Tomorrow is Halloween night. Whether you celebrate it or not, it’s hard to ignore all the Halloween-accessories, costumes and candy that’s available in the stores. Now that it’s almost Halloween night, they sell everything at high discounts, as they won’t be able to sell anything after the 31st. Very tempting to buy all that stuff. But you can also make cute Halloween treats yourself. If you’re looking for some last-minute inspiration, I have a few nice ideas for you.
This is also a fun activity to do with the kids. Of just surprise them. Put the treats o the table and see their reactions. Too funny. You don’t have to do a lot of extra groceries for these treats. You probably have a lot of the ingredients already in your pantry or fridge.
Sweet or savoury
You can go both ways with these treats. Hearty snacks or sweet treats. To start it all off, we made mummies using cookies, we made the monster of Frankenstein out of little cakes and bloody fingers made of puff pastry.
Mummies are a must among the Halloween treats for sure. And these are super easy to make. You can use any kind of cookie for these. We used little spritz cookies, as they had a cute shape. But round cookies or lady fingers will work as well.
Melt white chocolate with a teaspoon of coconut oil. Dip the cookies in the molten chocolate to completely cover them. Put them on a wire rack or a plate lined with parchment paper. Put in the fridge for just a couple of minutes. Get them back out, put the rest of the molten chocolate in a small piping bag and drizzle over the cookies to create a mummy pattern. You can also do this without a piping bag, I simply used a spoon. Then stick two candy eyes on it. No candy eyes? Use sugar pearls or mini smarties. Keep refrigerated until ready for use.
This one is a lot of fun as well. We’ve used long Madeleine-cakes, but any other type of cake or cookie will work just as fine. Melt again white chocolate with a teaspoon of coconut oil and add a bit of green food colouring.
Dip half of a cake n the chocolate and put on a wire rack or a plate/sheet lined with parchment paper. Sprinkle chocolate sprinkles on the top, stick to eyes on it (dark sugar pearls, candy eyes or smarties), stick two small pieces of pretzel sticks into the sides and draw a mouth with candy colour (available in small tubes at the supermarket). Keep refrigerated until ready to use.
Cut puff pastry into rectangular pieces. Add a bit of strawberry or raspberry jam in the middle.
Moisten the sides, fold the pastry and pinch the sides to close. Turn it seam side down and shape into a finger. Take a little spoon and mark a ‘cuticle’ in the pastry. Then turn de spoon and press lightly down to create a ‘nail bed’.
Put a little jam on the ‘nail bed’ and put a shaved almond on top. Brush the finger with egg yolk and sprinkle a bit of sugar and cinnamon on top. Bake ca. 15-20 minutes until the fingers are golden brown.
Savoury treats are a must as well. Last year, we made mummies from biscuit dough and sausages. Now, we had a roll of puff pastry in the fridge, so we used that. We also had some puff pastry left from making the bloody fingers and used that to make salty bat crackers.
Now Halloween themed cookie cutters come in handy, but if you don’t have those, just use other shapes. We chose bats. Just cut out bats, put them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, brush with egg yolk and sprinkle Parmesan cheese (and maybe a little bit of coarse sea salt) on top. Bake ca. 10-15 minutes at 180°C.
Cut puff pastry into long thin strips. Wrap two strips around a smoked sausage.
Bake ca. 20 minutes at 180°C.
Let’s get that party started!
Last Friday, the last day of school before Fall break, I surprised the boys. In their lunch boxes, they found spooky sandwiches: a ghost and a bat. They absolutely loved it. Oh, and whether I could do that more often. *Sigh*
And as we were on a Halloween roll, we made a Halloween pizza on Friday night as well. With bat and ghost shaped cheese. I used the same cookie cutters a I had used for the sandwiches. And I used old Gouda, as that cheese doesn’t melt as much as young Gouda or Mozzarella cheese and does keep its shape a bit better. According to the two young gentlemen, the pizza even tasted a lot better than usual. How can that be?? Oh yeah, we eat with our eyes first. Something like that.
Do you participate in all that Halloween craziness?
Have a spooky Halloween!
PS: If you have a bit more time, make this super cute Halloween Surprise cake!