While scouring the supermarket for spooky cupcake liners, I found little bone shaped sprinkles which inspired this incredible brownie recipe that carries both a trick and a treat!
You will need:
# About 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
# 1 cup flour
# 2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
# 1/2 tsp salt
# 1 large egg
# 2 egg whites
# 1 1/2 cups sugar
# 1 tsp vanilla extract
# handful of semisweet chocolate chips
# handful of chopped walnuts or pecans
# 1 tsp cayenne powder
# 1 tsp of cinnamon
Place rack in the center of the oven and preheat to 350. Spray an 11×7 baking dish with non-stick spray.
In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, salt, cayenne, cinnamon and cocoa. Set aside.
In a large mixing bowl, whisk egg and egg whites until bubbly. Add sugar, vanilla and drained applesauce. Stir until sugar dissolves (add more applesauce if needed).
Stir in dry mixture until moistened. Fold in a handful of chocolate chips and nuts (or substitute any ingredients you like here to kick up the “trick” element. Bacon works or raisins, anything to get a bone-crunching texture or a worm-chewy bite!).
Pour mixture into pan and bake for 30 minutes to produce the fudgiest treat with a tricky little kick.
While still warm, sprinkle bone sprinkles on top and then let cool completely.
For the green skeletons, Michael’s Art Supply sells tons of colored candy melts and molds. Using a skeleton mold and creepy green candy melts, I created zombie parts to top the boneyard. Simply melt the candy in a double boiler, pour into the molds and let set in the fridge. Apply to cooled brownies.
Alison Heller is the Jersey Bites Cape May County Regional Editor. She also writes for Examiner.com and TrendHunter.com. She grew up on the beach in Wildwood Crest and currently works in advertising. After earning her Master of Fine Arts in English and Creative Writing in New York City (a place that was essentially Food Rehab), she stopped putting ketchup on everything and started experimenting with flavors. She loves sushi and cupcakes, sushi that looks like cupcakes, but never cupcakes that look like sushi. www.superalzy.com