Easy pumpkin patch brownies turn every day box mix brownies into the perfect Halloween brownies. The project is perfect to do with the kids for a fun fall activity.
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My 5 year old loves to be in the kitchen to help cook. She says she wants to be a chef and open a pizza restaurant where they will only serve pepperoni pizza.
I am not a fan of pepperoni.
“Don’t worry, Mommy,” she tells me. “I’ll pick the pepperoni off of yours.”
Well, gee, thanks, kid.
But since she decided that her life’s calling is to be a pizza chef, I’ve been trying to come up with fun ways to get her into the kitchen with me regularly. These pumpkin patch brownies are the perfect project to do with preschool and early elementary aged kids. And they don’t require me to pick pepperoni off of anything to enjoy them.
Halloween Pumpkin Patch Brownies- Perfect for Fall!
These pumpkin patch brownies are an adorable pumpkin inspired treat for anyone who doesn’t actually like pumpkin flavor. It’s ok. I won’t judge. I married a pumpkin hater.
Because you fuss with decorating them, I’m not making homemade brownies here. I’m using box brownie mix and I’m not even hacking it the way I do with my Kahlua brownies. Nope. There is nothing fancy going on here. You can certainly use your favorite brownie recipe if you desire and have far more energy than me.
Mess Up Proof Halloween Brownies
I’m not a master cake- er- brownie decorator here. Nope, not even close. Part of why I love these pumpkin patch brownies is because you can mess them up and they will still be cute because pumpkin patches are sort of wild and unkempt. Plus, if you are a little bit of a perfectionist, you can cover up mistakes with candy and sprinkles.
Decorating Pumpkin Patch Brownies- A Brownie Decorating Tutorial
Start by letting your baked brownies cool thoroughly in the 8×8 baking dish you baked them in.
When they are nice and cool, sprinkle a mix of graham cracker and Oreo crumbs on top of them. Every pumpkin batch I’ve been in is dirty and muddy. The crumbs are a nice (and delicious!) way to replicate that.
Once you’ve got crumbs sprinkled on top, you can pipe your icing on. You can either make homemade buttercream- I like basic buttercream I make for my boozy pumpkin buttercream, however for these brownies, I’d omit the alcohol and add two teaspoons of vanilla- or you can use store bought buttercream, which is what I did here. To make it green, mix several drops of green food gel into the icing container and stir it until combined. I prefer the food gel over different kinds of food coloring because it will give you a more intense color.
Once you have your bag filled, just make lazy loops, swirls and lines across your brownies. Don’t make them too perfect. Think about how a pumpkin patch grows all wild. That’s what you are going for.
Then take pumpkin candies and place them evenly on top of the frosted lines. It doesn’t have to be super neat, I just like them even for best results cutting the brownies. You’re going to make everything feel a bit more pumpkin patch like in a second.
Finish them off by sprinkling pumpkin sprinkles and autumn leave sprinkles on top. I’m using this autumn mix by Wilton.
TIP: if you feel like you’ve messed something up, just cover the smudge or whatever up with a mix of the sprinkles and graham cracker/Oreo crumb mix.
Then cut them into squares and you’ve got a fun Halloween or fall pumpkin patch brownie treat!
Other Desserts You Could Decorate With This Method
Not a fan of brownies? Get out.
No, just kidding. You can stay. If you aren’t a brownie fan or don’t have the ingredients for brownies, you could use this method on any square or rectangular flat treats. For example you could use:
- Rice Krispie Treats like these amazing treats from Sally’s Baking Addiction
- Cookie bars including my triple chocolate ones
- Blondies like these melt in your mouth blondies from Sugar Spun Run
- Sheet cake like my boozy pumpkin sheet cake– just sub milk for the alcohol and add 2 tsps of pumpkin spice and it will be just as delicious.
Did you make this recipe? Leave me a comment and let me know how it turned out or tag me on Instagram @seasonedsprinkles .
- 1 box of your favorite brownie mix- I used Ghiradelli triple chocolate
- 1 egg
- 1/4 c water
- 1/3 c oil
- 1/2 c Oreo crumbs
- 1/2 c graham cracker crumbs
- 1 cup (roughly half a can) of your favorite vanilla buttercream frosting- storebought is fine
- green food gel
- pumpkin shaped candy
- leaf and pumpkin sprinkles
Bake the brownies in a square pan according to the directions on the package. Let them cool thoroughly.
Mix together the graham cracker crumbs and Oreo crumbs. Sprinkle them on top of the brownies.
Mix 4-6 drops of food color into your frosting. Keep stirring until it the frosting is evenly green. Spoon it into a piping bag with a round tip. Pipe 3-4 rows of squiggly lines across brownies.
Then evenly place 9 pumpkin candies on the icing. Finish by sprinkling with pumpkin sprinkles and autumn leaves sprinkles.
You'll likely have leftover frosting and cookie and graham crumbs.
You may need to adjust your ingredients based on your brownie mix.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 9 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 160Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 23mgSodium: 59mgCarbohydrates: 13gFiber: 1gSugar: 6gProtein: 2g