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Spooky Graveyard Brownies for Halloween

Graveyard brownies are the perfect spooky treat to make with the kids for Halloween. Brownies get dressed up with cookie tombstones, scary bone sprinkles and mounds of dirt for a bone chilling treat.

Spooky Graveyard Brownies are a fun food craft to do with the kids this Halloween. Cookies become tombstones and cookie crumbs, spooky sprinkles and edible zombie hands act as decorations.

Graveyard Brownies for Halloween

This has been the year of Halloween baking and decorating with my daughter.

At 6, she’s a hoot to do projects like this with.

She follows directions *fairly* well and is old enough to offer lots of creative ideas that end up adding new things to our projects.

And, well, she gets pretty excited to eat the desserts too.

Who can blame her when the dessert is a brownie covered in cookie crumbs, sprinkles with extra cookies stuck in for good measure?

Ingredients

Ingredients for graveyard brownies are brownies, Milanos, cookie and graham cracker crumbs, bone shaped sprinkles, a food writer, candy pumpkins and edible zombie hands. All shown on a wood table with black fabric.

Ingredients for graveyard brownies are brownies, Milanos, cookie and graham cracker crumbs, bone shaped sprinkles, a food writer, candy pumpkins and edible zombie hands.

  • Brownie mix and the ingredients on the box– Use your favorite boxed brownies. No need to make them from scratch when the point is decorating them, but feel free to use your favorite brownie recipe instead.
  • Milano cookies– These cookies make the perfect tombstones.
  • Food writer pen– To turn the cookies into graves.
  • Cookie crumbs– We used a combo of crushed Oreos and graham cracker crumbs to make the dirt. You can buy precrushed crumbs or make them yourself by throwing the cookies or graham crackers into a food processor.
  • Spooky sprinklesBone shaped sprinkles decorate the brownies. I also found some fun zombie hands to reach out of the dirt. 
  • Green icing– We used a package of premade green icing, but you can make your own if desired.
  • Pumpkin candy corn– To decorate around the edges of the brownies

How to Make

  1. Bake the brownies and let them cool completely.
    Bake the brownies according to package instructions. Let them cool completely prior to decorating.
  2. Decorate the Milanos to look like tombstones.
    A Milano cookie with RIP written on it to look like a tombstone

    Decorate the cookies

    When the brownies are cool, use the food pen to write “RIP” or other spooky phrases on the cookies to turn them into tombstones. Then push the cookies down into the brownies so they look like a grave. You can do this evenly or more randomly depending on the look you are going for.

    Push the decorated cookies into the brownies so they stand up and form headstones.

    Push the decorated cookies into the brownies so they stand up and form headstones.

  3. Finish the brownies by layering on the rest of the decorations.
    Cookie crumbs sprinkled underneath decorated Milanos on brownies look like dirt.

    Cookie crumbs create dirt mounds.

    Add mounds of dirt around the graves by piling cookie crumbs around the cookie headstones. Then piping the green icing to make pumpkin vines around the edges of the brownies.

    Green icing around a cookie graveyard made on brownies.

    Edge the brownies in green icing to create pumpkin vines.

    Scatter the bone sprinkles throughout the graveyard and finish by adding some zombie hands. Finish by adding some pumpkin candies throughout.

    Spooky Graveyard Brownies are a fun food craft to do with the kids this Halloween. Cookies become tombstones and cookie crumbs, spooky sprinkles and edible zombie hands act as decorations.

    Spooky Graveyard Brownies for Halloween

Serving and storing

Serve the brownies by cutting them into squares and enjoying. Store any leftover brownies loosely covered with foil on your counter for up to 3 days.

Tips and Tricks

Spooky Graveyard Brownies are a fun food craft to do with the kids this Halloween. Cookies become tombstones and cookie crumbs, spooky sprinkles and edible zombie hands act as decorations.

Spooky Graveyard Brownies for Halloween

  • These brownies don’t have to be perfect! Messy and chaotic totally works for this and adds to the creepy graveyard vibe.
  • Feel free to put your own spin on things. We weren’t planning to add the pumpkins and greens but my daughter thought it was a fun idea so we rolled with it.
  • There is not set amount for how much of any of the decorations you’ll need. You can vary it to your liking but around a half cup of cookie crumbs is a good place to start.
  • This would also be a fun way to decorate a sheet cake like this boozy pumpkin sheet cake or other soft bar desserts.

Other Halloween Desserts You’ll Love Making with Your Kids

Spooky Graveyard Brownies are a fun food craft to do with the kids this Halloween. Cookies become tombstones and cookie crumbs, spooky sprinkles and edible zombie hands act as decorations.

Spooky Graveyard Brownies

These spooky graveyard brownies are a really fun project to get the kids involved in this Halloween. If you’re looking for other, easy kid friendly Halloween baking and cooking projects try these:

  • Easy Ghost Cupcakes– These ghost cupcakes are a bootiful project to make this spooky season.
  • Spider Cupcakes– These creepy crawly cupcakes are so much fun to decorate with the kids. They love sticking legs into the cupcakes and adding silly faces.
  • Easy Pumpkin Patch Brownies– Perfect for decorating with littles, kids love sprinkling “dirt” on these festive brownies.
  • Halloween Monster Bark– No baking required and super fun to have the kids press eyeballs into the melted candy.
  • Pumpkin Oreos– Another no bake goodie and fun treat for fall and Halloween.
    Spooky Graveyard Brownies are a fun food craft to do with the kids this Halloween. Cookies become tombstones and cookie crumbs, spooky sprinkles and edible zombie hands act as decorations.

    Spooky Graveyard Brownies for Halloween

    Yield: 9 brownies
    Prep Time: 15 minutes
    Cook Time: 25 minutes 20 seconds
    Additional Time: 2 hours 1 second
    Total Time: 2 hours 40 minutes 21 seconds

    Graveyard brownies are the perfect spooky treat to make with the kids for Halloween. Brownies get dressed up with cookie tombstones, scary bone sprinkles and mounds of dirt for a bone chilling treat.

    Ingredients

    • Brownie mix and the ingredients on the box
    • 3* Milano cookies
    • Food writer pen
    • 1/2 cup cookie crumb
    • Bone shaped sprinkles
    • Edible zombie hand decorations
    • Green icing
    • Pumpkin candy corn

    Instructions

    1. Bake the brownies and let them cool completely. Bake the brownies according to package instructions. Let them cool completely- at least 2 hours- prior to decorating.
    2. Decorate the Milanos to look like tombstones using the food writer. When the brownies are cool, use the food pen to write "RIP" or other spooky phrases on the cookies to turn them into tombstones. Then push the cookies down into the brownies so they look like a grave. You can do this evenly or more randomly depending on the look you are going for.
    3. Finish the brownies by layering on the rest of the decorations. Add mounds of dirt around the graves by piling cookie crumbs around the cookie headstones. Then scatter the bone sprinkles throughout the graveyard and finish by adding some zombie hands. Finish by piping the green icing to make pumpkin vines around the edges of the brownies and adding some pumpkin candies throughout.

    Notes

    See post for tips and tricks and how tos.

    We used 3 Milanos for headstones. Feel free to use more if you desire.

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