Easy Halloween Ghost Brownies Recipe are fudgy brownies topped with a simple chocolate ganache frosting and cute candy ghosts.
These spooky eyed Halloween brownies are not only easy to make but also a great activity for kids and adults to enjoy together.
Why i love these Spooky Halloween Brownies
• Fun for All Ages! These Halloween brownies are great for kids and adults!
• This Halloween brownies recipe is super easy to make with a mix and just two ingredients for the frosting.
• The candy ghosts are also really simple to make and so cute!
• This spooky treat also tastes so fresh and delicious! Perfect for Halloween season!
• The dreamy chocolate ganache frosting is simply amazing.
• Baking and decorating these cute Halloween brownies is a fun project to get in the holiday spirit!
What you need
• Brownie Mix - Use your favorite brand. I used a Krusteaz gluten free mix because I wanted gluten free brownies. Feel free to use a regular brownie mix. Or make your favorite homemade brownie recipe if you prefer homemade brownies.
• Chocolate Chips - I prefer semi-sweet. You could also use dark chocolate chips
• Coconut Milk - Must use the canned coconut milk because it's extra creamy. Stir it up completely before using.
• Candy Melts - I used Wilton brand white candy melts. They are available at most craft stores or big discount stores like Walmart. Also available online. You can also use white chocolate chips which are available at almost any grocery store.
• Black Frosting - You can use store bought to make it easier. That's what I did. Or you can melt ¼ cup of chocolate chips in a microwave-safe bowl (according to package instructions). Then pour into a small plastic bag, twist and close with a bread tie. Then snip off the tiny corner to pipe the candy eyes of the candy ghosts. Another idea is you could use candy eyeballs.
• Halloween Sprinkles - You can add these if you're feeling extra festive!
How to make Ghost brownies
• Step 1 - Prepare the brownie mix in a large bowl according to package directions. You can use an electric mixer, hand mixer or mix by hand. I used a gluten free mix that included chocolate chips, so I removed the chocolate chips from the mix. This step is optional.
• Step 2 - Using a rubber spatula, spread the brownie batter into a 9" x 9" square pan which has been sprayed with non-stick cooking spray and lined with parchment paper, letting the paper hang over the side slightly.
• Step 3 - Bake brownies according to package instructions. Let them cool completely before frosting.
• Step 4 - For the ganache: Place the coconut milk (or heavy cream) in a medium, microwaveable bowl. Microwave on high until it just begins to bubble, about 30-40 seconds. Stir in chocolate chips until melted and smooth. Let the ganache stand until cooled, about 30 minutes. Pour the frosting over the cooled brownies. Evenly spread chocolate ganache over cooled brownies. Use an offset spatula for easier spreading.
• Step 5 - For the candy ghosts, melt candy melts in a microwave safe bowl according to package instructions. Scoop teaspoon sized dollops onto parchment lined cookie sheet, then use an offset spatula or back of a spoon to smooth out into a ghost shape. Put in refrigerator for 15 minutes or until set. Decorate with black frosting, creating eyes and mouth. Place the candy ghosts on top of the brownies and serve.
Frequently asked questions
• Why did you use a boxed brownie mix for this Brownie recipe? To be perfectly honest, I prefer using a mix for brownies over a made from scratch recipe. They are the best chewy brownies. I don't like brownies from scratch as much. Just a personal preference. Plus it's quick and easy!
• Can I make these spooky eyed Halloween brownies ahead? Yes, you can make them two days ahead of time. Store them in the refrigerator in an airtight container.
• Is it ok to use heavy cream instead of coconut milk? Yes, you can substitute the same amount of cream instead of coconut milk.
• Substitute Milk Chocolate Chips? Yes you can use milk chocolate chips instead of semi-sweet chocolate chips in the frosting.
• Can I use a regular brownie mix? Yes, you can substitute a regular brownie mix instead of a gluten mix as I used today.
• Can I use a different brownie recipe instead of a boxed mix? Yes, you can use your favorite brownie recipe if you prefer homemade Halloween brownies. The key is to allow them to cool completely before cutting and decorating.
• Storage Tips - It's best to store these fun Halloween brownies in the refrigerator because the ganache gets very soft at room temperature. Store in an airtight container. Or simply cover the pan with aluminum foil or plastic wrap.
• Baking Tip - Always use room temperature eggs in your baking recipes. Even if it's just a brownie mix. The cold eggs react differently with the ingredients and will affect the texture and consistency. For best results, use room temperature large eggs.
• Ganache - Note that the chocolate ganache frosting will be sort of soupy at first. It simply needs to cool a bit before spreading onto brownies. You can speed up this process by placing your bowl of ganache over another bowl of ice and stir until slightly thickened.
• Tips on Cutting your Ghost Brownies - Make sure you chill the brownies before cutting into squares to get a clean cut. If you can't wait, you can cut into them before chilling but just know that the ganache frosting won't be set and it might be a little messy.
This Easy Halloween Ghost Brownies Recipe is perfect for Halloween parties, classroom treats, or as a sweet surprise for family and friends during the spooky season. Great for bake sales too. Make them for your next Halloween party!
Easy Halloween Ghost Brownies Recipe
- 1 box brownie mix, prepared according to package instructions I used Gluten Free Krusteaz brand. Substitute regular brownie mix, if desired.
- 7 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips or 1 ¼ cups
- ½ cup coconut milk, from the can or heavy whipping cream
- ¾ cup white candy melts, melted (add a little bit of oil if it seems too thick)
- 1 tube store bought black frosting
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray a 9" x 9" square baking pan with non-stick cooking spray. Then line with parchment paper, letting it extend over two sides (so you can easily pull the brownies out when they were done). Set aside.
- Prepare the brownie mix according to package instructions. Pour brownie batter into prepared pan. Bake as directed. Let cool.
- Place the coconut milk (or heavy cream) in a medium, microwaveable bowl. Microwave on high until it just begins to bubble, about 30-40 seconds. Stir in chocolate chips until melted and smooth. Let the ganache stand until cooled, about 30 minutes. Pour the frosting over the cooled brownies.
- For the candy ghosts, melt candy melts in a microwave safe bowl according to package instructions. Scoop teaspoon sized dollops onto parchment lined cookie sheet, then use an offset spatula or back of a spoon to smooth out into a ghost shape. Put in refrigerator for 15 minutes or until set. Decorate with black frosting, creating eyes and mouth. Place on brownies and serve. You can cut brownies into 8 larger squares or 16 smaller squares.