This is going to be a reality post which will be updated with the expectation.
The reality is… that it’s nearly impossible not to flub a cute craft or baking project you saw in a magazine, Pinterest, or whatever when you have kids running all up and through your house. At least that’s my reality right now. Whenever I am tasked with such a project, the heart palpitations ensue. But oh my goodness, a fun Halloween baking project with delicious organic brownies! How could we resist?
Well the outcome was definitely spooky.
*cues the horror music*
You may have noticed these two lines in my little author bio below:
“I love inspiring others to live wholly and find beauty in the mundane. I don’t always get it right, but I’ll keep trying anyway.” And this is an example of that. I’m nowhere near perfect and I’ve been on the struggle bus lately trying to find an ounce of zest for creativity. In this photography/bakewreck of a moment, I let go and stopped trying to do all of the things. And the second time around I directed the shoot instead of trying to shoot it myself. The much prettier pictures are coming soon!
In the meantime, let’s get into how you can make these deliciously spooky brownies with your kids. And the good news is… they don’t have to be perfect because Halloween is all about the scary and gross. Right? That’s my story and I’m sticking to it to save myself from the embarrassment!
These spooky ghost brownies start with a boxed brownie mix. Yes boxed. But not just any brownie mix; Organic Fudge Brownie Scratch Mix by Immaculate Baking Company. As a mama who is clearly pressed for time and earning a degree in Hot Mess, Immaculate Baking saves the day.
- Prepare brownies according the instructions on the box. We used a cupcake pan for perfect portions.
- In a microwavable bowl heat frosting on high for 30 seconds. Stir every 10 seconds, until frosting is pourable. If the frosting becomes too firm while decorating, microwave it for 5 seconds and stir.
- Top each brownie with 1 large marshmallow. Use a little decorating gel or unheated frosting if needed to adhere the marshmallow to the brownie.
- Spoon 1-2 tablespoons of frosting over each marshmallow, coating as much of it as possible. Let sit until frosting is set for about 30 minutes. Draw eyes and mouths on marshmallows using black decorating gel.
At the end of the day, does it matter to my kids how pretty their brownies turn out? No. But when perfection is what gets you soaring on Pinterest so you can pay the bills for said children? It kiiiinda does.
Hope this less than immaculate blogger moment helps you all embrace imperfection just a little… behind closed doors, away from Instagram because fairy tales are all that matters on social media. #tongueincheek