Saturday, October 30, 2021

The First Year Blog: Bubbling Witch's Cauldron Brownies

I'm not sure why, but I really enjoy Halloween.  Maybe because it's the one day a year where even adults get to dress up and act silly, and there's no judgement.  Plus, you get to eat weird food that walks that line between delicious and just a little bit creepy.  Like these little brownie cauldrons full of a green witch's concoction and eyeballs.  Definitely fun for the kids, too.

Bubbling Witch's Cauldron Brownies
From The First Year Blog

1 box brownie mix, plus the required ingredients
½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 to 2 cups powdered sugar
Green food gel (such as Wilton leaf green gel food coloring)
Large green nonpareil sprinkles
Small green nonpareil sprinkles
Eyeball sprinkles
Pretzel sticks

Preheat the oven and prepare the brownie mix as directed on the box.

Spray a mini muffin pan with non-stick cooking spray. Fill each muffin well ⅔ full with brownie batter. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.

Remove from the oven and use a ½ tablespoon to create indentations in each brownie. Allow the brownies to cool completely then remove from the pan.

To make the buttercream, beat the butter with an electric mixer until smooth, 30 seconds. Gradually add in the powered sugar, beating until incorporated. Add in a small amount of green food coloring, beat until mixed.

Use a spoon to put a dollop of buttercream in each brownie cauldron. Use the spoon to create wisps in the buttercream.

Add large green nonpareils, small green nonpareils, and eyeballs to the buttercream. If you want to create the look that the cauldron is bubbling over, have the buttercream go down the side of the brownie and add nonpareils. Add a broken pretzel stick to each cauldron as a stir spoon.

Serve or store on the counter until ready to serve if serving the same day, otherwise store in an airtight container until ready to serve.

Makes 24 brownies

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