Dress up your Halloween treats this year by making a batch of sweet little Charlie Brown Ghost Brownies.
They are as cute as they are yummy.
How did you feel the first time you saw Charlie Brown get a rock for trick or treat?
Getting decked out in a homemade costume and running through the neighborhood collecting candy made for the most amazing night of my year and the thought of being the kid that even adults ridiculed, broke my heart.
Poor Charlie Brown.
Last weekend, I hung out with Charlie Brown and the rest of the Peanuts Gang at Cedar Point. I attended Bloggy Con 15 and one of the perks of joining about 150 other bloggers to learn how to take our blogs to the next level was getting 3 day passes to the amusement park.
Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Linus, Sally and Lucy are the park’s mascots and it was fun to see them come to life as carved bushes, rides, and statues.
This was the perfect time of year for my husband and I to visit because the weather was beautiful and the park was decorated for Halloween. My back was bothering me so instead of riding roller coasters we had fun going through all the haunted houses. I got some fun decorating ideas for our future Halloween parties.
We visited 6 haunted houses and walked through a few outdoor haunts. Our favorite was Zombie High School. It was so cool walking the halls of Zombie High, wandering through the nurses office, science lab and locker rooms and even visiting the insanely gross cafeteria. It was my favorite room in all the haunted houses. It was just so cleverly decorated.
I have to admit that the houses were not scary for either of us, but others felt differently. We heard a lot of screaming. Although we weren’t frightened, we did enjoy all the amazing decorations.
During our trip we stayed onsite at the Hotel Breakers and enjoyed our spectacular view of Lake Erie.
The hotel is recently renovated and our suite was really lovely. My husband spent hours on the balcony while I was at the conference. It was a great place to unwind.
I didn’t have much time to relax by the water, but did manage to get one nice walk in along with beach alongside a huge flock of seagulls.
The gift shops were full of Peanuts Gang goodies and I couldn’t resist buying two t-shirts including one with Charlie Brown in his ghost costume which inspired me to create these decorated brownies.
I used Wilton’s Brownie Pops molds to bake my brownies, then covered them in decadent chocolate ganache and draped white modeling chocolate over top so that they looked like ghosts.
Being I was topping the brownies in luscious chocolate ganache, I went the easy route and used a brownie mix knowing the ganache would make them taste decadently good.
When using the silicone mold, be sure to spray some non-stick spray just inside the cavities, then brush it around the mold. I try not to spray the whole mold, as the spray builds up and the silicone gets sticky.
Set the molds on a baking sheet then pour brownie batter into the cavities up to the fill line.
I used a family size box of brownie mix and had a bit of extra batter, so I made two cupcakes. If you use a smaller box or your own recipe you may have fewer brownies than I did.
Bake at 350 for 26-30 minutes. Remove the brownies from the oven and let cool for just 10 minutes, then cut the domed tops off. They will get crunchy and hard as the cool, so it’s much easier to do this while the brownies are still warm.
Then let them cool completely before removing them from the molds.
Turn the mold upside down and press on the top and the brownies should pop right out.
Set the brownies on a cooling rack that is set over a non-stick silicone mat or some parchment paper.
Make the chocolate ganache once the brownies are cooled and pour it over the tops of the brownies allowing it to completely cover them.
You’ll have excess ganache, You can scoop it back into a bowl, let it sit at room temperature for a few hours until thickened and use it to make some chocolate truffles.
Allow the brownies to sit for about an hour until the ganache sets firm then use a metal spatula to remove the brownies from the cooling rack.
To make Charlie Brown’s ghost costumes, you’ll need to make some White Modeling Chocolate. You can find the recipe and tutorial on my Chocolate Making Tips Page. Roll out some bright white modeling chocolate really thin. Cut it using a 4 inch round cookie cutter. Cut small holes to create two eyes and one mouth then lots more holes around the bottom 2 inches of each circle.
Pinch around the edge of the circle to thin out the edges.
Drape over the brownies and gently pleat to create the look of a ghost.
You can leave the ghosts as they are or you can add some tiny marshmallow hands and a chocolate rock.
I found the tiny little marshmallow hands in the limited edition boxes of Kellogg’s Apple Jacks with Halloween Skeleton Marshmallows, but you can make them using modeling chocolate if you can’t find the cereal. I attached a tiny chocolate rock to each hand using some melted chocolate.
- 1 box brownie mix, plus ingredients called for on the box
- 3/4 cup heavy whipping cream
- 12 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, finely chopped
- 6 ounces white modeling chocolate
- optional, 32 marshmallow or modeling chocolate hands
- optional, 16 tiny chocolate rocks
- optional, 1/2 ounce white candy melts
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- Spray 2 silicone brownie pops mold with non-stick spray.
- Make brownie mix according to package instructions.
- Pour batter into mold, filling just to the fill line.
- If you have extra batter, fill a few cupcake liners.
- Bake brownies for 26-30 minutes.
- Remove and allow to cool for 10 minutes.
- Cut the domed tops off the brownies then allow to cool completely.
- Remove brownies from mold and set on a cooling rack.
- Make chocolate ganache.
- Heat heavy whipping cream in a saucepan set over medium heat, just until bubbles form around the edge of the pan.
- Pour over chopped chocolate and allow to sit for about 3 minutes.
- Stir until blended.
- Pour over each of the brownies.
- Roll out modeling chocolate and cut into 4 inch circles.
- Cut eyes, mouth and lots of other holes to create ghost costumes.
- Drape over brownies, pleating as needed.
- If using, insert two marshmallow hands in holes in the modeling chocolate.
- Attach a tiny chocolate rock using some melted white candy melts.
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