Brownie Graduation Caps Recipe
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Brownie Graduation Caps Recipe

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Our home economists needed just a few items to create these cute chocolaty caps that guests will gobble up. The tasty treats are a snap to assemble by topping brownie cupcakes with mortarboards made from chocolate-covered graham cookies. A red licorice tassel adds the fast finishing touch.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 55 min. Bake: 25 min./batch + cooling
MAKES:24 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 55 min. Bake: 25 min./batch + cooling
MAKES: 24 servings


  • 1 package fudge brownie mix (13-inch x 9-inch pan size)
  • 48 fudge graham cookies or graham cracker halves
  • 1 cup chocolate frosting
  • 48 pieces red shoestring licorice
  • 48 Skittles bite-size candies

Nutritional Facts

2 each: 833 calories, 17g fat (5g saturated fat), 28mg cholesterol, 216mg sodium, 166g carbohydrate (127g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Prepare brownie batter according to package directions for cakelike brownies. Fill paper-lined miniature muffin cups two-thirds full. Bake 21-24 minutes. Cool 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely (remove paper liners while cupcakes are still warm).
  2. Slice 1/8-in. from the top of each cupcake to level. Invert cupcakes; attach a cookie to each with a small amount of frosting. For tassel, place a licorice piece and a candy on top of each cookie, attaching with frosting. Let stand until set. Yield: 4 dozen.
Originally published as Brownie Graduation Caps in Simple & Delicious May/June 2006, p49

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mrsh318 User ID: 3583996 63378
Reviewed Jun. 16, 2014

"I made these for my eighth grade students who are graduating from Middle school. They loved them and asked me where I got the recipe. They thought the brownies were so creative and they appreciated them so much. These were easy to make and lots of fun. I used chocolate graham crackers for the top of the cap. I probably will make them again another year for my students."

shortbreadlover User ID: 960739 88440
Reviewed May. 20, 2014

"i made these for 3 grads that are graduating this year. all of them loved them and they were the hit of 3 parties. i used mini brownies rather then making my own."

[email protected] User ID: 175508 109091
Reviewed Dec. 17, 2011

"Made them for our daughter's graduation. They were a hit - cute and fun to eat."

skyeyes User ID: 3152760 162371
Reviewed May. 29, 2011

"I made these as my gift for a young friend's grade school "graduation" using purchased "two bite" brownies from Costco and Sam's Club. Huge hit! She has already requested these treats for her midle school and high school graduations! =)"

JennyMelynntoh User ID: 5058508 69109
Reviewed May. 28, 2009

"I have made them with mini peanut butter cups. Also delicious and a lot less hassle! You still use the fudge graham crackers and the frosting to stick them together"

witch499 User ID: 3118748 69108
Reviewed May. 27, 2009

"great idea i found sugar free chocolate covered graham crackers and used reduced sugar brownie mix and frosting and no one noticed the difference.

A BIG thank you
sandy Watts"

lindaclifford User ID: 3796365 63375
Reviewed May. 26, 2009

"were a hit! I had trouble getting brownies out of mini pan,so just baked in square pan,

cut into small squares..."

fastquilter56 User ID: 3905679 140133
Reviewed May. 24, 2009

"Our Curves group will be making these for our HS grads that are members of the local Curves . Looking forward to making and sharing them. Not exactly in our food plan....... but just this once?? ........."

lmdett User ID: 910825 88429
Reviewed May. 23, 2009

"I made this twice last year and it was a hit both times. Will make it again this June and I know it will be a hit again. LMD"

chalet29615 User ID: 4091411 157712
Reviewed May. 18, 2009

"I have no problems printing any of the recipes. You may have a blocker on your computer that needs to be turned off before you can print, especially if you can print from other pages."

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