With Halloween right around the corner, everyone is starting to plan their spooky parties. Here are five sweet treats for any party or just day to day snacks.
Vegan Witches Finger Cookies
Via The Full Helping
Not only are these cookies vegan but they’re full of great nutrients and still sweet enough for Halloween. These finger licking cookies are perfect for any party or just to make with a few friends on the spookiest night of the year.
1 cup of strawberries or raspberries
3 tablespoons chia seeds
1 cup sesame seeds
½ cup raw cashews
generous pinch of sea salt
1 heaping cup tightly packed of pitted medjool dates
about 20 blanched, whole almonds
1. Blend the berries and chia in a blender till smooth. Transfer to a mason jar or glass and allow it to thicken into a “jam”–ideally, you want to let it sit overnight, but a few hours will work. Add an extra tablespoon of chia if it’s too thin.
2. Add the sesame seeds, cashews, and salt to a food processor fitted with the S blade. Grind for about 15 seconds, or until they’re broken down. Add the dates and continue processing until the mixture resembles a crumbly, sticky (but not too moist) raw “dough” (similar to what you’d aim for if you were making homemade Larabars!).
3. Take a small handful (maybe 3 tablespoons) of the dough and roll it into a strip that’s about as long and wide as a finger. Shape it to form knuckles and a fingertip.
4. Use your finger to make an indentation at the tip.
5. Add a small amount of the jam to the indentation. Press a blanched almond on top to create the fingernail! Serve.
Makes about 16-20 cookies. Stored in the fridge, these will last about a week.
“Poison” Candy Apples
Via Country Living
While these candy apples may not be actually poisonous, they are very addicting. The candy coating is just light enough that these apples will have all your party guests coming back for more.
12 baby Granny Smith apples
12 wooden candy apple sticks or dowels
1½ c. sugar
½ c. light corn syrup
1 tsp. black gel paste food coloring
1. Wash and dry apples thoroughly. Place on a baking sheet and poke firmly with dowels. Line a second baking sheet with buttered parchment paper, and set aside.
2. Place a candy thermometer in a medium saucepan and add sugar, 3/4 cups water, and corn syrup. Place over medium heat; whisk until sugar is dissolved. Let the temperature rise without stirring until it reaches the hard-crack mark at 310 degrees F. Remove pan from heat. Carefully remove thermometer, and add food coloring.
3. Swirl pan to mix in the color completely. Swipe and twirl the apple through the candy, shake off excess, and place on buttered baking sheet. Repeat with remaining apples.
Via Crème de la Crumb
These mummy truffles are the perfect cute Halloween treat. The pumpkin cake puts you right in the fall spirit and their cute icing makes even the least spooky people want to celebrate the holiday.
1½ cups gingersnap cookie crumbs
¼ cup canned pumpkin purée
⅓ cup graham cracker crumbs
3 tablespoons powdered sugar
¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
⅛ teaspoon salt
3 ounces cream cheese, softened
½ cup white chocolate chips
White chocolate chips or white dipping chocolate (like CandiQuik)
Red food coloring
1. In a large bowl combine gingersnap crumbs, pumpkin puree, graham cracker crumbs, powdered sugar, cinnamon, salt, and cream cheese. Mix until smooth. Melt ½ cup white chocolate chips and mix into truffle mixture.
2. Cover and chill until dough is solid enough to roll into balls – about 1 hour in the fridge or 30 minutes in the freezer. When cold enough, roll mixture into 12-14 balls. Place a toothpick in each ball.
3. Melt remaining white chocolate chips or white dipping chocolate in a small bowl. Use toothpicks to dip each truffle ball into the white chocolate, being sure to coat all sides. Gently shake off excess chocolate. Place chocolate-covered truffle balls on a baking sheet or plate lined with wax paper, parchment paper, or foil. Chill for 3-5 minutes until chocolate hardens.
4. Drizzle more white chocolate over the truffles. Soak the end of a Q-tip in red food coloring. Dap 2 dots of food coloring to make the mummy eyes. Handle carefully so you don’t wipe off the eyes. Store chilled in airtight container.
Blood and Bones Cocktail
Via Brit + Co
Everyone loves a good Jello shot, but what about a skeleton shaped one? These easy to make cocktails will make any party 100% spookier. Also who doesn’t like getting two drinks in one?
Jello Shot Ingredients:
1 cup skim milk
2 packets Knox gelatin
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup whipped cream vodka
Bloody Cocktail Ingredients:
1 cup whipped cream vodka
1 cup strawberry cream soda
1 cup soda water
1. Place milk in a small saucepan; sprinkle gelatin over milk and let sit for 5 minutes. Add sugar and heat milk on low until sugar and gelatin dissolve. Stir in vodka and let mixture cool until barely warm.
2. Pour Jello shot mixture into molds and refrigerate until set, about 1 to 2 hours.
3. To make bloody cocktails, combine vodka, cream soda, and soda water in a liquid measuring cup or pitcher.
4. Add a jello shot to the bottom of different types of glasses, then cover with cocktail mixture.
With only three steps, these toothy treats are a quick spooky snack that anyone can make. Not only are these treats easy to make but they’re also semi-healthy and light, which makes them a great mid-day snack!
Cut green apples into small slices—we got about 16 pieces from one apple.
Spread peanut butter on the edge of two apple slices.
On top of one slice, line up miniature marshmallows.
Then, top it off with the other slice. The peanut butter will help the marshmallows stick and also look like gums.