Autumn is a time when many people are looking to stay warm and cozy, which makes it the perfect time to bake up some delicious brownies.

These ghost brownies are gooey and perfect for anyone looking for something simple to bake to get into the Halloween spirit. Not only do they taste chocolatey and fudgey, but they can either be baked from scratch or made with box brownies.

This recipe was developed by the baker Madison Eberhardt from Orange County, California, who has become very popular online due to her beautiful autumn treats which she posts on her TikTok account @mmatildabakes and website mmatildabakes.

Madison goes by the nickname ‘Matilda’ online as it is a nickname her grandparents called her, who have passed down their love of baking to Madison. She said: “The connection I made with my grandparents through their constantly flour-dusted kitchen (and literally buffet style foodie filled countertops) continues to inspire and guide me as I curate my own recipes!”

However, these “cute” ghost-topped brownies are very easy to make according to Madison. She said: “These Halloween brownies are so delicious because of not only how fudgy they are, but the extra melted chocolate incorporated into the batter…I encourage those to make these for Halloween because of how simple the decoration process actually is!”

How to make fudgy Halloween brownies topped with chocolate ghosts


To make the brownie batter:

  • 2 cups chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup mini chocolate chips + chocolate bar pieces
  • 1 tsp espresso powder

To make the ghostly topping:

  • 2 cups milk chocolate chips

  • 1/3 cup white chocolate chips

  • Sprinkles


  • You can also make this recipe with a simple box brownie recipe
  • You can also use milk chocolate canned frosting as a substitute for decoration

Kitchen equipment

  • 9×9 baking pan
  • Mixing bowl
  • Stove-proof bowl to melt chocolate in
  • Toothpicks

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To begin, preheat your oven to 350F and butter your baking pan.

Melt the chocolate chips and butter in a saucepan over a low heat. Keep stirring constantly until both the chocolate and butter are melted down and smooth. Once melted, set aside the chocolate and butter mixture to cool.

In a mixing bowl, add both the brown and granulated sugars and cream. Mix until smooth, and then begin to add the eggs slowly while mixing. Once the mixture is combined, add in your vanilla extract, espresso powder, plus salt, and then mix them in.

Next, sift in the flour and mix in your melted chocolate chips into the mixing bowl and keep mixing it until you have a brownie batter.

Now it is time to scoop your brownie batter into your baking pan to cook. Place in the oven for around 35 to 40 minutes, but this may vary depending on your oven so keep a close eye on them.

While the brownies are cooking, melt more chocolate and set aside to cool for the decoration. Repeat and melt the white chocolate in a separate bowl to decorate the ghosts.

Once they are ready, take them out of the oven and allow them to rest until they have cooled down.

When the brownies have cooled down, it is time to decorate them. First, layer on the melted chocolate and layer it evenly. You can now make cute ghost decorations and shake on a generous amount of sprinkles.

According to Madison, it is very easy to make ghost chocolate decorations for these brownies using white chocolate for the body and milk chocolate for the face.

Madison said: “My tip is to use a plastic baggie or frosting bag for the melted white chocolate in order to make the ghosts more easily. I also recommend having a toothpick on hand to make the eyes and mouth.”

She also recommends melting the white chocolate to make it much easier to decorate with.

For the last step, place your brownies in the fridge to let the chocolate harden and cool down so they become very fudgey. Madison said: “I also purposely describe in my recipe to cool these brownies in the fridge so that the consistency is that of homemade fudge.”

Once chilled, you will have some spooky but incredibly tasty brownies to enjoy this Halloween.

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