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Jack-o'-Lantern Brownies

 Jack-o'-Lantern Brownies
Hosting a Halloween party? Use a cookie cutter to easily cut these homemade chocolate brownies into pumpkin shapes, then give them personality with orange, black and green frosting. "Our grandchildren thought these were great!" writes Flo Burtnett from her home in Gage, Oklahoma.
12 ServingsPrep: 20 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 eggs
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup baking cocoa
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 can (16 ounces) vanilla frosting
  • Orange paste food coloring
  • Green and black decorating gel
  • Candy corn and M&M's® Brand Chocolate Candies, optional

Directions

  • In a large bowl, cream the butter, sugar and vanilla until light and
  • fluffy. Beat in eggs. Combine the flour, cocoa, baking powder and
  • salt; gradually add to butter mixture and mix well.
  • Line a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan with waxed paper; grease the
  • paper. Spread batter evenly in pan. Bake at 350° for 18-22
  • minutes or until brownies begin to pull away from sides of pan. Cool
  • on a wire rack.
  • Run a knife around edge of pan. Invert brownies onto a work surface
  • and remove waxed paper. Cut brownies with a 3-in. pumpkin cookie

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Jack-o'-Lantern Brownies (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • cutter, leaving at least 1/8 in. between each shape. (Discard scraps
  • or save for another use.)
  • Tint frosting with orange food coloring; frost brownies. Use green
  • gel to create the pumpkin stems and black gel and candy corn and
  • M&M's to decorate the faces if desired. Yield: about 1 dozen.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 each) equals 422 calories, 20 g fat (9 g saturated fat), 84 mg cholesterol, 275 mg sodium, 59 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 3 g protein.