Brownie Haunted House

Total Time

Prep: 20 min. Bake: 30 min. + cooling


16 servings

Updated: Sep. 24, 2022
You don’t have to worry about getting this spooky showstopper to stand upright. These fudgy brownies are the perfect canvas for creating a silly haunted house. Trick-or-treaters beware! —Sarah Farmer, Greenfield, Wisconsin
Brownie Haunted House Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2/3 cup butter, cubed
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 teaspoons instant coffee granules, optional
  • 1-3/4 cups semisweet chocolate chips
  • 4 large eggs, room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Vanilla frosting
  • Chocolate frosting
  • Paste food coloring
  • Assorted sprinkles
  • Assorted candies


  1. Preheat oven to 325°. Line a 13x9-in. baking pan with foil, letting ends extend up sides. In a large heavy saucepan, combine sugars, butter, water and, if desired, coffee granules; bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Remove from heat; add chocolate chips and stir until melted. Cool slightly.
  2. Whisk eggs until foamy, about 3 minutes. Add vanilla; gradually whisk in chocolate mixture. In another bowl, whisk flour, baking soda and salt; stir into chocolate mixture.
  3. Pour into prepared pan. Bake on a lower oven rack until a toothpick inserted in center comes out with moist crumbs (do not overbake), 30-40 minutes. Cool in pan on a wire rack.
  4. Lifting with foil, remove brownie from pan; let cool completely. Discard foil. Cut off corners of brownie to resemble a house. If desired, cut scraps into pumpkins and ghosts using cookie cutters. Tint vanilla frosting as desired with paste food coloring. Decorate brownie house with frosting and candies.

Nutrition Facts

1 piece: 293 calories, 15g fat (9g saturated fat), 67mg cholesterol, 196mg sodium, 40g carbohydrate (29g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.