This dessert’s spiderweb shape turns run-of-the-mill brownies into a festive Halloween treat, perfect for a haunted harvest–themed party.

Evite Black Widow Brownies by Evite

Yield: Makes 4 servings



  • Cooking spray
  • 2 boxes devil’s food cake mix
  • 1 cup chocolate milk
  • 8 tablespoons (1 stick) butter, melted
  • 2 eggs


  • 2 tablespoons orange juice or water
  • 1 cup powdered sugar, sifted
  • Yellow and red food coloring

Additional Materials

  • Parchment paper
  • Web-shaped cookie cutter
  • Piping bag


  • 1

    For brownies: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Coat a rimmed baking sheet lightly with cooking spray and line with a piece of parchment paper.

  • 2

    In a large bowl, with an electric mixer, beat together cake mix, chocolate milk, melted butter and eggs. Spread batter in a single layer on prepared baking sheet and smooth with an offset spatula.

  • 3

    Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until a wooden pick inserted into the center comes out with moist crumbs clinging to it. Remove from oven and cool completely.

  • 4

    Remove brownie from baking sheet by inverting onto a large cutting board or other flat working surface. Using a 5″ web-shaped cookie cutter, cut 6 spider-web shapes from the brownie.

  • 5

    For icing: In a medium bowl, slowly add orange juice to powdered sugar until it is about the consistency of runny peanut butter. Stir in about 6 drops of yellow food coloring and 3 drops of red. (You can add more or less food coloring depending on how deep you would like the orange to be.)

  • 6

    Transfer icing to a piping bag fitted with a small round tip. Starting at the edge of the brownie, trace an outline of the web shape. Move in 1/2″ and pipe a parallel line following the contours of the previous one. Continue moving in 1/2″ and repeating piping until you reach the center.

  • 7

    From the center, make straight lines across brownie to connect opposite tips. Set aside to let icing set before serving.

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