Cooking with Kids: Mummy Brownies

By Bree Hester /

Halloween signals the beginning of the baking season at our house. It seems like we need to bring a snack just about everywhere we go. School, football, you name it we like to bring sweet treats with us.

Halloween seems like the perfect time to dress up some of our favorite family recipes and make them into something spooky. (We go for cutespooky, not scaryspooky at our house.) I’m always thinking about ways to make our favorite recipes a canvas for a fun decoration or twist on a classic recipe. As I was walking up and down the aisles of my local craft store (a great way to get some inspiration they have so many fun things these days) I found two amazing things.

First, giant candy eyeballs. (It is surprising to me how often I use the small size candy eyeballs.) As soon as I found the big ones, it immediately gave me the idea to make mummy brownies.

The second thing I found was candy melts in a microwaveable pouch. Candy melts are great for taking something plain and turning them into something spectacular. You can melt them and drizzle them over just about anything and they go from plain to glam. The little pouch contains all of the mess and you can just throw away the pouch when you are done. Perfect for letting little guys handle the embellishing. If you can’t find the pouch, you can melt the candies in the microwave and transfer it to a plastic freezer bag and cut off the tip, or just use a spoon. If it begins to harden, just pop it back into the microwave for a second.

I let the kids make the brownies themselves, and they did a fabulous job. I like to use an easy recipe that allows them to make it with minimal help from me. (You can also use a boxed brownie mix, no judgement here.) This recipe produces a gooey brownie and takes no time to get into the oven.

After they have cooled, I like to put them in the freezer for 15-20 minutes, I think that they are easier to cut cleanly. Cut them into rectangles, add two large candy eyes, and then drizzle the white candy melts over in a zigzag pattern to resemble a mummy. Super easy. Super cute. And the kids can do it all themselves. Perfect for class parties, Halloween get togethers, or just because.


  • Brownies (homemade or boxed mix)

  • White candy melts

  • Large candy eyeballs

After the brownies have cooled, cut into rectangular shapes. Place the brownies on a cooling rack over a foil lined baking sheet to catch any drips.

Add two eyes to each brownie.

Melt the candy melts according to the package directions. Drizzle the candy over the brownies to resemble a mummy, being careful to not cover the eyes completely.

Let sit at room temperature until the candy hardens.


  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ⅔ cup cocoa powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup all purpose
  • flour

Preheat oven to 350°. Spray a 9×13 pan with cooking spray.

In a medium bowl, whisk together oil, sugar, vanilla, and eggs.

Add baking powder, cocoa, salt, and flour. Mix until combined.

Pour into prepared baking dish and bake for 25-30 minutes, or until the edges begin to pull away from the pan. Let cool completely before cutting.

About the Author

Bree Hester is the blogger, photographer, and videographer behind Baked Bree is a place where you will find great recipes and inspiration for your next family adventure. Follow along with all of her adventures on Instagram @BreeHester

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