Can you even believe that Halloween is almost a month away? This month of September is flying by us. Just the other day when I was talking to my children about our upcoming party I asked what foods should I make for our guests. Honestly, my son looked at me with a stare then said, how about cupcakes? My daughter loudly announced, how about cookies? I said to them, let’s get creative. I know there is nothing wrong with cupcakes or cookies and of course, I’m sure that I will also make them but I wanted to make something different. Something that the kids could grab and go.
If you ever hosted a Halloween party, then you already know that children are all about the candy. Okay, okay us adults too. But this year I wanted to surprise our little guests with yummy treats. Especially the recipes that I can prepare the same day or hours before they arrive.
That is when we decided on Monster Big Mouth Cookies, Apple Nachos, and Caramel Popcorn. These desserts and snacks are so delicious.
So of course before our party next month I decided to grab my ingredients and do some taste testing for ourselves. It’s a must, right?
Trust me you’re going to love how easy it is to make each one.
For the Apple Nachos you will need:
- Four-Five Large Apples (Granny Smith or any on hand)
- Caramel and Chocolate Syrup
- Marshmallow (Melted)
- Candy (If desired)
Slice your apples then place them on a large platter. Drizzle caramel and chocolate syrup on top. Place a half of cup of marshmallow in a microwave safe container. Heat for 30 seconds at a time until completely melted. Still a little thick? Add a teaspoon or two of heavy cream. Drizzle on the apples. Add Halloween candy to the top. To keep the apples from turning brown, prepare and serve right away.
For the Caramel Popcorn you will need:
- All Natural Popcorn (Plain) Popped
- Light Brown Sugar
- Light Corn Syrup
- Unsalted Butter
- Baking Soda
- Vanilla Extract
- Salt (If desired)
Take your already popped popcorn and place in a large bowl. Pre-heat oven to 250° degrees. In a medium saucepan, heat one cup of butter, stir in two cups of light brown sugar and bring to a boil. Next, remove from heat and add half of teaspoon of baking soda, and two teaspoons of vanilla extract. Pour mixture over popcorn and blend together. Take your baking sheet and place your popcorn on it. Bake for 40 minutes. Stir mixture in the oven every 15 minutes. Let cool and break apart into pieces.
For the Monster Big Mouth Cookies you will need:
- Refrigerated Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Semi-Sweet Chocolate Baking Chips
- White Chocolate Baking Chips
- Can Frosting (White)
- Neon Food Coloring
- Large Marshmallows
- Candy -Coated Chocolate Candy
- Colorful Licorice
Bake cookies as directed on packaging.
In a medium bowl, add one cup of white frosting then add 4 squirts of desired food coloring. Stir until well blended. Take one baked cookie and add frosting to the top. You should scoop your frosting to one side of the cookie (on an angle). Cookie top and bottom should look like one side is touching. Add baking chips for teeth then add a scoop of frosting on top to hold marshmallow eyes in place. Take some reserved frosting and place it on your coated candy then place it on the marshmallows for eyes. Add licorice or other candy if desired.
So tell me, what Halloween treat will you make this year?
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