This Halloween Brownie Graveyard is a fun and edible holiday treat and a perfect holiday party centerpiece. Get the kids involved in making this cake because they will enjoy creating it because it is easier than it looks.
White chocolate skeletons fighting their way out of brownie dirt and green frosting grass with cookie headstones

I’ve been on graveyard shift all week making this Halloween brownie graveyard with candy skeletons and old tombstones, this scary edible treat will chill your bones. This treat is no trick and is best enjoyed at home. So don’t go out alone and don’t walk by that cemetery at night because make no ‘bones’ about it, they are trying to make their move.

 

Over the years, Halloween has become a time for me to create fun and edible treats. I have never created anything like this cake, but my creative juices got flowing and I had so much fun designing and also in the making of this dessert. My husband, who is very much into Halloween and all things spooky, got involved too in the placing of the skeleton bones and creative input. This  graveyard would make a great centerpiece for your Halloween party table, that also serves as dessert.

Halloween Brownie Graveyard – Step by Step

This graveyard starts with a large brownie made in a 9 x 13 pan. I recommend lining the pan with parchment paper, this makes it easier to remove the brownie from pan once it is cooled. The graves are then cut and the removed brownie is used as ‘dirt’ that is put back into the graves in mounds and white chocolate skeletons are then placed in the graves eerily poking their way out of the dirt trying to come back to life.
3 graves are cut into a large brownie and scraped with a fork to make 'dirt'

The candy skeletons are made from melting white chocolate and pouring into a a skeleton mold to set. The mold is very inexpensive and can be purchased from Amazon.

 3 graves with white skeletons emerging from the dirt
Green frosting is  piped around the graves to complete the scene. So be aware of the skeleton terror that comes from the cemetery, because the spirits are rising.

 

The headstones are Pepperidge Farm Milano cookies coated in a mix of powdered sugar and milk with a little black food coloring added to give an old stone look. RIP is piped from chocolate.

A closeup of the headstones painted grey with frosting and RIP is written in frosting

 

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Halloween Brownie Graveyard

This Halloween brownie graveyard, is a fun and edible centerpiece for a spook-tacular party. A large brownie has graves cut out and then decorated with headstones and scary chocolate skeletons.

This Halloween brownie graveyard, is a fun and edible centerpiece for a spook-tacular party. A large brownie has graves cut out and then decorated with headstones and scary chocolate skeletons.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • For the brownie:
  • 1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter, 6 ounces
  • 16 ounces semi-sweet chocolate
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 3 large eggs, room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

For the tombstones:

  • 1 cup confectioners sugar
  • 4 teaspoons milk
  • Black food coloring
  • 3 oval shaped cookies
  • Semi-sweet chocolate, melted

For the skeletons:

  • 3 ounces white chocolate, melted
  • Skeleton bones candy mold
  • To assemble:
  • 1-16 ounce tub store-bought vanilla frosting
  • Green food coloring

Instructions

For the brownie:

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
  2. Grease a 9 x 13 baking dish and line with parchment paper.
  3. Using a double boiler, or heatproof bowl over saucepan of water, heat butter and chocolate over low heat until melted, stirring gently. Turn of heat when melted, but keep bowl over saucepan to keep mixture warm.
  4. Mix the sugar into the butter and chocolate.
  5. In a separate mixing bowl, lightly beat the eggs and vanilla together.
  6. Add the eggs to the chocolate mixture and stir until fully mixed.
  7. Add the flour and baking powder to the chocolate mixture and mix until you can no longer see any flour.
  8. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and spread evenly with a spatula.
  9. Bake for 1 hour or until a toothpick comes out clean when inserted.
  10. Allow to cool completely in the pan, then remove using parchment paper to lift out.
  11. For the tombstones:
  12. In a bowl, mix the confectioners sugar with the milk until smooth.
  13. Add black food coloring (I used a toothpick to add a very small amount), in small amounts until a stone grey color is achieved.
  14. Smooth over the cookies and allow to dry on a cooling rack.

For the skeletons:

  1. Pour the melted white chocolate into the skeleton mold and refrigerate until hardened then remove from mold.

To assemble:

  1. Place brownie on a cutting board.
  2. Cut 3, 21/4 inch x 5 inch graves' in the brownie evenly spaced.
  3. Using a fork, rake out the brownie so it crumbles like soil, put into a bowl.
  4. Mound the 'soil' back into the 'graves'.
  5. Arrange skeleton parts in and around the 'graves'.
  6. Using a sharp knife, cut a small area of brownie out at the head of the graves and insert cookies into the brownie.
  7. In a mixing bowl, add the frosting and a few drops of green food coloring to achieve the desired color.
  8. Add to a piping bag using piping tip 233 and pipe 'grass' around the graves.

Nutrition Information

Yield

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 271Saturated Fat 5gCholesterol 22mgSodium 23mgCarbohydrates 43gProtein 3g