Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Fun and easy Halloween foods and treats!

So today I have the privilege of staying home (carpet install! yippie) So I thought I would share some of my favorite fun Halloween treat ideas. My kids look forward to the fun foods for our party every year! Most are so easy you just must try them.

Franken stein cupcakes

Bake cupcakes per box directions.
Purchase green frosting, white marshmallows and black frosting in a tube.
Shape cupcakes in a upside down triangle ie his head shape. Frost with green frosting over whole cake. Do squiggles for the hair, add sew marks at forehead. Followed by straight line to help make eyes and nose. Add 2 bolts as ears. Add smile and cut marshmallows in half for teeth and place in smile with gaps.

White Chocolate Ghosts

1 pound white candy coating, coarsely chopped
1 package (1 pound) Nutter Butter peanut butter cookies
Miniature semisweet chocolate chips

In a microwave-safe bowl, melt candy coating, stirring occasionally. Dip cookies into coating, covering completely. Place on waxed paper.

Brush ends with a pastry brush dipped in coating where fingers touched cookies. While coating is still warm, place two chips on each cookie for eyes. Let stand until set. Store in an airtight container. Yield: about 3 dozen.
Mummies This idea came from Our Best Bites
Cut crescent roll dough into thin strips and wrap around hot dogs. Bake according to crescent package directions and use ketchup or mustard for eyes. I cut my hot dogs in half to make them bite-sized.

Use bread stick dough (store bought or homemade kind of (Rhodes bread sticks)) and cut into strips. Use scissors to snip the ends into 2 pieces and roll them down to make the bone shape. Dip in "bloody" marinara! For extra flavor sprinkle with garlic and Parmesan.

Just quarter and core an apple, cut a wedge from the skin side of each quarter, then press slivered almonds in place for teeth. If not serving immediately dip apples in lemon juice or orange juice before adding almonds to reduce browning.

*Also try it with spreading marshmallow cream in the mouth and lining up candy corns for teeth?  For a tasty variation.

Fun fingers. The first idea is a veggie dip store bought then topped with five carrot fingers, use the dip to adhere the almonds onto the carrots. Cut marks to represent knuckle marks.

Second is string cheese cut slits to resemble knuckle marks. Halve olives and spread cream cheese in center then stick on to the string cheese.

32 Hershey's Kisses brand milk chocolates, unwrapped

1 package (11 1/2 ounces) fudge-striped shortbread cookies (32)
1 tube (4.25 ounces) orange or red decorating icing

Attach 1 chocolate candy to chocolate bottom of each cookie, using decorating icing. Pipe decorating icing around base of milk chocolate candy.

Mixing Broom Sticks (sorry no pic!)
8 orange candy slices

8 cinnamon sticks (5 inches)
8 pieces black shoestring licorice (10 inches)
1/2 cup water
1/3 cup red-hot candies
6 cups milk
3/4 cup instant chocolate drink mix


For broomsticks, on a lightly sugared surface, roll each orange slice into a 1/4-in.-thick triangle. With wet scissors, snip bottoms of triangles to resemble broom bristles. Wrap pointed end of each around a cinnamon stick. Coil a licorice piece around the top of each orange slice to secure to cinnamon stick; set aside.

In a large saucepan, bring water and red-hots to a boil, stirring frequently until dissolved. Whisk in milk and chocolate drink mix. Cook, uncovered, over medium heat until hot. Pour into cups or mugs. Serve with broomstick stirrers.

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