Halloween is such a fun time of year!  I am not a fan of scary movies, mostly because I’m a complete chicken, but I do enjoy some festive fun.  My son is now at an age where he can really enjoy all the fun traditions that Halloween has to offer.  He gets a kick out of dressing up and especially loves the tradition of getting mounds and mounds of candy and chocolate! (That’s my favourite part of the tradition too).  I wanted to share another Halloween tradition that we have with you guys.
Our favourite story to read around this time of year is Frankenstein.  It is a classic story that resonates with kids and adults and reading the classic tale around this time of year has become one of our favourite things to do.  We have been reading the parody version that I pictured above because we both find it really funny and we love the illustrations.  My son literally laughs out loud when I read it to him (I tend to become really animated when I read kid’s books!)
There is another part of this tradition that goes along with reading Frankenstein – and it is inspired by the main character in the book!  We absolutely love making these Frankenstein brownies because they are so much fun to decorate and they taste really good!  Brownie and cream cheese icing – need I say more?  Not only are they really easy to create, they also look great as part of your Halloween spread.  Get the kids involved and have them help with the brownie preparation as well as the decorating!
I hope you find inspiration in our Halloween tradition.  Happy Halloween Everyone!!
With Love,
Julie


 
Frankenstein Brownies
 
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Serves: 10
Ingredients
  • Brownies:
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ⅔ cups cocoa
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
    Vanilla Buttercream Frosting
  • 3 cups confectioners sugar
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • green food colouring
    Candy for decorating
  • nibs, rope licorice, regular black licorice, candy corns
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.  Grease a 9 x 13 inch baking pan.
  2. Stir together the butter, sugar and vanilla in a medium sized mixing bowl.  Add the eggs and incorporate with a whisk.  Sift together the flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt.  Add the flour mixture into the egg mixture in three additions, mixing well between each addition.  Spread the batter into the prepared baking pan.
  3. Bake the brownies for 15-20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the centre comes out clean and the brownies start to pull away from the sides of the pan.  Cool the brownies on a wire rack.
  4. Prepare the buttercream frosting:  In a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment cream together the sugar and butter, about 3 minutes.  Add the vanilla and whisk again until it is incorporated. Add the green food colouring, a few drops at a time, until you achieve your desired green colour.  I went with a lighter green as the food colouring adds a bitter taste to the frosting.
  5. Assemble the brownies: Decorate each brownie by spreading a thin layer of the green frosting on each.  I used cut nibs for the eyes and a dot of black tube icing for the pupil.  For the hair, mouth and bolts I used black licorice.  Keep refrigerated until ready to serve.  The brownies are best enjoyed at room temperature.
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