Like most people I know, I love all things Halloween. The decorations, the candy, the treats, and tricks but mostly the scares! Halloween is such a fun time where your imagination can run wild! When it’s Halloween I often think of ghosts and witches. Ghosts have always been something I find very interesting. For as long as I can remember there has been a lot of controversy over whether ghosts are real or not.

Ghost stories have been around for thousands of years dating back to as early as the Roman times. The first poltergeist (a ghost that causes physical disturbances) was reported in Germany. The family reported the poltergeist would throw rocks at them.
In American history, ghosts have been sighted in many places, most famously in the White House. Many First Ladies and other guests have witnessed ghosts of past presidents. Abraham Lincoln’s ghost has been spotted the most out of any other president.

Some of the battlegrounds from the Civil War, especially Gettysburg have been known to be inhabited by many ghosts. Historians believe this could be due to the brutal nature of the battles.

New York is also one of the major cities that is full of ghost tales. Many people have said they have spotted Aaron Burr, the man killed in a duel with Alexander Hamilton in 1804.


While the truth behind these stories is unclear, the truth behind my brownies is that they are delicious! They are chocolaty, fudgy and not to mention spooky!


What ghost stories do you have? Do you believe in ghosts? Share your thoughts and stories with me!

Ghostly Brownies

Ingredients

  • 1 bag of large jet puffed marshmallows
  • 2/3 cup canola or flavorless oil
  • 2/3 cup natural unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
  • 1/4 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. fine salt
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 1/3 cups powdered sugar
  • 2/3 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract

Directions

  1. Set the oven to 325 degrees and grease an 8x8 square pan.
  2. Place oil into the microwave bowl and heat 4-5 times in 5 second bursts until warm.
  3. Add the cocoa powder and whisk until smooth. Let sit for 4 or 5 minutes.
  4. Place flour, baking powder, and salt in a small bowl and whisk, set aside.
  5. Place eggs, powdered sugar, and brown sugar in a large bowl. Beat on medium speed until fluffy, about 2 1/2 minutes. Beat in vanilla.
  6. Add 1/2 of the cocoa mixture to the egg mixture and mix on medium speed, about 5 minutes. It should be shiny.
  7. Add the flour mixture to the egg and cocoa mixture and mix at medium speed, 1-minute.
  8. Pour into the pan and spread evenly. Bake for 20 to 24 minutes.
  9. Let the brownies cool before you cut them. After you have cut the brownies into squares, set a large marshmallow on top.
  10. Melt about 5 marshmallows, then pour some of the melted mixture over the top of the marshmallow on the brownie. Pour the mixture so that it is uneven, it should appear like it has the edges of a draped sheet.
  11. Lastly, use black royal icing to create a spooky face for your ghost.