Before the holiday baking season kicks off and we all get our fill of pies, breads, and cookies, make sure to save room for brownies. Their simplicity and all-around appeal means they're a dessert to bake for guests, fall festivals, or even just a night of watching your favorite scary movies. Brownies are relatively easy to mix up — homemade or by the box — and you can jazz up the batter or top them with frosting to make them even more festive. Here are 10 quick ways to make brownies go "BOO" this fall.
Dress Up the Brownie Batter
Think of brownie batter as a blank canvas waiting to be adorned with nuts, crumbled cookies, and Halloween candy too. When adding mix-ins to brownie batter, be sure to reserve a handful to stud the top of the brownies too. Fold cookies, nuts, and chopped candy bars into the batter just before pouring into the prepared pan for baking, or top the brownie batter with a mixture of cream cheese, sugar, and egg and swirl with a skewer to create a marble effect.
Brownie Baking Basics
Decorate the Baked Brownies
Baked and cooled brownies are just waiting to be topped, cut out, or sprinkled with a little powdered sugar. You can use a simple stencil to make a no-fuss festive design with a dusting of powdered sugar or cocoa powder. You can use your favorite cookie cutter to make a ghost, bat, or witch hat — as a bonus, you can decorate these as you would cookies without having to do all that extra rolling and baking.
Bake the brownie batter in a cake round, break out the orange frosting, and turn it into a smiling jack-o'-lantern. And finally, you can use your baked brownie as a vehicle for pudding, cookie crumbles, and gummy worms for your very own gummy worm graveyard.