‘Halloween-themed’ fudgy brownies recipe can be prepared in less than 30 minutes

There is nothing better than a fudge brownie on a cold autumn night, but frightfully decadent brownies homebaked for Halloween might be even more perfect.

If you are craving a real treat this Halloween, brownies are a classic bake to have at any party, but these particular brownies are incredibly easy to make.

Whether you are hosting a party for kids or kids-at-heart, or perhaps you even just wish to treat yourself. These Halloween desserts taste as good as they look and take around 30 minutes to prepare but need a couple of hours to set in the fridge.

Chef John Watts created this “ultimate” brownie recipe for Halloween and learned both his baking and cooking skills by working under Jamie Oliver. He now enjoys teaching people how to cook through his TikTok account @jonwatts88. John is also a cookbook writer where he teaches “deliciously simple recipes to inspire home cooks.”

John said: “The Halloween-themed decoration and orange frosting make these the perfect Halloween Brownies. These are fudgy brownies, topped with a cheesecake-style topping. Need I say more?”

How to make Halloween Brownies 


For the brownie:

  • 200g of dark chocolate (70 percent cocoa)
  • 200g of butter
  • 300g of golden caster sugar
  • 100g of plain flour
  • 50g of cocoa powder
  • Four medium-sized eggs

For the cream cheese topping:

  • 340g of cream cheese
  • 160g of icing sugar
  • 80ml of double cream
  • 19g of orange food colouring gel
  • Two tablespoons of vanilla bean paste
  • Halloween decorations (optional)

Kitchen equipment:

  • 20x30cm baking tray
  • Parchment paper
  • Heat-proof bowl
  • Pot
  • Large mixing bowl
  • Sieve
  • Toothpick (optional)

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To begin, preheat the oven to 165C. Take your baking tray and line it with parchment paper.

To make the brownie, place chocolate and butter in a heat-proof bowl over a pot of simmering water. Stir occasionally and once fully, take off the heat and set aside to cool.

In a large mixing bowl, add the eggs and caster sugar. Mix it with either an electric mixer or by hand until you have a pale thick batter.

Use a sieve to add the flour and cocoa powder into the batter mixture, and gently fold until all the ingredients are well combined.

Once it has cooled, pour the melted chocolate and butter mixture into the mixing bowl and keep mixing until you are a fudgey batter.

Place the batter in the lined baking tray and now it is time to bake in the oven for around 22 to 24 minutes. You can use a toothpick to check if they are ready, simply insert a toothpick into the centre of the bake, and if it comes out clean it is time to take it out of the oven. If there is brownie batter on the toothpick, then they need a few more minutes in the oven.

When the brownies are ready, set aside to let them cool down to room temperature.

Now it is time to make the Halloween frosting. Place the cream cheese, icing sugar, vanilla bean paste and orange food colouring into a large mixing bowl. Once again, you can use an electric mixer or mix by hand for a few minutes until you have a thick frosting.

Spread all over the brownies once they have cooled down, and now you can add whatever Halloween decorations you like to your brownies.

Place in the fridge for at least four hours but ideally overnight in order for them to set.

Once ready, take out the fridge and cut into 24 pieces, and your gooey fudgy brownies are now ready to serve.

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