Ghost Peeps Cupcakes

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October 31:Halloween

Get into the Halloween a”spirit” and decorate devil’s food cupcakes with marshmallow ghost Peeps and pumpkin candies. They are a simple, cute and quick treat to make with the kids and they sure beat store-bought desserts. Plain cupcakes can be transformed from boring to “boo-tiful” and can be a festive food for Halloween.

Recipe

Ingredients

  • Devil’s food cupcakes (or other favorite flavor)
  • Chocolate frosting (canned or homemade)
  • Marshmallow Peeps ghosts
  • Pumpkin candies (Brach’s brand)

Directions

Bake cupcakes according to the package directions. Cool completely. Spread or pipe frosting on the cupcakes.

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Separate the marshmallow Peeps ghosts in the package by cutting between them. Stick a toothpick on the bottom of the Peeps ghost. Insert into the top of a cupcake. Finish decorating by placing a pumpkin candy next to it.

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Notes

  • Change the cupcake paper colors to orange, purple, green or other Halloween liners.
  • Vanilla can be substituted for the chocolate frosting.
  • Search our blog for other Halloween recipes.

 

Bandage Cookies

Bandage Cookies

October 31: Halloween

Gross out your guests with graham cracker bandage cookies. With only three ingredients—graham crackers and white and red frosting—these sweet treats are so quick to make for any last-minute ghoulish get-togethers. For an even more bloody good time, make these bandage cookies to go with our other Halloween recipes, such as ribs, fingers, eyeballs, earwax, brain, bones, apple smiles and more. Happy Halloween!

Recipe

Ingredients

  • Graham crackers
  • White tube frosting
  • Red gel tube icing

Directions

With a sharp knife, carefully separate the graham crackers into quarters. For each cracker strip, squeeze out a square of white frosting from the tube. Next, add a little “blood” on the center with the red gel tube icing. Serve on a bed of cheesecloth stained in red liquid food coloring.

Bandage Cookies

Notes

  • There are several variations for creating these creepy cookies. Wafer cookies or club crackers may be used instead of the graham crackers. Square-cut fondant pieces or white cheese spread may be used instead of the white frosting center. And strawberry jam or jelly may be used instead of the red gel tube icing.
  • For the bloody bandage background, randomly smudge red liquid food coloring on cheesecloth and let dry.
  • Search our blog for other Halloween recipes.

Vampire Bite Cookies

Vampire Bite Cookies

October 31:
Halloween

Bite into bright, blood-red cookies that look like luscious vampire lips. The sweet sugar cookies have a hint of cinnamon and the fondant fangs contrast the color of the chewy chocolate caramel candy. These cute cookies are a distinctively delectable Dracula-themed dessert. Bake a batch of vampire bite cookies for scary movie nights and for Halloween parties.

Recipe

(Adapted from Bright Ideas)

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cups flour
  • ¾ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ cup (1 stick) butter
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • Red food coloring (we used Americolor brand Super Red food color paste)
  • Red sugar crystals (we used Cake Mate brand)
  • Mini chocolate-covered caramel candies (Riessen or Milky Way)
  • White/vanilla fondant (we used a Satin Ice sample)

Directions

Unwrap all the chocolates and set aside. In a mixing bowl, combine the flour, baking soda and cinnamon. In another bowl, cream the butter with the sugar. Beat in the egg.

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Gradually add the flour mixture and blend until smooth. Tint with red food coloring. Shape the dough into a ball. Cover and refrigerate for at least two hours.

Vampire Bite Cookies

Remove the dough from the refrigerator and divide in half. Place the other half of the dough back in the refrigerator while working on the other half. Shape into a flat disc. Place between two sheets of waxed paper. Roll out to ¼ inch thick. Use a lip cookie cutter to cut out shapes (or use a knife to free-form lip shapes). Refrigerate the lip shapes while working on the other half of the dough. Repeat by re-rolling dough scraps, if necessary. Sprinkle red sugar crystals on the lip-shaped cookies. Place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake about 7-8 minutes (do not overbake or the cookies will be too hard) in a preheated oven at 375 degrees F.

