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Kick-off your Halloween Party with some delicious spooky treats!

Shrunken Head Cider

Add an extra spooky element to your apple cider with some carved out apple faces!

PREP TIME 40min.

TOTAL TIME 5hr 40min.

COMPLEXITY Medium.

SERVINGS 18-20.

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 gallons apple cider
  • 6 small apples, peeled
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 3 whole star anise pods
  1. Preheat
    Preheat the oven to 250Β°F.
  2. Carve
    Cut each apple in half, then, using a melon baller and a sharp paring knife, carve little faces into each apple half. Try to mix up the design of the faces to get unique shapes!
  3. Bake & Cool 4hr + 1hr.
    Place the carved apples on a baking sheet and bake for about 4 hours, until apples have shrunken and shriveled significantly. Allow cooling for about 1 hour.
  4. Heat
    Heat the apple cider in a large pot on medium-high heat. Once steaming, add the cinnamon sticks and star anise pods and remove from the heat to steep the spices until ready to serve.
  5. Serve
    Place the spiced apple cider into a large serving bowl or punch bowl, then float the shrunken head apples on top and serve. Cider can be enjoyed warm or cold.

Headless Gingerbread Men

These delicious gingerbread men have all lost their heads!

PREP TIME 30min.

TOTAL TIME 2hr.

COMPLEXITY Easy.

SERVINGS 12-16.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 batch of your favorite gingerbread cutout cookie dough or 1 package of prepared dough
  • 1 package red candy melts
  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil
  1. Preheat
    Preheat oven. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Roll & Cut
    Roll out the cookie dough and cut out gingerbread men shapes using a cookie cutter.
  3. Bake
    Bake according to your favorite recipe or package instructions and allow to cool.
  4. Melt 45sec.
    Melt red candy melts with coconut oil at 45-second intervals until completely smooth.
  5. Break
    Carefully break off the heads of each gingerbread cookie and reserve the heads for serving.
  6. Dip
    Dip the β€œneck” of each cookie into the candy melts and hold upright to allow it to drip down the body. If the β€œblood” doesn’t seem to be dripping, you can spoon a little more over the top to get the effect.
  7. Freeze 10min.
    Freeze cookies for about 10 minutes to allow the candy melts to set and bring to room temperature before serving. Serve with the severed heads on the side.

Skull Cake

No party is complete without a cake. Have a blast making this cute Skull Cake!

PREP TIME 20min.

TOTAL TIME 2hr.

COMPLEXITY Easy.

SERVINGS 16-18.

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 boxes cake mix, baked into 1 large round pan and 1 smaller square pan and cooled completely
  • 1 recipe of your favorite white buttercream or about 3 cans prepared white frosting, 1Β½ cups dyed black
  1. Cut
    Using a sharp knife, cut the square cake in half horizontally and cut about ΒΌ off the bottom of the round cake. Reserve the small cut from the circle cake and one of the halves of the square cake for another use or discard.
  2. Piece Together
    Piece together the remaining circle cake and square cake (cut sides together).
  3. Frost
    Frost the whole cake with a layer of vanilla buttercream or frosting and smooth as best you can.
  4. Shape
    Using a spoon, remove some of the cake to make the eyes and nose of the skull. Fill the holes with some black buttercream and smooth.
  5. Pipe
    Pipe the outline of the jaw and some lines for the mouth with black buttercream.

Hand Pies

Give yourself a hand when it comes to these pies!

PREP TIME 10min.

TOTAL TIME 1hr 30min.

COMPLEXITY Easy.

SERVINGS 6.

