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Looking for a fun and spooky dessert idea for Halloween? Make these adorable Graveyard Brownies!

A fun dessert for the kids: Graveyard Brownies

Perfect for both kids and adults, these fudgy chocolate brownies are made easy with a box of brownie mix (homemade is 100% ok if you’re up for it!), iced with creamy Nuttella, and topped with spooky Milano cookie graves, creepy Halloween sprinkles, and even a bat-filled full moon!

Instructions for each step are below and totally customizable. The kids will love to help decorate and enjoy eating them even more!

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What You’ll Need:

Makes 9 Graveyard Brownies

  • 1 box of brownie mix (18-18.3oz) or your favorite homemade recipe
  • 1 cup + 1 tablespoon of Nutella hazelnut spread
  • 6 oz of vanilla candy coating or almond bark
  • 12 Oreo “Thins Bites”, white fudge covered
  • 6 Milano cookies, cut in half
  • 2-4 standard chocolate Oreos, ground into fine crumbs
  • Assorted Halloween themed sprinkles including (but not limited to) bats, bones, and creepy bugs.
  • 9″ x 9″ baking pan
  • Pastry Bag
  • Toothpicks
  • Black food coloring, made specifically for candy/chocolate (optional)

How To Make Graveyard Brownies

Line a 9″x 9″ baking pan with foil or parchment paper, and grease with cooking spray. Allow the parchment paper to hang over the sides of the pan, this will be used as a sling for easy brownie removal later.

Prepare the brownie mix per the instructions on the box or if you’re using a homemade recipe, follow the recipe as it’s written. Follow the baking times for a 9″ x 9″ pan.

Remove the brownies from the oven and allow them to cool for about 5 minutes, but do not let them cool completely.

While the brownies are still very warm, add 1 cup of Nutella to the top. Using an offset spatula or a spoon, spread the Nutella evenly over the top of the brownies.

Allow the brownies to finish cooling completely.

While the brownies cool, you can make your tombstones and full moons!

Making the Full Moon Cookies

Heat your vanilla candy coating in the microwave or in a heatproof bowl set over barely simmering water. Melt and stir until completely smooth.

Grab 12 mini white fudge-covered Oreos and your Halloween sprinkles.

Using a toothpick, spread a little of the melted vanilla candy coating on the front of your mini Oreo. Working quickly, place 2-3 bat sprinkles on the candy coating to stick. Now it looks like you have bats flying in the moonlight!

Attaching the bat sprinkles to the melted candy coating

Repeat until all 12 mini cookies have bats attached.

Once your bats have adhered, flip over your moon cookies and add a little dollop of melted candy coating to the back. This will be the “glue” to stick your toothpicks to the cookies.

Place a toothpick in the candy coating and press down to submerge. Add more melted coating if needed to make sure the toothpick really sticks.

Use the vanilla candy coating to glue the toothpicks to the back of the Oreo moons

Repeat this process until all the toothpicks are glued to the back of your full moon cookies. Pop in the fridge for 5 minutes to set.

Making The Milano Cookie Tombstones

Grab your halved Milano cookies, a fork, and line a baking sheet with parchment or wax paper.

After making your full moons, you may need to remelt your candy coating. You can do this by microwaving for 10 seconds, or putting the candy back over a pan of simmering water for a few minutes.

Once the vanilla candy coating is melted and smooth again, add in your black chocolate-friendly food coloring (if using). Add a little at a time to reach the desired shade of tombstone gray.

Using a fork, dip the Milano cookies into your gray vanilla candy coating. Ensure that the cookie is completely coated and shake off any excess coating back into the bowl. Place dipped cookies onto the parchment or wax paper lined cookie sheet.

Dipping the Milano Cookies to make cookie graves

Repeat the dipping and coating process until all 12 cookies are coated.

These will start to set pretty immediately, but 5 minutes in the fridge will set them completely.

Once the tombstones are completely set, place 1 tablespoon of Nutella into a pastry bag or a ziploc bag. Cut the tip off the bag just enough so that you can pipe very thin lines. This is how you’ll write on the tombstones!

Pipe RIP with Nutella onto the cookie graves

Pipe “RIP” or any design you like on the tombstone cookies to make spooky graves. Set aside.

Assembling the Graveyard Brownies

This is the fun part! Grab your crushed Oreos, sprinkles, tombstones, and moons!

Once the brownies have completely cooled, remove them from the pan using your parchment or foil sling. Discard the parchment paper and set the brownies on a cutting surface.

Trim the edges to make an even square, and cut your brownies into 9 equal squares.

