Halloween: Part Deux

Halloween Part 2Shining Steph3

 

I know, Halloween has passed.  However, I’m asking that you pretend we all live in Halloween Town and this kind of stuff is the status quo, not just a one time a year thing.  Wait, scratch that.  If you want to know the truth, I’m just getting a really big head start on next year’s Halloween baking.  Enjoy the goodies, and if you have any questions or requests, don’t hesitate to send me an email or a comment.  I aim to please, at least some of the time anyway.  🙂

Orange, black and yellow tie dyed cupcakes.

Orange, black and yellow tie dyed cupcakes.

Think your cupcakes need an extra oomph? This easy fix will take your cuppies from drab to fab with only a minimal amount of effort.  First, mix the ingredients  for a light-colored mix (think white, yellow, butter pecan, spice, etc.).  You can use a box mix or make it from scratch, whichever you prefer.  Determine how many colors you want each cupcake to have, and then get out enough small bowls for each color you use.  My cupcakes consisted of 3 colors, yellow, orange and black.  Separate the cake mix by placing some mix in each bowl.  Add food coloring and stir well (note:  I find food coloring gel gives a brighter color, however the regular stuff will work too).  Once your desired color is reached, put the raw mix into a plastic baggie with one of the corners snipped off.  Do this for every color you want.  Put a little bit of each colored mix into a greased or lined cupcake tin.  Take a knife and swirl the colors together, but not too much.  Unless you are going for an ugly brown color.  Bake as directed and viola!  Tie dyed cupcakes!

So cool it almost doesn't need icing!

So cool it almost doesn’t need icing!

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You can do this to create bloody swirled cupcakes as well.

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Don't forget to decorate!

Don’t forget to decorate!

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BRAINS!  Or guts.  Whichever you prefer.  🙂

SUPER EASY EMBELLISHMENT ALERT:

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These couldn’t be easier to make.  They are just melted butterscotch chips that were pressed into a silicone skull ice cube tray.  The make the perfect Halloween embellishment to any of your treats.

If cupcakes aren’t your “thing” Here are some other goodies that are easy to make.

magically Delicious

How’d I do that, you ask?  Easy!

The witchy “fingers” are made using sugar cookie dough that was mixed with food coloring.  The green and purple “fingers” were completely mixed, but I lightly mixed the dark fingers, which gave it a sort of black/gray/flesh colored rotting effect.   After the dough was rolled into the finger shape, I pinched them in two spots and scored knuckle wrinkles.  The fingernail is actually a dried cranberry that is pushed into the dough tip and baked.

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The witchy hats are an easy, no bake treat.  You can use any type of store-bought cookies, put a dab of icing in the center and press a Hershey Kiss on top.  I used chocolate sandwich cookies and plain milk chocolate Hershey Kisses.

Pumpkin Patch

These are Pumpkin Spiced Marshmallow Cheerio bars, and pumperdoodle cookies.

Pumpkin Spiced Marshmallow Cheerio Bars

Ingredients:

3 TBSP butter

10 oz Miniature Marshmallows (if you can find them in pumpkin spice flavor, great!  Then you won’t have to add any extra pumpkin pie spice)

5 cups Cheerios

1 tsp vanilla

1 1/2 tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice

Directions:

1.  Melt the butter in a medium saucepan.  Add marshmallows and stir until melted.  Add vanilla and spices and remove from heat.  Mix in the Cheerios (as well as any food coloring you want to use)  and stir until well coated.  Press the bars onto a flat surface and allow them to cool.  Once cooled, shape them into pumpkins.

Pumperdoodle Cookies

Basically these cookies are tweaked Snickerdoodle Cookies.  To make them, roll raw sugar cookie dough into balls.  Roll balls in a mixture of pumpkin pie spice, brown sugar and white sugar.  Place sugared balls on an  ungreased cookie sheet and bake until edges begin to turn a light brown.  Decorate the top (or don’t, they are perfect without anything else) and done!  I used pumpkin candies I picked up at my local dollar store.

 

Coming Up Next on Mother I’d Like to Blog:  Feed Her Sweeter Pumpkin Eater – Pumpkin treats to warm the house on chilly autumn nights.

As always, thanks for stopping by!

Steph

 

 

 

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