Bookworm brownies are super fun and cute after school snack! Homemade brownies covered in candy clay covers and full of gummy worm bookworms will make going back to school a little easier.
Back to school time can be a major bummer. As much as I love having the house quiet during the day while the kids are in school, I really love lazy summer days without much of a schedule.
It’s hard to say good-bye to summer. I try to ease the pain a little with some fun after school snacks the first week of school.
Like these adorable bookworm brownies!
All of the parts of these brownies can be made or prepped a day ahead of time. Then all you have to do is basically assemble them. So don’t be overwhelmed by all the steps! It’s totally doable.
Make the brownies a day before so they can cool completely. Use a homemade brownie recipe or a box mix. Our favorite brownie recipe is Baker’s One Bowl Brownies. It’s quick and easy. We do leave out the nuts.
You’ll also want to let half of your gummy worms get stale/stiff by opening the bag and letting them harden for a day or two. Don’t straighten them, bend some in half or in a worm shape.
The cover of the books are made with Wilton’s Candy Clay. IT IS SO COOL!! The recipe is just candy melts and corn syrup. It does need time to sit so plan ahead for that.
When you’re ready to put the brownies together, cut the pan of brownies in to rectangles the size you want the “books.”
Take a piece of paper and scissors and make a pattern for your brownie. You want the paper to cover three sides of each brownie to create a template for the book covers.
Unwrap one color at a time of the candy clay. Knead the clay on a surface dusted with corn starch. The clay will be very hard, and you’ll wonder if you did it right, but you did. Consider this a bonus arm workout. Just keep kneading the clay and it will soften.
Flatten into a pancake shape and place on a cornstarch surface and roll the candy clay to about 1/8″ thick.
Use your paper template and the back side of a butter knife to cut out rectangles. Use a turner to pick up the book cover from the table.
Dust off the cornstarch. Wrap rectangles around the clay. When finished add your worms.
Hopefully your worms are a little stiff. Use a sharp knife and cutting board to cut the worms in half or quarters so they look like they are coming out of the books. You’ll have to try a few different angles to get the look you want.
Use a little water to attach the worm to the book. When finished, use black sparkle gel for eyes.
It really depends on the size of your books as to how many finished bookworm brownies this makes. I did not use the edges of my brownie since they were higher than the rest of the pan and I made large books. I had 12 brownies.
Bookworm Brownies After School Snack
Bookworm Brownies After School Snack
- 6 ounces Wilton Candy Melts (half a bag) in each of the following colors: yellow, orange, bright pink
- 3/8 cup light corn syrup, divided
- Sour gummy worms
- Wilton Sparkle Gel in black
- Bake and cool your favorite brownie recipe. Cut into rectangles. Take a piece of paper and scissors and make a pattern for your brownie. You want the paper to cover three sides of each brownie to create a cover.
- In a microwave safe bowl, add 1 color of candy melts. Microwave for 30 seconds and stir. Microwave for 10 additional seconds and stir until melted. Adding 10 second increments to your bowl if necessary.
- Add 1/8 cup corn syrup to the candy melts and stir. The melted candy will begin to harden and almost be dough like. Set onto wax paper to cool.
- Repeat with remaining two colors.
- When candy clay is cooled, wrap tightly in plastic wrap and let set for a few hours.
- When you are ready to wrap your books with their covers, begin by unwrapping one color at a time and kneading it on a surface dusted with corn starch. The clay will be very hard, and you'll wonder if you did it right, but you did. Consider this a bonus arm workout. Knead the clay and it will soften.
- Flatten into a pancake shape and place on a cornstarch surface and roll the candy clay to about 1/8" thick.
- Use your paper template and the back side of a butter knife to cut out rectangles. Use a turner to pick up the book cover from the table. Dust off the cornstarch. Wrap rectangles around the clay. When finished add your worms.
- Hopefully your worms are a little stiff. Use a sharp knife and cutting board to attach your worms to the covers. You'll have to try a few different angles and use a little water to attach the worm to the book. When finished, use black sparkle gel for eyes.
- It really depends on the size of your books as to how many this makes. I did not use the edges of my brownie since they were higher than the rest of the pan and I made large books. I had 12 brownies.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 127Carbohydrates: 32gProtein: 3g
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Erin @ Making Memories says
These are so darn cute!
the cape on the corner says
Super creative and fun idea. Thanks for sharing this on Merry Monday. Will be one of my feature picks this week.
Miz Helen says
Your recipe is featured on Full Plate Thursday this week, I have pinned it to our features board. Thanks so much for sharing it with us and have a great weekend!
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What a fun back to school treat. Those bookworms are adorable. We are so glad you shared your post with us at the #HomeMattersParty last week. Be sure to link up with us again when the party opens this Friday.
The cutest brownies I have ever seen! Thank you for bringing them to Fiesta Friday!
Lindsay @ The DIY Mommy says
Oh my goodness. Are theses not the cutest. Also so great for a birthday party. Thanks for sharing 🙂
Miz Helen says
I just pinned your awesome after school treat! Thanks so much for sharing your post with us at Full Plate Thursday and have a great weekend!
Haha this is so cute!
These are adorable! Any bookworm would enjoy these!
#overthemoon link party
Joanne/Wine Lady Cooks says
These are so adorable Camille, thanks so much for sharing on Foodie Friends Friday Party this weekend. Pinning and sharing. Looking forward to seeing you again soon with another terrific post.
Jhuls | The Not So Creative Cook says
I love books and brownies – these look so adorable!! How could anyone eat this cuteness?? Thanks for sharing at Fiesta Friday party!
These little bookworm brownies are adorable. Thank you for sharing at Tasty Tuesdays link party. Pinned and shared.
What a fun idea! Thanks for sharing at the #InspirationSpotlight party. Pinned & shared. See you again soon.
These are adorable! I had to pin them to my Back to School board. Thank you so much for joining us for the Get It Together Link Party this past week!
Jen Goode says
Adorable idea, I love this cute food craft! And of course, brownies are the best. I’ve picked this project as one of my Back-to-school project features in this week’s Monday Funday party. Thank you so much for sharing!
These are adorable and so creative! Thanks for sharing at Snickerdoodle Sunday. Pinning.
Mother of 3 says
These are just adorable! I love them. Pinned.
This is the cutest idea! My kids would love this. Thank you for joining the Family Joy Link Party!
Oh my gosh, these are sooooo cute!
I’m not too old to eat these, am I? ;P
Camille, These are so fun and so creative! Love them! Pinned to share. Thanks so much for sharing with us at Snickerdoodle Sunday!
Okay, these are too cute!!! What an awesome take on the classic brownie 🙂
What a cute treat – I can see a child opening their first school lunch of the year and finding one of these!! Thanks for sharing at the What’s for Dinner linky – and don’t forget to leave a comment – if your post is featured, it also gets pinned and tweeted!