Day of the Dead Brownies

Crystal Skull on Exhibit at the British Muesum picture by Rafał Chałgasiewicz at Wikipedia

Crystal Skull at the British Museum

I made these Aztec Day of the Dead Brownies for Caleb’s birthday present, but you could also make them any time of year, and just change the marzipan top. I used the Crystal Skull at the British Museum as my reference when making the marzipan forms. Spane helped and he did a great job.

I suppose I am brownie challenged, or lazy. One of these days, I promise to make brownies from scratch, but for now, the Betty Crocker Frosted brownies in the box had Box Tops (you need those when you have a child in a public school), they’re good, and easy to make.

But, I wanted the brownies I was making for Caleb to be special. Considering that Halloween precedes the Day of the Dead celebration, I thought it would good to put some of the spices the ancient Aztecs used in their chocolate.

Rituals celebrating the deaths of ancestors have been observed by Mexican indigenous civilizations perhaps for as long as 2,500–3,000 years. The festival fell in the ninth month of the Aztec calendar, about the beginning of August, and was celebrated for an entire month. The festivities were dedicated to the god known as the “Lady of the Dead”, corresponding to the modern Catrina.

In most regions of Mexico, November 1 honors children and infants, whereas deceased adults are honored on November 2. This is indicated by generally referring to November 1 mainly as Día de los Inocentes (“Day of the Innocents”) but also as Día de los Angelitos (“Day of the Little Angels”) and November 2 as Día de los Muertos or Día de los Difuntos (“Day of the Dead”).



Day of the Dead Brownies
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: Mexican
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Serves: 1 dozen
Recipe: Aztec Brownies
  • 1 package Betty Crocker Brownies with Frosting
  • 2 eggs (makes a more cake-like brownie)
  • 1/4 teaspoon Chipotle Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Saigon Cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup oil
  • Water
  • 9 x 11 pan
  • Marzipan
  • Black Sesame Seeds
  • 2 small packs Black Writing Gel
  1. Prepare the brownies according to package directions, adding the cinnamon and Chipotle powder.
  2. Put the frosting into a bowl and add the empty the first pack of black writing gel into it. Mix thoroughly.
  3. When the brownies have cooled, frost them and cut them into 12 bars.
  4. If you are working with the marzipan that comes in a tube, then use a slice about a 1/8 inch wide. Mold the piece of marzipan in your hand to that it has the desired shape.
  5. Use the plastic top of the writing gel to make the eye impressions. It's nice and round and does a good job. Put a drop of the gel in each eye socket.
  6. Use the sides of the plastic top to make the mouth, and carefully put black sesame seeds in for teeth.
  7. Put the brownies on a nice serving dish, and enjoy!
Quick notes
If you want the brownies to be really, really spicy, increase the amount of Chipotle Powder.
You can shape the marzipan into any shape you want, and if you do not want black frosting, you can omit the black writing gel.


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3 Responses to Day of the Dead Brownies

  1. Delphine Basulto says:

    Your website is fantastic. I am interested to learn more. Hope it works out for me

    • Adrienne Boswell says:

      Thanks for the kind words. Come back soon as we’ll be talking about the Christmas dinner menu, and plans for the New Year.

  2. Adrienne Boswell says:

    Looks like I might be resurrecting these in some form for Spane’s birthday party. He and his Dad, Douglas, decided that the theme for this year is a Pirate party. Yo ho ho!

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