Double Chocolate Hocus Pocus Spellbook Brownies

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Extra chocolate-y and fudge-y crinkle-top Spellbook Brownies inspired by Winifred Sanderson’s book from Hocus Pocus! If you’re looking for a brownie to put a spell on you, it would definitely be these! Made with two kinds of chocolate (dark chocolate chips and black cocoa powder!), these brownies are dark in color and perfectly witchy for a cozy September evening or Halloween night. Every bite is extra dark, rich, and perfectly sweet. It simply doesn’t get any better than this. SO. GOOD.

overhead shot of spellbook brownies on white serving tray, with candle, flowers, book pages, and candy eyes on marble surface.

About The Recipe

Happy Thursday, everyone!

It may seem a little early to be sharing Halloween, but if you didn’t know, Hocus Pocus 2 comes out tomorrow! We are huge fans of the original film. It’s one of those movies we watch on repeat once October starts.

So, when we saw the other day that it was going to be released tomorrow…we knew we had to do something special to celebrate!

Figuring out what we wanted to do was a little bit tricky. We had a vague idea of wanting to do something from the film, but that’s all we knew! We talked about cookies, cupcakes, layer cakes…it wasn’t until we remembered how much you all LOVED our Better-Than-Boxed Brownies that we had an idea!

Winifred’s book, if you will remember is…gulp…bound in human skin. Pretty gross, right?

Well, we thought how perfect would our crinkle top brownie recipe be to be…well, reminiscent of that! So, we baked a batch of our brownies, but made with black cocoa powder to give them a little bite more of a spooky vibe.

overhead close up of spellbook brownies with candy eyes, book page, mini chocolate chips around, and spoon of melted chocolate beside.

Then, after baking, we already had some candy eyes from last Halloween, but the piping was a bit tricky. Regular chocolate was a bit too light to see the color difference in the top of the brownie and the “seams”.

But, we figured out by adding some black cocoa powder to the melted chocolate, we were able to a achieve a darker color that really made these brownies shine!

A few lines piped and a few candy eyes stuck on top, we finally had our spellbook brownies!

They’re so simple, so much fun to make, and so easy. They’re the perfect treat to bake for tomorrow or Halloween night!

What Are Hocus Pocus Spellbook Brownies?

These brownies are a simple crinkle top brownie made with dark chocolate and black cocoa powder. Then, they’re decorated to resemble the spellbook from the Disney film Hocus Pocus!

Reasons You Will Love These Hocus Pocus Spellbook Brownies

  • Made with TWO kinds of chocolate.
  • Super simple to make.
  • Extra fudge-y and chocolate-y.
  • Crinkle tops!!!
  • Perfectly witchy for all of your spooky needs.
  • Seriously crowd pleasing.
angled close up of spellbook brownie leaning against more brownies on white tray with candy eyes.

Equipment Needed

Ingredients

(Full ingredient amounts and instructions can be found in the recipe card at the bottom of the post)

For The Brownies:

sugar, flour, eggs, vanilla, butter, chocolate chips, and cocoa powder on marble surface.

For The Decoration:

chocolate chips, candy eyes, coconut oil, and cocoa powder on marble surface.

How To Make Hocus Pocus Spellbook Brownies

Step 1: Melt the chocolate

In a small saucepan, combine chocolate, cocoa powder, and butter. Place over low heat, stirring continuously, until melted and smooth. Set aside.

Step 2: Make brownies

In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine eggs, sugar, salt, and vanilla. Beat on high speed for 10 minutes.

Mix in chocolate mixture.

Stir in flour.

Step 3: Bake

Pour into prepared pan and bake for 30-35 minutes, or until done. Take out of the oven and let cool.

Once cooled, turn the brownies out onto a wire cooling rack and cut.

Step 4: Make decorations

Combine chocolate chips and coconut oil in glass bowl. Microwave in 15 second increments until melted, stirring well in-between each.

Whisk in cocoa powder.

Step 5: Decorate

Place into piping bag and pipe lines on top of each brownie. Place a candy eye in the middle right of each brownie. Pipe two lines of chocolate over the edges of each candy eye to create an “eyelid”.

What Type of Chocolate Should I Use?

For this recipe, we highly recommend using a high quality dark or a bittersweet chocolate! Anywhere from 60% – 70% works wonderfully with this recipe.

