With Halloween just around the bend I thought it would be fun to get a headstart on treats – especially with how busy I’ve been getting lately. It’s a good thing I’ve got the eldest (who’s been more and more into cooking lately) to help out. With the kids’ interest in food matching their growing appetites lately, I wouldn’t be surprised if they started doing guest posts here.
The fun part of Halloween - other than dressing up and eating treats - is coming up with fun treats in theme with the occasion. Just as with the Graveyard Pudding Cake me and the eldest whipped up last year, I wanted this years’ spread to be just as fun and spooky.
Now the household is a huge fan of baked goods, but I admit that I haven’t been the most obliging pâtissier of late. I have been meaning to bake again for the family though, and Halloween is the perfect reason to fire up the oven and bust out the baking mitts again.
Good thing baking for me is just like riding a bicycle, and a few minutes into making the cookies, I felt as though I never really stopped baking
Of course, you can easily work with store-brought cookie dough or cake mix if you don’t have the time (or aren’t as confident with your baking skills). And if you’re really, REALLY busy, you can even buy pre-made cookies, cake pops, and other plain pastries, and jump right into the decorating part yourself.
In fact, if you plan on working on the decorations with your kids, I would really suggest getting pre-made pastries (make sure you get extras!) so you can save your time and energy – you’ll need a lot of both if you want to spend an afternoon sprucing them up with the traditional ghosts, bats, jack o’lanterns and what have you.
With Mr. Flintstone and the kids already committed to help out (I couldn’t keep them out of the kitchen even if I wanted to!), I set a Saturday afternoon aside to work on decorating some cookies and cake pops.
We had a lot of fun decking out our chocolate chip cookies with the creepy crawly chocolate spiders. They were super easy to do, and the effect was really cool and eerie.
Working on the cake pops was a blast as well. I’d pre-dipped the pops so that all that was left to do was to add details to their faces, and the kids and Mr. Flintstone had a swell time decorating their favorite Halloween characters.
We even had a contest for the “best pumpkin” which I had to give to the eldest for the clever idea of using a green M&M for the pumpkin twig. It’s these little creative touches that really make me proud!
Come Halloween, I'm pretty condfident that the kids can recreate this with their Ate even without my supervision. All I'd have to do is pop a horror flick and munch on my kids' homemade Halloween goodies.
1 cup Butter
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup white sugar
3 medium eggs
2 Tbps vanilla extract
½ tsp salt
3 1/3 cup Flour
2 tsp baking soda
2 tsp cream of tartar
¾ cup chocolate chip cookies
¼ cup matcha chocolate, roughly chopped
¼ cup white chocolate,roughly chopped
½ cup dark chocolate, roughly chopped
½ cup large chocolate chips
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