Cut the brownies into 9 equal squares

Place a cookie tombstone onto the brownie, sinking it in a little for support.

Stick your full moon into the brownie behind the tombstone (so that the tombstone hides most of the toothpick).

Using your crushed Oreo cookies, sprinkle some graveyard dirt in front of the cookie tombstone, for a fresh grave effect.

Then go nuts adding your sprinkles! Add bugs in and around the dirt, leave some candy skulls here and there. Some ghosts…wherever your ghoulish heart leads you!

You can also use the Nutella in the piping bag to glue spiders and bones to the Milano cookie graves.

Let your creativity fly and have fun!

Assembling the Brownies with the graveyard decorations

Storing The Brownies

I would recommend loosely covering the brownies with plastic wrap until ready to serve or if you have a deep Tupperware container, store them in there.

The brownies are best kept at room temperature and eaten within 1-2 days.

Make Ahead

Every component of these graveyard brownies can be made ahead!

Every component of these graveyard brownies can be made ahead. The moons and graves can be made several days ahead and stored at room temperature until ready to use.

Baked and unsliced brownies can be made ahead 1-2 days and wrapped well so that no air gets in and dries them out.

If you don’t have time to top the brownies with Nutella fresh out of the oven, that’s ok to do later too. You can melt 1 cup of the hazelnut spread and pour it over the top of the cooled brownies, before cutting them up. Just let the Nutella set before slicing and decorating.

Can I make these Graveyard Brownies in a 13″ x 9″ pan?

Yes! The recipe above uses a standard 18-18.3 oz sized brownie mix, which is good for my family of three.

But if you wanted to make these for a party or a big family, a 13″ x 9″ recipe is a must! If you have a favorite homemade recipe, adjust it to fit a 13′ x 9″ pan, or if using a boxed brownie mix, get the one labeled “family sized”.

You’ll need to increase your Nutella from 1 cup to 1 1/2 cups to accommodate the extra surface area.

This will now increase your yield to 12 generous brownies or 16 small brownies.

If you choose to go with the 12 portion sizes, then you don’t need to make any changes to the decorations. The original recipe will make a dozen full moons and tombstones. If you opt for the 16 portions, just melt 8 oz of the candy coating instead of 6 oz to cover the extra cookies.

What I used For Decorations:

Halloween themed sprinkles

For these graveyard brownies, I wanted a big effect, but I didn’t want to buy a million things and break the bank. For this recipe, I focused on easy ingredients and decorations that can be found at the craft store and the grocery store. Here are the specifics I used, but feel free to use what you have on hand or what you can find in your local area!

Wilton Halloween Sprinkles – These can be found at the craft store for super cheap. I got mine at Joann Fabrics. I love these sprinkles because they have everything you need for spooky garnishes– bats, creepy bugs, skulls, pumpkins, ghosts, and witches’ hats!

Food Coloring For Chocolate– These food colorings are oil-based and made specifically for coloring chocolate and candy melts. I used the color black to make my melted candy coating gray for the tombstones. If you can’t find this specific food coloring at the craft store, then just take 1/4 teaspoon of coconut oil (not melted) and mix some regular black food coloring into it. Add the coconut oil mixture little by little to your melted candy coating until the desired color is reached! Do not add regular food coloring straight to your candy melts. It’ll separate and seize. Use the coconut oil trick or get the chocolate safe food coloring.

Milano Cookies– I used the milk chocolate variety, but use what you love! If you can’t find Milano cookies, use rectangles of graham crackers, Biscoff cookies, or any other oblong cookie that strikes your fancy.

White Fudge Dipped Oreo Bites – I used these for the full moons and glued the toothpicks on the backs with candy melts.

Vanilla Candy Coating– I’ve been loving Target’s vanilla candy coating from their Good and Gather brand. I also love, love, love Ghirardelli’s vanilla melting wafers. They taste so much better than typical melting wafers from the craft store.

Other Recipes You Might Like:

Creepy Chocolate Spider Cake

Halloween Popcorn Balls

Halloween Snack Mix

Halloween Rice Krispie Treats

Fudgy Brownie Bites

Slutty Brownies

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A fun dessert for the kids: Graveyard Brownies

Graveyard Brownies

Yield: 9
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes

A spooky Halloween dessert that's fun for both kids and adults!

