Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Spiderweb Brownies


This idea was inspired from the King Arthur Flour catalog.  Isn't it adorable?!  King Arthur's recipe said to make the brownies and cream filled cookies from scratch.  While I would love to do that, I wanted a quick and easy Halloween dessert.  I immediately thought of Oreo Cakester for the spiders! They were perfect!!  I loved how the spiders turned out.  I think they totally made the brownie treat.  These were really fun to make.  I gave them to a co-worker to take home to her boys.  They loved them!


Spider Web Brownies
adapted from King Arthur
(Printable Recipe)

1 box brownie mix (Family Size for 9x13 pan)

Spiderweb mixture4 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
2 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
1 large egg yolk
1/2 teaspoon almond extract

Spider
2 Oreo Cakesters
black licorice
mini chocolate chips
white icing

Prepare brownies according to Fudge Brownie recipe, and spread the batter in 2 8" cake pans. Preheat the oven to 350°F.

Combine the cream cheese, sugar and flour in a small bowl, and mix until smooth. Add the egg yolk and almond extract, mixing until smooth once again. Transfer the mixture to a disposable pastry bag, and cut just the very tip off the end.

Place a small pool of the mixture in the center of the brownie batter. Draw circles around this pool, about 1 inch apart, moving out from the center each time. Once the circles are drawn, take a table knife, wet the tip, and draw it back and forth through the circles.

The knife will draw the cream cheese filling into arcs. Once you've gone all the way around the circles, take up your pastry bag again. Use the remaining filling to trace the path where the knife travelled, to create the spokes of the web.

Bake the brownies for 20-25 minutes, until the brownies just barely pull away from the edge of the pan. The center will rise while baking, but will sink back level once the brownies are cool. Remove them from the oven and cool before cutting.

To assemble the spider.  Cut 8 pieces of licorice for each spider.  Stick the licorice around the cakester to make legs (4 on each side).   Pipe 2 circles for eyes and place a mini chocolate chip in the middle of each.




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14 comments:

  1. I think you have inspired me to make these for our halloween horse show!

    Each member brings something for the concession stand. I think these will be terrrific.

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  2. I swear I've gained 10 pounds just looking at all these yummy Halloween treats. So creative!

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  3. Cutest idea ever, and may I say that you have the luckiest co-workers EVER? ;)

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  4. Love, love, love it! Your web looks great and your spider is so cute!

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  5. These are adorable. I must make them very soon. Also, wanted to let you know I checked out King Arthur Flour's website and saw the recipe and their picture. I think yours looks even better than theirs. The oreo cakester was a great idea.

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  6. Cute as "all get out"!...This will be so cute for next weeks' Brownie/GS party.

    Shawn
    www.shawnsplate.com

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  7. That is so cute! My son will love this!!

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  8. I saw this in their catalog, cool, you made them. Thanks for the comment on my foliage post ;)

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  9. Silly question - how did you get the brownies to come out of the pans so nicely? Mine always seem too sticky.

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  10. They were great! I'm the lucky coworker:)!

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