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Halloween Brownies are a fun and delicious treat that kids will love helping to bake and eat! Soft fudgey brownies are marbled with matcha tea cheesecake swirls. These easy to bake brownies are perfect to bake with kids, and a great food coloring free Halloween treat!

child hand taking halloween brownie off of serving board

Halloween brownies are a super fun treat that are easy to make but are impressive to look at! Dense and flavorful chocolate brownie is layered and swirled with vibrantly green matcha tea cheesecake swirls – and loaded with plenty of creepy-fun eyeball candies! 

These halloween brownies are perfect to serve with Mini Halloween Pizzas!

three halloween brownies stacked

These easy brownies are a great treat to bake with kids. Not only is this a simple two bowl ingredient, but its a fun way to introduce matcha tea and the concept that food can be used in different ways – like to color other foods!

Halloween brownies on wooden cutting board with bats and pumpkins in the background

About Matcha Powder

You want to make sure that you buy a really quality matcha tea to use here. Using a lower quality tea will result in a more brown-ish cheesecake swirl than a green. If that happens, you can add some green food coloring.

Look for a matcha that comes from Japan, is vibrant green, and has no filler ingredients. It should be stored in an air-tight re-sealable container like a tin (it will oxidize quickly in a bag or a box).

Also, it is worth saying that matcha tea is one of those things that you get what you pay for. Quality matcha is important, and it should about $1 per gram. 

I know that this seems like a steep price to pay when you only need a small amount of tea, but its totally worth it. Not only is drinking quality matcha tea really great, but you can also use it in:

three brownies with green matcha swirl and eyeball candies stacked on white plate

How to Make Matcha Cheesecake Swirl Brownies

These brownies are really easy to make – you only need two bowls, a hand mixer, and some measuring utensils. For the full set of instructions, make sure you scroll down to the recipe card below.

Mix the matcha cheesecake batter:

  1. Cream together the room temperature cream cheese and sugar. 
  2. Add in the matcha powder, the egg, and the vanilla.
  3. Set aside.
collage showing how to whisk together matcha cheesecake batter

Mix the brownie batter:

  • Melt the butter and pour into a medium sized mixing bowl. Stir in the cocoa.
  • Whisk in the sugar.
  • Whisk in the eggs.
  • Mix in the salt, baking powder, and vanilla.
  • Lastly, whisk in the flour and fold in the white chocolate chips.
collage showing how to whisk brownie batter together

How to Create the Cheesecake Swirls:

The signature part of these halloween brownies are the super fun swirls of cheesecake and brownie (and the eyeballs, too!) It is quite easy to create the swirls.

  1. Pour about 3/4 of the brownie batter into the bottom of a greased 8×8 pan.
  2. Use a spoon to dollop the green tea cheesecake batter over the brownie batter. You don’t want to create an even layer, you want some of the bottom brownie to be visible.
  3. Dollop the remaining brownie batter on top of the cheesecake batter.
  4. Use a spoon or the edge of a knife to create a zig-zag pattern in the batter. Place spoon or knife all the way down in the pan and use wide strokes (from one edge of the pan to the next) to create your pattern. I like to go from the top left corner and zig-zag my way down to the bottom right, but you can do it however.
collage of images showing how to swirl brownie batter and matcha batter together

How to add the candy eyeballs:

You can add the candy eyes one of two ways.

  • You can either drop them onto the top of the brownies before you bake them. The candies will not melt in the oven while the halloween brownies bake, but the white parts of the eyes will become a little more translucent.
  • You can also stick them on after the brownies are done baking. You will need to press them into the freshly baked brownies a little bit, and then let them sit while the brownies cool. They won’t be totally adhered to the brownies, but they should mostly stay on. 
halloween brownies ready to be baked

Bake:

  1. Bake for 20-30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out mostly clean.
  2. Don’t overbake!

Kids In The Kitchen: How Your Kids Can Help You Cook

Getting your kids in the kitchen is an amazing way to help them be more interested in trying new foods and confident in their own abilities. This Halloween Brownie  recipe is great because it helps expose them to how food can be sources of coloring, not just food coloring dyes. This recipe is perfect for beginner cooks because it is so easy! And it is a great recipe for kids to experiment and become more comfortable with new flavors – which means they are more likely to eat it!

