Whether you’re a ghost, a ghoul or a zombie this Halloween, you’ll not be able to resist these temptingly terrifying tombstone brownies, straight from the cemetery at the bottom of the McEeries’ garden. Maude McEerie’s been serving these up at her parties forever, and they’re always dead popular…


Makes 6 large brownies

  • 150g unsalted butter
  • 150g plain chocolate
  • 300g caster sugar
  • 150g plain flour
  • 1tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 50g chocolate chips
  • pinch of salt
  • white and orange icing pens for decoration

How to make…

Step 1 – Preheat the oven to 170°C/gas mark 3-4.

Step 2 – Gently heat the butter and chocolate in a heatproof bowl over a saucepan of simmering water until it’s completely melted and smooth. Be careful not to let the bottom of the bowl touch the water.

Step 3 – Pour the melted chocolate and butter into a large mixing bowl and add the sugar and vanilla extract.

Melt chocolate and butter, add sugar

Step 4 – Mix in the flour, baking powder and a pinch of salt. Add the eggs and mix well until smooth.

Step 5 – Fold in the chocolate chips.

Mix flour, eggs and chocolate chips into brownie mixture

Step 6 – Pour mixture into a greased and floured baking tin. Put into the oven for 30-40 minutes until firm on top and soft and squidgy in the middle. Remove from the oven and leave to sit for 10 minutes before removing from baking tin.

Step 7 – Once they’re completely cooled, cut the brownies into 6 pieces and trim the tops so they’re curved like gravestones. Decorate with the orange and white icing pens whilst nibbling on the offcuts! Bake for 30-40 minutes then cut into tombstone shapes once cooled

The finished product

Serve up at your Halloween party! Why not try making some “dirt” from crushed biscuits to stand your tombstones in, then just add some fake creepy crawlies for a really gruesome graveyard…


What Maude used…

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