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Remove from the oven and quickly press a mini chocolate caramel candy in the center of the cookie. Place cookies on a wire rack to cool completely.

Vampire Bite Cookies

Roll out a small piece of white/vanilla fondant. Slice tiny triangles into fangs. Use a food-safe brush and use water as an adhesive on one side of the fondant fangs.

Vampire Bite Cookies

Position two fangs on top of the chocolate. Arrange cookies on a platter and serve. Yield: Varies on the size of the lip-shaped cookie cutter (we used a 2-inch cutter, which yields about 2 ½ – 3 dozen cookies).

Vampire Bite Cookies

Notes

  • For another Dracula-theme dessert, make Vampire Bite Cupcakes.
  • The cookies tend to puff up slightly when baking. For a more defined lip shape, outline the edges with red gel or cookie icing.
  • If fondant is not available to make the fangs, simply substitute white icing and pipe sharp teeth shapes over the candy.
  • Thanks to Margarita F. of M5 Cake for letting us borrow the lip cookie cutter for this blog recipe post.

Walnut Brain Candy Skulls

Walnut Brain Candy Skulls

October 31:
Halloween

Create a cute yet creepy cranium candy to show appreciation to your Halloween host or hostess at the next ghoulish get-together! Walnut brain candy skulls make a great and gruesome gift for Halloween when you package them in a candy box for a petrifying presentation. The small sweet skeleton heads are molded from melted white chocolate and the “brains” are walnut halves coated in pink confectioner’s candy. At Halloween parties, these tiny treats are truly good to eat!

Recipe

(Inspired by Figs with Bri – Rest in peace, Bri)

Ingredients

  • White confectioner’s candy wafers/candy melts/white chocolate chips
  • Walnut halves
  • Pink candy melts
  • Red tube icing gel (optional)

Directions

Melt the white candy according to the pacakge directions (microwave, double boiler, etc.). Stir until smooth. Spoon into the cavities of the mini-skull molds. Refrigerate to set.

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Unmold the skulls. Using melted white candy, spread some on the back of one half of the skull and “glue” together with the matching half. Refrigerate to set. Slice the top of the skull with a sharp knife. It may be necessary to use melted white candy to glue the halves back together.

Walnut Brain Candy Skulls

Melt the pink candy according to the package directions (microwave, double boiler, etc.). Brush the crumbs off the walnut halves and immerse them into the melted pink candy. Place on a sheet of waxed paper to set.

Walnut Brain Candy Skulls

Spread some melted white candy on the pink walnut “brain” and attach it to the top of the sliced-off skull. Repeat with the remaining brains and skulls. Refrigerate to set. Place in mini-cupcake papers. Drizzle red gel icing to look like “blood” (optional).

Walnut Brain Candy Skulls

Notes 

  • White chocolate has an ivory/light yellow color to it. For whiter skulls, use white confectioner’s candy wafers or melts, which can be found at local craft and hobby stores.
  • Add a few tablespoons of vegetable shortening to the melted candy for a liquid consistency. It helps to make it smoother and easier to pour into the chocolate molds.
  • We used the Wilton brand 3D skull candy mold for this blog recipe post.

Vampire Bite Cupcakes

Vampire Bite Cupcakes

October 31: Halloween

Sink your fangs into a fruit-filled dessert for Halloween. Vampire Bite Cupcakes are easy to make and have an impressive visual impact on a party platter. It looks as if Count Dracula got the first bite and sampled the sweet treats himself! They are just basic white cupcakes with a blood clot-like cherry filling and iced with vanilla frosting from which red gel oozes out. For a bloody-good Halloween dessert, make Vampire Bite Cupcakes.

Recipe

(Based on Google Images)

For the cherry-filled cupcakes

  • 1 box white cake mix (we used Duncan  Hines brand Classic White flavor)
  • 3 egg whites
  • 1 cup oil
  • ½ cup water
  • ½ can cherry pie filling, slightly drained

Directions

Bake the cake mix according to the directions on the box, using egg whites, oil and water.  Use paper cupcake liners (we used red foil) to make the cupcakes.

