2012-10-26 / Community

Fun Food For Halloween Treats

Thank goodness for poptarts. Inspired by their speedy, must-have-pie-now format, the kids and I conjured a cookie sheet full of our own palm-sized pumpkin pies in less than 20 minutes.

Half the fun of these pumpkin poptarts, of course, is carving your own designs into the top crust before placing it over the filling. I used a small paring knife to do the carving, and found that a prepared pie crust pulled straight out of a cold fridge made carving a super simple task. If your kids are too young to do the carving themselves, invite them to draw a face into their pumpkins with a toothpick before you carve out their artsy hallodreams. I sprinkled our poptarts with sugar before baking, but the poptarts are equally delicious when glazed fresh

Pumpkin Poptarts
1 cup pumpkin puree
1/4 cup sugar
1 egg
1 package refrigerated pie crust

Glaze:
1 cup powdered sugar
2 tablespoon milk
1 tablespoon light corn syrup
1/2 teaspoon vanilla

In a large bowl, mix together pumpkin puree, sugar, and egg. Unroll pie crusts, cut the edges off to make a large square,thencutthepiecrustintothreeequalrectangles(about2 x3). Spoona small amount of pumpkin mixture into the center of one of the rectangles, taking care to not let the filling ooze near the edges. Use a small paring knife to carve jacko lantern faces into a second rectangle. Gently lay the carved piece over the pumpkin filling, then press the edges firmly together with a fork. Transfer to a cookie sheet and bake in an oven preheated to 400 degrees for 8-10 minutes, or just until the edges of the poptart begin to turn golden brown.

In a large bowl, mix together the powdered sugar, milk, corn syrup, and vanilla. Drizzle glaze over hot pumpkin poptarts. a cooling rack before serving.

Halloween Cake Pops
1 8×8 cake, such as chocolate or pumpkin, crumbled
1 cup cream cheese frosting (recipe follows)
1 bag chocolate chips
1 bag white chocolate chips

Sprinkles or small candies for decorating

1. In a large bowl, combine the cake crumbs and some of the frosting. Add more of the frosting, little by little, until you achieve the consistency of play dough.

2. Shape the cake crumb mixture into 2 balls, cubes, or desired shape. Insert a lollipop stick or a popsicle stick and refrigerate while you melt the chocolate.

3. In two microwave safe bowls, melt the chocolate in the microwave by heating, and stirring in 30 second intervals.

4. Dip each cake pop in the chocolate and dip in sprinkles to cover the bottom half. Transfer to a plate, sprinkles side down, and refrigerate until the chocolate is set.

Spooky Spider Cookies

The recipe uses items that you probably have in your pantry except for the noodles and you can always use pretzel sticks for the legs if you do not want to go buy chow mein noodles. I love the noodles because of their wiry shapes so they as a bit of dimension and spookiness to the ‘spiders’. BOO!

Ingredients (per ‘spider’)
2 round crackers
Peanut or any nut butter
8 chow mein noodles
2 raisins

Smear a small amount of peanut butter onto the inside of one cracker. Place four chow mein noodles on one side of the cracker followed by four more on the other side. Place the remaining cracker on top. To make the ‘eyes’: dab two spots of peanut butter near the top of one crackers to ‘glue’ the raisins into place.

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