TRICKs fOR halloween TREATs

posted on 19th of october, 2012

It doesn’t matter your age.
Halloween is a holiday beloved by young and old alike.

I mean what is there not to love?

The food

The costumes

The decorations

Did I mention the food?

No Halloween Party can be successful without a frightfully good buffet. Here are a few of my favorites recipes. I hope you enjoy them.

What would Halloween be without pumpkins?
So let’s start with a yummy good recipe for
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 ½ tsp pumpkin pie spice
½ tsp baking soda
¼ tsp baking powder
¼ tsp salt
1/3 cup unsalted butter
½ cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
½ cup sour cream

Whisk flour with pie spice, baking power, baking soda and salt. In a separate bowl, beat butter and sugar with a hand mixer on medium speed until fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla. Add dry ingredients and sour cream in alternating batches. Spoon into 12 mini bundt molds coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes. Invert and cool completely.

Make glaze by mixing 1 ½ cup confectioner sugar, 2 tbsp melted unsalted butter, 2 tbsp water and orange food coloring to desired coloring. Pour glaze over pumpkins, spreading to gently cover completely, and allow to dry. Stick a licorice whip piece on top to make a stem.

When I was 5 years old, I dressed as Mighty Mouse for Halloween. While this tiny avenger was before the time for most of you, suffice it to say he was THE GREATEST rodent crime stopper to ever live – and I was proud to wear his cape.

While that is probably where my infatuation with Halloween and mice began, this next recipe is guaranteed to make whiskered fans of everyone. So, in the words of the great Mouse-keteer himself
“Here I Come to Save the Day” … with

3 oz cream cheese – softened
2 tbsp unsalted butter – softened
1 cup confectioners sugar
3 ½ oz semi sweet chocolate – melted and cooled
2 9 inch baked chocolate cake layers (store bought or home made) – warmed
4 oz white chocolate – chopped
7 oz extra-bittersweet chocolate – chopped
½ cup toasted pumpkin seets
12 licorice whips – cut into 3 inch lengths

In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese with the butter, ½ cup confectioners sugar and the melted semi-sweet chocolate. Crumble and add 1 ½ of the chocolate cake layers and beat at low speed until incorporated. Roll level tablespoons of the mixture into 3 dozen ovals, tapering one end to shape the nose. Arrange “mice” on wax paper lined baking sheet, insert a toothpick into tail end, refrigerate until firm – about 30 minutes.

Crumble the remaining ½ layer of chocolate cake onto a rimmed baking sheet and bake at 275 degrees for 30 minutes – stirring frequently – until dry and crumbly. Finely crush crumbs.

In a bow, heat the white and bittersweet chocolate in a microwave until ¾ melted. Stir until completely melted – cool to 90 degrees.

Working quickly, pick up each “mouse” by the toothpick, dip in the chocolate allowing excess to drip off, roll in the crushed crumbs, press 2 pumpkin seeds on for ears. Refrigerate 20 minute.

Combine remaining ½ cup of confectioners sugar with enough water to make a stiff glaze. Using a plastic bag with small cut in corner, pipe eyes onto each mouse. Remove toothpick and insert licorice whip for tail (HINT: slightly warm licorice in the microwave to make pliable enough to shape tail into cute twists).
WARNING: Highly addictive treat – Please enjoy responsibly!

When you’re young,
bobbing for apples is a fun way to retrieve a treat,
but for the more “mature” at heart,
nothing beats a yummy
6 apples
14 oz caramel pieces – unwrapped
2 tbsp milk

Remove stems from apples and insert sticks. Butter a baking sheet.
Place caramels and milk in a bowl and microwave 2 minutes on high – stirring once. Allow to cool slightly.
Roll each apple quickly in caramel sauce until well coated – optionally roll in chopped nuts – place on baking sheet to set.

These cakes are so Spook-tacular
I couldn’t capture them with my camera,
but you’ll be haunted by how good they are!

One 11-12 oz plain pound cake
4 tbsp unsalted butter – softened
1 tsp finely grated lemon zest
1 tbsp lemon juice
½ cup confectioners sugar
18 popsicle sticks
½ lb white chocolate – chopped
Edible decorating pens

Crumble pound cake. Add butter, lemon zest, lemon juice and sugar and blend with hand mixer until combined. Divide into 18 mounds. Shape each mound into a ghost, ease popsicle stick into bottom and refrigerate until firm.

Melt chocolate in microwave until ¾ melted. Stir until completely melted. Working quickly, dip each ghost into chocolate allowing excess to drip off. Stand upright in Styrofoam base until set. Use edible pens to draw faces on each ghost.

Dying for something savory after all those sweets?
Try these wickedly good

½ lb extra-sharp cheddar cheese
6 tbsp unsalted butter, softened
1 tsp kosher salt
½ tsp cayenne pepper
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 large egg yolk mixed with 1 tbsp water
36 almond slices

In a food processor, grate the cheddar cheese. Add butter, salt and cayenne and process until smooth. Add flour and pulse until incorporated. Turn onto a work surface and knead until smooth.

Divide the dough into 36 balls. Roll each into 4 inch finger. Arrange onto parchment paper lined baking sheets, use a knife to make “knuckles”, brush with egg wash and press an almond slice onto one end as a “fingernail”.

Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes until puffed and golden brown. Cool before serving.

And don’t forget to wash it all down with mug of apple cider
– or for the over 21 set - a

2 oz apple cider
2 oz vodka
½ oz vanilla liqueur
2 tbsp caramel sauce
pinch cinnamon
Combine cider, vodka and vanilla liqueur. Microwave 1 to 1½ minutes. Dunk the rim of a glass into caramel sauce and let drip down sides (Want a spookier twist? Add red food coloring to sauce to give an eerie Halloween feel).
Add the warm liquid and sprinkle with a pinch of cinnamon.

Have a Boo-licious Halloween!

Comments (8)

Posted by Giannit on October 22, 2012
Thanks for the blog and the horrorific images...
Posted by Cmoulton on October 22, 2012
oooh!!! great blog!
I made those cheddar witches fingers one time for a party I had, and they were awesome.
thanks for all the great recipes!
Posted by Karenfoleyphotography on October 21, 2012
Really@Dan1? Scooby Doo? You'd pick a hapless, flea bag mutt over the tiny but mighty caped avenger? There is no accounting for some people's taste in super heros ;-)

Now @Clearvista has it right .... "What a mouse"! Thanks for the kind remarks.

Yeah, @Peanutroaster - I think my bride in black is the closest thing I'll ever get to Wedding Photography. Thanks for the kind words.

Thanks @Lejoch and @Egomezta. I appreciate your comments.

Posted by Clearvista on October 20, 2012
Ha Ha brilliant blog. Halloween has only really taken off here in the last few years, but each year seems to be celebrated more. I will certainly try "
SPICY CHEDDAR WITCH FINGERS" sound great. Thanks again for an interesting blog. Mighty mouse - remember him well, "What a mouse." :)
Posted by Lejoch on October 20, 2012
Very nice blog and many good and original shots in your portfolio!
Posted by Egomezta on October 19, 2012
Great blog, nice images and great treats.
Posted by Dan1 on October 19, 2012
Mighty Mouse was grea but i have to say Scooby Doo is the greatest (althought not a rodent)
Posted by Peanutroaster on October 19, 2012
Nice stuff! Love the bride!

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