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Halloween Brownies

This Halloween brownie recipe is adapted from the October 2008 issue of Martha Stewart Living.

  • Yield: Makes about 12 brownies
Halloween Brownies

Source: The Martha Stewart Show, October Fall 2008


  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, cut into pieces, plus more for pan
  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for pan
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons coarse salt
  • 1 cup unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 4 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed light-brown sugar
  • Royal Icing


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Butter a 9-by-13-inch baking pan, and line it with parchment, leaving a 2-inch overhang on 2 sides. Butter and flour parchment, tapping out excess.

  2. Combine flour and salt in a small bowl. Melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Sift cocoa powder over butter, and whisk to combine. Let cool 3 minutes. Gently whisk in vanilla and eggs, then stir in sugars and flour mixture until just combined. Spread batter evenly in prepared pan.

  3. Bake until top is firm and set, about 30 minutes. Transfer pan to a wire rack, and let cool for 20 minutes. Remove brownies from pan using parchment overhang, and let cool on wire rack. Cut brownies and decorate using royal icing, as desired. Brownies will keep at room temperature for up to 3 days.

Reviews (4)

  • esmacherrypie 30 Dec, 2010

    Easy recipe, I made them and they were the perfect brownie consistency. I would suggest adding a quarter cup more of sugar, it seemed a little unsweet to me.

  • supernanny 27 Oct, 2008

    These brownies were easy to make and delicious. Everyone enjoyed them. I plan on making for birthdays and holidays.

  • TheBunny 25 Oct, 2008

    This is a great brownie recipe from the Wine Spectator:,1275,6464,00.html

  • kimr9476 24 Oct, 2008

    These should not be made in a 9x13" pan! They were less than 1/2" thick. It's hard to review the texture because they were so short/thin.

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