Easy Mummy Brownies | Halloween Desserts

October 18, 2019 By Aneesha |

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Ooey gooey fudgy brownies dress up for Halloween in this easy and fun Mummy Brownies recipe. Store-bought brownie mix and homemade cream cheese icing come together to make this spooktacular dessert. Make it with your kids and double the fun!

Brownies decorated to look like 'Mummies' placed on a gray slate

Easy and Fun Dessert to Make with Kids

When my girls were in elementary school, I was the room parent for each of their classes and used to be in charge of planning class halloween parties.

I’m sure many of you who volunteer at their kid’s school will agree with me that those kids are hard to please 🙂 You have got to bring on your A-game, or else they’ll come up to you and tell you exactly how they feel about your planned activity.

This Mummy Brownies Activity was one of the most successful activities I planned during those years. Kids had so much fun customizing their ‘Mummies’ and got really creepily creative.

Ingredients for Mummy Brownies

To make Mummy Brownies, you will need:

  • Chocolate Brownies
  • Cream Cheese Icing
  • Candy Eye balls
Cream Cheese icing, brownies and candy eyes on a black cutting board

Using Store-Bought Brownie Mix

I love making brownies from scratch, but, I also ALWAYS have my favorite brand of store-bought brownie-mix in the pantry.

Around Halloween I’m usually juggling too many balls already, so any legit shortcut that can save me sometime is welcome! My family absolutely loves the Trader Joe's Brownie Truffle mix, but you can use your favorite brand for this recipe.

You can bake them in the oven, or the Instant Pot, whichever method you prefer. Here’s my Instant Pot Brownies recipe for reference.

If using the Instant Pot, you’ll most likely bake a round shaped brownie cake. You can trim off the edges to make a square shape before cutting in individual squares.

Using Homemade Brownies in this Recipe

If you want to make this recipe with homemade brownies, use your favorite recipe, or here’s a recipe for Brownies from Scratch from my kitchen.

Chocolate brownie iced to look like Mummy Brownies

Homemade Cream Cheese Icing

In my opinion, the icing is more important than the brownies in this recipe. The icing is what transforms these everyday brownies into “Mummy Brownies”.

Which is why I had to test a few icing options that could hold their shape, stand out and give the ‘bandage wrapped‘ effect.

I tried using sugar glaze icing, but that didn’t stand out as much (use that for Vegan Mummy Brownies). I tried buttercream, but it was more creamy-yellow in color, and didn’t have that WOW factor.

Finally, I used my trusty 4-ingredient cream cheese icing. All you need for that is:

How to Make Mummy Brownies

Here are the step by step instructions and pictures on how to make these creepy and fun Mummy Brownies at home.

Step 1: Make Brownies and Cool Complately

I bake the brownies ahead of time for this recipe and let them cool completely before icing. This can be done 1-2 days in advance. You can use your favorite store-bought mix and simply follow package instructions.

Step 2: Prepare cream cheese icing

For best results all ingredients should be at room temperature. I remove the cream cheese and butter from the fridge approximately 30 minutes before mixing. This time can vary depending on the season and temperature in you home.

Using a hand mixer (electric mixer), or a stand mixer, whip the cream cheese for 30 seconds. Add butter to that and whip till it looks creamy (about 1 minute).

Add confectioners sugar and vanilla extract and beat till sugar is incorporated. This can take a few minutes. The end result should be smooth and creamy. You can adjust the sugar to customize the sweetness to your taste.

Tip: Refrigerate the icing 30 minutes before piping on to the brownies. This helps it firm up a bit and hold it’s shape better.

Homemade cream cheese icing in a bowl
Homemade cream cheese icing

Step 3: Prepare the Icing Bag

You can use an icing bag or a simple ziplock bag for piping. If using a ziplock bag, hold it such that one of the corners is facing down. Hold the bag in the middle and fold the top half down over your hand. (pic 1)

Using a spoon or spatula, add about 1/3 cup of icing in the bag, pushing it down into the corner. (pic 2)

Start twisting the top of the bag while releasing any excess air in the bag. This pushes the icing down in the corner further. (pic 3)

Using a pair of kitchen scissors, make a small cut diagonally so the icing can flow through that. The cut should be about 1/8th of an inch. (pic 4)

Preparing a ziplock bag for icing

Step 4: Pipe the Icing

Apply a gentle and steady pressure on the bag. Starting from the top left corner, pipe the icing on the brownies in a continuous zig-zag pattern, finishing at the bottom right corner. (pic 5 & 6)

If you’re left-handed, you can start at the top right corner and end at the bottom left.

You can leave it at that, or, add more icing making an ‘X’ mark, starting and ending at opposite corners.

Place two Candy eye balls to make the eyes (pic 7 & 8). Your mummy brownies are ready to party!!

