These Hocus Pocus Brownies are the perfect Halloween treat for any fan of the classic Disney movie. They're simple to make and will really wow your kids or guests.
Best of all, you can use your favorite box brownie mix, or your favorite 'from scratch' brownie recipe!
Why You'll Love These Halloween Brownies
Brownies are very easy to make from scratch, but even faster with a box mix. Either way, these Halloween brownies are an absolute snap to make.
This frosted brownie tutorial is simple enough that your kids can decorate brownies for Halloween. Just mix up the frosting for them and let them have at it.
There is really no right or wrong way to decorate these frosted brownies.
Hocus Pocus Brownie Ingredients
With just a few simple ingredients and a little bit of time, you can have these delicious Hocus Pocus brownies on the table in no time.
- 9 x 13 Pan Brownies from mix, or homemade. You can double our Hershey Cocoa Brownie recipe also!
- Tub of Vanilla Frosting or recipe
- Candy eyes (sold at Walmart, Amazon, and Michael's, etc)
- Package of baking Reese's Pieces & Mini Cups
- Reese's Peanut Butter baking Chips
- Black Gel food colorant
- Orange Gel food colorant
If you can't find the baking mix of Reese's Pieces and Mini Peanut Butter cups, just buy one individual size bag of Reese's Pieces and another individual size bag of Reese's Mini Peanut Butter Cups. You won't need more than that.
Full ingredient amounts and preparation instructions are in the printable recipe card at the bottom of this post.
How To Make Hocus Pocus Frosted Brownies
Make sure the pan of brownies you are using (either homemade or box mix) are completely cooled. This tutorial will show you how to decorate brownies for Halloween.
Divide the Frosting
- Divide the frosting equally between three small bowls. Two of the bowls will have colorant added and mixed into them.
One bowl will remain uncolored. Be sure to buy either the Vanilla or Cream Cheese frosting. If you make our Basic Cream Cheese Frosting, it will be the base creamy white color.
Color The Frosting
- Color one of the bowls with some black gel colorant. Don't use liquid colorant, as it will thin our the frosting and make it runny. It won't set up properly on the brownies. If you do have to use liquid black colorant, use some extra powdered sugar to thicken the frosting back up.
- Repeat the procedure on a second bowl of frosting with orange gel colorant. You should now have one bowl of white frosting, black frosting, and orange frosting.
Dollop The Frosting on the Brownies
There is no right or wrong way to do this. Just place dollops of each bowl of frosting on top of the brownies.
- The easiest way to get a good 'Camouflage' pattern was to do FIVE dollops of each color, one dollop in each quadrant, and a last dollop toward the center area.
- After spooning out the frosting on top of the brownies, blend them together by pressing down with the back of a spoon. Just make sure the edges of each dollop of frosting press into the one next to it, and kind of smear them together to make a layer covering with no brownie showing.
Add The Candy Decorations
Don't worry about being perfect. This is one reason these frosted brownies are perfect for kids to do!
- Scatter the Reese's Peanut Butter baking chips and the Reese's Pieces & Mini Cups baking pieces on top of the frosting.
- Place some candy eyeballs here and there to finish up the look for your very own Hocus Pocus Brownies!
Serve these frosted Halloween brownies for your children, or take them to your next Halloween party.
Cover the pan of brownies with plastic wrap or aluminum foil until ready to serve. Then, slice and set on a platter. Alternatively, you can turn out the pan of brownies onto a platter, and then frost them.
Don't refrigerate with the candy eyeballs on them. When you bring the decorated brownies back to room temperature, the candy eyeballs will condensate with moisture and the black centers can bleed.
Tips for Success
- If making these brownies up ahead of time and freezing or refrigerating, add the candy eyeballs AFTER defrosting or bringing back to room temp. This will prevent the candy eyes from bleeding or weeping the black centers.
Frequently Asked Questions
You can! But, if you have candy eyes on the brownies you freeze, they will discolor when you remove them from the freezer and they defrost.
Yes, you will just have left over frosting.
More Delish Ideas
Hocus Pocus Frosted Brownies
- 1 box brownie mix
- 1 tub Vanilla frosting
- 4 oz Reese's Peanut Butter baking chips
- 4 oz Reese's Pieces candies
- 4 oz Reese's Mini Peanut Butter cups
- candy eye balls
- orange gel colorant
- black gel colorant
- Bake the brownie mix according to the package instructions. Let it cool completely before frosting and decorating.1 box brownie mix
- Divide the tub of frosting equally into three small bowls.1 tub Vanilla frosting
- Color one bowl with the black gel food color and blend in well.black gel colorant
- Color the second bowl with the orange gel food color and blend in well. Leave the third bowl uncolored.orange gel colorant
- Create a camouflage pattern with the three frosting colors by making 5 scattered dollops or spoonfuls of each color of frosting on the top of the brownies.
- Using the back of a spoon, smear and blend in the spoonfuls of frosting so that none of the brownie top shows.
- Scatter Reese's Pieces candies on top of the frosting. Scatter Reese's Peanut Butter baking chips on the top of the frosting. Scatter Mini Reese's Peanut Butter cups on the top of the frosting also.4 oz Reese's Peanut Butter baking chips, 4 oz Reese's Pieces candies, 4 oz Reese's Mini Peanut Butter cups
- Last, place the candy eyes on various spots on the top of the brownies, to make your own Hocus Pocus Brownies!candy eye balls