Graveyard Brownies!!!


Graveyard Brownies!!!

‘Tis the season for all things spooky.  And, in an effort to get our fall on, we decided to make graveyard brownies.  This was a new adventure for my kids and me.  My family loves brownies.  It is our favorite treat.  I have a favorite recipe that I use all the time, Quick and Easy Brownies from We thought that we’d dress them up for the holiday season.  We made Graveyard Brownies!!!

Graveyard Brownies |


I had my preschooler and kindergartner scrape the frosting off of the sandwich cookies:

Preschool removing frosting for Graveyard Brownies |
My Preschooler removing the frosting from the sandwich cookies.
Kindergartner removing frosting for Graveyard Brownies. |
My Kindergartner removing the frosting from the sandwich cookies.

My fourth grader helped by mixing the ingredients for the brownies:

Fourth Grader helps make Graveyard Brownies  |
My Fourth Grader mixing up the brownie mix.

This batter is THICK, you will need to scoop it into prepared cupcake tins:

The Mixed Graveyard Brownie Batter. |
The mixed Graveyard Brownie batter.
Graveyard Brownie batter in Cupcake Tins. |
The completed Graveyard Brownie batter scooped into the cupcake tins.

After the batter was in the oven, my second grader made the ‘dirt’ topping:

Second Grader crushes dirt for Graveyard Brownies. |
My Second Grader crushing the sandwich cookies into ‘dirt’.

I also prepared the frosting while the brownies were baking.

When the brownies were done, I took them out and let them cool in their pans for a few minutes.

Then, I cut off the tops off the brownies and set them aside to be used later and inverted the brownies onto a pan for frosting.

Tops and brownies separated for Graveyard Brownies. |
The tops of the brownies and the brownies after they were separated.

Next, I cut the tops into tombstone shapes.  Be creative with this part, the tombstones can be oddly shaped mimicking a dilapidated cemetery.  I enjoyed cutting the tombstones into different shapes.  My kids and husband enjoyed eating the leftover parts.

Next, frost the top of one brownie and the front of one tombstone.  Place the tombstone on the brownie.  If you wait too long, the frosting will set on the brownie and you won’t be able to place the tombstone without adding more frosting:

Top of frosted Graveyard Brownie. |
I frosted the tops of the brownies with the chocolate frosting.

After, the tombstones were placed, I piped a narrow line around the top of the brownie to keep the ‘dirt’ in place.

I let my fourth grader help me sprinkle the dirt on top of the brownies.  The buttercream frosting won’t stick to the ‘dirt’, so make sure to avoid any surface you want to decorate with the white buttercream frosting.

Graveyard Brownies with tombstones and 'dirt'. |
Here are some Graveyard Brownies with tombstones attached and ‘dirt’ on top of them.

Pipe the white buttercream frosting, starting with the tombstone message and working out.  I found it easier to pipe on the tombstones that were leaning slightly backward as opposed to the ones that were straight up and down.

Piping white frosing onto Graveyard Brownie.  |
I piped the white frosting starting with the tombstone message and working out.

We were done, and the kids said they were “Awesome!”  My second grader wanted to put a comment on this post, “These were the best brownies, ever.”  This was a fun, seasonal activity for my family.  These brownies should look good next to the spooky decorations at a halloween party.

Graveyard Brownies!!!

Graveyard Brownies!!!


  • Brownies
  • 1 Completed Unbaked Brownie Recipe
  • 2 Cups Chunkily Crushed Double-Stuffed Chocolate Creme Sandwich Cookies
  • "Dirt" For Topping:
  • Crushed Chocolate Sandwich Cookies without Filling
  • For Chocolate Frosting:
  • 1/4 C Melted Butter
  • 1/4 C Cocoa Powder
  • 1 Tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 2 Cups Powdered Sugar
  • 1-2 Tbsp Milk
  • Buttercream Frosting:
  • 1/4 C Melted Butter
  • 1 Tsp Vanilla
  • 2 Cups Powdered Sugar
  • 1-2 Tbsp Milk


  1. Make the brownie recipe. My favorite is Quick and Easy Brownies found on the website. I didn't include the walnuts, but instead replaced them with the chunkily crushed double-stuffed Chocolate Creme Sandwich Cookies.
  2. Scoop into Prepared Cupcake Tins
  3. Cook at 350 Degrees for 12-16 minutes
  4. Let cool about 10 minutes.
  5. Cut the tops of the brownies off.
  6. Invert the brownies onto a plate where they can be frosted.
  7. Prepare your chocolate frosting:
  8. Mix all the ingredients in the order give, adding milk one teaspoon at a time until reaching desired consistency. Frosting should be soft but not runny.
  9. Frost the tops of the brownies.
  10. Pipe a thin line around the upper edge of the brownies with the chocolate frosting.
  11. Cut the tops of the brownies into headstone shapes.
  12. Frost the fronts of the headstones with the chocolate frosting. Place standing up on the brownies.
  13. Sprinkle the 'dirt' on the tops of the brownies. Avoid the headstones.
  14. Prepare the buttercream frosting, following same directions as for the chocolate frosting.
  15. Pipe the message on the headstone. Decorate as desired.
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    1. I also enjoy any reason to indulge in a brownie. I hope you enjoy these. Thanks for coming by and commenting. ;)


    1. They were fun to make and more fun to eat. I didn’t have any left, or we would have shared. So sorry we didn’t get to spend time together the other day. Next time we visit “the city” we’ll plan on a better visit. :) Thanks for visiting and sharing. :)


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