October 19, 2010

Halloween Treats for Little Ghouls

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Margaret's Morsels | Halloween


When my son was young, he would host a Halloween party for his friends. The kids were more interested in playing games and having fun than they were about the food being served.  I wanted the parties to be festive so I gave everyday food a Halloween makeover.  Since Halloween is right around the corner, I thought I'd share three of these makeovers geared for young kids or the young at heart.


For the entree, I made two kinds of sandwiches -- using two kinds of bread -- so the kids could choose their favorite filling and bread.  Instead of cutting the sandwiches diagonally, I used large Halloween cookie cutters to cut the sandwiches into pumpkin, ghost and bat shapes.


Margaret's Morsels | Halloween




I also gave my Fruit Kabob recipe a Halloween twist.  I put the pineapple chunks, maraschino cherries and mini marshmallows on Halloween party picks.  The kids loved these.  One guest wanted to collect one of each different party pick and ate kabobs until his collection was complete!  If you don't have party picks, you can use regular toothpicks.  Make sure you drain the fruit thoroughly so the kabobs aren't soggy.  I drain the fruit on a double layer of paper towels to make sure it gets dry.


Margaret's Morsels | Halloween
Halloween party picks.

For dessert, I made ghost cookies.  The cookies start with a package of Nutter Butter cookies.  You dip the cookies in melted white almond bark and add mini chocolate chips for the eyes and mouth.  You can make as many or as few as you need.

Whenever I melt almond bark -- also known as candy coating or bark coating -- I use a 1 1/2-quart crock-pot.  It takes longer to melt, but it remains smooth and you don't have to remelt it like you do when you use a microwave.  A crock-pot keeps the temperature consistent, something that can be tricky if you melt the coating in a saucepan on the stove.  No matter which method you use -- crock-pot, microwave or stove top -- do not cover the container.  If you do, the condensations falls into the almond bark which hinders melting.


Margaret's Morsels | Halloween
The melted almond bark.

To make the dipping process easier, I bought this Wilton candy dipping set:




Margaret's Morsels | Halloween
I use the tool on the left.

The set is inexpensive and a good investment, especially if you make dipped candies or cookies.  However, you can use a dinner fork instead.

To make the cookies, push one cookie at a time under the melted almond bark for a few seconds.  Turn the cookie over a time or two to make sure the entire surface gets covered.  Lift the cookie out of the almond bark and tap the fork against the container.  This helps the excess coating fall off plus it pops any bubbles that are on the surface of the coating.  Put the cookie on wax paper and, while the coating is still soft, add two mini chocolate chips for the eyes and one for the mouth.  Once the cookies are dry, store them at room temperature in an airtight container.

Margaret's Morsels | Ghost Cookies


I hope my son will host a Halloween party next year so I can prepare bloodshot eyeballs, severed finger sandwiches and a brain gelatin mold. This year, I think I'll serve Halloween sandwiches, fruit kabobs and ghost cookies for a walk down memory lane.

© Margaret's Morsels



14 comments:

  1. I love your Halloween treats, especially the kabobs with the blood-shot eyes, etc. My grandkids (ages 3 to 12) would LOVE them! Thanks for the neat ideas!

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  2. You're welcome, Linda!!! I'm glad you like the ideas. I think the fruit kabobs would be good with grapes, strawberries and cheese. One of these days, I'll have to try that combination.

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  3. How do you make bloodshot eyeballs? They sound perfect for a spooky party. Love the photos and the step by step instructions. Perhaps I can learn to cook. I will start with the porkchops. Thanks for explaining what Wondra is - I have not heard of it.

    LisaW.

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  4. There are lots of versions of bloodshot eyeballs, but the one I have in mind is a dessert. There's no baking involved, only decorating! I'm working on a Halloween blog that I hope to post the middle of October. If you need the information before then, feel free to email me. Good luck with the pork chops. That is my favorite recipe of all time!

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  5. ADORBS! My nieces would love these!

    I would love for you to share this with my Facebook Group for recipes, crafts, tips, and tricks: https://www.facebook.com/groups/pluckyrecipescraftstips/

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

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    1. Thanks, Jess. I'll stop by and share this on your group page. Have a good week!

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  6. Thank you for sharing your delicious recipe at the #RecipeSharingParty. I look forward to what you will share next week! We hope you’ll come back again next Thursday when we open our doors at 9:00 AM EST.

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    1. Thanks, Marilyn! Thanks for hosting the party. See you next week!

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  7. Really cute, thanks for sharing with Hearth and soul blog hop, pinning and tweeting

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    1. Thanks, Swathi! Thanks for hosting, pinning and tweeting! Have a good week.

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  8. Featuring on our Hearth and Soul Hop Facebook page, Margaret! Love these fun, sweet, cute, Halloween treats!

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    1. Thanks, April, for hosting and featuring these. Have a good week!

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  9. Thanks so much for sharing your awesome Halloween Treats with us, they are just adorable. Hope you will come back to see us at Full Plate Thursday real soon and have a great week!
    Miz Helen

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    1. Thanks, Miz Helen! I appreciate you hosting and sharing. I hope you have a good week!

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