My homemade brownie recipe is probably my favorite go-to quick treat whenever I have to bring something to a party. Since all the parties this week happen to be Halloween parties, I’ve been working on turning my favorite recipes into Halloween treats.
Now, to be perfectly honest, my first attempt at this recipe was a complete failure. Oh, the brownies tasted fine but they looked horrible. (My 16-year-old son was shocked that I called my efforts a failure and said, “Mom, I EAT failure! I will eat as many of those failures as you’ll let me!”) I thought I should share with you what did NOT work so you don’t make the same mistake I did.
I started by making my Best Brownie Recipe:
- 4 eggs
- 2 c. sugar
- 3/4 c. unsweetened cocoa powder
- 3/4 c. oil
- 2 t. vanilla
- 1 1/2 t. baking powder
- 1/2 t. salt
- 1 1/3 c. flour
Stir together until completely mixed but don’t OVERmix this.
It was all looking good. I had a vision of brownie mix, baked in muffin pans, bits of Halloween candy poking out the top. After spraying the muffin pan with nonstick spray, I poured a bit of brownie batter into the bottom of the muffin cups, placed a whole York Peppermint Patty on top of that bit and then topped it off with more brownie batter. I also made some brownie muffins with a sprinkling of Reeses Pieces and candy corn. It looked BEAUTIFUL. Into the oven the pan went.
Sadly, when it came out, it looked like this:
Somehow I had overlooked the fact that those candies would melt in the oven. The brownies with an entire York Peppermint Patty melted into each muffin TASTED delicious but didn’t look all that great. The other brownies just had gaping holes filled with melted sugar. One son suggested they were Zombie brownies, but I don’t think so. I didn’t have trouble getting the ravening hordes in my house to eat these failures, but failures they were.
So the second time around, I mixed up the brownie batter. The muffin tins weren’t washed yet so I just made a rectangular pan of regular bar brownies.
The instant they were out of the oven, I tucked various types of candies into the top. The brownies were wickedly hot from baking so there was some melting but that was okay.
Here’re some photos of how this worked out for me.
In my assessment of this experiment, the brownies with the pieces of Yorks turned out the best. When they had cooled completely, they were delicious and looked really yummy.
The other brownies tasted great and looked okay. I’ll bring these to a party, but I’m not completely satisfied with how it all looks. My next experiment is to insert the candies into the brownies when they have about 5 minutes of baking time left. I can’t do that today because I’m all out of cocoa, but my research on this isn’t done.
Just a note: whether I used the muffin tin or the baking dish, these brownies baked at 350° until an inserted toothpick came out clean.
Next: Halloween Popcorn Balls!