Over time, I’ve realized that Halloween is not just for kids, because as an adult, I also enjoy having fun on All Hallow’s Eve. This is why I get so excited when I’m asked to host our Halloween block party.

Yea, you might be thinking I am a little off my rocker, but I do take great pleasure in creating spirited Halloween treats in my own kitchen.

And, when I ran across this video on how to make pumpkin pretzels, I thought I would share with all of you who have started making plans for your Oct. 31st celebration.

So, if Halloween sneaks up on you & you are are searching for a special treat to prepare for that last-minute Halloween party, you’ll love this video.

By the way, I included the video transcript in case you would rather read than watch. Go below to see it…

 

 

 

Perfect combination of salty & sweet in a cute pumpkin shape for the Fall.

You Are About to Discover How to Make Chocolate Covered Pumpkin Pretzels!

Ingredients:

  •  mini pretzels
  •  package of white chocolate chips (10-12oz)
  •  mini green m & m’s (yes, you have to separate them)
  •  1 tbsp shortening
  •  food coloring (red & yellow)

Preparation:

1. Add shortening to the white chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl.

2. Microwave at 50% power for 1 minute and stir. (If it still needs more melting time add in 30 second increments at 50% power and/or add more shortening).

3. Stir white chocolate and follow the directions on the food coloring box to make orange. (I used a dozen yellow drops, then slowly added in 4 red drops).

4. Using 2 forks dip the pretzels in the chocolate and place the pretzels on wax paper.

5. Stick the green M&Ms on the top as a stem.

6. Refrigerate for 15 minutes and serve!

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Yummy Mummy Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 2/3 cup butter or margarine, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 or 2 (10 ounce) packages white chocolate chips, your choice
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons shortening (do not use butter, margarine, spread or oil)
  • Additional mini semi-sweet chocolate chips

Preparation

Step 1. In a large bowl, beat butter, sugar and vanilla extract until creamy. Add eggs; beat well.

Step 2. Combine flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt; gradually add to butter mixture, beating well.

Step 3. Stir in 1 cup mini chocolate chips. Refrigerate dough 20 minutes or until firm enough to handle.

Time to Preheat!

Step 4. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Step 5. For mummy body, roll 1 tablespoon dough into 3 1/2-inch long carrot shape; place on ungreased cookie sheet.

Step 6. For head, roll 1 teaspoon dough into a ball the size of a grape; press onto wide end of body. Repeat procedure with remaining dough.

Step 7. Bake 8 to 9 minutes or until set. Cool slightly; remove from cookie sheet to wire rack. Cool completely.

Bring Out the Microwave!

Step 8. Microwave 1 2/3 cups (10 ounces) white chips and 1 tablespoon shortening in microwave-safe pie plate or shallow bowl on high for 1 minute; stir until chips are melted.

Step 9. Place 1 cookie at a time on table knife or narrow metal spatula.

Step 10. Spoon white chip mixture over just the top of cookie to coat; place on wax paper. If mixture begins to thicken, return to microwave for a few seconds.

Step 11 Melt additional chips with shortening, if needed for additional coating.

Step 12. As coating begins to set on cookies, use wooden pick to score lines in body and on face to resemble mummy.

Step 13. Place two mini chocolate chips on each for eyes.

Step 14. Store, covered, in cool dry place.
No One Left Behind On Halloween!

Yes, there’s something for all ages on Halloween. There’s candy, kid’s costumes, adult costumes and don’t forget the scary movies.

Halloween is also a time when people express themselves in different ways – ways that they would not normally express themselves in their day to day lives.

Pumpkin carving is no different. Halloween pumpkin carving is a great way to use the holiday spirit to create something unique and creative without spending a lot of money or time on it.

Whatever way you approach your Halloween pumpkin carving, remember that it is supposed to be fun!

Even if you do not get exactly the carving that you were trying for, it still probably looks pretty cool. And, if not, there is always pumpkin pie for your jack-o-lantern.

Witches Brooms

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
  • 2 tablespoons water1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups Gold Medal all-purpose flour
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 10 pretzel rods, about 8 1/2 inches long, cut crosswise in half
  • 2 teaspoons shortening
  • 2/3 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • Butterscotch-flavored chips, melted

Preparation:

Step 1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F.

Step 2. Mix brown sugar, butter, water and vanilla extract in medium bowl. Stir in flour and salt. Shape dough into twenty 1 1/4-inch balls.

Step 3. Place pretzel rod halves on ungreased cookie sheet. Press ball of dough onto cut end of each pretzel rod. Press dough with fork to resemble “bristles” of broom.

