With just a few sprinkles and some googly eyes, simple olive oil brownies are transformed into spooky, dairy free Halloween brownies that every kid can enjoy!

close up of spooky eyed halloween brownies with sprinkles

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Why I love these halloween brownies

For the past few weeks (okay, maybe months), Ellie has been talking about Halloween. She has already decided that she’s going to be a bat-witch and she hasn’t, not for one second, waffled on her decision.

It’s crazy, but since I love Halloween just as much, I’m pretty excited that she’s into it. Today, I even took her to look at Halloween decorations for maybe the fifth time so far this year. She’s really into the talking witches that are outrageously expensive.

Since she’s loving Halloween so much, I thought it might be nice to start testing out a few Halloween-themed treats, like these spooky eyed Halloween brownies, so that I know exactly what to make when the holiday comes.

We already have a few Halloween related food traditions that I’m carrying over from my own childhood, like apple crisp and Halloween soup. I even made some pretty awesome apple cider margaritas last year (for the adults, obviously).

side view of sheet pan of spooky eyed halloween brownies

Here’s what you’ll need to make them

Ingredient notes:

These Halloween brownies are completely dairy free, and based on my regular olive oil brownie recipe, but I jazzed them up with some Halloween sprinkles and googly eyes that I found at my grocery store.

I did add the purple sprinkles to the pre-made mix I bought just to give the sprinkles a bit more variety, since I didn’t find exactly what I was imagining.

two photos of spooky eyed brownies. photo on the left has three stacked brownies and photo on the right has white plate full of brownies.

How to make Halloween brownies

Pre-heatoven to 350˚F. Line a 9×13 baking pan with parchment paper and set aside.

Mix the dry ingredients. In a large bowl, whisk cocoa powder, baking soda and salt. add 1/3 cup olive oil and boiling water. Stir until smooth.

Add wet ingredients. Sugar eggs, vanilla extract and remaining olive oil, whisking until smooth.

Add the dry ingredients. Slowly whisk in the flour until combined and smooth. Then fold in the chocolate chips.

Bake the brownies. Pour the batter into the pan and top with sprinkles. Bake for 35-40 minutes.

Decorate. Let cool for 30 minutes before decorating with google eyes. Use piping gel to secure and let get dry complexity before slicing brownies.

close up of plate of brownies with kids hand grabbing a spooky eyed brownie

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Spooky Eyed Halloween Brownies

With just a few sprinkles and some googly eyes, simple olive oil brownies are transformed into spooky, dairy free Halloween brownies that every kid can enjoy!

  • Author: Melissa Belanger
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 35 minutes
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: 24 brownies 1x

Ingredients

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  • 3/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 2/3 cup olive oil, divided
  • 1/2 cup boiling water
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips*
  • Halloween colored sprinkles
  • Candy googly eyes
  • Piping gel, preferably a darker color

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350˚F and line a 9×13 baking pan with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together cocoa powder, baking soda and salt.
  3. Whisk 1/3 cup olive oil and boiling water into cocoa powder mixture until smooth.
  4. Add sugar, eggs, vanilla extract and remaining 1/3 cup olive oil. Whisk until smooth.
  5. Slowly whisk in flour until smooth.
  6. Fold in chocolate chips with a rubber spatula.
  7. Pour batter into pan and top with sprinkles. Bake for 35-40 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
  8. Remove from oven and let cool in pan for 30 minutes before decorating with googly eyes. Use piping gel to secure and let gel dry completely before slicing brownies.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 square
  • Calories: 203
  • Sugar: 22.1 g
  • Sodium: 57.4 mg
  • Fat: 9.7 g
  • Saturated Fat: 2.9 g
  • Carbohydrates: 29.6 g
  • Fiber: 1.7 g
  • Protein: 2.4 g
  • Cholesterol: 15.5 mg

Last Updated on October 1, 2021 by Melissa Belanger

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  1. We made these. They tasted great but the sprinkles did not look as…neat as yours. They started to melt a little or something. So I frosted them and added more sprinkles on top so they looked nice.

    1. I’m sorry your sprinkles didn’t work as well! I bet the frosting made the recipe even better though. What did you use for frosting?