Hocus Pocus Spellbook Brownies

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These sweet and fudgy Hocus Pocus Brownies are a fun and festive Halloween dessert that’s sure to cast a spell on all your family and friends. They’re easy to make and with just a few simple waves of your magic wand, they’ll look just like Winifred Sanderson’s spell book from the movie.

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Harry Potter Spellbook Brownies on cutting board

Hocus Pocus Spell Book Brownies

If you’re looking for a spooktacular recipe to make this Halloween season with your kids, these Hocus Pocus Spell Book brownies are a great idea! The name comes from the movie Hocus Pocus, which just so happens to be one of our favorite Halloween movies. We love watching the silly antics of the Sanderson sisters every year, but this year we’ll have the perfect treats to enjoy at the same time.

One thing you’ll really love about this recipe is you can prep them in advance. Just bake the brownies and set them aside until the kids are ready to decorate their own Hocus Pocus brownie. Plus, because this recipe uses a little boxed brownie mix magic, all the hard work is already done for you. But don’t worry, they still taste every bit as impressive as they look.

If you’re looking for some other spooky and fun Halloween treats, give these fun Witch Hat Cookies or these creepy Halloween Dirt Pudding Cups a try! The kids will flip over them!

Why We Love This Recipe

  • It only takes three simple ingredients (plus the ingredients to make the brownies) to make the perfect festive Halloween dessert.
  • Brownies are always a hit, and kids love helping create their own custom spooky Hocus Pocus themed treat.
  • Super fun treat to enjoy both while watching scary movies or for serving at your next Halloween party. 
  • 9×13 baking pan
  • Whisk
  • Medium bowl
  • Sharp knife
  • Cooling rack

What’s Needed to Make Hocus Pocus Book Brownies

Ingredients for Hocus Pocus brownies
  • Boxed brownie mix (plus the listed ingredients that it takes to make them)
  • Black decorating icing/gel (or black cookie icing)
  • 12 candy eyeballs, small

Note: Make sure to grab the ingredients listed on the brownie mix. Usually, it’s just water, oil, and eggs.

How to Make Delicious Hocus Pocus Brownies

Pre-heat oven to temperature indicated on brownie batter box.

Step 1. Added the brownie mix and listed ingredients to a mixing bowl.

Brownie mix ingredients in bowl

Step 2. Whisk just until all the dry mix is well incorporated with the wet ingredients. The batter will still have smalls lumps and that’s okay.

Brownie batter in white bowl

Step 3: Lightly coat a 9×13″ metal baking pan with the non-stick cooking spray or lined with parchment paper. Pour brownie batter into the prepared pan.

Pouring brownie batter into baking pan

Step 4. Bake according to box directions or until the center appears firm. You and also stick a toothpick in the center of the brownies to check. If it comes out mostly clean, the brownies are done. Remove the brownies from the oven and allow them to cool completely before cutting.

Baked brownies in pan

Step 5. Once cooled, cut the brownies into 12 equal sized rectangles (4 x 3).

Brownies cut into squares

Step 6. Carefully press one candy eye into each brownie on the right side about halfway down, be certain to leave enough space by edges to draw a circle around each eye.

Step7. Using the black icing gel, draw a circle around the eyes. If you use regular frosting, you’ll want to put it in a piping bag first.

Brownies decorated with candy eyes and icing

Step 8. Draw marks along the left side from top to bottom to resemble the book seams. 

Step 9. Slightly further in on the brownie create lines vertically or in swirls (your choice) to add character to each brownie spell book. Continue decorating the remaining brownies. Finally, add half circles to the corners above and below the eye and you’re done!

Serve and enjoy!

Harry Potter Spellbook Brownies on wooden board

Variations and Add-ins for Spellbook Brownies

  • Frosted brownies: If you want to add frosting, you can use store bought chocolate frosting from the grocery store or make your own with powdered sugar, unsweetened cocoa powder and some melted butter.
  • Chocolate covered brownies: If you really want to go all out, freeze individual brownies for about an hour. Melt semi-sweet or milk chocolate chips in a microwave-safe bowl on medium power for 30 second intervals until smooth but not hot. Then dip the frozen brownie into the melted chocolate and place them on a wire rack on a cookie sheet so the excess chocolate can drip off. Then add the decorations.
  • Nutty Halloween brownies: You can always add chopped pecan or walnuts to the brownie batter for a little bit of crunch.
  • Extra chocolatey: Take your box brownies further by adding white or milk chocolate chips to the batter! You could even add some chocolate toffee bit to the batter.
  • Homemade recipe: Box mix brownies are really delicious, but you if you have your own recipe you’d like to use, it will work just as well.
Harry Potter brownies with candy eyes

How Do I Store Decorated Brownies?

Store brownies at room temperature in a cool place up to 4-5 days by wrapping them tightly in plastic wrap or foil or by placing them in an airtight container. Just make sure the decorating icing is nice and dry before wrapping.

Can I Freeze These Brownies?

Absolutely! Slip the brownies into a freezer safe or in an airtight container and place them in the freezer for up to several months. To thaw, you can just place them on a plate on the kitchen counter until they’re room temperature.

Harry Potter Spellbook Brownie on wood

Want More Fun Halloween Treats?

If you liked this easy fudge brownie recipe, you’ll want to check these out too! They’ll make the perfect addition to any Halloween dessert table!

Hocus Pocus spellbook brownies on cutting board
5 from 48 votes

Hocus Pocus Spellbook Brownies


Course Dessert, Desserts & Sweets
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
These delicious Hocus Pocus Spellbook Brownies are a fun and festive Halloween dessert that'll be perfect for all your fall parties!

Ingredients
 

Instructions

  • Added the brownie mix and listed ingredients to a mixing bowl. (Be sure to default to the ingredient amounts listed on box)
    1 box brownie mix, 2 eggs, 1/2 cup vegetable oil, 3 tbsp water
  • Whisk just until all the dry mix is well incorporated with the wet ingredients. The batter will still have smalls lumps and that’s okay.
  • Lightly coat a 9×13" metal baking pan with the non-stick cooking spray or lined with parchment paper. Pour brownie batter into the prepared pan.
    non-stick cooking spray
  • Bake according to box directions or until the center of the brownies appear firm. Once they have finished baking allow them to cool completely.
  • Once cooled, cut the brownies into 12 equal sized rectangles (4 x 3)
  • Carefully press one candy eye into each brownie on the right side about halfway down, be certain to leave enough space by edges to draw a circle around each eye.
    12 candy eyeballs
  • Using the black icing gel, draw a circle around each of the large candy eyes.
    Black decorating icing
  • Draw marks along the left side from top to bottom to resemble the book seams. 
    Black decorating icing
  • Slightly further in on the brownie create lines vertically or in swirls (your choice) to add character to each brownie spell book. Continue decorating the remaining brownies. Finally, add half circles to the corners above and below the eye and you’re done!
    Black decorating icing

Notes

  • Be sure to check your brownie mix box and adjust your water, eggs and oil if necessary. You should follow the instructions on the box for best results.
  • Add nuts, chocolate chips or even top with frosting to make this dessert even more decadent.

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 201kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0.003g | Cholesterol: 27mg | Sodium: 135mg | Potassium: 10mg | Sugar: 22g | Vitamin A: 40IU | Calcium: 4mg | Iron: 1mg
The nutrition information provided is an estimate and can vary based on cooking methods and ingredients used.

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2 Comments

  1. the picture of your glass pan does not look like an 8×8

    1. You are absolutely right! That was a typo on my part…thanks SO much for pointing it out. I just corrected it.

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