When Halloween rolls around, it’s time to bring out the spooky chef in you. There’s nothing that kids love more than deliciously-creepy recipes they can make with you. We’ve put together seven of the most adorable treats for you and your little monsters to mash-up this year. From sweets to savory snacks, these recipes are sure to make your whole family scream.
Bony, bloody, and…buttery? Yes, these creepy witch fingers are as yummy as they are eerie. Best of all, they’re easy to make. Here’s how you and your young sorcerers can whip up these enticing cookies:
- Add green food coloring to your sugar cookie mix.
- Place it in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
- Scoop out portions of cookie mix and shape them like witch fingers.
- Place blanched almonds where the nails go.
- Create knuckle wrinkles with a toothpick.
- Remove the almonds, squeeze red gel or jam, and place the “nail” back in place.
For a retro snack with a twist, popcorn candy corn is a no-bake alternative that’s tasty and easy to make. This kid and adult favorite makes the perfect munchie to pair with a scary movie:
- Toss orange candy melts onto a batch of popcorn.
- Toss yellow candy melts onto another batch of popcorn.
- Toss white candy melts onto a third batch of popcorn.
- Layer popcorn into a cone-shaped bag starting with white, then yellow, and then orange.
- Use a ribbon to tie the bag.
- Curl the ribbon with scissors.
Half bought from the store and half homemade, vampire donuts are all treat, no trick. These individual snacks make a heavenly Halloween breakfast, a tempting afternoon snack, or a mouthwatering dessert. This is how to make them:
- Place plastic vampire teeth inside the middle of each donut.
- Press candy eyes on the top.
- Add red icing at the bottom of the teeth to look like dripping blood.
The bonus of these treats is that it gives the kids a toy to play with. Don’t be surprised if you have a bunch of vampires chasing each other after they’re done eating. At least they’ll be burning off the sugar!
If you’re looking for a healthy Halloween snack that’s just as ghostly and fun, monster teeth are the way to go. So yummy and nutritious, they could easily become your family’s snack of the season. Check out how easy it is to make these high-protein bites:
- Slice a red or green apple into eight sections.
- Sprinkle them with lemon juice to avoid browning.
- Spread peanut butter onto one side of each apple slice, leaving some over the edge.
- Stick yogurt-covered raisins over the peanut butter.
- Place another slice of peanut butter-covered apple on top.
- Cool in the refrigerator before serving.
Pizza for Halloween is boring. Take it to the next level with homemade mummy toasts that’ll make the kiddos howl with joy. They’ll never know it’s actually healthier than traditional pizza. This is how you make this scary-simple snack:
- Toast the bread.
- Spread pizza or spaghetti sauce onto each slice.
- Arrange strips of mozzarella cheese to look like bandages.
- Decorate with olives as eyes.
- Put back in the oven until the cheese melts.
Time flies when you’re having fun making charming cheesy witch brooms. Kids of all ages adore these creative little snacks that are as delicious as they are wholesome. These are the three easy steps to make brooms that’ll cast a spell on your entire family:
- Cut each cheese slice, using the scissors to cut fringes on the bottom.
- Roll the slice of cheese around a pretzel stick, with the fringes facing down.
- Tie the cheese with a fresh chive to keep it in place and add a hint of freshness.
For larger celebrations, there’s nothing more appealing than a puking pumpkin. Yes, you read that right. This is how you make the most picture-perfect Halloween guacamole bowl:
- Carve a small- to medium-sized pumpkin and give it a large mouth so it looks like it’s vomiting.
- Scoop out the seeds.
- Place the pumpkin in the middle of a platter.
- Stuff your pumpkin with guacamole, pushing it through the mouth.
- Decorate with blue tortilla chips.
The kitchen is one of the best places to celebrate Halloween. You and your young ghouls can enjoy hours of fun creating original snacks for the whole family to enjoy. Use the opportunity to make memories with your children, share stories from your days of trick or treating, and give them a chance to experiment in the kitchen.
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