Halloween is coming up! Are you doing anything fun this year?
I’ve been playing with this Wilton Haunted Gingerbread House and nibbling on these fudgey Spider Brownie Bites! These little cuties are made with ingredients that are similar to the popular magic cookie bars, but the ingredients are mixed together instead of being layered.
The result is a chewy brownie bite that’s sure to squash your sugar cravings!
The salty pretzel legs add a nice contrast to the bites, but they lose their crunch after a couple of days. Actually, these spider brownie bites are best enjoyed on the day you make them. They will last for about 3 days in an air-tight container, but they will start to lose their texture.
Of course you could make the brownie bites and skip the spider part all together. The prep would be a lot faster, and you could even stick them onto lollipop sticks for a quick party snack.
Speaking of parties, I’m all partied out from last night. After being sick all week, and then finishing a long work day, I headed out to the Royal Ontario Museum with a friend for the Halloween edition of their FNL ROM events. I dressed up as Cleopatra (fitting for a museum right?) and spent the night wandering the exhibits and attempting to dance to the music the DJ was playing.
(How are you supposed to dance to Hotline Bling? I don’t get it… I’m getting old.)
I ended up being on my feet for 17 hours yesterday, and woke up today with my cold back in full force. UGH! No more parties for me until I get better…
But at least I’ve got photos of these cuties to cheer me up. I’m kind of obsessed with how cute these spider brownie bites turned out, and don’t get me started on that Haunted Gingerbread House. I’m going to be so sad when it’s time to throw it out!
My mom and I put it together last weekend, and it’s holding up so far, but I know it won’t last forever. Oh well, we’ll just have to make a proper gingerbread house for Christmas this year.
If you’re wondering what I used for the eyeballs on these spider brownie bites, they are the same Wilton candy eyeballs that I used on my marshmallow bats. If you can’t find those, you could just pipe on a bit of white royal icing for the eyes, let that dry, then pipe on a tiny bit of black royal icing for the pupils.
The pre-made eyeballs are just a lot faster, so that’s why I like to use them. The edible glue I used to attach the eyes to the bats didn’t work on these brownie bites, so I used royal icing as the glue instead. I think that actually works better in both cases, to be honest.
This is one recipe where it helps to use a food processor, or a mini food chopper, to decrease your prep time. The cookie crumbs can be made in minutes by giving store-bought shortbread cookies a whirl in the machine, and you can also use it to quickly chop up the pecans.
Feel free to swap ready-made graham cracker crumbs for the cookie crumbs, and either omit or swap out the nuts as needed. The recipe is pretty flexible that way. Oh, and you should also note that the mixture won’t be dark brown in colour at first! That happens when you stir the hot mixture together, because then the melted chocolate chips get distributed.
I hope you try making these chewy fudgey spider brownie bites! If you’ve got a favourite treat that you like to make for Halloween, let me know in the comments below!
- 1 tbsp melted butter, for the baking pan
- 1⅔ cups shortbread cookie crumbs*
- ⅔ cup shredded coconut
- ⅔ cup finely chopped pecans**
- 1 300ml can sweetened condensed milk
- ¾ cup semisweet chocolate chips
- Big pinch sea salt
- Chocolate sprinkles (jimmies)
- 1 package pretzel sticks
- a small amount of royal icing
- Wilton Candy Eyeballs
- Preheat the oven to 375°F.
- Brush an 8-by-8-inch baking pan with melted butter, and set aside.
- Combine the cookie crumbs, coconut, pecans, condensed milk, chocolate chips and salt in a medium bowl. Use a wooden spoon to stir the mixture until combined.
- Transfer the mixture to the prepared pan and press it down into the edges.
- Bake until the chocolate melts and the top is lightly golden, about 20 minutes.
- Remove from oven. Stir the hot mixture with a wooden spoon to evenly distribute the melted chocolate chips.
- Set the mixture aside to cool down enough where you can comfortable handle it with bare hands.
- Spread the chocolate sprinkles on a large plate and set aside. Prepare a sheet pan with parchment paper and set this next to the sprinkles.
- Scoop out a tablespoon of the warm (not hot!) mixture and shape into a ball, then quickly roll into chocolate sprinkles (pressing down to help them adhere), then place on the prepared sheet pan. Work quickly, as the sprinkles will not adhere to cold brownie bites. Also, be careful not to crush the bites as they are somewhat delicate while they are warm.
- Once all of the bites are rolled in sprinkles, take a pretzel stick and break (or cut) it in half. Insert the pretzels into the bites to create the spider legs. Repeat until all of the bites have 4 pretzel legs.
- Allow the bites to cool off completely, 30-45 minutes, then use the royal icing to adhere the candy eyeballs to the bites. Set the bites aside so the eyeballs can dry.
- These brownie bites will keep for 3 days, if stored in an airtight container. They may become dry and hard after that, so it's best to enjoy them while they are fresh!
**You can pulse the pecans in the food processor instead of chopping them by hand
Recipe adapted from: Food Network
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