Nicole Brown, Marketing Intern
When the weather starts getting colder, the leaves start changing colors, and the Pumpkin Spice Latte returns to Starbucks, it means one thing: fall is here! Though most of us won’t trick or treat anymore, fall is still the perfect time to make treats for yourselves and your friends.
The choices are endless between apples, pumpkins and all of the many candy possibilities, so I’ve chosen to highlight just a few. Recipes and links are below, listed by category.
All Things Apple:
- Caramel and Candy Apples
- Whether caramel or candy coating is your favorite, these are easy to make and sure to please!
- Purchase apples, wooden sticks, caramel or candy coating, and nuts, chocolate chips, sprinkles or anything else you’d want to top your apple with.
- Wash and remove the stems from the apples.
- Skewer with a wooden stick.
- Dip them in coating and then roll in nuts, chocolate, or sprinkles.
- If you’re feeling more adventurous, try making your own caramel or candy sauce:
- Apple cider, served hot or cold depending on the weather, can be a wonderful treat! Make your own improvised cider by heating store-bought apple juice with cinnamon sticks, cloves, and allspice to taste.
- Or follow this recipe to make it from scratch: http://www.food.com/recipe/moms-homemade-apple-cider-non-alchoholic-253224
- Baked Apples
- Cut apples into bite-sized chunks and then place in a casserole dish. Cover the bottom of the dish with orange juice, then sprinkle brown sugar and cinnamon on top of the apples.
- Bake at 400 degrees until the apples are tender, approximately 20 minutes.
- Where pumpkin is concerned, you have an important choice to make: canned or fresh? During pumpkin season, choosing fresh will get you the best flavor! Follow these directions to prepare fresh pumpkin for baking: http://allrecipes.com/howto/baking-with-fresh-pumpkin/
- Pumpkin Pie
- This iconic fall dessert is fairly simple to make and perfect for sharing: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/paula-deen/pumpkin-pie-recipe/index.html
- Pumpkin Cheesecake:
- Like pumpkin pie, but creamier! And it’s even easier to make than pumpkin pie, so you can’t go wrong: http://www.kraftbrands.com/philly/recipes/Pages/Recipe-Detail.aspx?recipeId=53064
- Pumpkin Muffins (or bread)
- Perfect for breakfast, a snack, or dessert, pumpkin muffins are less sweet than their pie and cake counterparts: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ellie-krieger/pumpkin-muffins-recipe/index.html
- Decorative Rice Krispies Treats
- First, make the Rice Krispies Treat marshmallow mixture according to the recipe: http://www.ricekrispies.com/en_US/recipes/the-original-treats.html#/en_US/recipes/the-original-treats
- But before you add the Rice Krispies to the marshmallow mixture, add any coloring you desire.
- Try orange for pumpkins, and then shape the Rice Krispies Treats into balls and top with a green piece of candy. Or try leaving some of the mixture colorless, making part yellow and part orange, and shaping it into candy corn shaped cones.
- Spooky Eyeball Cake Balls
- Bake your favorite cake to the package instructions and while it’s still hot, mix in your favorite frosting. You can also mix crushed cookies, like Oreos or Nutter Butters, with cream cheese or frosting.
- Roll pieces of the mixture in your hands to form balls, then dip them in melted white chocolate or candy coating.
- Place on wax paper to cool, then top with a gummy ring and chocolate chip inside the hole in the gummy ring.
- Ghost Pancakes
- Follow your favorite pancake recipe (or use a pre-made mix) to make the batter. Then, pour it onto the griddle in ghostly shapes. Try starting with a half-circle and then adding the bottom half of a triangle below it.
- Using three chocolate chips, make eyes and a mouth.
- Pretzel Creations—Pumpkins
- Melt white chocolate and add food coloring or buy orange candy coating and melt it.
- Dip pretzel twists in the melted chocolate, add a green M&M to the top, place the pretzels on wax paper to cool, and you’re done!
- Witches’ Broomsticks
- For the perfect mix of sweet and salty, try this recipe that combines pretzels, cookies, and chocolate: http://www.thedragonskitchen.com/2010/10/witchs-broomstick-cookies.html
- Broomstick Bites
- These are all salt and no sweet! Make these cheesy pretzel creations for a break from all the sugar.
- Graveyard Taco Dip
- Choose your favorite taco ingredients and layer them. I’d recommend starting with a layer of refried beans, then adding cheese, sour cream, guacamole, and taco meat (beef or chicken, seasoned to your taste) in the order you prefer, and topping with lettuce. Refrigerate.
- Cut tortillas into fun Halloween shapes—like tombstones, cats and scary looking trees—and bake the pieces for 5 to 7 minutes at 350, until they are crispy. Cool, then use to decorate your taco dip like a graveyard.
General Halloween Treat Tips:
- Anything to which you can add food coloring can become candy corn, pumpkins, Frankenstein, and much more—just mix in a few drops and shape the final product however you desire!
- Pretzels make great arms, legs, fingers, and more. Try sticking pretzel sticks out of a giant marshmallow to create a pretzel spider.
- Halloween treats don’t have to look beautiful! It is, after all, a celebration of scary so feel free to make your treats intentionally creepy or messy.
- Try carving your favorite cookie, cake, or other treat! Simply wait for it to cool and use a knife to cut out a Jack-o’-lantern-esque mouth and eyes. See it done with cookies: http://www.diamondsfordessert.com/2011/10/jack-o-lantern-cookies.html
- Add spider webs to decorate any food with a sauce. Just draw circles with the sauce, then use a toothpick to drag out from the center to form points, like this: http://www.bhg.com/halloween/recipes/spiderweb-soup-topping/
If you’re hungry for more, check out The Study’s “All Things Fall” Pinterest board!