It’s the most frightening time of the year; Halloween! On Halloween trick or treating yields tongs of delicious candy and snacks, but you don’t have to just enjoy sweets from the stores. With a little creativity, you can make your own fantastic Halloween treats! here are just a few popular recipes that are easy to make and will be the delight of everyone you share them with.
Toxic Macaroni & Cheese
Sure to delight even the most picky of ghouls in your home, this delicious recipe has a gross name, but an amazing flavor. It’s a spin on your traditional mac and cheese dish with a little extra food coloring to bring out the “ick” factor!
1/4 cup unsalted butter
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
2 1/2 Cups milk or half & half
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 Tablespoon dry mustard powder
pinch cayenne pepper
8 Ounces sharp white cheddar cheese
Package frozen spinach (thawed and drained)
green food coloring (optional)
1 Pound box pasta, cooked and drained
1 head fresh caulflower (steamed**)
- Melt butter in a large pan/Dutch oven over medium-low heat.
- Add the flour and whisk to combine. Simmer, stirring constantly for 1 to 2 minutes.
- Pour in the milk and whisk to combine and remove all lumps.
- Add the salt, pepper, onion powder, paprika, cayenne, and mustard, stir to combine.
- Continue cooking until mixture starts to simmer, 6 to 8 minutes.
- Remove from heat and add the grated cheese. Stir until melted and completely combined.
- Add the drained spinach, stir to combine. Add a few drops of green food coloring if desired.
- Add the drained pasta and stir until completely coated.
- Stir in the steamed cauliflower, and serve immediately.
Peanut Butter Spider Cookies
These creepy, but delicious cookies are sure to be a huge treat!
1/2 cup shortening
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
2 tbsp milk
1 tsp vanilla
1 3/4 cup flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 cup sugar for rolling
48 miniature Reese’s cups unwrapped and frozen
96 candy eyes
1/2 cup chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 375.
- In a large bowl, beat together shortening, peanut butter, egg, sugar, brown sugar, vanilla, and milk.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, and salt.
- Gradually add dry mixture to wet mixture and beat until blended.
- Form into 1″ balls.
- Roll in sugar and place a couple of inches apart on ungreased cookie sheet.
- Bake 10-12 minutes or until golden.
- Immediately, gently press an upside down frozen peanut butter cup on top of each cookie and move to wire rack to cool.
- After placing and moving all of the cookies on the wire rack, put in place the candy eyes while chocolate is still slightly soft.
- Place in refrigerator for 10 minutes to allow cookies to firm.
- Put chocolate chips in the corner of zippered sandwich bag.
- Microwave for 20 seconds, knead and repeat until chocolate has melted.
- Clip tiny piece off of the corner of bag to allow for piping and draw eight legs on each spider cookie.
- Place in refrigerator for 10 minutes to allow legs to set.
There’s nothing wrong with going with the old reliable, yet always delicious, pumpkin bread. It’s a simple recipe, but you can spook things up a bit by topping it off with some red frosting, or green frosting to make it look extra spooky.
1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin puree
1 cup vegetable oil
2/3 cup water
3 cups white sugar
3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour three 7×3 inch loaf pans.
- In a large bowl, mix together pumpkin puree, eggs, oil, water and sugar until well blended. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and ginger. Stir the dry ingredients into the pumpkin mixture until just blended.
- Pour into the prepared pans.
- Bake for about 50 minutes in the preheated oven. Loaves are done when toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.