These easy Graveyard Halloween Brownies are the perfect fun and spooky treat for a party! All you need is chocolate brownies, milano cookies, candy pumpkins and a little frosting.
I’m a huge fan of Halloween desserts, but they have to be simple, and easy enough for my kids to help with! Some of our favorite Halloween recipes that require very few ingredients are these Chocolate Chip Spider Cookies, Witches Hat Halloween Cupcakes, and Halloween pizzas.
Can we all agree that these Graveyard Halloween Brownies about as cute and as EASY as it gets? They’re proof that you don’t need to be a professional baker or have any special equipment to make a super cool, creepy Halloween dessert!
I like a Halloween dessert that tastes as good as it looks, but that doesn’t have me spending hours in the kitchen! My kids especially love these fun Halloween brownies, and they always get plenty of positive attention at Halloween parties.
What you’ll need:
- A pan of baked brownies
- Milano cookies – depending on how thick your brownies are, you may want to cut on of the ends off to make the “headstone” shorter.
- Black decorating gel
- Candy pumpkins
- Green buttercream frosting
First, bake the brownies. You can make the batter from scratch, or you can use a box mix (the Ghirardelli brand is great). I use this chocolate brownie recipe, but I cut the ingredients in half, to bake it in an 8×8” pan. Line the brownie pan with parchment paper so that you can pull the brownies out of the pan after they’ve baked, to cut them easier.
Next, use the black gel pen to write the words R-I-P at the top of each Milano cookie. (You should be able to find the gel pens from your local grocery store, in the baking aisle). You may want to practice on a leftover piece of parchment paper first.
Press the cookie into the brownie, near the top edge. You could cut 1/2” off the bottom of the cookies, before pressing them into the brownies, if you don’t want the “headstones” to stick up as tall.
Spoon a little green frosting onto the bottoms of the candy pumpkins and add them near the cookie headstone.
That’s it! You’ve made an adorable Halloween brownie that tastes as good as it looks!
Graveyard Halloween Brownies
For the brownies:
For the green buttercream frosting:
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 1/4 cup butter (salted or unsalted), softened
- 2 teaspoons milk
- green food coloring a few drops, to reach your desired color
- Line an 8'' baking pan with parchment paper, leaving a little bit of overhang on the sides so that you'll be able to easily pull the brownies out of the pan.
- Pour brownie batter into the prepared pan and smooth it into an even layer. Bake according to recipe instructions.
- Allow brownies to cool completely. Pull up on the parchment paper and transfer the brownies to a flat surface.
- Cut the brownies into rectangles. (I cut mine 4 x 3 to make 12 rectangle brownies).
- Mix all of the frosting ingredients together in a bowl. Mix for 2 minutes until light and fluffy. (Add a little more powdered sugar to make the mixture thicker, or another dash of milk to make it thinner, as needed.)
- Mix in a few drops of green food coloring. Set aside.
- Use the black (edible) gel pen to write the letter R-I-P on the top of each milano cookie. I also cut the very bottom edge off of my cookies to make the "headstones" a little shorter, but you don't have to.
- Press each cookie into the top of the brownie, as if it were a grave headstone.
- Spoon a a little green frosting onto the bottoms of the candy pumpkins and add them near the cookie.
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I originally shared this recipe September 2017. Updated October 2019 with improved instructions.