Step 4. Bake about 12 minutes or until set but not brown. Remove from cookie sheet. Cool completely on wire rack, about 30 minutes.

Step 5. Cover cookie sheet with wax paper. Place brooms on wax paper.

Step 6. Heat shortening and chocolate chips over low heat, stirring occasionally, until melted and smooth; remove from heat.

Step 7. Spoon melted chocolate over brooms, leaving about 1 inch at top of pretzel handle and bottom halves of cookie bristles uncovered.

Step 8. Drizzle with melted butterscotch chips. Let stand until chocolate is set

Yummy Treats

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups confectioner’s sugar
  • 1 cup graham cracker crumbs (about 14 cracker squares)
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) margarine
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup sweetened flaked coconut

Preparation:

Step 1. Combine confectioner’s sugar and graham cracker crumbs in a mixing bowl. (Make the crumbs in the food processor and then add the confectioner’s sugar.)

Step 2.Melt the margarine and peanut butter in a microwave-safe measuring cup for 1 minute in the microwave.

Step 3. Meanwhile, place coconut in a bowl.

Step 4. Mix both mixtures together. The dough will be crumbly.

Step 5. Make balls of dough using a small cookie scoop or rolling about 1 teaspoon in your hand. Roll the balls in the coconut, turning to coat.

Step 6. Line a cookie sheet with aluminum foil. Place the balls on the foil and put in the refrigerator to cool.

Makes 24

Spooky Halloween Tree

Ingredients:

  • 1 package Betty Crocker Super Moist white or yellow cake mix
  • 1/3 cup shortening
  • 1/3 cup butter or margarine, softened
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • Liquid or paste orange food color

Preparation:

Step 1. Heat oven to 375 degrees F.

Step 2. Stir together about half of the cake mix (dry), the shortening, butter, vanilla, egg and food color in large bowl thoroughly, using spoon. Stir in remaining cake mix.

Step 3. Divide dough in half. Roll each 1/4 inch thick on lightly floured cloth-covered board, using cloth-covered rolling pin.

Time to Cut the Cookies!

Step 4. Cut into desired shapes with 2 1/2-inch cookie cutters; cutting out eyes, nose, etc., if desired, using sharp knife.

Step 5. Place on ungreased cookie sheet and bake 6 to 8 minutes or just until set (centers will be soft). Cool 1 minute before removing from cookie sheet.

Step 6. Immediately make hole in tops of some cookies, using end of plastic straw; trim any cut edges with sharp knife to straighten. Cool completely on wire rack.

Step 7. Tie ribbon or yarn through holes to hang. Hang ornaments on tree branches anchored in a pot or on Halloween tree (available at craft stores).

Step 8. Decorate remaining cookies as desired.

BONUS – A Simple Halloween Snack Recipe!

Hmm, what are the Halloween colors? Yellow, orange, red and black are the traditional Halloween colors. So, one simple, but effective Halloween snack recipe requires only a brief stop at the deli counter.

Any orange cheese will do. A smoked Cheddar cheese square, with a black olive, secured by a toothpick, makes a delightful and simple Halloween snack recipe.

Where Did They Go?

Now, set your snack out on a tray and watch it disappear.

Spaghetti and Eyeballs

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 cup seasoned bread crumbs
  • 1 tablespoon ketchup
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 (7 ounce) jar pimiento-stuffed olives
  • 1 (14 ounce) jar spaghetti sauce
  • 3 quarts water
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 (8 ounce) package spaghetti
  • 2 tablespoons butter or margarine

 

Preparation:

Step 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Step 2. Mix ground beef, bread crumbs, ketchup, egg, pepper, and oregano in a large bowl. Form into about 18 to 24 eyeball-size balls.

Step 3. Press an olive into each eyeball, pimento side out. Place the eyeballs in a baking dish, cover, and bake for 45 minutes.

Don’t Burn the Eyeballs!

Step 4. About 15 minutes before the eyeballs are done, fill a large pot with 3 quarts of water. Add salt. Follow package directions to cook the spaghetti.

Step 5. Drain noodles and transfer to a serving bowl. Toss with butter or margarine. When eyeballs are done, carefully spoon onto the spaghetti, irises up.

Step 6. Spoon the sauce from the pan around them. Serve with thinly sliced black olives (eyelashes)

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how to make pumpkin pretzels

Place pretzel rod halves on ungreased cookie sheet. Press ball of dough onto cut end of each pretzel rod. Press dough with fork to resemble “bristles” of broom

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