- Parchment paper, to line pan
- Soft butter, to line paper
- 4 large Blue Sky Family Farms eggs
- 1 cup white sugar
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 8 ounces melted butter (2 sticks / 1 cup)
- 1 ½ cups cocoa powder
- 2 tsp vanilla
- ½ cup flour
- ½ tsp salt
- ½ cup chopped walnuts (optional)
- ½ cup chocolate chips/chocolate pieces (optional)
- ¼ cup (½ stick) unsalted + softened butter
- 4 oz cream cheese in brick form, softened
- ½ tsp vanilla extract
- Pinch of salt
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F. Line 8 inch square pan with parchment paper and butter the parchment. This ensures a guaranteed non-stick surface for the brownies to cook in then easily be removed from. Set aside.
- Beat eggs with a whisk either by hand or with a mixer at medium speed until fluffy and light yellow.
- Add white and brown sugar and mix. Add remaining ingredients, and mix everything to combine.
- Optionally add chocolate chips + chopped walnuts and fold in.
- Pour batter into lined + buttered 8-inch square pan. Bake for about 45 minutes, making your frosting while they cook.
- Check for doneness with the tried-and-true toothpick method: a toothpick inserted into the center of the pan should come out clean. If a toothpick inserted comes out wet, it’s not done yet!
- When it's done, remove and place on a rack to cool. Let cool completely, or almost completely, depending on which frosting method you’re going with.
- While the brownies are in the oven, combine butter and softened cream cheese in a large bowl and beat (by hand or with mixer) until creamy and lump-free.
- Add vanilla extract and salt. Stir well to combine.
- Gradually add powdered sugar as you stir to combine.
- Transfer frosting to a zip lock bag. Cut a small hole in one corner of the bag. You can also use a piping bag and tip if you have them!
- Refrigerate frosting until brownies are done for easier piping.
- Once brownies are completely cooled, or mostly cooled, cut into rectangles.
- Using the bag of cream cheese frosting, squeeze out frosting in the shape of webs, or make concentric circles and drag a toothpick from the inside out with brownies mostly cooled, pulling out the icing to look like a web. The warmth of the brownies will help the icing take a spider web shape as you drag the toothpick.
- Last, yet certainly not the least, bite into your homemade spooky brownies, and try not to eat the whole batch in one sitting!