INGREDIENTS

  • 6 boxes prepared the pie crust
  • 1 can cherry pie filling
  • 1 egg white, beaten
  1. Preheat
    Preheat the oven to 350Β°F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Trace
    Unroll each round of pie crust. Using a butter knife, carefully trace your handprint into the dough (tracing a little larger than your actual hand is best). Alternate between your left and right hand.
  3. Cut Out
    Remove your hand, then, using a sharp knife, cut out the imprints and discard the scraps of dough or reserve for another use if desired.
  4. Brush
    Brush half of the hands with the beaten egg white.
  5. Spoon
    Spoon about 3 tablespoons of cherry pie filling into the β€œpalm” of each hand and a small amount of the filling onto each finger. Lay one hand over the top of the filling and press the edges to seal completely. Repeat with remaining hands, then brush the tops with more beaten egg white.
  6. Bake 25-35min.
    Bake for about 25-35 minutes, until golden brown and flaky.
  7. Cool
    Allow cooling slightly before serving.

Cemetery Cake

Get creative and whip up this beautiful cemetery cake for your Halloween party!

PREP TIME 20min.

TOTAL TIME 4hr.

COMPLEXITY Easy.

SERVINGS 8-10.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 box cake mix, baked into a 9×13” rectangle and cooled completely
  • 1 recipe chocolate buttercream or about 2 cans prepared chocolate frosting
  • Β½ recipe white buttercream or 1 can prepared vanilla frosting, Β½ cup dyed red, β…“ cup dyed green
  • 1 round cookie with a hole in the center (such as a Keebler Fudge stripe)
  • 3 wafer cookies, β€œglued” together with some frosting on the backside (for the tombstone)
  • 2 gold jimmies (optional)
  1. Pipe
    Using a small star-shaped piping tip, pipe the red food coloring into small roses onto the round cookie to completely cover the surface. The goal is to create a flower wreath. Place in the freezer to harden.
  2. Pipe
    Pipe a message onto the wafer cookies if desired, such as β€œRIP.” Set aside
  3. Cut
    Cut a rectangle out of the cake, slightly off-center, that is about 4” long and 2” wide. Carefully remove the rectangle and set aside. Fill in any bald spots in the β€œgrave” with crumbled cake.
  4. Cut
    Cut the reserved rectangle of cake into a coffin shape. Frost with chocolate frosting, smoothing out as best as you can. Using a fork, draw a squiggly β€œwood grain” pattern into the frosting. Place 2 gold jimmies onto the side of the coffin to look like the hinges.
  5. Frost
    Frost the entire cake with chocolate frosting.
  6. Crumble
    Crumble the cake scraps and place the crumbs next to the grave to look like the dirt.
  7. Set
    Set the coffin on top of the cake next to the grave.
  8. Pipe
    Pierce through the tip of a piping bag with a toothpick in a few spots to create a grass effect. Load the piping bag with the green frosting and pipe small patches of grass over the surface of the cake.
  9. Stick
    Stick the tombstone into the cake above the grave.
  10. Place
    Place the flower wreath next to the tombstone and enjoy it!

Crescent Critters

Easily make your own little crescent critters using store-bought Crescent roll dough!

PREP TIME 20min.

TOTAL TIME 1hr 30min.

COMPLEXITY Easy.

SERVINGS 8-10.

INGREDIENTS

  • 3 cans prepared crescent roll dough
  • Black food coloring
  • 1 egg white, beaten
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter (optional)
  1. Preheat
    Preheat oven to 350Β°F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Knead
    Remove the dough from the packaging and place 2 in one bowl. Knead the dough together to remove any perforations. Cover with plastic wrap and set aside.
  3. Color
    Place the other package of dough into a separate bowl and add some black food coloring. Knead the dough to remove and perforations.
  4. Roll & Cut
    On a lightly floured surface, roll the black dough with a rolling pin or wine bottle until it is ⅛” thick. Cut into thin strips and cover with a damp kitchen towel until ready to use.
  5. Roll
    Grab a piece of the plain dough roughly the size of a tennis ball to make the body, then roll into a log. Roll the dough thin on one side, leaving one end larger for the head.
  6. Wrap
    Carefully wrap 1 strip of black dough around the body of the caterpillar, pinching at the thin tail end and curling it around the side.
  7. Place
    Place two small pieces of black dough onto the head and add two small pieces of plain dough for the eyes. Repeat with remaining dough.
  8. Brush & Bake20-25min.
    Brush the caterpillars with beaten egg white and bake for about 20-25 minutes, until lightly golden brown and baked through.
  9. Brush Again & Serve
    Brush the freshly baked caterpillars with melted butter and serve immediately for a deliciously β€œslimy” look.

