What a Tree-t! Make Devilishly Delicious Spooky Forest Dark Chocolate Brownies

Spooky Forest Brownies Spooky Forest Brownies When I think Halloween, I think peanut butter and dark chocolate. I also think caramel and peanuts. So, why can't I have all of these creature comforts all in one devilishly delicious bite? These spooky forest dark chocolate brownies are so easy to make and please ghosts and goblins of all ages! Use unsweetened dark chocolate cocoa powder in your favorite brownie recipe for a darker-than-the-witching-hour dark chocolate brownie base. To create the spooky forest on your dark chocolate brownies, gather your favorite goodies like white and semi-sweet chocolate chips, salted peanuts and caramel candies. And it's Halloween after all. Don't forget the surprise inside!


Ingredients

Whatever you need for your favorite brownie recipe
Peanuts
Semi-sweet chocolate chips
White chocolate chips
Caramel pieces
Peanut Butter
*optional*
Marshmallows
Cherry pie filling
Crumbled graham crackers

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Directions:
1. The key to making these brownies extra spooky is the dark chocolate brownie base. Simply replace the regular chocolate or cocoa powder in your favorite brownie recipe with dark chocolate and you'll create a darker-than-the-witching-hour brownie base.

2. Use half of the brownie batter for the bottom layer. Put a drizzle of peanut butter (like I did) or get creative with marshmallows, cherry pie filling or crumbled graham crackers.

3. Use the remaining brownie batter to cover the peanut butter, marshmallows, cherry pie filling or graham crackers to make a layered brownie.

4. What makes the spooky forest on top is only limited by your imagination. I like to use the white chocolate chips... because they remind me of BONES! The semi-sweet chips and peanuts add to the illusion of uneven ground, and the gooey, sticky caramel pieces are the quick sand of your nightmares!

5. After adding all the spookiness a pan of dark chocolate brownies will allow, follow the baking directions for your favorite brownie recipe. But watch them! You may need to add an extra 5 minutes of baking time due to the extra goodies!

6. A drizzle of caramel is the final step for these spooky brownies. For a 9x9 pan of brownies, I melted 10 caramel candies with 1 Tablespoon of water in the microwave for 1 minute and drizzled the brownies immediately.

7. Allow the brownies to cool and use a wet knife for ease of cutting into bite-sized squares. A 9x9 pan will yield about 60 bites of spooktacular dark chocolate brownie delight!

- By Sara O'Donnell
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