Graveyard Brownie Bites

Graveyard Brownie Bites

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These chocolatey Graveyard Brownie Bites are fun Halloween treats. They’re easy to make and great fun for everyone. Get the kids involved dusting the tombstones, crushing cookies and squeezing on the blood for some spooky fun!

Brownie bites stacked three high on a wooden rack scattered with cookie crumbs in preparation for Graveyard Brownie Bites.

The two-bite brownie base is key for these tasty treats. They’re soft and chewy but hold up well to be decorated any way you’d like.

Thin chocolate wafer cookies are very versatile and in this recipe double as the dirt and tombstones. The tombstones are created by cutting the wafer into thirds, tapering the cut inward towards the bottom. The sides that get cut off are crushed and used for decorating as dirt. I was able to find edible candy bones but use what you can find. Spiders and worms would also be great choices. Finish by decorating with red decorator gel to mimic blood Wilton Red Gel from Amazon. The most important thing to remember is to have lots of fun creating a spooky sweet treat.

Graveyard Brownie Bites resting on crumbled cookie dirt scattered with sculls and bones.

Graveyard Brownie Bites resting on crumbled cookie dirt scattered with sculls and bones.
Graveyard Brownie Bites
Print Recipe
    Servings Prep Time
    36 mini brownies 60-80 minutes
    Cook Time Passive Time
    12 minutes 60 minutes
    Servings Prep Time
    36 mini brownies 60-80 minutes
    Cook Time Passive Time
    12 minutes 60 minutes
    Graveyard Brownie Bites resting on crumbled cookie dirt scattered with sculls and bones.
    Graveyard Brownie Bites
    Print Recipe
      Servings Prep Time
      36 mini brownies 60-80 minutes
      Cook Time Passive Time
      12 minutes 60 minutes
      Servings Prep Time
      36 mini brownies 60-80 minutes
      Cook Time Passive Time
      12 minutes 60 minutes
      Ingredients
      Servings: mini brownies
      Instructions
      1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
      2. Prep 36 non-stick mini muffin tin cups by either spraying generously with non-stick spray or greasing and flouring. See note.
      3. Chop the semi-sweet chocolate and measure out 4 ounces. In a large bowl combine the 4 ounces of chocolate with the butter and microwave at 30-second intervals until melted, stirring often.
      4. Whisk in the sugar, eggs, and vanilla until fully combined.
      5. Sift in the flour, cocoa, baking powder, and salt directly into the bowl. Whisk to combine just until the dry ingredients are incorporated.
      6. Scoop the batter into prepared mini muffin cups using a level 2 tbsp scoop.
      7. Bake on the centre rack for 12 minutes. Remove to a cooling rack and allow to cool completely in the pan.
      8. Meanwhile, prepare the tombstones but slicing each cookie wafer into thirds, tapering the bottom slightly inward toward the center piece to create a tombstone shape. Reserve the side pieces that have been cut off.
      9. Crush reserved cookie wafers that have been cut off the sides to a fine crumb that resembles dirt and set aside.
      10. Dust each tombstone piece with a small amount of powdered sugar by rubbing the sugar lightly onto the cookie wafer.
      11. Melt the remaining 3 ounces of chopped chocolate in a small bowl in the microwave using 30 second intervals and stirring often until melted.
      12. Remove brownie bites from the pan and spread the tops with a small teaspoon of melted chocolate. Immediately sprinkle with crumbled cookie wafers and press lightly to adhere.
      13. Push a tombstone wafer into each brownie bite, cutting a small slit in the brownie if needed to push in far enough to hold in place.
      14. Decorate with candy bones, spiders, or worms as desired. Drizzle with red decorating gel to mimic blood. Serve and enjoy!
      Recipe Notes

      - I have used both pan preparation methods with similar results.  The key is to allow the brownie bites to cool completely in the pan before trying to remove them.  Loosen the tops from the pan with a sharp knife if necessary. Twist the brownie lightly to loosen and the brownie should pop out.

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      Gluten Free Black Bean Brownies

      Gluten Free Black Bean Brownies

      Surprise! Gluten Free Black Bean Brownies are rich, chocolately and sinful just like traditional brownies, but gluten free. The popularity of gluten free products continues to expand and has become a mainstream dietary consideration. The gluten free product market is a billion dollar industry, has a wide range of products and huge marketing campaigns.   I don’t follow a gluten free diet, but I respect that for some it’s a necessity and for others a way to feel better and eat healthier.  Plus, there are hundreds of wonderful gluten free dishes to make and devour,  like these brownies of course!

      Ever ask what is gluten and why are people eating gluten free?  Gluten is a vegetable protein found in many grains including wheat, rye, and barley.  Twenty five years ago when I studied nutrition it was a mandatory diet for those with Celiac Disease, and people followed it because it was necessary.  Celiac Disease, in short, is a disease where the consumption of gluten damages the surface of the small intestine, affecting how the body absorbs nutrients, fat, protein and carbohydrates.  Today, a gluten free diet is for those with Celiac Disease and for many others a lifestyle choice to eat healthier and feel better.  Some people have a sensitivity to gluten or other substances such as preservatives or additives commonly found in wheat products, therefore eating gluten free generally helps them feel better.  For others it’s seen as a way to lose weight by reducing the overall amount of carbohydrates in their diet.

      I love these Gluten Free Black Bean Brownies because they are much like a regular brownie, but arguably a little healthier as far as brownies go. There’re mixed in one bowl making them quick and easy. The only noticeable difference is a slightly chewier texture.  Enjoy!

      Recipe inspired by:   Spilling The Beans, Black Bean Brownies

       

      Gluten Free Black Bean Brownies will surprise you, so don't let the name fool you. Gluten free and  made with black beans but every bit as rich, chocolately and sinful as a traditional brownie.
      Gluten Free Black Bean Brownies
      Print Recipe
      A decadent, rich and chewy brownie made gluten free.
        Servings Prep Time
        16 squares 15 minutes
        Cook Time
        18 minutes
        Servings Prep Time
        16 squares 15 minutes
        Cook Time
        18 minutes
        Gluten Free Black Bean Brownies will surprise you, so don't let the name fool you. Gluten free and  made with black beans but every bit as rich, chocolately and sinful as a traditional brownie.
        Gluten Free Black Bean Brownies
        Print Recipe
        A decadent, rich and chewy brownie made gluten free.
          Servings Prep Time
          16 squares 15 minutes
          Cook Time
          18 minutes
          Servings Prep Time
          16 squares 15 minutes
          Cook Time
          18 minutes
          Ingredients
          Servings: squares
          Instructions
          1. Preheat oven to 350℉, lightly grease 9"x9" baking pan and line with parchment paper allowing an overhang on two opposing sides.
          2. In a small sauce pan over low heat melt together unsweetened chocolate and butter until smooth. Allow to cool for 2-3 minutes. Whisk together gluten free flour, salt and espresso powder, set aside.
          3. In a food processor combine black beans and melted chocolate and blend until smooth, 2-3 minutes, scraping sides once or twice. Add sugar, eggs and vanilla and continue to puree until well combined and smooth. Add flour mixture and pulse until just combined. Stir in pecans and chocolate chips.
          4. Pour and spread evenly into prepared pan. Bake for 18-20 minutes until center is just set. Remove from oven and allow to cool on wire rack. Remove from pan by grabbing the overhanging parchment and place on cutting board. Cut into 16 squares, dust with icing sugar if desired.
          Recipe Notes

          Cloud 9 Gluten Free Flour Blend was the flour used in this recipe.