3 Easy-to-Make American Halloween treats

Halloween is coming! By now, you’ve probably planned your costume, planned your pranks or planned what films you’re going to watch. But have you planned what treats you’re going to hand out?

You could just hand out sweets, but…well, everyone does that, don’t they? Do something different this year and knock up one of these super-easy but super-awesome American Halloween treats!

Super Easy Halloween Popcorn Treats

GH0102_Popcorn-Treats.jpg.rend.sni12col.landscapeThis recipe from Giada de Laurentiis of the Food Network is so simple, even a zombie could do it (although we’re sure they’d prefer to eat brains).

Ingredients:

Here’s what you need to do to create this unique Halloween treat that the kids will love…

  1. Heat your butter in a medium sized saucepan. Once it’s melted, mix in the vanilla and marshmallows. Keep stirring until the mixture is nice and smooth.
  2. Pour the mixture over your popcorn in a large mixing bowl. