Halloween is a time for ghouls and goblins and is a holiday loved by kids of all ages. It's the perfect time to use your crafting skills to create some scary decorations and Halloween costumes. But, it's also a great time to turn your imagination loose on some delicious homemade treats.
There are lot's of easy recipes for some sweet and spooky treats that the kids will love. They'll also love it even more if you'll let them help you create special Halloween treats. There are lot's of treats that even the smaller children will be able to lend a hand in making.
While they might not be old enough to mix up the entire recipe, small children can still help you add food coloring, sprinkles and other decorations. Baking cookies is one of the best ways to let you kids help. You can roll out the cookie dough and let them cut out their favorite shapes with cookie cutters.
Baking your own Halloween treats can really make the holiday more fun, especially when you make it a family event with the children. And, one of the best things is that your treats don't have to be perfect, monsters eyes aren't even and sometimes they might not even have all their fingers!
Wrap each hot dog with one strip of breadstick dough. Make sure to leave about an inch of the top portion of the wiener unwrapped for the mummies head. Bake on a cookie sheet for about 15 minutes at 325*. You can place some parchment paper on the cookie sheet to keep them from getting too brown on the bottom.
After they're done place small dots of mustard on the top for their eyes and you can use mustard or celery seeds to make pupils. Draw a scary mouth with some ketchup. You can squirt some ketchup and mustard out on a plate and use toothpicks to make the eyes and mouth.
Place parchment paper in the bottoms of two cookie sheets. Beat the cream of tarter and the egg whites until soft peaks begin to form. Gradually add the salt and sugar mixture into the beaten egg whites, keep beating it each time you add more sugar.
By the time all of the sugar mixture is added you should be getting stiffer peaks and the meringue should be smooth and have a shine. Add all of the flavoring extracts and beat well until thoroughly mixed.
Place the meringue into the piping bag and squeeze out log shapes that are 3" or 4" long. On each end squeeze out two small balls of meringue for the bone tips. You can smooth out any pointy tips of meringue with your finger.
Bake for approximately 25 to 30 minutes in a 220* oven. Don't open the oven door during or after baking. Turn the oven off after the correct baking time and leave the cookie pans in overnight.
Meringue is fragile and if you try to remove the cookies as soon as their done they will just crumble apart. Letting them set over night and cool down inside the oven will make them a little more sturdy.
If you want the bone cookies to have an aged look, add a little yellow food coloring to the meringue as you're beating it. You can also mix green and red food coloring to make brown and add just a small amount to get the color you want.
Unwrap the mini sized candy bars and chop them into small pieces. Follow directions to mix the cake mix and blend in the candy pieces. Fill paper cupcake cups and bake as directed. Place the cupcakes on a wire rack to cool. Set aside 2 Tbs. of the icing and use the rest to cover the tops of the cupcakes once completely cool.
After you've frosted the cupcakes spread the chocolate sprinkles over the tops. Cut the large marshmallows in half and use the icing you saved to "glue" them to the front of the cupcakes for eyes. Place a small dot of icing in the center of the marshmallows and stick the M&M's to it for the pupils. Place a red M&M at the bottom center of the eyes for the nose.
When you've gotten all of the cupcakes decorated, cut the licorice laces into equal lengths and insert into the sides of the cupcakes for the creepy crawly legs! You can use a toothpick to make the hole so that the licorice is easier to insert.
For another variation you can easily make Spooky Skull Cupcakes. Bake the cupcakes are directed, yellow or white cake mix works best for the skulls. After the cupcakes have cooled, pull one side of the paper liner away from the cupcake and place a large marshmallow inside to form the jaw.
Use Junior mints or other small chocolate candies for the eyes, chocolate chips for the nose and almond slivers are great to add teeth to your skull!
Written by Connie Corder for True Ghost Tales. Copyright 2008 TrueGhostTales.com all rights reserved.
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