brownies I’ve ever had. ¬†If you prefer cake-like brownies just stop reading right here….because these are rich, heavy, delicious bits of chocolate joy.

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So, lets get you the recipe so you can try these yummy treats! (printable version)

INGREDIENTS:

Brownie:

  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) butter
  • 2/3 cup chocolate (I used Nestle’ dark chocolate chips)
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup chopped nuts (optional)

Frosting:

  • 1/2 cup whipping cream
  • 1 cup chocolate (Aunt Sara uses Ghiradelli, I just used the rest of the Nestle’ dark chips)

DIRECTIONS:

Brownie:

  • Preheat oven to 325F degrees
  • Place butter and chocolate into a microwave safe bowl and melt in 30 second increments, stirring between, until melted and smooth.
  • Beat eggs and salt until they turn a light yellow color.
  • Add sugar to egg mixture gradually, and then beat until thick and creamy (about 15 minutes).
  • Fold in melted chocolate/butter mixture.
  • Add flour and vanilla and beat until smooth.
  • Fold in nuts.
  • Lightly spray a 9×13 pan with cooking spray and pour batter in.
  • Bake at 325F degrees for 25-30 minutes. ¬†Toothpick should not come out clean- if you over-bake them they will be dry.

Frosting:

  • Place chocolate (either chips, or chopped up) into a bowl.
  • Bring whipping cream to a boil over the stove.
  • Pour hot cream over chocolate and whisk until smooth.
  • Refrigerate about 20 minutes, until thick enough to spread, but not completely set.
  • Spread over brownies and enjoy!!!

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My thoughts: ¬†These are wonderfully gooey and rich- my perfect kind of brownie! ¬†The only downside of these is having to beat the eggs for 15 minutes. ¬†If you have a stand mixer you won’t mind it, but I have a hand mixer…seemed like an eternity! ¬†Once I tasted them, it was worth every second though! ¬†Thanks for the wonderful recipe Aunt Sara!! ¬†Love you! ¬†~r

Other brownie recipes to fill your November with yummy goodness:

Caramel Fudge Brownies!!Fudge Brownie!Mint Creme Brownie CupsBrownie Oreo Cookie Cup

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