Pumpkin Shaped Chocolate Brownies

How to make Halloween Jack-O'-Lantern Chocolate BrowniesCredit: Taste of Home

   Use a cookie cutter to easily cut these homemade chocolate brownies into pumpkin shapes, then give them personality with colored frosting. Trick-or-treaters of all ages will think they are great.

ingredients for the  pumpkin brownies;
1-1/2 cups white granulated sugar
3/4 cup butter or margarine, melted
1-1/2 teaspoon 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
3 inch pumpkin cookie cutter
13 x 9 x 2 inch baking pan
waxed paper

Step 1...Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line the baking pan with waxed paper, grease the paper. Set aside.

Step 2...In a large mixing bowl, combine the 1-1/2 cups white granulated sugar, 3/4 cup butter and 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract. Beat in the 3 eggs until well blended.

Step 3...Combine the 3/4 cup all-purpose flour, 1/2 cup baking cocoa, 1/2 teaspoon baking powder and 1/4 teaspoon salt; gradually add to the sugar mixture and blend well.

Step 4...Pour brownie batter evenly into prepared baking pan and bake for 18 to 22 minutes or until brownies begin to pull away from the sides of the baking pan. Cool on a wire rack.

Step 5...Run a knife around the edge of the baking pan. Invert the pan of cooled brownies on a work surface and remove the waxed paper. Cut the brownies with the 3 inch pumpkin cookie cutter, leaving at least 1/8 inch between each shape. (Scraps make a good topping for ice cream sundaes).

Step 6...Tint the can of vanilla frosting with the orange paste food coloring and frost the brownies. Use the green gel to make the pumpkin stems and the black gel to decorate the faces.

Makes about 1 dozen brownies
Tip; I've also used candy corn for the eyes and nose, a green gumdrop cut in half for the stem and the gel or licorice laces for the mouth.