Halloween is just about a week away! It’s my favorite time of the year. Not only is the weather changing and we have cooler temps, but the creativity in my family is at its height. Decorations for the Halloween party on the 24th are done and, by the time you read this, will be mostly put up. I have moved on to the foods and, since the party is tomorrow, am mostly done with those as well. If you aren’t averse to doing so in the time we are in, come out to the VFW at 1427 N Okmulgee tomorrow evening and get some goodies! Since I was already making stuff this week, the column is what I have been working on. I had to make it easier on myself this week!
Growing up, I lived in my own little world. I loved to read (I still do) and would often daydream and make myself a character in one of my books. For me, Halloween meant it wasn’t just in my head. I could be anybody I wanted. I have very loving parents. I don’t think they ever told me no when we discussed what I wanted to be. Of course, it was rarely a costume we could just go get from the store. We used sheets to make a Lydia (from Beetlejuice) and another set for Cleopatra. Dad even make me a snake out copper pipe to wrap around my arm for that one. Thinking back though, we used a lot of sheets for my costumes. I was a vampire and the bride of Frankenstein’s monster. If any of you knew me then, you would remember that one. We used chicken wire to make my hair stand straight up like it was supposed to.
I was talking to Mom last Saturday as we finished our spell book decoration for the party. Someone made the comment we had gotten pretty good at this stuff. Thinking about it, we were always pretty good. We made a lot of our decorations for Halloween, even long before we started having Halloween parties. We have certainly honed our craft though. Our decorations have gotten better with each passing year. And I have found I can use a hot glue gun to create detail work like nobody’s business. LOL! Most importantly though, I love we can still get together and do these things.
This week, I made a few witchy sweets at home for the party and decided to share them here. Make your grocery list and meet me in the kitchen for wickedly good witchy fun!
1 box brownie mix
Ingredients called for on brownie mix
1 cup unsalted butter
4 cups powdered sugar
2 tsps. pure vanilla extract
2-4 Tbsps. milk or heavy cream
Green food coloring, purple is also a good choice or even a mix of both
Green sprinkles in various sizes
Halloween sprinkles if desired
Preheat oven to 350°F. Liberally grease muffin tin. In bowl, mix together brownie batter as directed on box and fill muffin cups 3/4 the ways full with batter. Bake for about 20 minutes or until just done and immediately depress centers with tablespoon or measuring cup. Let cool completely. In large bowl, beat butter until light and fluffy, about 4-5 minutes. Add powdered sugar and continue beating, scraping down sides occasionally, until smooth. Add vanilla and 2 Tbsps. milk. Beat well. Add more as needed to reach desired consistency. Mix in food coloring. Add a few drops at a time and mix well after each addition until you reach desired color. Pipe swirls into your brownie cups or simply scoop some frosting onto each one. Add sprinkles and pretzel stick to each one.
1 cup peanut butter
1 cup sugar
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 large egg, lightly beaten
Chocolate melting chips
White melting chips
Preheat oven to 350°F. Line cookie sheet with parchment paper. Add all ingredients to large mixing bowl. Mix well to combine. Place pretzel rods on prepared baking sheets. Use cookie scoop or tablespoon to scoop dough and roll into balls. Press one ball onto end of each pretzel rod shaping as needed to form broom. Press fork into dough so it resembles bristles. Bake 10 minutes. Let cool 2 minutes on cookie sheet. Remove to wire cooling racks to cool completely. Melt chocolate chips in double boiler or melting pot. Return cookies to baking sheet. Spoon melted chocolate over brooms, leaving about 1 inch at top of pretzel handle and bottom halves of cookie bristles uncovered. Melt white chips. Drizzle chocolate with white. Let stand until chocolate is set.
Melted Witch Parfait
1 box vanilla pudding
Cookies, I used Oreos
Brownie/cake (I used left over pieces from the cauldrons)
Green food coloring
Purple food coloring
Sprinkles and/or candy eyes, optional
Prepare pudding as directed on box. Add green food coloring to desired color. Refrigerate until ready to use. Crush cookies. Crumble brownie or cake into small pieces. Dye whipped topping purple. Layer brownie pieces in bottom of glass filling glass about ¼ of the way. Top with purple whipped topping. Add cookie crumbles on top of purple layer. Top with green pudding. Add eyes and sprinkles for hair if desired. I also made hats out of chocolate.
Witch Hat Cones
Black color mist spray
Cake mix, either homemade or from a box
Chocolate cookies big enough to form brim of hat
food color gels in colors of choosing for band
Yellow food color gel for buckle
Cone cupcake baking rack, I got mine from Amazon but you will need this to get the cake baked inside the cones properly.
Preheat oven to 350°F. Prepare cake mix according to directions. Place cone baking rack on baking sheet. Fill each slot with one sugar cone. Fill cones with about 2 tablespoons of batter. Bake cones according to package directions for cupcakes. Allow cones to cool completely. Trim cake as needed to level top of each cone to a flat surface. Place cones top down on parchment paper lined baking sheet. Use black color mist to coat cones lightly. If you use a heavy hand on the color spray, the cones can absorb too much of the moisture and get soggy. Allow to dry about 15 minutes. Take ¼ cup frosting and dye with yellow for buckle. Take 1 cup of frosting and add drops of gel color until desired color is reaches. Do the same for each additional color you want to use. Add tip 2M to piping bag and place colored frosting in bag for the band. Add tip 3 to another piping bag and add yellow tinted frosting. Pipe a small amount of frosting in center of cookie. Place cone on top, wide end down. Pipe band using tip 2M around edge of cone where it meets cookie, spinning cookie as you go for an unbroken band. Repeat for remaining cones. Take other bag with tip 3 and pipe small square outline for buckle. Let them sit for about 15 minutes for frosting to set and enjoy!
Note: These need to be done as close to serving them as possible. The cake can make the cones soggy and soft and you don’t want that. If you can puncture a hole in the cone, it will allow steam to escape and prevent that. I found that rather difficult to do though. Also, I made my buckle out of chocolate instead of using frosting.
Recipe from wilton.com.