These Halloween brownie bites are a cute, spooky treat for your next Halloween party! Made completely from scratch with homemade brownies and a simple cream frosting!
Be sure to scroll down to the bottom of the post to watch my video and see all my tips for making these sweet spooky treats!
These Witch Cauldron Brownie Bites are a fun and easy Halloween dessert. They’re also just appropriately creepy enough that one of my siblings wouldn’t even eat them, but tasty enough that the rest of my family devoured them and asked for more.
I was inspired to make these when I saw Brianne’s Witches Brew Halloween Cupcakes on Pinterest, and decided to make a mini version, only in brownie form! To make these Halloween desserts, I started with a super easy brownie batter (adapted from my homemade brownie recipe) that’s baked in a mini muffin tin.
This is then filled with your favorite variety of frosting — I used cream cheese frosting for these because I find that it’s not overpoweringly sweet, but if you’re not a cream cheese fan you can use my vanilla frosting recipe instead.
Next, let’s talk sprinkles.
Tips for Choosing your Sprinkles
I am a sprinkles-addict and have at least 20 lbs of various sprinkles in my house at all times. I took full advantage of this for today’s recipe, but you do not have to go all out and buy all of the same sprinkles I used.
If you want to use the same sprinkles I did, here’s what I used:
- Large sugar pearls (white, green, and purple)
- Medium-sized sugar pearls (light green)
- Nonpareils (purple)
- Confetti sprinkles (green and purple ones, these are the flat disc-shaped sprinkles, I used Chocomaker brand)
- Small candy eyes — I used Wilton brand and bought mine at Walmart, Amazon also sells them (affiliate) but I paid a fraction of the price at Walmart.
The sugar pearls, nonpareils, and confetti sprinkles I purchased through Country Kitchen SweetArt’s online store, but the confetti sprinkles are also available at Walmart.
If you can only buy two types of sprinkles, I’d recommend going with the confetti sprinkles and candy eyes, both of which should be available at Walmart, but feel free to play around and use your own favorite sprinkles!
Recipe video at the bottom of the post! If you enjoy watching my cooking videos, I’d love it if you would consider subscribing to my YouTube channel <3
Witch's Cauldron Halloween Brownie Bites
Spooky WITCH CAULDRON BROWNIE BITES! Be sure to check out my VIDEO at the bottom of the post, showing you step-by-step how I make these brownies!
If you prefer a different kind of frosting other than cream cheese, check out my simple vanilla buttercream.
- 12 Tablespoons unsalted butter cut into Tablespoon-sized pieces
- ½ cup semisweet chocolate chips (100g)
- 1/2 cup natural cocoa powder (50g)
- 1/2 teaspoon instant coffee grounds optional
- 1 cup tightly packed light or dark brown sugar (200g)
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar (100g)
- 2 large eggs + 1 large egg yolk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup + 2 Tablespoons all-purpose flour (140g)
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup 1 stick salted butter, softened (113g)
- 8 oz cream cheese softened brick-style, not spreadable (226g)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 4 cups powdered sugar 500g
- Food coloring -- I used Americolor gel "mint green"*** and "regal purple"
- colored sprinkles
- candy eyeballs
Preheat your oven to 350F and spray a 24-count mini muffin tin with baking spray*
Combine butter and chocolate chips in a large, microwave-safe bowl. Microwave for 30 seconds. Stir well, microwave for another 15 seconds and then stir well again. Repeat for 15 seconds until chocolate and butter are completely melted and well-combined.
Stir in cocoa powder and instant coffee (if using).
Add sugars and stir again until combined.
Add eggs and egg yolk, one at a time, stirring well after each addition. Stir in vanilla extract.
In a separate, medium-sized bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt.
Add dry ingredients to wet and stir until well-combined.
Drop batter by 1 1/2 Tablespoon into prepared mini muffin tin (I like to use a cookie dough scoop to do this).
Transfer to 350F (175C) oven and bake for 18 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean or with a few fudgy crumbs (not wet batter!).
Immediately take a rounded teaspoon or Tablespoon and press into each brownie bite to make a well (see photo in post for example).
Allow brownies to cool completely before filling with frosting and decorating.
While your brownie bites are cooling, prepare your frosting.
Combine butter and cream cheese in a large bowl and beat with an electric mixer until creamy, well-combined, and lump-free.
Add vanilla extract and stir well to combine.
With mixer on low-speed, gradually add powdered sugar until completely combined.
If using just one color of frosting add it to your bowl until desired color intensity is reached (a little goes a long way with gel colorings! Start with less and add more as needed!). If using two colors, divide the frosting in half and mix the different colors in different bowls. Be sure to stir well so there are no streaks.
Spoon or pipe frosting into completely cooled brownie bites and decorate using sprinkles. Serve and enjoy!
*Baking spray is not the same as standard cooking spray. Baking spray should have flour listed in the ingredients, this will keep your brownies from sticking. I've found that if I use regular cooking spray I can't get my brownies out of the tin.
If you don't have baking spray you can lightly grease and flour the sides and bottom of each mini muffin well (make sure to shake out excess flour).
**I like to use my favorite cream cheese frosting for this recipe because it's not overpoweringly sweet. However, you can use my simple vanilla buttercream frosting instead, if you do not like cream cheese. Just follow the instructions in that post to make the frosting and add food coloring as instructed here.
***Mint green will work fine on its own, but to make the color a little more neon and (in my opinion) "witchy", I also added a tiny drop of lemon yellow color, too. Don't rush out to buy it if you don't have it because it's such a subtle difference, but if you have the color on hand already you may want to try this!
****Please see my post for more information on the sprinkles that I used for this recipe