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Remove from the oven and cool completely. Core the center of the cupcake, reserving the top. Or use a sharp knife to cut off a little bit of the center of the cupcake, reserving the top. Insert some of the cherry pie filling into the cupcake center. Replace with the reserved cupcake piece that was cored/cut out.

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For the vanilla frosting and bloody decoration

  • ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 3-6 cups powdered sugar
  • 2+ tablespoons milk or water
  • 1 teaspoon clear vanilla flavoring (we used Wilton brand)
  • red tube gel icing

Directions

In a mixer or mixing bowl, cream the butter until light and fluffy. Gradually add the powdered sugar while still mixing. Stir in the milk/water and clear vanilla and mix until a spreadable consistency is achieved.

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Frost the top of the cupcake, being careful not to remove the covered filling center (we used tip 1M in a swirling motion to decorate our cupcakes but it can be smoothly covered with a spatula). Use a toothpick or skewer to pierce two holes in the cupcake. Squirt red gel icing from the tube to look like dripping blood. Chill the cupcakes in the refrigerator and allow to come to room temperature before serving.

Vampire Bite Cupcakes

Notes 

  • Complement this Dracula-themed dessert  with Vampire Bite Cookies.
  • Cupcakes may be filled with strawberry or raspberry jam instead of cherry pie filling.

Gelatin Eyeballs

Gelatin Eyeballs

October 31: Halloween

Look at these “extracted” eyes—they are a creepy yet creative cuisine for Halloween! Instead of decorating cake pops or boiled eggs (which can be time-consuming when preparing other party platters), we wanted a quick recipe for the jiggly-wiggly body part. These gelatin eyeballs have a light almond flavor and taste similar to the Asian/Chinese almond float/tofu. Have a ball this Halloween with easy-to-make gelatin eyeballs!

Recipe

(Adapted from Halloween Forum)

Ingredients

  • 1 packet unflavored gelatin
  • ½ cup cold water
  • ½ cup hot milk
  • 2-3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • food coloring (for the “pupils”)
  • black tube gel icing (we used Wilton brand)

Directions

Lightly grease round molds (we used Wilton brand brownie pops mold) with vegetable oil. In a large measuring cup or small bowl, bloom the gelatin in cold water for at least a minute. Stir in the hot milk.

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Add the sugar and almond extract. Pour halfway into the molds. Refrigerate to set for at least four hours.

Gelatin Eyeballs

Unmold the gelatin eyeballs and arrange on a platter.  Dip the wide end of a cake decorating tip in food coloring.

Gelatin Eyeballs

“Stamp” the “iris” onto the center of the “sclera” (eyeball), twisting slightly. Use a food-safe brush to paint towards the center of the circle to create the “iris” effect. Squeeze a small dot of black tube gel icing to make the “pupil”.  Refrigerate until ready to serve. Yield: 16 (or 8 pairs) of gelatin eyeballs.

Gelatin Eyeballs

Notes

  • For bloody eyeballs, decorate with red tube gel icing.
  • For a different flavor, try a teaspoon of other clear extracts (lemon, orange, vanilla, etc.)
  • For Christmas, re-use the brownie pops mold and make Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Brownie Pops.

Apple Smiles

 Apple Smiles

October 31: Halloween

An apple a day keeps the (mad) doctor away! Nibble on some nutrition and snack on “apple smiles” for Halloween. The fruit is filled with peanut butter (protein) and fat-free marshmallows, which makes it a healthier alternative to the sweet treats and candies that the kids are collecting in plastic pumpkins today. These delicious dentures are another freaky yet fun food for Halloween.

Recipe

Ingredients

  • Apple slices
  • Peanut butter
  • Miniature marshmallows

Directions

Wash, dry and slice the apples to ½ inch thick. Spread a little peanut butter on one side of two apple slice. Arrange a few miniature marshmallows on top of the peanut butter. Sandwich with the other apple slice. Continue assembling the “apple smiles.” Serve as snacks immediately.

Apple Smiles