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Halloween Whole Wheat Brownie Bars

Halloween is all about tricks and treats and these Halloween Whole Wheat Brownie Bars definitely fall under the treat category.  Rich, fudgy brownies covered in chocolate, loaded with sprinkles and served on a stick - what could be better?  Well, what if I told you these delicious brownies begin with Hodgson Mill Brownie Mix with Whole Wheat Flour & Milled Flax Seed?  Yep, that’s right. These scrumptious brownies are made with 100% whole wheat flour and milled flax seed.  No tricks here – these brownies are all good.  Call your little ghouls and goblins into the kitchen; it’s time for some Halloween baking fun!

First, melt the butter in a large saucepan and then set it aside to cool for five minutes.  Mix the eggs, egg yolks and vanilla together in a small bowl and then whisk them into the butter. 

Next, whisk in both boxes of Hodgson Mill Brownie Mix with Whole Wheat Flour & Milled Flax Seed and the baking powder.  Stir in the mini chocolate chips.  Set aside.

Line a 13x9-inch baking pan with parchment paper and spray the pan and paper with non-stick cooking spray.  Spread the brownie batter into the prepared pan and bake in a 350°F oven for 25 to 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out mostly clean.  Allow the brownies to cool completely in the pan.

Once cool, run a thin knife around the edge of the brownies and invert the pan over a large cutting board.  Remove the parchment paper and leave the brownies upside down.  The smooth bottom surface works best for decorating. 

Cut the brownies into 18 bars. 

Next, melt ¼ cup of the white chocolate candy melts in a small bowl in the microwave for a minute.  Stir the candy until it’s smooth and then dip the tip of a decorative stick into the melted candy, and insert it into the bottom of a brownie, about two inches deep.  Repeat dipping and sticking until all of the brownies have handles.

I found some cute Halloween lollipop sticks, so that’s what I used for my bars, but popsicle sticks will work just as well. 

Set the bars aside until the candy has hardened and the sticks are secure, about 10 minutes. 

Place the brownie bars on wire racks that are centered over a sheet of parchment or wax paper (to catch drips and make clean-up easier). Set out an assortment of sprinkles and candy for the decorations.   

Next, mix two cups of dark chocolate candy melts with one tablespoon of coconut oil in a microwave-safe measuring cup or small bowl and heat on High in the microwave for a minute.  Remove the cup from the microwave, stir the candy and repeat at 30 second intervals until the candy is fully melted and smooth. 

Pour two tablespoons or more of the melted candy on a brownie bar and smooth it over the top and sides with a small spatula.  The bottom will be left plain.

Because the melted candy becomes firm pretty quickly, it’s a good idea to have your decorators at the table and ready to work once you start pouring it over the brownies. 

I went around our table twice, spreading the melted candy over one bar at a time until each of my kids had two dark chocolate covered brownies.  Once they were finished decorating, I repeated the process using white candy melts, so we could have both white and dark chocolate covered bars.  Feel free to use all dark or white or whatever color candy melts you want. 

Once the bars are decorated, keep them on the wire racks until the candy has become firm, about 20 minutes.  The brownie bars can be kept in an airtight container for up to 4 days.  We wrapped up several of our favorites in Halloween cellophane bags to give out as treats to our friends, neighbors and school teachers.  They’re just too cute not to share!

My kids had a lot of fun making (and eating) Halloween Whole Wheat Brownie Bars and no one batted an eye at the fact that they’re made with 100% whole wheat flour and milled flax seed.  Of course, it’s hard not to love just about anything covered in chocolate, decorated with sprinkles and served on a stick, but it’s nice to know that these Halloween treats also include healthy whole grains and beneficial Omega-3 oils (from the milled flax seed). 

And if you’re in the mood to bake even more Halloween brownies, be sure to try out my Milk Chocolate, Peanut Butter and Pretzel Whole Wheat BrowniesThey’re another great way to get the goodness of whole grains in a ghoulishly good treat.  Happy Halloween!  Enjoy!

Halloween Whole Wheat Brownie Bars

Ingredients

  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 boxes Hodgson Mill Whole Wheat Brownie Mix
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 10-oz bag mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 2 1/4 cups white chocolate candy melts
  • 2 cups dark chocolate candy melts
  • 2 Tbsp. coconut oil
  • 18 lollipop or popsicle sticks
  • Assorted Halloween sprinkles and candy for decorating

Instructions

Melt the butter in a large saucepan and then set it aside to cool for five minutes.  Mix the eggs, egg yolks and vanilla together in a small bowl and then whisk them into the butter.  Next, whisk in both boxes of brownie mix and the baking powder.  Stir in the mini chocolate chips.  Set aside. Line a 13x9-inch baking pan with parchment paper and spray the pan and paper with non-stick cooking spray.  Spread the brownie batter into the prepared pan and bake in a 350°F oven for 25 to 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out mostly clean.  Allow the brownies to cool completely in the pan.

Once cool, run a thin knife around the edge of the brownies and invert the pan over a large cutting board.  Remove the parchment paper and leave the brownies upside-down.  The smooth bottom surface works best for decorating.  Cut the brownies into 18 bars. 

Next, melt ¼ cup of candy melts in a small bowl in the microwave for a minute.  Stir the candy until it’s smooth and then dip the tip of a decorative stick into the melted candy, and insert it into the bottom of a brownie, about two inches deep.  Repeat dipping and sticking until all of the brownies have sticks. Set the bars aside until the candy has hardened and the sticks are secure, about 10 minutes. 

Place the brownie bars on wire racks that are centered over a sheet of parchment or wax paper (to catch drips and make clean-up easier). Set out an assortment of sprinkles and candy for the decorations.   Next, mix two cups of dark chocolate candy melts with one tablespoon of coconut oil in a Pyrex measuring cup or small bowl and heat on High in the microwave for a minute.  Remove the cup from the microwave, stir the candy and repeat at 30 second intervals until the candy is fully melted and smooth. 

Pour two tablespoons or more of the melted candy on a brownie bar and smooth it over the top and sides with a small spatula.  The bottom will be left plain. Decorate the brownie bar immediately. Repeat this process with half of the remaining brownie bars.  Then switch to the white chocolate candy melts (following the same melting and spreading procedure) and finish the decorating the rest of the bars. 

Once the bars are decorated, keep them on the wire racks until the candy has become firm, about 20 minutes.  The brownie bars can be kept in an airtight container for up to 4 days.

Notes: Any color or flavor of candy melts can be used to cover the brownies.

Servings

Makes 18 brownie bars

Original recipe by Holly

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Avatar  Barbara 3 years agoReply

These are really tasty. Thanks for posting them! Loved the pics of the kids decorating!

Avatar  Holly 3 years agoReply

Thanks Barbara! I thought you might like these - and the kids are pretty cute :)

Avatar  Karen koutrakos 3 years agoReply

Yum

Avatar  Holly 3 years agoReply

Yum is right - they're so good and fun, too! Enjoy!

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