Delightful recipes are always near the top of the ladder when most people think about Halloween treats. From the basic to the more complicated, there is a Halloween recipe for every skill level. Kids will really enjoy helping out in the kitchen with fun Halloween treats!
Caramel Apples-Everyone’s Favorite Treat!
Caramel apples are usually the first thing that comes to mind when people think of a Halloween treat that stands the test of time. They make a tasty autumn treat. You can pick them up at most stores ready made, or if you prefer, you can dip your own. There are also caramel apple kits readily available in the produce section of your local store.
A copper kettle is thought to be the best method for making your own homemade caramel due to its even heat distribution. That is the method used by those more advanced at the art of caramel apple making. Putting a pan on the stove with a little water inside, then a smaller one inside it to melt your caramels will work very well also. The easiest way is to simply microwave them in a medium sized, microwave safe bowl for approximately 2 minutes, stirring through the mixture one time.
One of the best apples to use is the tart, crisp, Granny Smith. They are just so juicy and delicious! If a smaller apple is desired, look no further than the venerable Jonathan. These make a great kid-sized treat! Your apples will turn out best if they are cold to begin with. If your apples are not organic, and have a wax coating on them, dip them in hot water and wipe them off before dipping. You will find the caramel clings to the apples much better without a wax coating on them.
Tanya Steel, of Epicurious Magazine, demonstrates how easy and fun it can be to make caramel apples.
What it takes:
- 4 or more apples
- Sticks to match the number of apples you are making
- Variety of toppings, if desired
- Microwave Safe Bowl or Double Boiler
- Waxed Paper to place your finished apples on
Watch the video below as Tanya shows you how simple this really is!
Sugar Cookie Treats Are Fun To Make!
Another easy recipe you can use, and the kids are sure to enjoy, is the basic sugar cookie recipe. All you need are a few cookies, topping supplies and your imagination! You can make easy jack-o-lantern cookies with orange colored sugar or icing. Just strategically place a few miniature chocolate chips on top for eyes, nose and mouth. Or how about some spider cookies? You can use licorice sticks or whips for the legs. Just add some chocolate M&M’s for eyes! This is a great way for kids to put their imaginations into high gear.
Basic Sugar Cookie Recipe:
- 1 Large Egg
- 1/2 cup Vegetable Oil (canola, sunflower, etc.)
- 1 stick of Butter, softened to room temperature
- 1/2 cup Sugar
- 1/2 cup Powdered Sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
- 2 cups All-purpose Flour
- 1/2 teaspoon Salt
- 1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda
- 1/2 teaspoon Cream Of Tartar
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.Vary according to your own oven.
Cream together in a mixer or large mixing bowl: Both types of sugar, butter, oil and egg.
Mix the remaining dry ingredients together well. Add slowly into a running mixer or the flour will fly off in every direction. Cover the dough with plastic wrap over the bowl. Refrigerate for at least one hour. Drop balls of dough with a spoon (about golf ball size) onto an ungreased cookie sheet. Flatten cookie dough with the bottom of a glass that has been coated in butter.
To apply colored sugars, dip buttered glass in the suger before flattening the cookie dough. Bake for approximately 10 minutes, until cookies are just barely browned. Keep an eye on them! Cool on racks. Make sure cookies are thoroughly cooled before applying any type of desired icing.
Gail Dosik, Pastry Designer, shows us some cool decorating ideas using royal icing:
See what you can create this year with fun, festive Halloween recipe ideas!