Our three-week tribute to Halloween continues with some festive recipes for a holiday party, school lunches, or a pre-trick-or-treating treat!
3/4 cup shortening
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup corn syrup
6 tablespoons cocoa
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon soda
2 cups flour
1. Heat oven to 350 degrees.
2. In a bowl whisk the dry ingredients.
3. Beat the shortening and sugar in a mixer for 3 minutes. Beat in the dry ingredients. Drop by cookie scoop onto cookies sheets, flatten with a glass dipped in water, then sugar. Bake for 10-12 minutes. Cool on wire racks.
4. Frost with chocolate frostin (recipe follows). Pipe white frosting in a spiral. Drag a toothpick through to create the spider web.
Chocolate and Vanilla Frosting
4 cups powdered sugar
2 tablespoons cocoa
1/4 cup butter, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/3-1/2 cups milk
Beat everything together except the cocoa powder gradually adding the milk until spreading consistency. Remove 1 cup and put in a baggie, snipping the corner to use to pipe the spirals. Add the cocoa to remaining frosting.
A perfect snack to enjoy before Trick-or-Treating, with healthy dried fruit in Halloween colors! Adapt to your favorites or what you have on hand. You can view some more Ghoulishy Healthy Halloween Snacks from WebMD.
Makes 9 (1/2 cup) bags
1 cup of pretzel sticks or mini pretzel twists
1 cup of reduced-fat cheese crackers (such as Reduced Fat Cheese Nips)
1 cup lightly salted roasted or party peanuts (or similar nut)
1 cup orange or black dried fruit (raisins or dried apricots or dried peaches)
1/2 cup Halloween M&Ms (optional)
1. Combine all the ingredients in a big bowl and toss to mix well.
2. Use a 1/2 cup measure to scoop out 1/2 cup of the mixture into a zip-top or plastic bag. Tie the ends closed with orange and black curling ribbon or decorative wire.
Now, how about a festive concoction? Though its orange hue is just right for Halloween, this spicy beverage would be a fitting winter drink as well. Check out a plethora of Halloween recipes from MyRecipes.
Makes 21 cups
1 gallon apple cider
1 (11.5-ounce) can apricot nectar
2 cups sugar
2 cups orange juice
3/4 cup lemon juice
4 (3-inch) cinnamon sticks
2 teaspoons ground allspice
1 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1. Bring all ingredients to a boil in a Dutch oven; reduce heat, and simmer 10 minutes. Remove cinnamon sticks. Serve hot.
2. For Apple Cider Sipper: Omit nectar. Makes 19 cups.
For a fun and creepy (but not too creepy) treat, take a look at these easy, Slimy Jell-O Snacks from Parenting.com’s Halloween Party Snacks.
Makes 1 jar or bowl
2 Jell-O flavors (contrasting colors like Lime and Apple)
3 gummy worms
1. Prepare a package of lime or apple Jell-O as directed and divide among 8-ounce mason jars or clear bowls, filling only halfway; refrigerate them until firm.
2. Prepare another Jell-O flavor, such as cherry, berry-blue, or grape. While Jell-O is cooking, place three gummy worms on top of set gelatin and let another hang over the lip. Pour second flavor over the worms, filling to the top; refrigerate.
Do you have any favorite Halloween recipes? Please share in the comments!