Coming soon to a serving tray or cake plate near you is the sweet treats-no tricks Halloween goodies sure to tempt and delight.
I’ve selected several recipes, ideas, and suggestions for making the Halloween goodies baking process a delicious, easy, and wickedly fun endeavor.
Presentation is key, and the vintage cutouts, bendables, honeycomb decorations, candies, and tin tray spell trick or treat.
I loved our annual Halloween shopping trips to Kmart, TG&Y, and Gibsons for decorations.
Selections were limited compared to today’s offerings, but did the trick.
A honeycomb decoration served as a centerpiece, a bendable scarecrow or warty witch a front door decoration, and two plastic jack-o’-lanterns lights to light the Halloween night and living room windows completed the look.
My mother showed a cake mix who was boss in the original Places In The Home test kitchen.
Her bag of tasty tricks included adding candy bar pieces, flavoring extracts, calorie rich whole milk, and food coloring combinations transformed a store bought cake mix into the taste of homemade.
There’s Halloween goodies magic in a bag of Milano cookies and white chocolate chips.
M’mm M’mm mummy cookies are easy to make with a bag or two of Milano cookies, white chocolate chips, sprinkles, or candy eyes.
Start by placing 2 cups of white chocolate chips and ½ teaspoon shortening in a microwave safe bowl. Microwave for 90 seconds. Stir to incorporate. Microwave in 30 second intervals until chocolate is fully melted.
For extra smooth chocolate, add another ½ teaspoon of shortening to the melted chocolate; stirring well to mix.
Test kitchen experiment with mint chocolate chips (not a favorite in the Places In The Home test kitchen) proves the times and ingredients accurate.
Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Place Milano cookies on cookie sheet.
Spoon melted chocolate over the top half of each Milano cookie and allow to set.
Reheat the remaining chocolate for 10 seconds to melt. Carefully spoon melted chocolate into a resealable plastic bag. Zip or seal the bag and snip off the bottom corner off the bag.
Drizzle chocolate over each cookie to create the bandage look. Finish by adding candy eyes or sprinkles for the eyes to each cookie while chocolate is soft.
Refrigerate cookies to allow chocolate to set.
Milano cookies make excellent tombstones.
Spoon canned frosting in your choice of color into a resealable plastic bag.
Seal or zip the bag and snip off the bottom corner off the bag.
Pipe RIP on top half of a Milano cookie, and that’s it.
These Black Cat Cookies from Good Housekeeping immediately caught my eye.
Granted, there’s several steps included in this recipe, but the finished product makes it worthwhile.
Black Cat Cookies
Basic Sugar Cookies – recipe here
Black Cocoa Cookies – recipe here
Royal Icing – recipe here
Vodka or other clear alcohol (you might need to add a dram or two for the baker!)
Black and silver luster dust
Prepare cookie doughs as directed. Use flour-coated circle cutters to cut out circles from sugar cookie dough, and use cocoa-coated cat cutters to cut out cats from black cocoa cookie dough. Bake as directed and let cool completely.
Use royal icing to decorate sugar cookies and attach cat cookies on top.
Mix a small amount of clear alcohol with silver luster dust and use a paint brush to paint small brushstrokes on the royal icing of the sugar cookies. Repeat with black luster dust to paint bats.
Makes 1 dozen.
These witch cupcakes are so ugly they’re darling.
I’m taking baking liberty here by suggesting you make the cupcakes using cake mix. Where the cake mix calls for water, I use milk for a richer homemade taste.
How to make the witch hats:
Place a wire rack over a baking sheet. Use a serrated knife to carefully cut 3 in. from the point of the sugar cones. Place the chocolate wafers on the rack.
Melt the chocolate chips in the microwave according to package directions. Spoon the melted chocolate over one cone at a time making sure to evenly cover each cone.
With a spatula, spread the chocolate to cover the wafer, adding more chocolate if necessary.
How to make the frosting:
Using an electric mixer, beat 2 cups confectioners’ sugar, 1 ¼ cup butter (2½ sticks), 1 tsp vanilla and ¼ tsp salt in a bowl until smooth and fluffy.
Tint frosting green by mixing two drops of yellow food coloring with two drops of blue.
How to make the witches:
Spread a small amount of frosting onto each cupcake, top with a doughnut. Frost sides and top of the doughnut.
Place the jelly beans, cut-side down, into the frosting for eyes.
Cut each taffy into 4 pieces, shape each into a nose and place under the eyes.
Pipe the brown frosting ( two drops of red and two drops of green) onto the jelly beans for pupils and over the jelly beans for eyebrows.
Pipe a mouth with the red frosting.
Break the shredded wheat into strands and place on top of each doughnut.
The homemade and the taste of homemade Halloween goodies trick is to treat the eye and the sweet tooth.