Halloween-Themed Recipes

October is the month of scares (and pumpkins). Here are some Halloween-themed recipes to try out before the month flies by.

Marshmallow Witches 

  • Ingredients:
    • 1/2 cup vanilla frosting
    • 36 mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
    • 23 large marshmallows
    • (Optional) 1 drop of food coloring (green, red, and yellow)
    • 1/4 cup flaked coconut
    • 12 chocolate wafers
    • 12 mini Reese’s peanut butter cups
    • 12 Hershey’s kisses
  • Instructions:
    • For the face of each witch, place a dab of frosting on the bottom of three chocolate chips; press two for eyes and one for nose onto each marshmallow.
    • For hair, combine green food coloring and a drop of water in a small resealable plastic bag; add coconut and shake well. Spread a small amount of frosting on sides of marshmallows; press coconut hair into frosting. Place 3 tablespoons of frosting in a small heavy-duty resealable plastic bag; tint orange with red and yellow food coloring. Set aside.
    • For hats, spread some of the remaining frosting in the center of chocolate wafers; press peanut butter cups upside down into frosting. Lightly spread bottoms of chocolate kisses with frosting; place on peanut butter cups. Cut a small hole in the corner of pastry or plastic bag; insert a small star tip. Fill the bag with frosting and pipe stars around the base of each peanut butter cup. Secure a hat to each witch with a dab of frosting.
    • Makes 12 servings.
    • Website: http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/marshmallow-witches

 

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

  • Ingredients:
    • 2 cups of fresh pumpkin seeds
    • 1/4 cup of butter, melted
    • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
    • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
    • 1/4 Worcestershire sauce
  • Instructions:
    • In a small bowl, combine all ingredients; transfer to an ungreased 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan.
    • Bake at 250° for 45-50 minutes or until lightly browned and dry, stirring occasionally. Cool completely. Store in an airtight container.
    • Makes 8 servings.
    • Website: http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/kids–favorite-pumpkin-seeds

 

Bloody Broken Glass Cupcakes

  • Ingredients:
    • Cupcakes:
      • 1 package/ box of white cake mix
      • 1 cup of water
      • 1/3 cup of vegetable oil
      • 3 eggs
      • 1 can of white frosting
    • Sugar Glass:
      • 2 cups of water
      • 1 cup of light corn syrup
      • 3 1/2 cups of white sugar
      • 1/4 teaspoon of cream of tartar
    • Edible (fake) Blood:
      • 1/2 cup of light corn syrup
      • 1 tablespoon of cornstarch
      • 1/4 cup of water (add more if needed)
      • 15 drops of red food coloring
      • 3 drops of blue food coloring
  • Instructions:
    • Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line 24 cupcake tins with paper liners.
    • Blend cake mix, 1 cup of water, 1 cup of vegetable oil, and 3 eggs into a large bowl. Beat with a mixer on low speed for 2 minutes. Divide cake batter between lined cupcake tins.
    • Bake cupcakes in preheated oven until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean (18 – 22 minutes). Allow to cool completely. Frost cupcakes.
    • Make the Sugar Glass. Mix 2 cups of water, 1 cup of corn syrup, 1 cup of white sugar, and 1 cup of cream of tartar in a large saucepan; bring it to a boil. Using a candy thermometer, boil the syrup until it reaches 300 degrees (hard ball), stirring constantly. The mixture will thicken as water evaporates. When sugar reaches 300 degrees, quickly pour onto a metal baking pan. Cool until completely hardened. Break into “shards” using a meat mallet.
    • Make the edible blood. Mix together 1/2 cup of corn syrup and cornstarch in a large bowl. Slowly stir in the 1/4 cup of water, adding more if necessary, until the corn syrup mixture has thickened to the consistency of blood. Stir in the red and blue food coloring.
    • “Stab” each frosted cupcake with a few shards of broken sugar glass then drizzle on drop of “blood”.
    • Makes 24 servings.
    • Website:http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Bloody-Broken-Glass-Cupcakes/Detail.aspx?evt19=1

These are simply a few recipes to try. You can find more online at sites like FoodNetwork.com, TasteofHome.com, allrecipes.com, finecooking.com, and such.

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