Gravestone Brownies
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Gravestone Brownies



When my husband saw this recipe on my computer screen he asked me what made Gravestone Brownies different from regular brownies. I told him I liked the name because it seemed appropriate for Halloween but he kept saying, "if you are giving them a name, doesn't it have to relate to what's unique about them? Like "Cajun Chicken" means the chicken is made with Cajun spices." I thought it about it for a second and replied, "they're so delicious and to die for". He was still dubious, so I gave him a brownie to try and finally....he agreed!

These brownies are so rich and chocolatey I'm not sure I would advise making them for any kid under the age of 5, because when my 4 1/2 year old saw them cooling on the kitchen counter, I think he nearly fainted from excitement (I still think "Gravestone Brownies" is better than "Fainting Brownies").

If you're having a get together for an older crowd, these are seriously easy and a ton of fun to make!

Gravestone Brownies  (Makes 14 â��Gravesâ��)

  • Prep Time: 5 mins,
  • Cook Time: 30 mins,
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When my husband saw this recipe on my computer screen he asked me what made Gravestone Brownies different from regular brownies. I told him I liked the name because it seemed appropriate for Halloween but he kept saying, "if you are giving them a name,...


  • 3/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 15 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate, chopped (you can also use chocolate chips)


  1. 1. Preheat oven to 325 F.
  2. 2. Mix the first 3 ingredients in a bowl and set aside.
  3. 3. In a standing mixer or bowl, whisk the melted butter, sugar and vanilla.
  4. 4. Add the eggs one at a time until combined, then slowly mix in the dry ingredients and semi sweet chocolate pieces until combined.
  5. 5. Pour the batter into a greased and parchment lined 9×13 baking dish and bake for 30 minutes.
  6. 6. Cut into bars and top with “grave stones” (like the picture above).
  7. *When cutting your brownies, use a long serrated knife and wipe it off in between cuts.
Gravestone Brownies

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  8. Christina

    October 26, 2011 at 12:48 pm

    I am going to make these today for a Halloween play date we have tomorrow, but I am waiting to hear these questions answered please!

    Do you grease the parchment paper or the pan?

    And how do you attach the gravestones to the brownies? I assume they are just made from paper?

    Thank you!

    • Christina

      October 27, 2011 at 8:02 am

      I answered these questions and they turned out beautifully.

      Grease the pan and then put parchment on top.

      For the tombstones, I cut pieces of paper double the length of the “tomb” brownies. For example, cut the brownies to be 3″ long and 2″ wide and then a piece of paper that is 6″ long (and about 2″ wide.) I then colored the tombstone on the top 3″ of the paper, folded it in half and put the brownie on the bottom half of the paper. Then the tombstone stands upright on its own.

  9. Leigh

    October 26, 2011 at 2:02 am

    How are the “gravestones” attached? Looking forward to making these for my kids’ Halloween party at school! Thanks for yet another great recipe :)

  10. Jenny

    October 22, 2011 at 5:32 pm

    I’ve got a question. Do you count 15 Tbsp of already melted butter? Or 15 Tbsp of Butter before its melted?

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  12. Katie

    October 19, 2011 at 2:49 pm

    These smell AMAZING and I have to admit I am having a hard time waiting for them to cool off before I dive in…but I’m pretty sure taking a spoon to the pan is completely acceptable :-)

  13. Terri A

    October 19, 2011 at 12:36 pm

    Tell your husband that “THESE brownies are to die for” Hence the Gravestone Brownie title 😉

  14. Lisa

    October 19, 2011 at 10:25 am

    Is there any way to cut down some of the butter in this recipe without sacrificing too much in terms of taste & texture?

  15. Diane

    October 19, 2011 at 8:37 am

    Would you have a recommendation for replacing the eggs with something else? We have egg allergies in our house and they look good!

    • Nithin

      February 4, 2014 at 4:18 am

      David: I am going to take the high road and not disqualify you from wniinng the brownies. However, you should know that my brownies have led grown men to seduce me.

    • Carolyn

      October 19, 2011 at 11:31 am

      Use Ener-G egg replacer. I use that in my house and it works fine. I’m not sure if it will change the texture of these brownies, but it’s a good substitute for baking.

  16. Kirstin

    October 18, 2011 at 11:19 pm

    I have a pumpkin chocolate and ginger brownie recipe that would work for halloween. Unfortunately it has way more butter and sugar in it than this recipe. But I’m wondering if there is a way of integrating those elements into this recipe?

  17. Brenda

    October 18, 2011 at 10:21 pm

    Well, I guess I can see how it might be too sweet & rich for a young child. But I’m sure mine have had their fair share of ” bad” foods or drinks.

  18. Brenda

    October 18, 2011 at 10:18 pm

    Why only an older crowd? Health wise ?
    if brownies are good enough for me, they are good enough for my children. :-)

  19. Brenda

    October 18, 2011 at 10:13 pm

    I would have thought you would add in exactly how you made the gravestones. Or is it something you buy & add on? Or is it decorated with frosting? I’m lost lol

  20. Brenda

    October 18, 2011 at 10:11 pm

    Do you grease the 13×9 or the parchment paper? I don’t really bake lol

  21. Amber Hohl

    October 18, 2011 at 2:10 pm

    I have always wondered why you use parchment paper. Ease of cleaning or does it help with the recipes? I love your recipes and started using the paper once I saw it on here and love it.

    • Bree

      October 18, 2011 at 2:34 pm

      For me the parchment paper helps with clean-up but also makes serving way easier, things peel of parchment paper much easier than any pan, it also tends to look better because there is less sticking.

      • Samantha

        October 18, 2011 at 3:39 pm

        So, do you still butter the parchment paper as you would a pan??

  22. Rachel

    October 18, 2011 at 2:01 pm

    Maybe I missed a step but when do you add the chocolate chips? I just read through the recipe a few times and don’t see where it says when to incorporate the chips?

    • Brenda

      October 18, 2011 at 10:09 pm

      # 4
      Slowly mix in dry ingredients & chocolate pieces.

    • Mandy

      October 18, 2011 at 3:21 pm

      it’s in step 4.

    • Alexandria C

      October 18, 2011 at 2:06 pm

      Most recipes with chocolate chips say to add it right before baking