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Decorating Brownies with Stencils (Video)

Updated on October 12, 2012

Brownies Need Some Decorating Love Too

We spend all of our time concentrating on different ways to decorate our cakes, cupcakes, and cookies - why don't brownies get the same kind of decorating love?

Brownies are an easy dessert for busy moms (or dads) to make up for the kids or for a special party. After you finish baking a batch, try this easy decorating tip to jazz up that plain pan of chocolaty goodness - add decorative designs by using stencils and powdered sugar. It's so easy to do and a great activity to share with your children!

Now I know what you are thinking - she is breaking #4 of her New Year resolutions to eat more healthy foods. Yes, that may be true, but I am following through on #8 and that is spending more one on one time with my kids. Now go grab your materials and have some fun with your kids making really cool designs on your brownies!

Valentine's Day Brownies

Our Valentine's Day Inspired Brownies
Our Valentine's Day Inspired Brownies | Source
Mmm...Triple Chunk Chocolate Brownies!
Mmm...Triple Chunk Chocolate Brownies!

What you will need to start:

  1. Brownie Mix
  2. Stencils
  3. Powdered Sugar
  4. Any Other Decorative Items (colored sugar, icing, etc.)

Helpful Tips to Cut Perfectly Square Brownies

  • Tip #1 - Line your brownie pan with aluminum foil and spray with cooking spray. Use foil to easily lift brownies out of pan once cooled.
  • Tip #2 - Place knife in cup of warm water. Take out but leave slightly wet to help cut perfectly square brownies.

How to Decorate with Stencils

After baking the brownies according to the directions on the package, let them cool completely before attempting to cut into squares. Once cut, take the stencil and place it over the brownie. Press down a little to get the stencil to stay in place.

Using a sifter or strainer partially full of powdered sugar, lightly sprinkle the powdered sugar to fill the stencil design. Once the design is full, gently lift the stencil to reveal your design. Be careful not to spill the excess powdered sugar on your brownie.

If you would like to jazz up your brownie further, try sprinkling colored sugar on top for a more colorful design. You can also add icing or candy toppings to help bring your design to life. The more creative you are, the better they will turn out!

How to Make Homemade Stencils

If you don't have stencils available at the house, check out the ebay suggestions, visit your nearest store, or even better yet just make your own from home. It's super easy to do and there are lots of Internet sites offering free printables for stencils.

Directions for Making Stencils Off Computer:

  • Search Internet for free downloadable stencils.
  • Resize stencils if necessary to fit your brownies.
  • Print out stencil on a sturdy paper such as cardstock.
  • Cut out stencil with box cutter or other such tool.

Homemade Colored Sugar
Homemade Colored Sugar

How to Make Colored Sugar

If you ran out of colored sugar to decorate the brownies, don't panic and run out to the store. Try this simple recipe to make your own at home using two simple ingredients.

Colored Sugar Recipe:

  • 1/2 Cup of Sugar
  • Food Coloring

Add the two above ingredients in a bowl. Start off with 2 drops of food coloring. Mix well together. Add more drops if needed to get desired color of your sugar.

Brownie Decorating Ideas

Birthday Parties - For brownie inspiration, think about how you would decorate their cake. Use alphabet stencils to spell out Happy Birthday and their name. Find balloon and other birthday themed stencils. I found some great stencils online for cartoon characters any kid would love to see on top of their brownies.

Christmas Parties - Make your brownies festive with a Christmas tree stencil. Use green colored sugar for the tree and dust powdered sugar for a snowing effect. Another easy idea is to use only powdered sugar with a snowflake stencil for a simple yet elegant brownie design.

Valentine's Day Parties - Treat your valentines with brownies full of hearts and I <3 U messages using heart shaped and alphabet stencils. As you can see from the pictures, my boys and I had fun creating our Valentine's Day brownies!

Halloween Parties - Last Halloween, I bought plastic spider and bat rings and inserted these into the brownies. Sprinkle a little powered sugar on top for a spooky effect. For an adult Halloween party, use powdered sugar and a skull stencil for a creepy batch of brownies.