Piping cream cheese icing on the brownies in a zig-zag pattern

And just like that, these Easy Mummy Brownies are ready to creep your guests out 🙂

Pieces of brownies iced for halloween theme

Easy to Customize for Dietary Restrictions

I use a store-bought mix for brownies in this recipe. In addition to a regular mix I always buy another box of gluten-free brownie mix too.

I also make a Vegan Brownie batch by replacing butter with vegetable oil, and eggs with apple sauce. Most store-bought brownie boxes call for 2 eggs, you can replace that with 1/4 cup of apple sauce.

By adding these two variations, most kids (and adults) can enjoy these brownies.

Tips for the Best Mummy Brownies

  • It’s easy to customize this recipe to Vegan or Gluten-Free.  The details for both are mentioned in the post above.
  • This recipe works great with homemade brownies, brownies made using store-bought mix, or even store-bought brownies.
  • Brownies can be made 1-2 days ahead for this recipe.
  • For best results all ingredients should be at room temperature. I remove the cream cheese and butter from the fridge approximately 30 minutes before mixing. This time can very depending on temperature and season.
  • Refrigerate the icing 30 minutes before piping on to the brownies. This helps it firm up a bit and hold it’s shape better.

Another Yum Halloween Dessert: Chocolate Mousse Graveyards

Chocolate mousse, oreo and milano cookies used to makes Chocolate Mousse Graveyards

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Chocolate brownie iced to look like Mummy Brownies

Easy Mummy Brownies | Halloween Desserts

Ooey gooey fudgy brownies dress up for Halloween in this easy and fun Mummy Brownies recipe. Store-bought brownie mix and homemade cream cheese icing come together for this spooktacular dessert. Make it with your kids, at school or home, and double the fun!
5 from 2 votes
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Icing time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings: 16
Calories: 134kcal
Author: Aneesha

Ingredients

Cream Cheese Icing

Brownies

Instructions

Make Brownies and Cool Completely

  • I bake the brownies ahead of time for this recipe and let them cool completely before icing. This can be done 1-2 days in advance. You can use your favorite store-bought mix and simply follow package instructions.

Cream Cheese Icing

  • For best results all ingredients should be at room temperature.For best results all ingredients should be at room temperature.
  • Using a hand mixer (electric mixer), or a stand mixer, whip the cream cheese for 30 seconds. Add butter to that and whip till it looks creamy (about 1 minute).
  • Add confectioners sugar and vanilla extract and beat till sugar is incorporated. This can take a few minutes. The end result should be smooth and creamy. You can adjust the sugar to customize the icing sweetness to your taste.
  • Tip: Refrigerate the icing 30 minutes before piping on to the brownies. This helps it firm up a bit and hold it’s shape better.

Prepare the Icing Bag

  • You can use an icing bag or a simple ziplock bag for piping. If using a ziplock bag, hold it such that one of the corners is facing down. Hold the bag in the middle and fold the top half down over your hand.
  • Using a spoon or ice cream scoop, add about 1/3 cup of icing in the bag, pushing it down into the corner.
  • Start twisting the top of the bag while releasing any excess air in the bag. This pushes the icing down in the corner further.
  • Using a pair of kitchen scissors, make a small cut diagonally so the icing can flow through that. The cut should be about 1/8th of an inch.

Pipe the Icing on Brownies

  • Apply a gentle and steady pressure on the bag. Starting from the top left corner, pipe the icing on the brownies in a continuous zig-zag pattern, finishing at the bottom right corner. If you’re left-handed, you can start at the top right corner and end at the bottom left.
  • You can leave at that, or, add more icing making an ‘X’ mark, starting and ending at opposite corners.
  • Place two Candy eye balls to make the eyes (pic 7 & 8). Your mummy brownie is ready to party!!

Notes

The total time does not include brownie baking time since you can use store-bought brownies too. 
Tips for the Best Mummy Brownies:
  • It’s easy to customize this recipe to Vegan or Gluten-Free.  The details for both are mentioned in the post above.
  • This recipe works great with homemade brownies, store-bought brownie mix, or even store-bought brownies.
  • Brownies can be made ahead 1-2 days for this recipe.
  • For best results all ingredients should be at room temperature. I remove the cream cheese and butter from the fridge approximately 30 minutes before mixing. This time can very depending on temperature and season.
  • Refrigerate the icing 30 minutes before piping on to the brownies. This helps it firm up a bit and hold it’s shape better.
Note: The nutrition facts below are my estimates.  If you are following any diet plan, I recommend cross-checking with your preferred nutrition calculator.

Nutrition

Calories: 134kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 31mg | Sodium: 99mg | Potassium: 20mg | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 368IU | Calcium: 16mg | Iron: 1mg
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: halloween brownies, Halloween Desserts, Mummy Brownies recipe
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