How To Tell When Brownies Are Perfectly Baked

We found that, with these brownies in particular, using a cake tester or tooth pick is the best way to tell when they’re perfectly baked. After inserting the cake tester, it should still be a little damp with maybe one or two crumbs on it.

This means that the brownies are still fudge-y and moist, while being just barely baked!

spell book brownies on white tray with book pages and candy eyes around, spoon of melted chocolate beside, and candle.

How To Store

After these brownies have cooled and they’ve been decorated, you can store them a few different ways! In an airtight container or a zip top bag and left at room temperature for 1-2 days, in an airtight container or zip top bag in the fridge for 5-7 days, or store in the freezer in a freezer safe bag for up to 2 months!

Looking for more recipes like this? Here are a few you may like: Edible Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, Harry Potter’s Birthday Cake, Chocolate Chip Cookies, Dark Chocolate and Dried Fruit Bark

cropped close up of five spellbook brownies on white try with spoon of melted chocolate and candy eyes.

Expert Tips

  • Make sure to beat the eggs, sugar, and vanilla for a full 10 minutes!
  • The chocolate should not be hot when adding to the egg mixture.
  • Use a cake tester to see when the brownies are done baking.
  • You can cut the brownies into any shape you’d like! We chose rectangles to be more “book” like, but you can cut them into squares if you need more brownies.
  • When whisking the cocoa powder into the melted chocolate for the decoration, make sure to whisk until it’s completely smooth!
  • Since there is coconut oil in the chocolate, it takes a while for the chocolate to set.
  • Make sure to place a dot of chocolate under the candy eye to help it stay!

When you make these Double Chocolate Hocus Pocus Spellbook Brownies, leave a comment down below! We love hearing from you and answering any questions you might have! Also, be sure to tag us on social media and hashtag it #BakersTable.

overhead shot of spellbook brownies on white serving tray, with candle, flowers, book pages, and candy eyes on marble surface.

Double Chocolate Hocus Pocus Spellbook Brownies

Traci
Extra chocolate-y, fudge-y, and perfectly witchy! These Double Chocolate Hocus Pocus Spellbook Brownies are perfect for all of your Halloween celebrations. Super simple to make, but oh so delicious!
4.50 from 2 votes
Prep Time 25 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Course Desserts
Cuisine American
Servings 16
Calories 508 kcal

Ingredients
 

Brownies

Decoration

Instructions

Brownies

  • Heat oven to 350 °F.
  • Spray a 9"x13" pan with baking spray. Set aside.
  • Combine butter, chocolate, and cocoa in a small saucepan.
  • Heat and stir over low heat until melted and smooth. Set aside.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine eggs, sugar, and vanilla.
  • Mix on low speed 1 minute.
  • Increase speed to high.
  • Beat for 10 minutes.
  • Add chocolate mixture.
  • Mix well.
  • Add flour.
  • Mix only to blend.
  • Pour into prepared pan.
  • Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until desired degree of doneness.

Decoration

  • Combine chocolate and coconut oil in a small bowl.
  • Microwave in 15 second increments, stirring after each, until melted and smooth.
  • Stir in cocoa powder.

Putting It Together

  • Cut brownies into 16 rectangles.
  • Put chocolate mixture in piping bag.
  • Pipe decoration onto brownies.
  • Add candy eye.
  • Allow to dry.

Notes

  • Make sure to beat the eggs, sugar, and vanilla for a full 10 minutes!
  • The chocolate should not be hot when adding to the egg mixture.
  • Use a cake tester to see when the brownies are done baking.
  • You can cut the brownies into any shape you’d like! We chose rectangles to be more “book” like, but you can cut them into squares if you need more brownies.
  • When whisking the cocoa powder into the melted chocolate for the decoration, make sure to whisk until it’s completely smooth!
  • Since there is coconut oil in the chocolate, it takes a while for the chocolate to set.
  • Make sure to place a dot of chocolate under the candy eye to help it stay!

Nutrition

Serving: 1brownieCalories: 508kcalCarbohydrates: 58gProtein: 7gFat: 29gSaturated Fat: 17gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 121mgSodium: 150mgPotassium: 283mgFiber: 4gSugar: 42gVitamin A: 576IUCalcium: 43mgIron: 3mg

Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.

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