5 Spooky Halloween Recipes to Make With Your Kids
With Halloween just around the corner, here’s a collection of easy and fun Halloween recipes your kids will enjoy baking (and eating)! Have a blast putting together these yummy but scary sweet treats.
Witch Finger Cookies
Ready to start brewing creepy things in your kitchen? These severed witch fingered cookies might be disturbing but are utterly delicious!
Note: *No witches were harmed during this recipe* 😛
Makes: 60 cookies
Time required: 75 minutes
1 tube of red decorating gel
1 cup powdered sugar
¾ cup whole almonds
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking powder
2 ¾ cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp almond extract
1 cup softened butter
- In a mixing bowl, combine vanilla and almond extract along with egg, sugar and butter. Beat together until combined before adding salt, baking powder and flour. Beat again until smooth. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
- Preheat the oven to 165°C. Grease the baking trays.
- Remove the dough and scoop a teaspoon of the dough onto the waxed paper. Roll out the dough into a finger-shaped cookie. Place the almond at the end to appear like a fingernail. Squeeze the cookies near the tips and center to appear like knuckles. Once done, arrange all the cookies onto the baking trays.
- Continue to bake for 25 minutes or until lightly golden (resembling a human finger).
- Remove the almonds from the cookies. Squeeze a tiny amount of decorating gel on it before pressing the almond back in its place. The excess gel coming dripping onto the side should look like blood.
Tip: You can also use a brush to paint the almonds with the gel to make it look gorier.
This dessert will leave you speechless (quite literally)!
Time required: 120 minutes
Black gel food colour
1 can of dark chocolate frosting
¾ cup buttermilk
4 large eggs
1 box red velvet cake mix
30 red liquorice candy
Halloween white bone sprinkles (optional)
- Preheat the oven to 325°F. Spray baking spray on a 9x5x3 inch loaf pan.
- Use a mixer to beat oil, buttermilk, eggs and the cake mix until well combined.
- Add this batter into the pan before placing on the baking tray.
- Bake for 70 minutes. Remove from the oven and let it cool.
- Remove the cake and place the rounded side up. Start trimming the rounded top until it starts looking like a coffin. Make sure that you keep the foot of the coffin narrower than the head.
- To make the coffin lid, carefully cut a 1” horizontal layer from the top of this cake. Place the coffin and lid on the separate wire racks on wax papers.
- Add the food colour and chocolate frosting in a bowl and microwave for 15 seconds on high.
- Pour this over the coffin lid and a little on the coffin.
- Arrange the coffin on a serving plate and place the lid so that it appears that the spirit just left the coffin. Using the photo as a guide, decorate the coffin using witch’s fingers, bone sprinkles and candies.
- Refrigerate to set.
This bewitching dessert is bound to win the hearts of your guests.
Time required: 90 minutes
¼ tsp red food colour
½ cup red cinnamon candies
1 cup hot water
1 cup corn syrup
2 cups sugar
12 clean twigs
12 small red apples
- Line a baking tray with parchment paper or nonstick foil.
- Wash the apples properly under running water, dry using a kitchen towel and remove the stems. Insert the twigs into the stem end.
- In a saucepan, add water, corn syrup and sugar. Stir over medium heat until the sugar dissolves and the mixture is smooth. Use a candy thermometer and cook until the mixture reaches 250F (don’t stir in between).
- Stir once before adding cinnamon candies. Continue to cook until the temperature reaches 300°F or about 20 minutes.
- Remove the mixture and stir in the food colour. Stir lightly to blend.
- Dip, swirl and coat each apple before placing on the baking sheet (twig side up).
- Let the apples stand at room temperature for an hour or until the coating hardens.
Note: You can make them a day prior to serving and store them at room temperature.
These spicy chocolate cookies are every kid’s favourite.
Time required: 150 minutes
Edible silver sugar pearls
½ cup dark chocolate powder
½ cup unsulphered molasses
1 large egg
½ tsp cardamom, ground
1 ½ stick unsalted butter
¾ cup dark brown sugar
½ tsp baking powder
½ tp baking powder
2 ½ cup flour
½ tsp salt
½ tsp cinnamon, ground
- Whisk flour, chocolate powder, cardamom, cinnamon, salt, baking soda and baking powder until combined.
- In another bowl, add butter and sugar and beat using a mixer. Stir in the egg and beat again until fluffy and pale or for 5 minutes. Add the molasses and mix until well combined. Add the flour and beat again for a minute.
- Divide the dough in two. Place each of the portions between two pieces of foil and roll into a ⅜” thick disc. Place in the refrigerator for an hour.
- Heat the oven to 325°F. Dust your surface with cocoa powder.
- Remove the dough and transfer onto your surface. Use a bat-shaped cookie cutter to cut cookies before placing them on the baking tray.
- Rotate the baking tray once after 6 minutes and continue to bake for another 6 minutes or until all the cookies turn crisp.
- Add two silver pearls on each cookie to resemble the eyes of the bat. Cool the cookies for 5-10 minutes before transferring them to a write rack to cool off completely.
- Coat the top of the cookie with water using a pastry brush. Sprinkle sugar and let it set.
These cute mummies will be the hit of your party.
Time required: 25 minutes
8 lollipop sticks (optional)
4 oz milk chocolate chips
16 mini M&M’s
4 oz white milk chocolate
1 lb white chocolate
- Line the baking tray with parchment paper. If using lollipop sticks, skewer the bananas and freeze for 2 hours.
- Melt a pound of chocolate in the microwave following package instructions. Dip the banana one by one, shake off the excess, place on the baking tray and place two M&M’s near the eyes.
- Melt the remaining chocolate in the microwave and fill it in a piping bag with a small, round nozzle. Make zigzags over the bananas to resemble bandages.
- Chill until ready to serve.
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There you have it — 5 kid-friendly Halloween recipes that’ll be an instant hit at your party. Which one did you try and how was your experience? Please let us know in the comments section below.
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