In the spirit of our favorite spooky day, we gathered a few scary-good recipes that are sure to be a hit with the entire family! Whether you're searching for a healthy twist on traditional Halloween snacks or want to indulge in sweets, we promise that you don’t need to be a mad scientist to whip up these tasty treats!
Pumpkin Rice Krispie TreatsThis gooey and decadent dessert will delight adults and kids alike! Recipe courtesy of One Little Project. Servings: 12
1/4 cup butter
1 bag large marshmallows
6 cups Rice Krispies cereal
Red & Yellow liquid food coloring
1/4 cup cooking oil or melted butter in a small bowl
1. In a large pot, melt the butter over low heat.
2. Add the marshmallows. Stir until completely melted and combined with the butter.
3. Remove from the heat. Add several drops of yellow food coloring, mix it together, then add red food coloring one drop at a time, mixing as you go. Add red/yellow drops until you reach your desired color. (I used about 4 drops red and 12 drops yellow). Mix well.
4. Add the Rice Krispies and stir to combine.
5. Coat both sides of your hands with a generous amount of cooking oil or butter and roll the Rice Krispie mixture into small balls. Set on parchment paper. Add oil/butter to your hands after each ball.
6. While the balls are still warm, gently press a Mini Rolo into the top of each pumpkin for the stem and add a green M&M beside it as the leaf. (Tip: if the pumpkins cool before you've finished, use the end of a thick marker or apple corer to make a small indent in the top for the chocolate).
7. Allow to cool until firm.
Ghost StrawberriesTrick your kids into a healthy Halloween treat with these juicy strawberry bites! Recipe courtesy of Made It Ate It Loved It. Servings: 12
Bag of white chocolate melts
1 cup of milk chocolate melts
1. Melt white chocolate melts in a double boiler or a microwave-safe bowl by following the directions on the back of the package. In a small bowl, do the same with the milk chocolate.
2. Wash and dry the strawberries and then dip them. Place them on a sheet of parchment paper. Before you place them, make a little tail before you place the dipped strawberry to create the ghost. Continue with all the strawberries and let them dry.
3. Put the milk chocolate in a piping bag with a small tip (or add it in a Ziplock bag and cut a tiny slit in the corner).
4. Pipe eyes and a mouth on each strawberry to create the white chocolate strawberry ghost.
Mummy CookiesThese adorable cookies are just as delicious as they are fun to make! Recipe courtesy of Eating Bird Food. Servings: 24 cookies
1 1/2cups almond flour
3 tablespoons coconut flour
2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4teaspoon sea salt
2 large eggs
1/2 cup cane sugar or coconut sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup canned pumpkin
1/3 cup mini chocolate chips
Candy eyeball sprinkles
Vanilla frosting (for piping)
1. Preheat oven to 350°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
2. In a mixing bowl, stir dry ingredients together (flours, pumpkin pie spice, baking soda, and sea salt).
3. Mix wet ingredients (eggs, pumpkin, sugar, and vanilla) in a separate mixing bowl.
4. Combine wet and dry ingredients. The dough will seem wet. This is ideal!
5. Stir in 1/3 cup chocolate chips.
6. Use a medium cookie scoop and place cookies on a prepared cookie sheet. Press cookie dough down into a cookie shape with a spoon or your fingers. Space them about 1 inch apart.
7. Bake for 15 minutes at 350°F.
8. Move cookies to a wire rack and cool completely.
9. Add frosting to the piping bag fitted with a #44 or #45 tip and pipe the frosting across each cookie, one at a time. Use different angles and overlap some of the lines until most of the cookie is covered. Place a tiny bit of frosting on the back of two candy eyeballs and attach them just above the center of each cookie.
Pumpkin Patch Dirt Cups
Dig into chocolate bliss with this fun dessert that you'll be dying to eat! Recipe courtesy of I Can Teach My Child. Servings: 8
1 box instant chocolate pudding
3 cups milk
2 packages Oreos
1 package sour straws candy (green for vines)
1 package Mellowcreme Pumpkins
1. Make the pudding by following directions on the box (whisk together pudding mix and 3 cups cold milk).
2. Use a food processor to crush the Oreos until smooth.
3. Layer the Oreos and chocolate pudding in a clear cup: Oreos, pudding, Oreos, pudding, and top with Oreos.
4. Top with a green sour straw candy cut in half (the pumpkin vine) and three pumpkin candies.
5. Serve with a spoon!
Leftover Halloween Candy Cookie BarsIf the kids collected bucket loads of candy, turn it into a treat for the entire family with these delicious blondies! Recipe courtesy of Broma Bakery. Servings: 16
1/2 cup salted butter, melted and cooled
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 egg, room temperature
2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup flour
3/4 cup chopped candy bars
1. Preheat your oven to 350°F. Line an 8 x 8 pan with parchment paper and set it aside.
2. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the butter and brown sugar. Add the egg and vanilla extract and mix well.
3. In a separate bowl, stir together the baking powder, salt, and flour. Add the wet ingredients into the dry and fold together until mixed and no clumps of flour remain. Stir in the chopped candy pieces. Do not overmix. Transfer to the prepared pan, spreading out so that the bars are even.
4. Bake for 30 minutes or until the brownies are golden brown, set on the edges, and puffed up. The middle will still be doughy, but they will continue to cook as they cool!
5. Once the blondies are cool, cut into 16 squares and enjoy!
Making Halloween treats is a fun activity for the entire family. What will you be whipping up in the kitchen this year? Let us know in the comments!