Bake, Make and Decorate a Haunted Brownie House

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Bake, Make and Decorate a Haunted Brownie House

This #SpooktacularSnacks tutorial to Bake, Make and Decorate a Haunted Brownie house featuring Betty Crocker™ Brownies and the Multipack Halloween PEEPS® was so much fun to create. To find the Multi-Pack of Halloween treats your going to have to get on into Target, head back the best section in the store (HOLIDAYS) and look for the baking area, that’s where you’ll find them! I made a handy photo collage to help you out.

It would be fun to make this with a group of kids like at school parties, home parties, even birthday parties on or around Halloween. And because it’s not TOO simple it’s better for older kids, who believe it or not still want to do fun, creative things with their parents.  While not particularly for younger kids to make, I’m sure making the house yourself and letting younger kids decorate it would be a lot of fun too.

 

Bake, Make and Decorate a Haunted Brownie House

 

There was a lot of conversation about how demolished the house should look and how “pretty” it should be, but in the end, I let my kids have fun with the frosting, and let my feelings about “pretty and perfect” go. Why? because they’re growing up and I want to create GOOD memories with them, to be so relaxed about the decorating was a real pleasure for me, and them I’m sure!

Bake, Make and Decorate a Haunted Brownie House

1 hour of actual work spread out over several hours(also depends on kids who help)
serves many, many people, roughly 25

For the Brownie House you will need:

  • 2 Betty Crocker Fudge Brownie Mixes and the eggs, oil, and water called for
  • 2 Betty Crocker Peanut Butter Cookie Mixes(other flavors would work as well) and the water and oil called for
  • 2 or 3 cans of Betty Crocker Chocolate Frosting
  • Halloween Peeps MultiPack Available only at Target
  • other assorted items for decorations such as caramels, gummy worms, wafer cookies, graham crackers,  clean tree branches (if desired)
  • toothpicks for securing walls, roofs and generally making it more stable
  • a branch from the yard if you want to make a tree

To bake the brownies and cookies:

  • preheat the oven to 350˚
  • butter a 9×13 baking pan and 9×9 baking pan
  • mix both brownie mixes together with the needed eggs, oil and water
  • divide evenly between the two pans and bake the 9×13 for about 27 minutes and 9×9 about 38 minutes
  • cool completely
  • while the brownies are cooling mix the cookie mixes together with their needed ingredients
  • press them in the bottom of an 11×7 pan
  • bake for 9-11 or until done
  • cool completely
These should be done in advance of actually constructing the Brownie House because they need to cool before construction begins
cookie base

 

To Build:

  • cut the 9×13 pan of brownies into roughly 1×2 inches rectangles saving the edges for the upper roof supports if needed, as seen in the picture below
cutting brownie bricks
  • decide how and where you want the house to sit on your cookie base layer
  • begin building the house and using frosting between the layers
  • we found it easiest to frost the bottom of the brownies and then nestle them into place
  • build it as tall as you’d like it to be
building

Then comes the roof, which is a challenge in any gingerbread house construction!

  • we laid graham crackers across it to make it flat and then built a peak out of grahams and covered it with, you guessed, it more grahams
  • then we cut the corners off the 9×9 square pan and filled in the peaks at both ends
  • BUT really this tutorial is to inspire you so build it how YOU would like it to be so with that in mind here are some ideas to make it different than ours-use ice cream cones as turrets for a creepy haunted castle, make the roof flat like a crypt, or make a very decrepit haunted house with part of its roof blown off
  • when I make gingerbread houses I make a cardboard roof and cover it with frosting and cookies but my kids wanted real and edible, no cardboard
  • the one point I insisted on was placing strategic toothpicks in and around the walls to make it as secure as possible, they acquiesced
Bake, Make and Decorate a Haunted Brownie House

To Decorate

  • to make a tree branch into a tree, unwrap a caramel and warm it with your hands, roll into a ball and poke the branch in and then press it onto the unfrosted cookie
  • then frost the entire cookie so your fun additions will stay in place–the best part of using soft frosting for this part? if someone accidentally plops something down and then changes their mind you can easily pull it back off, frost over and move on with it
  • now it’s time to decorate—-this is where I really turned the kids loose and stepped back, I only advised and took pictures
I love how it turned out, don’t you?
Bake, Make and Decorate a Haunted Brownie House

 

BOO!

 

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