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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

1 serving (2 each) equals 833 calories, 17 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 28 mg cholesterol, 216 mg sodium, 166 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 4 g 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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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."

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."

Reviewed Dec. 17, 2011

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

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! =)"

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"

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