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

5 from 1 vote
Servings: 14
Author: Catherine McCord
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes



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


Calories: 260kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 15g | Cholesterol: 35mg | Sodium: 140mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 25g
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About the Author

Catherine is a mama of three. A Kentucky girl living in California. Here’s what I know: all kids can be great eaters and mealtime must be easy. I create simple, healthy recipes the whole family will love.


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  3. 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.

  4. 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!

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

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

  7. 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 🙂

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

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

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

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

  13. 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?

  14. 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.

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

  16. 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

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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?

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