Chocolate Bark Halloween Brownies. {video!}

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Just when I thought I didn’t need to add anything extra to my Halloween brownies… I did this.

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In my predictable nostalgic fashion, I’m taking one of my favorite childhood candies and turning it into your go-to Halloween treat. It’s easy! It’s indulgent. It has neon colors and makes my tween heart flutter.

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My family has a long standing obsession with peanut butter M&M’S. They are the one treat we would ALWAYS buy when going on vacation or going to the movies. There miiiiight have been another candy involved, but whatever it was, there were always, always peanut butter M&M’S.

It shouldn’t come as a shock since I’m a complete chocolate peanut butter freak (and, well… since it’s only the most delicious combo in the universe) and if these little gems are in my eyesight, if they are sitting in a decorative bowl in our house, they just get completely devoured.

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So! Of course to finish off my partnership with M&M’S this year, I knew I had to go with my classic fave. These brownies are super fudgy and chewy, just how I like them. Never do I ever need to eat a cake-like brownie. I want the chew and the fudge, so the square is perfectly rich and decadent.

To spruce these babies up for Halloween, I made a dark and white chocolate bark swirl on top of the brownies. You might remember that way back in the day I was obsessed with chocolate bark. Things haven’t changed, except for the fact that now I’m trashing up my brownies with it.

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On top we have bright sprinkles (of course?), candy eyeballs (apparently I’m really into this Halloween thing now that I have a kid) and lots of peanut butter M&M’s. Color!

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I mean, we really NEEDED to make brownies more delicious. Clearly.

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Chocolate Bark Halloween Brownies with Peanut Butter M&M'S

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda

chocolate bark topping

  • 12 ounces quality dark chocolate, chopped
  • 6 ounces high-quality white chocolate, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • peanut butter M&M’S
  • assorted Halloween sprinkles and candy eyeballs for topping

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease an 8×8 baking pan with butter or nonstick spray.

In a large bowl, combine melted butter with sugar and vanilla extract, whisking until combined and almost smooth. Whisk in each egg one at a time, stirring until a smooth batter forms. Add in flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt, stirring until combined. Spread batter in the 8×8 baking dish and bake for 25-30 minutes until set. Remove and let cool completely.

chocolate bark topping

In separate bowls, melt the dark chocolate and white chocolate. You can do this in the microwave on 50% power for 30 second increments, stirring after each. Once each is melted, stir 1 tablespoon coconut oil into each bowl and stir until it melts.

Pour the dark chocolate over the cooled brownies. Use a spatula to spread it to the ends.

Use a spoon to drop spoonfuls of white chocolate onto the dark chocolate. Use a sharp knife and swirl the white into the dark, gently and sparingly, so they colors aren’t completely mixed. Carefully drop peanut butter M&M’s and sprinkles into the chocolate. Place the brownies in the fridge to cool quickly, or even let them sit at room temperature for an hour or two until the chocolate firms up. Slice and serve!

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