Halloween party tonight or tomorrow? Be a hero and show up with one (or several) of the below spooky snacks that you can make with a quickness.
I’ve pilfered these from various sources through the years, and I can’t remember where I got what. Some were from Martha Stewart, some from the Disney Family Fun magazine that inexplicably started showing up in my mail box, and some from All Recipes or Cooks.com. And as long as I’m making disclaimers: I apologize for the crappiness of the photo quality. This was a spontaneous post and these were all taken with my phone.
Moving on! Presented in order of ease of preparation:
Buy a nice multi-grain bread and spread it with already prepared Chicken, Turkey or Tuna salad from a deli. Use Halloween cookie cutters in the shapes of pumpkins, ghosts and cats. BOOM. They’ll disappear in seconds, because drunk people cannot live on fun-sized Snickers alone.
Separate segments of string cheese. Use licorice to tie the cheese to the bottom of a pretzel rod in a broomy fashion. Eat.
These are some of my favorite cookies; I make them year-round without the eyeballs because they’re so easy and delicious. Using a double-boiler (if you don’t have one, just place an empty pot over a slightly larger pot of boiling water), melt one package of butterscotch morsels and one sixteen-ounce jar of crunchy peanut butter.
Dump in one 8.5 ounce can of dry chow mein noodles, and spoon tiny mounds out onto a cookie sheet covered in wax or parchment paper. Place mini m&ms, eyeball candies or chocolate covered sunflower seeds as eyes, and let harden in the fridge for one hour. You’re done! And they will go FAST, trust.
Melt two packages of white chocolate morsels in a double boiler. Be sure to keep the heat pretty low and stir often, as white chocolate seizes (you can read more about that in this installment of Be A Badass Baker!) more easily than butterscotch or other kinds of chocolate. Stick two mini marshmallows on the end of pretzel sticks and dip into the white chocolate; let rest on parchment paper and harden in the fridge for an hour. Save half of the melted white chocolate for your next project.
Monster Feet Cookies
Mix about 5 drops of green gel food coloring into the melted white chocolate so it makes a pretty pastel green.
Dip Nutter Butter cookies into the green chocolate and place on parchment paper, top with a cashew “toe-nail.”
Mummy Face Pizzas
Top English muffins or sandwich rounds with tomato sauce and pepperoni. Separate segments of string cheese and place in a bandage pattern around the crust; use green olive slices for eyes. Bake for ten minutes at 400°F.
Mummy Pigs In a Blanket
Buy small cheese-stuffed sausages and frozen crescent rolls.Cut the unrolled dough into thin slices and wrap around the sausages in a mummy pattern. Place pepper corns for eyes at the top. Bake at 375°F for about twelve minutes, or until the dough is golden brown.
Use a good chocolate cake recipe and make cupcakes. You can either make it from a box, or this is a good easy, standard recipe from scratch. Box cake will turn out fine, but I really urge you to eschew store-bought frosting. Frosting is SO easy and fast to make (this is a great, fast buttercream frosting recipe) and the difference in quality is tremendous. However, if you don’t have a mixer or any time, buy a frosting can with a decorating tip. Decorate half of the cupcakes by piping a brain pattern with the frosting. Save the other half of the cupcakes and frosting for the next project.
Spread the frosting thinly on top of a cupcake. Have a cup of red sprinkles or decorating sugar and a cup of black sprinkles or sugar ready, and dip the cupcakes in the sprinkles. Cut black licorice into tiny pieces and use as legs (and don’t give me shit about the six-legged arachnids; I was short on time) and use mini m&ms, chocolate covered sunflower seeds or eyeball candies for eyes.
So now you have nine easy spooky snacks in your wheelhouse! If you want to really impress, you can replicate this kick-ass centerpiece I did.
Buy a plain grapevine wreath from a hobby store; spray paint it in matte black and cover with black rubber worms or snakes. Buy a plastic skeleton and rip the pieces apart; cover with spray adhesive and liberally sprinkle with green glitter. Place a cake plate in the middle of the wreath and pile on the glittery skeleton parts. It’s easy to make and looks so rad; this picture doesn’t do it justice.
Have fun! And if you know of any other good Halloween treats, please speak up in the comments. I’m always looking to expand my scary food repertoire.