Need a sweet treat for Halloween but have scary-little time to spend in the kitchen? These spooky spider web brownie bites, inspired by Real Food By Dad, take just minutes to make and will have your dessert-hungry ghouls howling with delight.
When our holiday schedule is jam-packed, we take crazy culinary shortcuts to get our family and friends fed. This spider web brownie bites recipe is a wickedly genius way to make a hauntingly impressive dessert that gives the illusion of a lot of effort and time. This is our go-to Halloween treat for class parties, last-minute costumed affairs, and when we want to bring something edibly fun and frightful to work. We’re sure these fast-to-vanish brownies will become one of your favorite Halloween dessert too!
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Brownies in minutes? Absolutely! Simply pick up a tray of round premade brownies from the supermarket bakery on your next shopping trip. You can even keep them in the freezer for an even more convenient shortcut to quick Halloween dessert success. No messing up the kitchen or oven baking necessary. We also recommend stocking up on white chocolate and semisweet chocolate chips before the trick-or-treat holiday arrives so you’re well-prepared to make these devilishly good brownies appear like magic.
Let’s get to it! Melt white chocolate in a double boiler and keep it warm. In a second double boiler, melt the semisweet chocolate and transfer to a pastry bag fitted with a round #2 decorating tip. Spoon a modest amount of white chocolate onto the top of each brownie, smoothing it out to the edge. Working quickly, take the pastry bag of chocolate and pipe a spiral on to the melted white chocolate. Starting at the center of the spiral, drag a toothpick through the white chocolate towards the edge of the brownie to create a spider web design. That’s it! You’re done. Your supernaturally scrumptious brownies are ready to be devoured as an irresistible Halloween treat.
Cook’s note: If you don’t have two double boilers—or even one—you can make your own. A double boiler, which is used to gently melt chocolate or cook other delicate ingredients, is essentially a pan over another pan of boiling water. The top pan holds the chocolate above the boiling water, which produces heat to slowly and evenly melt the chocolate. To make your own, simply place a heatproof bowl over a pan of boiling water, making sure that the bottom of the bowl is not touching the water. Fill the bowl with chocolate and stir occasionally until the chocolate is melted smooth.
Melt white chocolate
In a double boiler, melt the white chocolate, stirring often, until smooth. If you don’t have a double boiler, place chocolate in a heatproof bowl and set on top of a pot of boiling water. Make sure the bottom of the bowl does not touch the water. Keep the white chocolate warm and melted as you decorate the brownies.
Melt semisweet chocolate chips
In a double boiler or a heatproof bowl set over a pot of boiling water, melt the semisweet chocolate, stirring often, until smooth. Keep the semisweet chocolate warm and melted while you decorate the brownies.
Frost brownies with melted white chocolate
Working with one brownie at a time, spoon a generous 1 to 1-1/2 teaspoons of melted white chocolate on the top of each brownie, spreading the chocolate until it almost reaches the edge. The frosting should be on top of the brownie and not dripping down the sides.
Place melted semisweet chocolate in a pastry bag and pipe onto frosting
Transfer melted semisweet chocolate into a pastry bag fitted with a #2 round decorating tip. Working with one brownie at a time, pipe a spiral with the semisweet chocolate on the white chocolate frosting.
Make a chocolate spider web on each brownie
Starting at the center of the spiral, drag a toothpick or thin skewer through the white chocolate and the lines of the semisweet spiral toward the edge to create a spider web design. Make a spider web on the top of each brownie. Serve.
Impressive looking, and yet so easy to do
Perfect spider webs
Look at all that detail
Go ahead and take a bite
Rich, moist chocolatey goodness
Look at all that delicious chocolate
Spider web brownie bites
Serves 12 servings
- 8 ounces white chocolate (this will yield 1 cup melted)
- 4 ounces semisweet chocolate chips (this will yield 1/2 cup melted)
- 12 (2-inch) round premade brownies
- In a double boiler, or a heatproof bowl over a pot of boiling water, melt white chocolate, stirring occasionally, until melted. Keep warm.
- In a double boiler or a heatproof bowl over a pot of boiling water, melt semisweet chocolate chips, stirring occasionally, until melted. Keep warm.
- Spoon 1 to 1-1/2 teaspoons of melted white chocolate on top of each brownie and spread the white chocolate until it almost reaches the edge of the brownie. Gently tap brownie to work out any lumps.
- Repeat process until all the brownies are frosted with white chocolate.
- Place semisweet chocolate in a pastry bag fitted with a #2 tip.
- Working quickly, pipe a spiral with the melted semisweet chocolate on the white chocolate frosting.
- Starting at the center of the spiral, drag a toothpick or thin skewer through the white chocolate toward the edge to create a spider web design.
- Repeat the process on the remaining brownies.
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