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Spooky Gravestone Brownies

With a ‘secret’ ingredient of blood red beetroot these spooktacular chocolate creations make a terribly tasty Halloween treat – and are practically one of your five a day!

Posted 20 October 2020
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Prep: 1 hour (including cooking) Cook: 30 minutes


For the brownies

  • 140g butter
  • 3 eggs
  • 300g caster sugar
  • 70g plain flour
  • 5g baking powder
  • 65g cocoa powder
  • 5ml vanilla essence
  • 100g raw beetroot
  • 50g icing sugar
  • 50ml silver food spray



  1. Line the bottom of an applicable baking tin with parchment paper
  2. Beat the sugar and butter until light and fluffy
  3. Whisk your eggs and then slowly add them along with vanilla essence making sure the mixture doesn't split
  4. Sieve the flour, cocoa powder and baking powder and fold into the mixture
  5. Peel and grate the beetroot and add to the mixture folding gently
  6. Spread the mixture into your lined tin
  7. Bake at 180c for approx. 25-35 minutes
  8. Cool and chill to fridge temperature, then portion into 9 equal rectangles to resemble gravestones
  9. Spray with the silver food spray and allow to dry
  10. Make up the icing sugar with just enough water to enable piping then to write R.I.P on each spooky gravestone or create your own design - go batty with cats, pumpkins or skeletons!
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