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All Hallows Eve is fast approaching and as we all rush around buying costumes, decorations, face paint and more, as well as frantically stocking up on chocolate and treats for those cute ghouls, vampires and witches that appear on our doorsteps, sometimes the fun of this spooky holiday slips away.
So why not take an hour to indulge in some Halloween themed baking? Whether a fun family activity, party preparation, or just for something a bit different, this is the perfect way to get into the Halloween spirit!
Seem like too much work? Don’t worry- we understand how busy this time of year can be, which is why we’ve selected five very easy recipes that don’t actually involve baking and are super quick to do!
Explore below our top five recipes choices, and if you’re in the mood for a Halloween cocktail while you create your spooky treats, why not try a Berry Scary Martini?
Oreo Mummy Pops
This is a great Halloween treat to do with the kids as they are fun to make and look fantastically spooky…
- A pack of Oreos – or more depending on how many you want to make
- White chocolate, or white chocolate chips
- Chocolate chips or mini Smarties (for the eyes)
- Lollipop sticks
There are two ways you can get the Oreo onto the stick. The first is to separate the Oreo into two and thinly layer with melted chocolate, place the stick in the middle and then top with the other side, leaving it until the chocolate has hardened. Alternatively, gently push the lollipop stick into the middle of the Oreo.
Melt the white chocolate in a bowl over a pan of water on a low to medium heat, or on half power in the microwave (a minute, then 30 second sets until melted). White chocolate can quickly seize up so be careful not to overcook it. Once the chocolate has melted, dip each pop in and coat completely, letting any excess drip back into the bowl. Lay on baking paper to cool. Add two chocolate chips/Smarties for the eyes while the chocolate is still soft.
Once hardened (you can pop in the freezer to do this quickly), drizzle the remainder melted chocolate over the pops in a criss cross to look like mummies.
Witch’s Hat Biscuits
These look great and are incredibly simple to do- a real novelty one to do with kids.
- Rich tea biscuits
- Ice cream cones
- 100g milk chocolate
- Ready to roll green, black fondant
- Icing sugar and water
- Star Sprinkles
Using scissors cut away the widest part of the ice cream cone for the witches hat. Trim until they can sit on the digestive biscuits. Melt the chocolate in a bowl over a pan of water or in the microwave, stirring until smooth.
Dip the cone end (the wide end) into the chocolate and place in the centre of the biscuit. Leave to set. Place on a sheet of baking paper on a tray that will fit in your fridge.
Drizzle the melted chocolate over the cone and biscuit until they are both completely covered. Sprinkle the stars over the hat and place in the fridge to set.
Now roll out the green icing and cut into strips. Roll out the black fondant and cut into small rectangles, cutting a small hole in the middle of each. Mix the icing sugar and a few drops of water, using the paste, stick the black buckle shape onto the middle of the strips. Once the chocolate has set, wrap the belts around the hats, using the sugar mix to attach and seal. Cut off any excess fondant. Your witch’s hats are ready to serve!
See the original recipe and more at goodtoknow.co.uk
Nutty Toffee Apples
Toffee Apples are popular Halloween treat, but why limit yourself to the store’s plain toffee when you can make endless bespoke sweet apples catering to your tastes? Below is a recipe for our top choice of toffee apples. However, the same process can be followed with range toppings of your own choosing, whether other nuts and sweets, or coating the apple in chocolate, this is a versatile and simple recipe… and it only takes about 15 minutes!
- 6 dessert apples
- Vegetable oil, for greasing
- 350g granulated sugar
- 50g flaked almonds
- Lolly sticks
- Baking paper
Lightly cover a baking sheet with the vegetable oil and push a lolly stick into each apple at the stalk end. In a medium-sized pan, melt the sugar over a medium heat, swirling as it begins to melt. Once all of the sugar has melted, add the almonds and mix together by swirling. Remove the pan from the heat. Dip each apple into the sugar mixture, ensuring they are well coated. Place on greased baking sheet to cool. After a few minutes, the sugar will have hardened and they are ready for you to eat, serve, or save for later!
Easy, quick, and ghoulishly delicious, these marshmallow ghosts are the perfect treats for Halloween.
- Bag of marshmallows
- Wooden skewers
- White chocolate chips
- Red and black decorating gel
- Baking paper
Skewer three marshmallows on a stick. Melt the white chocolate in a bowl over a pan of water or in the microwave- careful not to overcook. Once smooth, hold the skewer and spoon the chocolate over the marshmallows until covered. Place on the baking sheet to cool. When cooled, put two red dots for the eyes and a black O shape for the mouth. Refrigerate until hardened and voila, Ghostly goodies!
Halloween Spiced Pumpkin Pretzels
Pretzels are nice, chocolate pretzels are even nicer, but this Halloween why not try the chocolate covered pretzel with a twist? This recipe offers something a little bit different with a blend of pumpkin spice that your kids, or guests, will not be able to get enough of! And they take less than 30 minutes to make…
- White chocolate chips
- 2 Teaspoons vegetable oil
- Pumpkin spice (4tsp cinnamon, 2tsp ginger, 1tsp allspice, 1tsp nutmeg)
- Orange food colouring
Melt the white chocolate chips until smooth, add ½ a teaspoon of pumpkin spice and drops food colouring until bright orange. Set aside.
Next, take one pretzel, and using a fork, dip into the melted chocolate mixture and use the bowl to let the excess drip away. Put on the baking paper to set.If you are inspired by our Halloween treats but fancy a bit more of a challenge, why not take a look at our Halloween Bake Off recipes?