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Now Go Give Your Brownies Some Love

I hope you have found some inspiration from this hub to go give your brownies some decorating love. Making brownies a little more festive for that special ocassion is a great and easy way to show off your baking skills in the kitchen. Now don't tell anyone how easy it is to decorate your brownies with stencils - just keep on letting them think you are in the running for mom (or dad) of the year!

Have you ever decorated brownies? I would love to hear your feedback in the comment section below! Thanks so much for reading and best of luck with decorating your next batch of brownies!


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    • alissaroberts profile imageAUTHOR

      Alissa Roberts 

      8 years ago from Normandy, TN

      Thanks so much kikalina! You should try it out - they are super easy with the stencils :) Appreciate you stopping by, commenting, and for sharing!

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      8 years ago from Europe

      These are some beautiful looking brownies. I do not know if I have the patience to do them myself though. Sharing with followers.

    • alissaroberts profile imageAUTHOR

      Alissa Roberts 

      8 years ago from Normandy, TN

      Thanks so much Lori! So happy to hear you are going to try it out :) Appreciate you reading and commenting!

    • LoriSoard profile image


      8 years ago from Henryville, Indiana

      These are adorable. I'm going to try it.

    • alissaroberts profile imageAUTHOR

      Alissa Roberts 

      8 years ago from Normandy, TN

      Lol - yes they were delicious! Thankfully my boys ate most of them saving me from gaining those extra pounds :) Thanks so much melissa for stopping by and commenting!

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      8 years ago

      I gained 10 lbs watching your video...the brownies looked yummy!

    • alissaroberts profile imageAUTHOR

      Alissa Roberts 

      8 years ago from Normandy, TN

      Thank you so much Simone! So happy to hear that you enjoyed it. My boys and I had a lot of fun decorating and coming up with the Valentine's theme. Appreciate you stopping by and commenting!

    • alissaroberts profile imageAUTHOR

      Alissa Roberts 

      8 years ago from Normandy, TN

      Ferreh - now you got me curious about those little shakers from Pampered Chef! I will have to check into getting some of those. Thanks so much for taking the time to read and comment!

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      Simone Haruko Smith 

      8 years ago from San Francisco

      I LOVE this! I've only decorated using stencils a couple of times before, but it's such a fun method, and your guide is fantastic! The video is way cool, and the Valentine's brownies you made look awesome! I'll have to do some more stenciling soon :D

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      8 years ago

      Very easy! Those little shakers that Pampered Chef sells would be PERFECT for this! I have one that I use to sprinkle powdered sugar on the kids' french toast and such. Now I know I can use it on brownies too!

    • Dale Hyde profile image

      Dale Hyde 

      8 years ago from Tropical Paradise on Planet X

      You are welcome, Alissa! I still need to eat some brownies!

    • alissaroberts profile imageAUTHOR

      Alissa Roberts 

      8 years ago from Normandy, TN

      Thanks so much Dale! The brownies were delicious - I am now a big fan of the triple chunk chocolate brownies :) Appreciate all of your help earlier and for leaving your sweet comments!

    • Dale Hyde profile image

      Dale Hyde 

      8 years ago from Tropical Paradise on Planet X

      Great and informative hub, allisaroberts! Love the layout, info and the video at the top is very impressive! Keep up the excellent hubbing! Now I am hungry!

    • alissaroberts profile imageAUTHOR

      Alissa Roberts 

      8 years ago from Normandy, TN

      Thanks so much David Legg 7! Appreciate you reading and leaving a comment!

    • alissaroberts profile imageAUTHOR

      Alissa Roberts 

      8 years ago from Normandy, TN

      Thanks so much angela p! My weakness is chocolate so I tend to give in when my boys request them :) We had fun decorating them. Hope you and your children do too! Appreciate you stopping by and commenting!

    • David Legg 7 profile image

      David Legg 7 

      8 years ago from Trout Paradise, Colorado

      Fun idea! Thank you for sharing a great idea!


    • angela p profile image

      angela p 

      8 years ago from Richmond, Virginia

      Great idea and hub - I will have to do this with my children soon. They love brownies. I am trying to stay away from them but might have to take one bite! Thanks for the idea.


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