We had some frighteningly cool homemade Halloween treat entrants — but alas, the online world has spoken, and the brownies took the cake! Congratulations to Carolyn Swanson whose homemade Halloween brownie tray won October’s “My Family’s Favorite Foods” contest! We hope you enjoy your pumpkin-licious prize pack with goodies from Yankee Candle, Centerville Pie Co., and New England Coffee Co.! (If you missed it, you can check out the competition here!)
Carolyn shared her brownie recipe with us, so you too can bake these chocolate wonders. And the best part? These brownies can easily transition from Halloween treats to Thanksgiving goodies to Christmas desserts with a change of frosting. Find out how to make them after the jump!
Carolyn’s Famous Brownies
3 oz. unsweetened baking chocolate squares
3/4 cup margarine (1 1/2 sticks)
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
3/4 cup flour
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 cup chocolate syrup (my favorite is the Hershey’s Special Dark syrup)
1 cup toppings such as chocolate chips, M&M’s, chopped nuts, etc. (optional)
1/2 – 3/4 cup of your favorite frosting (optional)
colored or holiday sprinkles (optional)
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Prepare a 9″ x 13″ baking dish (I use the Pampered Chef rectangular stoneware baker) by lining with parchment paper and spraying with Baker’s Joy cooking spray. Be sure to leave enough parchment paper over the sides of the baking dish to make removal of the brownies easier.
3. In medium saucepan over low heat, melt unsweetened baking chocolate squares and margarine until smooth. Remove from heat. Add sugar, eggs & vanilla. Mix thoroughly. Add flour and salt. Stir until completely blended. Add chocolate syrup and 1/2 of the toppings and stir just until incorporated.
4. Pour into prepared 9″ x 13″ baking dish. Top with remaining toppings (optional).
5. Bake at 350 degrees for 27-30 minutes.
6. Once a toothpick inserted into the middle of the brownies comes out clean, remove from oven to cooling rack for 10 minutes. Carefully lift parchment paper out of pan to cooling rack and cool completely, approximately 30-45 minutes.
7. Using a pizza cutter, cut the brownies into several squares and then arrange them on a platter. Place the frosting into a resealable plastic bag, and cut off a tiny corner. Squeeze the bag to start the flow of frosting, and decorate as desired.
Top with holiday sprinkles and enjoy!
Stay tuned on Family Kitchen to learn about our next “My Family’s Favorite Food” contest, which will be posted this Friday, Nov. 4!