Ingredients

  • 1 box of brownie mix (18-18.3oz) or your favorite homemade recipe
  • 1 cup + 1 tablespoon of Nutella hazelnut spread
  • 6 oz of vanilla candy coating or almond bark
  • 12 Oreo "Thins Bites", white fudge covered
  • 6 Milano cookies, cut in half
  • 2-4 standard chocolate Oreos, ground into fine crumbs
  • Assorted Halloween themed sprinkles including (but not limited to) bats, bones, and creepy bugs.
  • 9" x 9" baking pan
  • Pastry Bag
  • Toothpicks
  • Black or purple food coloring, made specifically for candy/chocolate (optional)

Instructions

    How To Make Graveyard Brownies

    1. Line a 9"x 9" baking pan with foil or parchment paper, and grease with cooking spray. Allow the parchment paper to hang over the sides of the pan, this will be used as a sling for easy brownie removal later. 
    2. Prepare the brownie mix per the instructions on the box or if you're using a homemade recipe, follow the recipe as it's written. Follow the baking times for a 9" x 9" pan.
    3. Remove the brownies from the oven and allow them to cool for about 5 minutes, but do not let them cool completely.
    4. While the brownies are still very warm, add 1 cup of Nutella to the top. Using an offset spatula or a spoon, spread the Nutella evenly over the top of the brownies. 
    5. Allow the brownies to finish cooling completely.
    6. While the brownies cool, you can make your tombstones and full moons!

    Making the Full Moon Cookies

    1. Heat your vanilla candy coating in the microwave or in a heatproof bowl set over barely simmering water. Melt and stir until completely smooth.
    2. Grab 12 mini white fudge-covered Oreos and your Halloween sprinkles.
    3. Using a toothpick, spread a little of the melted vanilla candy coating on the front of your mini Oreo. Working quickly, place 2-3 bat sprinkles on the candy coating to stick. Now it looks like you have bats flying in the moonlight!
    4. Repeat until all 12 mini cookies have bats attached.
    5. Once your bats have adhered, flip over your moon cookies and add a little dollop of melted candy coating to the back. This will be the "glue" to stick your toothpicks to the cookies.
    6. Place a toothpick in the candy coating and press down to submerge. Add more melted coating if needed to make sure the toothpick really sticks.
    7. Repeat this process until all the toothpicks are glued to the back of your full moon cookies. Pop in the fridge for 5 minutes to set.

    Making The Milano Cookie Tombstones

    1. Grab your halved Milano cookies, a fork, and line a baking sheet with parchment or wax paper.
    2. After making your full moons, you may need to remelt your candy coating. You can do this by microwaving for 10 seconds, or putting the candy back over a pan of simmering water for a few minutes.
    3. Once the vanilla candy coating is melted and smooth again, add in your black chocolate-friendly food coloring (if using). Add a little at a time to reach the desired shade of tombstone gray.
    4. Using a fork, dip the Milano cookies into your gray vanilla candy coating. Ensure that the cookie is completely coated and shake off any excess coating back into the bowl. Place dipped cookies onto the parchment or wax paper lined cookie sheet.
    5. Repeat the dipping and coating process until all 12 cookies are coated.
    6. These will start to set pretty immediately, but 5 minutes in the fridge will set them completely.
    7. Once the tombstones are completely set, place 1 tablespoon of Nutella into a pastry bag or a ziploc bag. Cut the tip off the bag just enough so that you can pipe very thin lines. This is how you'll write on the tombstones!
    8. Pipe "RIP" or any design you like on the tombstone cookies to make spooky graves. Set aside.

    Assembling the Graveyard Brownies

    1. This is the fun part! Grab your crushed Oreos, sprinkles, tombstones, and moons!
    2. Once the brownies have completely cooled, remove them from the pan using your parchment or foil sling. Discard the parchment paper and set the brownies on a cutting surface.
    3. Trim the edges to make an even square, and cut your brownies into 9 equal squares.
    4. Place a cookie tombstone onto the brownie, sinking it in a little for support. 
    5. Stick your full moon into the brownie behind the tombstone (so that the tombstone hides most of the toothpick).
    6. Using your crushed Oreo cookies, sprinkle some graveyard dirt in front of the cookie tombstone, for a fresh grave effect.
    7. Then go nuts adding your sprinkles! Add bugs in and around the dirt, leave some candy skulls here and there. Some ghosts...wherever your ghoulish heart leads you!
    8. You can also use the Nutella in the piping bag to glue spiders and bones to the Milano cookie graves.
    9. Let your creativity fly and have fun!
    Nutrition Information:
    Yield: 9 Serving Size: 1
    Amount Per Serving: Calories: 313Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 12mgSodium: 105mgCarbohydrates: 38gFiber: 1gSugar: 27gProtein: 3g

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