Spider Web Brownies

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We've taken our favorite Fudge Brownie recipe and given it a mint-flavored cream cheese spiderweb for Halloween. Your little ghosts, pirates, Jedi knights and superheroes will be thrilled!

Spider Web Brownies

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Yield: 24
Published: 01/01/2010

Ingredients

Spiderweb mixture

  • 4 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1/2 teaspoon mint flavoring (optional)

Tips from our bakers

  • The order in which the spiderweb ingredients are mixed is important. The cream cheese must be soft, so the sugar and flour can be incorporated smoothly. Be sure there are no lumps in the mixture BEFORE adding the egg and flavoring. If you forget, you can save the day by pressing the mixture through a strainer to get rid of lumps, but it's a lot of work!
  • Note that the main image shows a round spiderweb, while the directions and photos show a 9" x 13" spiderweb. You can make either from the same recipe, and using the same techniques; to make round spiderwebs, divide the batter into two 8" round cake pans.

Directions

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Prepare our Fudge Brownie recipe, and spread the batter in a greased 9" x 13" pan, or two 8" round pans. Preheat the oven to 350°F.

1. Combine the cream cheese, sugar and flour in a small bowl, and mix until smooth. Add the egg yolk and flavoring (if using), mixing until smooth once again. Transfer the mixture to a disposable pastry bag, and cut just the very tip off the end, as shown.

2. Place a small pool of the mixture in the center of the brownie batter. Draw circles around this pool, about 1 inch apart, moving out from the center each time.

3. Once the circles are drawn, take a table knife, wet the tip, and draw it back and forth through the circles.

4. The knife will draw the cream cheese filling into arcs, as you see here. Once you've gone all the way around the circles, take up your pastry bag again.

5. Use the remaining filling to trace the path where the knife travelled, to create the spokes of the web.

6. Bake the brownies for 30 minutes, until the brownies just barely pull away from the edge of the pan. The center will rise while baking, but will sink back level once the brownies are cool. Remove them from the oven and cool before cutting.

Nutrition information

Serving Size: 1 brownie, 70g Servings Per Batch: 24 Amount Per Serving: Calories: 280 Calories from Fat: 139 Total Fat: 17g Saturated Fat: 9g Trans Fat: 0 Cholesterol: 70mg Sodium: 144mg Total Carbohydrate: 36g Dietary Fiber: 1 Sugars: 28g Protein: 4g

* The nutrition information provided for this recipe is determined by the ESHA Genesis R&D software program. Substituting any ingredients may change the posted nutrition information.

Reviews

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  • star rating 10/15/2012
  • yoselinlopezc from KAF Community
  • Delicius! I change the mint for orange escence great flavor!!! I♥ orange/chocolate combination
  • star rating 10/31/2011
  • pammyowl from KAF Community
  • Good, and easy. If I make this again, though, I would use rum flavor, or coconut, or hazelnut instead of the mint. Didn't care for that!
  • star rating 11/08/2010
  • Mandy from MD
  • I made these for Halloween using the "Tasting is Believing Whole-Grain Brownies" recipe as the brownie base. The spiderweb design was fun and they tasted great!
  • star rating 10/17/2010
  • srossdo from KAF Community
  • I hate cream cheese. Is there a way to do this with marshmallow or something else? I so want to make them - my birthday is Halloween and these will be so fun!
    You could certainly try a Marshmallow filling. I think a Peanut Butter filling would be good as well. kelsey@KAF
  • star rating 10/14/2010
  • jaclynwolfe from KAF Community
  • I have never had any problem with boxed brownies and the several brownies I have made from scratch have been pretty mediocre, but this recipe is pure heaven! I love it and have switched from boxed brownies!
  • star rating 10/13/2010
  • pfcoalla from KAF Community
  • this is a great recipe!!! it looks sensational and tastes as it looks. you won´t go wrong with this one.
  • star rating 10/09/2010
  • erinhibshman from KAF Community
  • This was a super-easy, quick way to jazz up the King Arthur Guaranteed Brownies! My 4 year old and I mixed up the brownies and the cream cheese, and in no time, it looked like a real spiderweb! Delicious as well! Thanks for the wicked good idea! ;)
  • star rating 10/04/2010
  • AnneInWA from KAF Community
  • I loved this recipe! My kids went crazy over it as did my husband. The brownie is moist, fudgy, and cakey all at the same time! This is sure to please all! I would love to make it in a round pan as shown, but am not sure of the size. Would a 9 in springform pan work?
    Yes, a 9" springform would work very well for this. Have fun! MJR @ KAF
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