I love any reason to make themed treats, and holidays offer the best excuse to whip out a variety of goodies that follow the same idea.
With Halloween looking a little different this year due to the pandemic and the need to stay safe, I think one of the best ways to celebrate the spookiest day of the year would be to make Halloween-themed treats.
Ghost Halloween cookies only require three ingredients: Milano chocolate-filled cookies, white chocolate and mini chocolate chips. Melt the chocolate, dip the cookies and then use the chocolate chips for eyes and the mouth. These are way easier than using meringue to create little ghosts, which I’ve tried and failed to do at least twice.
Halloween candy bark also utilizes melting white chocolate, plus swirl of purple, green and orange with candy sprinkled in the mix. It’s a simple treat that’s easy to make. Here’s a recipe: https://www.delish.com/cooking/recipe-ideas/recipes/a43934/halloween-candy-bark-recipe/.
A twist on a classic treat, a candy apple, is to substitute caramel with a sugar, corn syrup and black gel paste food coloring mix, to make it look like a “poisoned” apple.
For little monsters, you can make these: https://insidebrucrewlife.com/peanut-butter-monsters/. They are peanut butter balls, dipped in green chocolate, topped with purple sprinkles with a large candy eye.
Brownie cupcakes are easy to bake, mostly following cake box instructions. First add some brownie mix to the cupcake liners and then top it off with orange-dyed white cake mix. Then use white icing and Halloween-colored sprinkles.
This recipe, https://www.olivemagazine.com/recipes/baking-and-desserts/skeleton-gingerbread-men/, takes more of a Christmas gingerbread man and puts a spooky twist on it by using white icing to draw skeletons on top.
You can make sugar cookies cut out in bat, pumpkin and ghost shapes, eye ball cake pops, pumpkin spice Rice Krispies treats, brownies with cobweb icing, pretzels made to look like spiders and more. But sometimes if you don’t have the time or the skill, it’s just easier to buy Halloween-inspired goodies.
Becca Cakes, 1207 W. 34th St., is accepting pre-orders for a Halloween sweet box. The box comes with Halloween-themed cookies, mini cupcakes and macarons. You can order from the Becca Cakes website at https://beccacakeshtx.square.site/.
Voodoo Doughnut, 3715 Washington Ave., has a new pumpkin doughnut. The doughnut is spiked with pumpkin spice, frosted with cream cheese and topped with sprinkles.
Red Dessert Dive, 1045 Studewood St., has spooky bars, which are filled with chocolate chips and sprinkles, and Halloween cakes, including a green and red Freddy Krueger one and a red velvet cake covered in silver icing and speckled with red “blood.”
Common Bond Bakery, 449 W. 19th St., has pumpkin entremets, which has white chocolate spiced pumpkin and honey mousse, caramel and toasted pecan.
AshleyCakes, 2032 E. T.C. Jester Blvd., has cupcakes topped with Oreo bats and is taking pre-orders for Halloween cakes.
Whether you bake or buy, treats are sure to make your Halloween sweeter.