Frankenstein Brownies for Halloween
Boo! Happy Halloween! Celebrate with these Frankenstein themed brownies- or Frankenbrownies! Super easy to make, super cute and of course, super delicious.
It’s 10 pm on a Wednesday night. My desk is cluttered with a loose papers, sticky notes, dirty dishes and a candy bar wrapper.
My eyes are literally ready to close.
I have a math test tomorrow.
Yet I sit in front of my computer screen writing a blog post about Frankenbrownies because Halloween is this Friday and that’s exciting.
I made and photographed these the morning before I left for Istanbul. Originally I had wanted to do brownie pops- but we don’t get candy melts here and dying white chocolate was a nightmare because it began to cease up. When it did, I had tried to save the chocolate by adding hot heavy cream. It looked like green slime.
But I wasn’t not going to give up.
I threw together a loose vanilla icing, the same kind I made for my sugar cookies with a little bit of melted butter, powdered sugar, milk and vanilla. The green blended in beautifully and these brownies looked more or less the way I had hoped they would.
I have two brownie recipes you could use- one is my Cadbury Creme Egg brownies (just omit the added Creme Eggs, fondant and ganache) which I highly recommend for this recipe because they are chewy and fudgy. The other are some super fudgy brownies which also work beautifully, but I prefer to have those dark, dense and rich as is without icing. You could also use store-bought brownies or your favorite variety.
For the hair, I used chocolate jimmies which are quite easily available in supermarkets. I made my own chocolate eyes out of M&M’s (chocolate chips are also a possibility) and white chocolate; however, it is possible to use store-bought candy eyes if you find some. Colored M&M’s made up the bolts on the sides of the brownies, which can be substituted with gumdrops or Twizzlers cut into chunks- or any candy you find suitable. To add some character, I used dark chocolate to create the facial expression- eyebrows and smile. Squiggly lines all the way. Finally, for a slightly gory touch, I used red decorating gel. You could easily dye some frosting red, or for a bloody effect, some condensed milk or corn syrup.
These are incredibly simple to make yet very, very cute- not to dark and bloody like halloween desserts can be- just right. Plus Frankenstein is a masterpiece. How can you not create a dessert version?
While I’d love to be Frankenstein for this year’s Halloween festivities, the make up tutorials I found were far too difficult for me to execute. Instead, I ordered a zombie kit which I plan to use- hopefully with success. Halloween all the way, people.
- For the candy eyes:
- 32 brown M&Ms
- 2 oz white chocolate, melted (in a ziplock/piping bag with the end snipped off)
- For the brownies:
- 1 batch of 9×9 brownies cut into 16 rectangles
- 3/4 cup white frosting (any kind you like)
- green food coloring (I used both, neon green and regular green)
- 32 brown M&Ms
- 32 colored M&Ms
- Chocolate jimmies
- 2 oz bittersweet chocolate, melted (in a ziplock/piping bag with the end snipped off)
- Red decorating gel/icing
- Line a tray with parchment paper and pipe 32 small dollops (about 1/4 tsp) of white chocolate, a little bit apart.
- In the center of each dollop, place a brown M&M, (logo side down).
- Place the tray in the freezer for 5-10 minutes or until the chocolate has hardened.
- Dye the icing with the desired shade of green.
- Spread evenly on top of the brownies- runny icing like mine should drip down the sides. Let the icing sit for several minutes just to firm up slightly if thin.
- Place 2 candy eyes on each brownie around a little less than 1/2 way from the top.
- Sprinkle the jimmies above the eyes.
- Place the M&M’s or gumdrops on either side of the brownie on the same line as the eyes- this is where drippy icing is useful (watch video for clearer instructions).
- Using the melted bittersweet chocolate, draw in the mouth and eyebrows- I like to do squiggly lines for the mouth.
- Finish the brownies by drawing scars using the red decorating gel or icing. Do this by drawing a straight line and then cutting through with smaller perpendicular lines.