3 Scary Delicious and All Natural Halloween Treats
Posted on Monday, September 16th, 2013 at 8:00 am
Planning a huge Halloween celebration for your friends, family, and neighbors? It might be a good idea to start brainstorming what you’ll be serving. We know, it’s a little early, but you definitely want time to hunt for the best deals and most delicious recipes. In the spirit of getting started early we thought we’d share 3 of our favorite delicious recipes for Halloween treats!
You guessed it, the classic caramel apple tops our list. Even though it’s an oldie, it’s a goodie. Feel free to change up this Halloween classic by adding some interesting additions to your dunked treat such as nuts, sprinkles, or drizzled chocolate!
1 (14 ounce) package of caramels
2 tablespoons of milk
First remove the stems from each of the apples and insert a craft stick (similar to a popsicle stick) into the top where the stems once were. Then place these apples onto a buttered baking sheet. Now you’ll want to carefully unwrap your caramels into a microwave safe bowl. Put this bowl into the microwave and heat for about 2 minutes. Be sure to stir your caramel to ensure it won’t burn. Once your caramel has cooled briefly you can dunk your apples into this mixture and place it back on your buttered baking sheet. If you’d like to add some additional treats (like chopped nuts or sprinkles) you should have them handy in a bowl nearby so you can sprinkle or roll your apple in them.
1 cup of butter (softened) 2-2/3 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup of confectioners’ sugar 1 tsp. baking powder
1 egg 1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. almond extract 3/4 cup whole almonds
1 tsp. vanilla extract 1 tube of red decorating gel
Combine butter, sugar, egg, almond extract, vanilla extract into a large mixing bowl. Mix these ingredients together while gradually adding the flour, baking powder, and salt. Keep in mind that while you’re slowly adding these ingredients you should still be mixing the contents of your bowl. Next you’ll want to place this bowl in your refrigerator for about 25 minutes. While your dough is in the refrigerator you’ll want to preheat your oven to 325 degrees and grease some baking sheets.
Once your dough has been sufficiently refrigerated you’ll want to remove it in small amounts. Take one teaspoon of dough at a time and place it onto a piece of waxed paper. With this paper you’ll want to roll the dough into the shape of a thin finger. Then press an almond onto one end of the dough so it has the appearance of a finger nail. After placing your almond you’ll want to give your cookie the appearance of knuckles by pinching the dough near the tip of the cookie and in the middle of the cookie. Feel free to cut the dough at the knuckles to give it a more lifelike look. Place these fingers onto your baking sheets and put them in the oven for 20-25 minutes (or until they’re golden brown).
After your cookies are done baking you’ll have to go back and remove the almonds from the tips of the finger cookies. Squeeze a small amount of red decorating gel onto the nail bed of the finger cookie and then put the almond back onto your cookie. This extra step will make it look like your treats have oozing nails.
1 pound of chocolate confectioners’ coating
1 package of chow mein noodles
Chop up the pound of chocolate confectioners coating and put it in a heatproof bowl directly over simmering water. Be careful when you do this because chocolate burns quickly!Heat up your chocolate (while stirring occasionally) until it is smooth and melted. Remove your bowl of chocolate from heat and add the chow mein noodles. Stir until all of the noodles are evenly distributed. Spoon out the proper amount of noodles to create the size of spider you’d like. Remember to let these treats cool completely before you store or serve them!
Decided to make any of these recipes for your party? Let us know how it goes and (if you’re feeling daring) send us a picture!