easy recipes for last-minute halloween treats
It's the time of year when goblins big and small come looking for treats to satisfy their sweet tooths. Here are three frighteningly easy recipes that will win you fans from beyond the grave. We know how busy it gets around this time, so here are our suggestions for quick recipes that can be done just in time for those trick or treaters or your Halloween night party. We show you shortcuts to give you time to enjoy Halloween before the witching hour. Bwahahahahaha!
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Cinnamon Cider: Heat some of your favorite apple cider and pour into a coffee cup. Add a whole cinnamon stick and swirl it around to infuse the cider with a warm glow of real cinnamon. Grownups add some apple schnapps after the kids go to bed. Serve with your favorite Halloween treats.
Caramel Apples on a Stick: This is the easiest recipe ever (no kidding!) Use medium sized Granny Smith apples for that tangy bite underneath the sweet topping. Stick a popsicle stick into the bottom, leaving plenty of room for holding. Melt a package of Kraft caramels in a saucepan over low heat. When fully melted, dip the apple on the stick into the caramel and turn to coat evenly. Put the apple stick side up on waxed paper and let it cool. If you like, before the caramel fully cools, roll in your favorite topping such as crushed cookies, peanut butter cups, cinnamon candies, pecan bits or whatever you fancy.
Halloween Mini-Cupcakes: Use your favorite brand of cake mix and blend as directed. Line mini-cupcake pans with paper liners. Fill the mini-cupcake cups 2/3 full with the batter (we used Pillsbury Dark Chocolate, but you can use whatever you like) and bake as directed. Let mini-cupcakes cool as directed. Then decorate with no-refrigeration required frosting (see recipe below) and Autumn mix candy, Marshmallow Creme (use sparingly as it tends to spread out), and S'Mores Crumble-On. Some of our favorite combinations - Orange frosting with pumpkin peeps, candy corn or pumpkins (from the Autumn mix), Toasted Marshmallow Creme with S'Mores Crumble-Ons, and Marshmallow Creme with mini-chip chocolate chip eyes.
7-8 cups of powdered sugar
1/2 Tablespoon of cream of tartar
10 Tablespoons (1/2 cup + 2 Tablespoons) Crisco or other shortening
Small pinch of salt
1/2 teaspoon of orange or other flavor extract as you like
1/4 to 1/2 cup of water, or more depending on consistency you desire
food coloring of your choice (1 part red and 3 parts yellow make orange)
Place all ingredients except water into a bowl. Begin mixing on slow speed and slowly add water. As mixture begins to blend, add food coloring and turn mixer to medium-high for 6 to 7 minutes until thick, smooth and creamy. Add more or less food coloring and water to get your desired look and feel.