These darling ghost brownies will have everyone around you saying anything but boo! They’re simple to make with just boxed brownie mix, marshmallows, and melting chocolate but impressive all the same!
I’ve made these ghost brownies a number of times and one of the best things about them is that they’re a little different every time. The chocolate melts a little different, bends a little different over the marshmallow, flows off the side of the brownie or doesn’t.
It’s super simple to keep them from all looking like cookie cutter treats, and I love that about them. It’s like how every ghost out there from Casper to Peeves looks totally different even though they’re all ghosts!
These also make one of the best Halloween party ideas since you can make them ahead of time and they’ll still be yummy!
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
- Fun for kids – kids will absolutely love helping you make these ghost brownies whether it be making the actual brownies, the ghost, or the ghost faces!
- Make ahead of time – like I mentioned earlier, these are a great make ahead treat because the brownies, marshmallows, and melted chocolate all last for a few days! Make them the day before a Halloween party or right before you want to enjoy and they’ll still be delicious!
- Mysterious – these are so fun because you just need a ghost but don’t know what’s underneath it! It’s kind of like with these Mickey cake pops, they’re cute but no one knows what the ears are made of until biting into them!
- Brownies – you can either use your favorite boxed brownie mix (I love the Ghirardelli double chocolate!) or you can make homemade brownies. You just need brownies to put the ghosts on top of.
- Marshmallows – make sure you get the regular size and regular shape (not s’mores) marshmallows. Nothing else will work for these!
- White chocolate – you’ll need some sort of white chocolate that melts. I personally recommend white chocolate melting wafers because they melt and harden the best. But in a pinch, you can use white chocolate chips or white baking chocolate.
- Chocolate chips – there are a number of options you can use to draw the faces on the ghost brownies, chocolate chips is just one that I know most people have in their homes. So you can either use melted chocolate chips, chocolate melting wafers, or even just chocolate frosting.
How to Make Ghost Brownies
Start by either greasing or spraying a pan with non-stick spray. You can use a square 8×8 or 9×9 baking dish if you want really thick and fudgy brownies (you’ll have less of them). You can use a 9×13 baking dish if you want the brownies to be just the regular thickness but have more of them.
Or you can go all fancy and get perfect brownie squares by using a brownie pan like this one! I used a brownie pan just to get the good perfect edges for all of my pictures. It would be great for these if you’re planning on taking them somewhere to share and don’t want the brownies to fall apart!
1 – Make the brownies
Prepare your brownie mix according to the directions on the box then pour the batter into your prepared pan. If you are using a brownie pan, try your best to divide the mixture evenly into the squares!
Bake according to the package instructions or if you’re not using a package, according to your recipe instructions.
Remove the brownies from the oven and let them cool completely before moving onto the ghosts. If you try to put the ghosts on while they’re still hot or warm the white chocolate is likely to just run off.
2 – Make the ghosts
Once cooled, start assembling the ghosts by placing one marshmallow in the center of each brownie. You want to make sure you do this first so that you can just start drizzling the chocolate ghosts as soon as your chocolate is melted.
Melt the white chocolate either in the microwave on 1 minute increments, stirring between each increment, or by using a double boiler on the stove. I typically prefer the double boiler method simply because it gives me more control, but it does take more time than the microwave!
Once the chocolate is melted, pour melted white chocolate over top of each of the marshmallows. You want to make sure that the chocolate is a pretty thick layer being poured. If you drizzle a small amount like you would with this sugar cookie icing you won’t get the nice smooth layer you’re looking for.
If you miss any part of the marshmallow just pour a little bit more to cover that section. It’s okay if the melted chocolate goes does the sides of the brownies – that just adds to the look!
Once all brownies are drizzled, place them in the refrigerator for 10 minutes to let the chocolate cool. Make sure to set a timer though because you aren’t going to want the brownies in the refrigerator for too long or else they’ll get hard!
While brownies are in refrigerator, melt the chocolate chips in the same way you melted the white chocolate. Or if you’re using chocolate frosting, you can skip the melting step!
Place melted chocolate or frosting in a piping bag (or plastic bag with the corner cut off) with a small decorating piping tip.
Remove brownies from refrigerator and gently squeeze chocolate through the piping tip to make one dot for each of the eyes, and an oval for the mouth on each brownie.
You can try to get creative with the faces, but I found the simpler the better. Some of the creative faces I made turned out to not look like ghosts at all!
Let the melted chocolate or frosting dry then enjoy immediately or within a few days!
Increase the amount of marshmallows, white chocolate, and chocolate in the recipe if you’re planning to cut the brownies into more than 12 pieces. This recipe is written for 12 square brownies so you may need more if you make more brownies than that!
Use a plastic knife in a sawing motion to cut through the brownies once cooled for the cleanest lines. This will help you give a nice clean look if you’re not using a brownie pan.
Place the brownies on a piece of parchment paper before adding the marshmallows and ghosts to make cleanup of any overflowing chocolate easier.
Store these in an airtight container (or something like this cupcake carrier) for up to five days before tossing. They will not freeze well!
These brownies will not freeze well with the ghosts on top. I recommend making and enjoying them fresh.
More Easy Halloween Treats
If you’re like me and love Halloween treats, you’ll love these ones as well!
- Halloween punch for kids – this zombie inspired Halloween punch is a favorite with kids because of its green color and gummy additions!
- Monster cookie sandwiches – let kids make their own monster cookies with this fun idea! Plus, a free printable to enjoy monster milk as well!
- Monster cinnamon rolls – it’s amazing how easy it is to add a set of candy eyes to a treat and get a Halloween inspired one! These do it well, turning regular cinnamon rolls into monster rolls!
- Layered pudding dessert for Halloween – layer yellow, white, and orange pudding to get these cute candy corn pudding cups!
- Halloween dessert board – this witch inspired dessert board includes all sorts of green, black, and purple treats! Great for a Halloween movie night!
- 1 box brownie mix and ingredients to make it
- 12 large marshmallows
- 12 ounces white chocolate chips
- 3 ounces semi sweet chocolate chips or chocolate frosting
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Spray either a 9x13 baking pan or a brownie pan. with non-stick spray or grease with oil.
- Prepare brownies according to directions on box then pour batter evenly into prepared pan.1 box brownie mix and ingredients to make it
- Bake for 20 - 25 minutes or unitl a toothpick comes out clean.
- Remove the brownies from the oven and let them cool completely before moving onto the ghosts. Cut into squares once cooled.
- Place one marshmallow on each of the brownies.12 large marshmallows
- Melt the white chocolate either in the microwave on 1 minute increments, stirring between each increment, or by using a double boiler on the stove.12 ounces white chocolate chips
- Using a spoon or pouring spout, pour melted white chocolate over top of each of the marshmallows.
- Once all brownies are covered, place them in the refrigerator for 10 minutes.
- While brownies are in refrigerator, melt the chocolate chips in the same way you melted the white chocolate.3 ounces semi sweet chocolate chips
- Remove brownies from refrigerator and gently squeeze chocolate through the piping tip to make one dot for each of the eyes, and an oval for the mouth on each brownie.
- Let the melted chocolate dry then enjoy immediately or within a few days!
Tips & Notes:
- Brownies – you can either use your favorite boxed brownie mix (I love the Ghirardelli double chocolate!) or you can make homemade brownies.
- White chocolate – I personally recommend white chocolate melting wafers because they melt and harden the best. But in a pinch, you can use white chocolate chips or white baking chocolate.
- Chocolate chips – you can either use melted chocolate chips, chocolate melting wafers, or even just chocolate frosting.