DIY: Hocus Pocus Brownies

Who’s ready for some Halloween baking? (I know this post is a little last minute if you have a party this weekend, but hey, better late than never!)

I was recently inspired by Second Star Bazaar’s adorable (and creepy) booooOOOoook brownies. Yes, that’s right, Hocus Pocus brownies! And they’re brownies even Winifred Sanderson would approve of.

Now, I’m not an icing expert by any means, but I decided to get in the Halloween spirit and give these brownies a good ol’ college try. And while my brownies don’t quite stack up to those of Second Star Bazaar, they were still fun to make and are truly delicious (just wait until you try my mom’s icing recipe!).

And if you love themed parties as much as I do, you MUST check out Second Star Bazaar’s Instagram! It’s full of amazing party inspiration.


Shopping List: Hocus Pocus Brownies

Brownies and Decorations:
Candy Eyeballs
Black Writing Gel/Icing (*Tip* if tube is small, get two)

Icing (my mom’s delicious recipe!):
1 Stick of Butter
4 Tablespoons of Cocoa
6 Tablespoons of Milk
4 Cups of Powdered Sugar
1 Teaspoon of Vanilla


Prepare your brownie batter and pour into a 13×9 pan to bake. This size pan will allow your brownies to be thinner.

When your brownies have about five minutes left in the oven, start preparing the icing. *Tip* It’s best to spread the icing while it and the brownies are warm.

To make the icing, combine the butter, cocoa, and milk in a saucepan. Bring the ingredients to a boil on medium heat, stirring often. Once melted and blended, remove the pan from the heat and add the powdered sugar and vanilla. Mix well. Once blended and smooth, spread/pour icing on the finished brownies while the icing is still hot. (Note- I had extra icing in my batch, so add as much or as little as you’d prefer.)

Let icing and brownies cool. If you have time, I recommend that you let the iced brownies sit untouched overnight. This will help you to cleanly cut them into squares.

The size of your book brownies is up to you. Cut them to your liking, just be careful not to disturb the icing edges too much. But remember, they don’t have to be perfect! I mean, the real booooOOOoook certainly wasn’t.

After your brownies are cut, it’s time for the decorating. Add a small drop of icing to the back of a candy eyeball and place it on the right side of the brownie. Next, draw a circle around the eye with black icing. *Tip* I found that I could do thinner icing lines if I iced faster. The slower I went (in hopes to increase my accuracy), the thicker my icing turned out.

Next, add rounded corners to the right-side corners. Add a line of icing along the left edge for book’s binding and a slightly wavy line (think of book’s uneven stitches) next to that. The finishing touch is really adding small icing lines to represent the stitches of the book. And again, the best part is that they don’t have to be perfect.


And voila! You’re ready to run amok, amok, amok!


What’s the inspiration for your Halloween baking? Share your ideas in the comments below!



  1. Danielle @ From Girlie to Nerdy
    October 28, 2017 / 1:44 pm

    Well these are just the best brownies I’ve ever seen!

    • October 28, 2017 / 2:12 pm

      They’re pretty tasty too! Amok, amok, amok!

  2. Erika |
    October 30, 2017 / 2:25 pm

    Oh my gosh these looks exactly like ‘book’!!! So creative, and yummy!!

    • October 30, 2017 / 4:01 pm

      One of my favorite Halloween movies! They had to be made!

  3. Kiara
    October 30, 2017 / 8:58 pm

    These are AWESOME and are perfect for the season! Can’t believe tomorrow is already Halloween! We start moving into our house tomorrow, otherwise I would honestly make these just for tomorrow!

    • October 30, 2017 / 9:07 pm

      That’s so exciting! You’ll always remember your move-in anniversary! Good luck!

  4. October 30, 2017 / 9:03 pm

    These look so good! Yum. Such a good idea too!

    • October 31, 2017 / 8:38 am

      Thank you! I need to improve my icing skills a bit, but it’s getting there! πŸ™‚

  5. October 31, 2017 / 12:41 am

    The way you decorate this is excellent, just love your ideas and recipes!

    • October 31, 2017 / 8:38 am

      Thanks, Lisa! I’m glad you enjoyed my post!

  6. October 31, 2017 / 8:57 am

    Awww, these are cute (and sound yummy)! Good idea!

    • October 31, 2017 / 9:16 pm

      Thanks, Kristin! They were a fun treat to make.

    • October 31, 2017 / 9:15 pm

      Thanks, Elizabeth! They were a lot of fun to make!

  7. October 31, 2017 / 4:16 pm

    So cute, and so easy! My halloween tradition every year is to make caramel apples. Maybe this year I’ll have to add in some edible googly eyes! Too cute πŸ™‚

    • October 31, 2017 / 9:14 pm

      That sounds like a cute idea! And now you’re making me crave candy apples!

    • October 31, 2017 / 9:13 pm

      Thanks! And yes, they were tasty! I probably ate one too many… πŸ™‚

    • November 1, 2017 / 6:03 pm

      Thanks! They were a nice twist on brownies for me. πŸ™‚

  8. October 31, 2017 / 10:53 pm

    How delightfully creepy! I need to make these for my friend’s Halloween party next year, she loves Hocus Pocus!

    • November 1, 2017 / 6:03 pm

      Yes! She’d love them if she’s a Hocus Pocus fan!

  9. November 1, 2017 / 10:56 am

    I love these brownies. Next year I want to make these!

    • November 1, 2017 / 6:04 pm

      They’re perfect for Halloween! It’s never too early to plan. πŸ™‚

  10. November 1, 2017 / 7:54 pm

    How cute are these?! I will definitely be trying this out!!!

    • November 1, 2017 / 8:09 pm

      Thanks! Definitely try them out next Halloween!

  11. November 2, 2017 / 11:31 am

    Wow! Best brownies ever!

  12. November 3, 2017 / 9:08 am

    Hocus Pocus is my favorite movie so I need to try and do this next year.

    • November 3, 2017 / 10:56 am

      Definitely! Save it and try it next year. πŸ™‚

  13. November 10, 2017 / 6:47 pm

    Box-baking horrifies me! But I can suspend that for your cheeky and clever decorating 😜 !!!!!!

    • November 11, 2017 / 4:29 pm

      Noted! I’ll have to remember that next time! haha

      • December 7, 2017 / 2:27 pm

        Don’t worry about it! I’m just a total sassy pants sometimes. Heheh.

  14. July 18, 2018 / 10:10 am

    Damn! Now I want brownies! Those look really good! Yummy post! P.S Love your photos! πŸ™‚

    • monicamiller58
      July 18, 2018 / 3:24 pm

      Thanks Candis! If you’re a chocolate fan, I recommend them!

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