Zombie Apocalypse Brownies

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If you’re a regular around here, you know I’m a planner.  I plan for everything.  Every. Thing.  But this is a new area of planning for me –  planning to eat through the zombie apocalypse by making zombie apocalypse brownies. 

How fun is a book that describes itself as A Cookbook & Culinary Survival Guide for the zombie apocalypse (or zpoc)?!    The book is a basic disaster preparedness survival guide written in an amusing tongue in cheek style.  It includes disaster preparedness tips, survival tips for bugging in (staying sheltered in your home) or bugging out (leaving for a safer, usually more remote, location), recipes that you can make without electricity and the zombie apocalypse food pyramid (illustration by Kristian Bauthus). 

overhead view of cookbook "The Art of Eating Through the Zombie Apocalypse"  and bowls with ingredients on wood table and 2 eggs

I decided to give the Apocalypse Nownies (brownies) recipe a try.  The idea of this recipe it to use up your perishable items during the beginning of the zombie apocalypse.  To quote the author (in my best Vincent Price voice), “When the undead rise and feast on the flesh of the living, it calls for a fudging brownie”  Prior to the zpoc, you can easily make these brownies with ingredients you have onhand.

These brownies are not as sweet as I like.  If I’m facing the zombie apocalypse life, I want a sweet brownie.  I added powdered sugar and marshmallows, but the brownies were still more dark chocolate tasting than I like.  If I make these for the zpoc or regular life, I’ll definitely add more sugar. I also did not use the espresso powder.  I don’t like coffee and unless drinking it will keep the zombies away, I can’t imagine I’d like it any better during the zpoc.

Apocalypse Nownies
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3569 calories
442 g
793 g
184 g
51 g
94 g
830 g
704 g
369 g
3 g
76 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 3569
Calories from Fat 1619
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 184g
Saturated Fat 94g
Trans Fat 3g
Polyunsaturated Fat 32g
Monounsaturated Fat 44g
Cholesterol 793mg
Sodium 704mg
Total Carbohydrates 442g
Dietary Fiber 13g
Sugars 369g
Protein 51g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  1. 1/2 cup all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting the pan
  2. 1/2 tsp baking powder
  3. 8 oz. chocolate (unsweetened baking preferable, or whatever you have on hand)
  4. 6 Tbsp butter, plus extra for greasing the pan
  5. 1 1/4 cup white sugar
  6. 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  7. 1/4 tsp espresso powder (optional, but recommended)
  8. 1/8 tsp salt (omit if using salted butter)
  9. 3 eggs, at room temperature
  10. 1/2 cup chopped walnuts (optional, but recommended)
  1. 1. Start a cooking fire. Grease and flour a baking vessel (7x11" metal pan recommended for open fire cooking).
  2. 2. in a mixing bowl, combine the flour and baking powder until well combined. Set aside.
  3. 3. Set a medium pot, half-filled with water over the cooking fire to sue as a double boiler. Add the chocolate and butter to a second mixing bowl and rest it on the pot, stirring occasionally until completely melted and smooth. Remove the bowl from the heat, add the sugar, vanilla, espresso powder and salt (if needed). Mix until well incorporated and let cool about 2 minutes.
  4. 4. Add the eggs, one at a time, whisking until the batter is shiny and smooth after each addition. Add the flour mixture and whisk again, more gently this time, until the mixture is smooth and shiny. The batter should be fairly thick. Add the walnuts and mix until just combined.
  5. 5. Transfer the batter into the prepared baking pan and smooth out to edges if needed. Bake for about 20 minutes in a 7 x 11 inch metal baking pan. Check the brownies after about 15 minutes to avoid over baking - they are ready when the sides are firm and the center has just set (a knife or toothpick in the center comes out relatively clean). Rotate the pan periodically to ensure even cooking, especially if using an oven hack from the book.
Adapted from The Art of Eating Through the Zombie Apocalypse
Adapted from The Art of Eating Through the Zombie Apocalypse
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overhead view of plate of brownies with marshmallows and one brownie next to plate on white wood table
close up of bloody zombie looking hand

My special effects expert (also know as my son) got into the spirit of the zpoc brownies using his special effects makeup skills to create a zombie arm.  While super creepy-cool, I’d recommend eating these brownies with your regular human arm.

What would you do during the zombie apocalypse?  Well, now you know you can face the end after eating your own batch of zombie apocalypse brownies.  Enjoy and then run for shelter. 

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  1. What a fun cookbook! I have to admit, I don’t quite get the whole zombie apocalypse thing, but it IS a thing. My sons are always posing “what if” questions on this topic. I would love to win this cookbook so I’d finally have something fun to add to those conversations!

  2. I don’t think I’d be a survivor in the zombie apocalypse. The only thing is that I live in a somewhat rural area so there would probably be less of them. I would probably see if I could board myself in my home at least at the beginning to try and come up with a plan.

  3. I would need to rely on others to do the brave things like defense, I see myself more a a procurer and make do-er.

  4. This is a fun post Susan
    I can’t get over the look of the bloody hand LOL Very impressive
    As for the brownies – they look wonderful and tempting and I love your honesty. Like you – I like sweet brownies

  5. I would like to think that I would fight. But I know that I would just get as much candy as possible and eat it in a corner while waiting for death to eat me…

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  7. In a zombie apocalypse, I’d try to get away to somewhere remote and forage with a group of co-operative people (hopefully)!

  8. I would run! Every zombie I have ever seen is pretty slow, so I would try to get to near by family to ban together and fight them off.

  9. I would depend on my sisters because they watch all the zombie shows and movies so they would be way more prepared than me. I watch some of them but my sisters are all about the zombies.

  10. I would fortify wherever I was….hunker down….and try to ride it out. Eating delicious brownies, while I did this, would certainly help my morale.

  11. i’d be the chef; everyone protects the chef!! haha

    i’d also be a good asset through my knowledge of canning, gardening, and making a meal out of pretty much anything and everything.

  12. I would definitely need my husband around in the event of a zombie apocalypse – I don’t handle emergencies well – and lets be honest, if zombies are running (or slowly walking!) around, that’s about as big of an emergency as I can imagine!

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