This dessert’s spiderweb shape turns run-of-the-mill brownies into a festive Halloween treat, perfect for a haunted harvest–themed party.
- 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
- Parchment paper
- Web-shaped cookie cutter
- Piping bag
For brownies: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Coat a rimmed baking sheet lightly with cooking spray and line with a piece of parchment paper.
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.
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.
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.
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.)
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.
From the center, make straight lines across brownie to connect opposite tips. Set aside to let icing set before serving.
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