Brownie Bats

If you need a spooky treat for your Halloween party, try these bats.  With an easy tweak and a few extra minutes, you can transform boring brownies into tasty bats.  Bake the brownies in muffin pans, cut them into wings, and add a few decorations.

You will need:

1.  A brownie mix

2.  Muffin tins

3.  A knife

4.  Mini square chocolate bars

5.  Sunflower seed or sliced almonds

6.  A small amount of frosting

7.  Decorating tube with a round tip (optional)

Three bats, made from brownies, sit on a blue tray.
Mixing up a brownie mix

1.  Mix up the brownie  batter.

Prepare the brownie batter according to the directions on the package.

Putting brownie batter into muffin tins

2.  Bake the brownies.

Grease a muffin tin.  Scoop 1/4 cup of batter into each cup.  A box of brownie mix should fill all twelve cups.  If you have any extra batter, add a little extra to each cup.

Bake the brownies at the recommended temperature, but you will need to shorten the baking time.  Check them after fifteen minutes.  They are done when a knife inserted into the middle of one comes out clean.

Cutting the circles into bat wings

3.  Cut the brownies.

Remove the brownies from the muffin tins.  Cut each circle in half and then cut two small triangles out of the flat edge.

Assembling a brownie bat

4.  Assemble the bats.

Put the wings together.  Use frosting to attach the candy bat to the wings.  These bats come apart easily if you move them a lot, so try not to handle them too much.  It is a good idea to arrange them on the serving tray after this step.  Then, if they do come apart, it is easy to put them back together without ruining their little faces.

A decorated brownie bat

5.  Decorate the brownie bats.

Tuck the sunflower seeds or almonds under the head for ears.  Add eyes and a mouth with frosting.  Use little crumbs of brownies to make the center of each eye.

Bats are mammals, not birds, and resemble little flying mice.  This may be why many people don't like them.  However, most bats are rather timid and actually help humans by eating insects.  There is one bat which actually eats blood, but it prefers livestock to humans.


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