  • Kids aged 1-3 can help you measure all the ingredients, help you hold the bowl/mixer, and help you sprinkle on the eyeball candies.
  • Kids aged 4-6 can do everything above, plus help you crack the eggs, add dollops of the matcha cheesecake batter, and help you create the swirls.
  • Kids aged 7-10+ can help you do everything above, plus help you mix the batter together.

*Please note that these recommendations are generalized, and to please use your personal discretion with your child’s skill level. And always, always supervise! Read more about how to have your children help you in the kitchen.

halloween brownies on cutting board and on white plate

Love Brownies? Try these other great Brownie Recipes:

halloween brownies on wooden cutting board

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child hands taking halloween brownies off of plate
Yield: 16 Servings

Halloween Brownies

child hand taking halloween brownie off of serving board

Halloween Brownies are a fun and delicious treat that kids will love helping to bake and eat! Soft fudgey brownies are marbled with matcha tea cheesecake swirls. These easy to bake brownies are perfect to bake with kids, and a great food coloring free Halloween treat!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Additional Time 10 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes

Ingredients

Matcha Cheesecake Swirls

  • 8 oz cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon matcha powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Brownie Batter

  • 6 Tablespoons melted butter
  • 1 Tablespoon cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup white chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Grease an 8x8 baking pan and line with parchment paper.
  3. Mix the matcha cheesecake batter in a medium bowl. Using a handmixer, cream together the creasm cheese, sugar, matcha powder, egg, and vanilla until combined.
  4. Mix the brownie batter.
  5. In a second medium mixing bowl, mix together the melted butter and the cocoa powder.
  6. Whisk in the sugar and the eggs.
  7. Whisk in the vanilla extract, baking powder, and salt.
  8. Stir in the flour and the white chocoalte chips.
  9. Pour 3/4 of the brownie batter into the prepared pan and smooth out evenly.
  10. Using a spoon, dollop the matcha cheesecake batter onto the brownie batter. You don't need to completely cover the base layer of brownie, let some show through.
  11. Using the same spoon, dot the remaining brownie batter on the top of the matcha cheesecake batter.
  12. Using the spoon, create the swirls by placing the spoon in the top left corner of the pan and dragging it in a zig-zag pattern from one edge to another, all the way down to the bottom right corner.
  13. Sprinkle the eyeball candies on the top, making sure they are right side up.
  14. Bake for 20-30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out mostly clean. Don't overbake!
  15. Allow to cool in the pan for 10 minutes, or until cool to room temperature.

Notes

Store these halloween brownies covered at room temperature for up to 4 days.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

16

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 173Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 61mgSodium: 169mgCarbohydrates: 16gFiber: 0gSugar: 12gProtein: 3g

Nutrition information is an estimate and is provided for informational purposes only. For the most accurate information, please calculate using your specific brands and exact measurements.

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Lauren

Thursday 4th of June 2020

Made these and I put in an extra 1/2 T of matcha because I couldn't taste it and I thought sinc these are "halloween" the matcha might be more for the color than the flavor and then also some extra cocoa powder in the brownies. The cheesecake part was good, but the brownies were a disappointment. I knew making them that the better looked too thick and I was right, the result was a spongy flavorless brownie, it needs more sugar, cocoa and oil. If I make these again I'll make sure to do the brownie part different and wing it, I followed the recipie but I should have followed my intuition and common sense.

Chelsey

Monday 28th of October 2019

These brownies look so fun and festive for Halloween! I love the little candy eyes, my son would think they are so “spooky” as he calls it haha. Definitely a perfect treat for a Halloween party!

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