Spider-Chip Cookies

These chocolate chip cookies are adorable and easy to make!

PREP TIME 10min.

TOTAL TIME 1hr.

COMPLEXITY Easy.

SERVINGS ~18.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 batch of your favorite homemade chocolate chip cookie dough or 1 package prepared chocolate chip cookie dough
  • 3 oz chocolate chips
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  1. Preheat
    Preheat the oven. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Spoon
    Spoon 1 Β½ tablespoons cookie dough onto the prepared baking sheet. Place a few extra chocolate chips flat side-up into the mounds of cookie dough and bake according to your favorite recipe or the package instructions.
  3. Melt 45sec.
    Once the cookies are baked and cooled, melt the remaining chocolate chips with the coconut oil at 45-second intervals in the microwave until very smooth.
  4. Freeze 5min.
    Dip a toothpick into the melted chocolate and draw spider legs off of the visible chocolate chips. Freeze for 5 minutes to set the chocolate and allow to come to room temperature before serving.

Maneater Cake

“She’s a maneater” cake!

PREP TIME 25min.

TOTAL TIME 4hr.

COMPLEXITY Easy.

SERVINGS 8-10.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 3 layer cake, prepared or homemade
  • 20 whole almonds, raw
  • ΒΌ cup slivered almonds, raw
  • 1 can be prepared the cherry pie filling
  1. Steep 15min.
    Pour boiling water over the whole almonds and allow to steep for about 15 minutes, until mostly cooled. Carefully peel the skins off and set almonds aside.
  2. PurΓ©e
    PurΓ©e the cherry pie filling until completely smooth. Pour filling into a squeeze bottle if you have one.
  3. Carve
    Carefully carve away at some of the sides of the cake at a 45-degree angle to make the mouth.
  4. Insert
    Insert the blanched almonds and slivered almonds into the perimeter of the cut you made in the cake to make the teeth. Feel free to go overboard here! It only adds to the spooky effect.
  5. Spoon
    Carefully squeeze or spoon the cherry puree to cover the inside of the mouth where you carved to cover any bald spots. Add some cherry puree over the teeth to create a dripping blood effect.
  6. 6. ChillChill the cake until ready to serve.

Tear-N-Share Brain

This ooey-gooey gory dessert is sweet and delicious!

PREP TIME 30min.

TOTAL TIME 1hr 10min + cooling time.

COMPLEXITY Easy.

SERVINGS 20.

INGREDIENTS

  • 4-5 cans prepared cinnamon roll dough (such as Pillsbury Grands), frosting reserved
  • Red food coloring
  1. Preheat
    Preheat oven to 350Β°F. Spray a medium-sized oven-proof glass bowl with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Prepare Dough
    Remove the cinnamon roll dough from the package and, working one at a time, uncoil each to make a long rope. Fold the rope onto itself to create a ruffle effect. Squish the dough slightly to keep it together, then place it into the bottom of the prepared bowl, slightly left of center. Repeat with another roll and place next to the first ruffle, just slightly right of center. Repeat this pattern to line the inside of the bowl, then fill the bowl with remaining ruffles until you use all of the dough.
  3. Press
    Press the dough lightly to keep the dough compact as it bakes.
  4. Bake 35-40min.
    Bake for about 35-40 minutes, until golden brown all around the sides and cooked through the center. Allow cooling completely before turning out of the bowl.
  5. Turn
    Once cooled, turn the bowl out onto a platter or large plate.
  6. Combine
    In a small bowl, combine all of the cinnamon roll icings that came in the packaging with red food coloring to make a bright red blood color.
  7. Drizzle
    Drizzle frosting all over the brain and tear pieces off to eat.

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