Look no further for a Hocus Pocus dessert recipe! These fudgey brownies are decorated to look just like Winifred’s spellbook and are perfect for Halloween!
Break out the fall candles, the pumpkins, the orange twinkly lights, the giant inflatable Jack Skellington, the scary movies, and the pumpkin carving kits! Halloween is my favorite. Halloween dessert is my extra favorite. “It’s just a bunch of hocus pocus!”
When I started seeing spellbook brownies all over the internet, I knew I not only had to (a) watch Hocus Pocus, but also (b) make spellbook brownies ASAP. Be forewarned – these are chocolate overload. But if you’re not down for chocolate on chocolate (um, who are you?), you could always make these with a good blondie or, dare I suggest it, caramel blondie recipe.
This is our first Halloween in the new house, and about a week ago we received a flyer in our mailbox informing us that the three streets around us host an annual halloween parade! We didn’t know what it was, who would be there, or exactly how big this neighborhood parade would be, but I was SO ridiculously excited. Even after our neighbor explained that it was basically an excuse for children to wear their costume and steal candy twice and for dads to get a little toasted, I was already breaking out the lawn chairs and blankets for us and our best friends.
It lasted approximately six minutes, and someone’s dad carried an american flag of all things to mark the front of the “parade.” Two dozen kids cleaned us out of our Halloween candy, so I’ll be hitting the store again. And. it. was. awesome. 🙂 Darwin nosed every child that came within reach, we ate too many sour patch kids, and we met all our lovely neighbors. Though . . . next year we may have to step up our game, since I hear the two gentlemen that live behind us were handing out shots . . .
How to Make Spellbook Brownies
TIP #1. These little halloween desserts really come to life, because of that spooky, droopy spellbook eye. While you can use any jumbo eye sprinkle, I prefer to get the right size, flip it over, and draw on the back with an edible ink marker. You can make the eye look extra droopy by tracing over the upper eyelid a second time to make that line just slightly thicker.
TIP #2. When you use the icing to add ridges on the book, don’t worry about being precise! The beauty of these little books comes from being a little scrappy. Extra dots and non-perfect squiggles help create the old, magical look on these spellbooks.
TIP #3. Get creative! Any brownie recipe will work. Make Mayan Chocolate Brownies for a little spicy kick. Mix in bright colored sprinkles to bring a little more “hocus pocus” to the brownies. Mix in chewy fruit candy like chopped up sour patch kids if you want to give everyone the heebie jeebies when you tell them they’re eating “eye-of-newt” brownies.
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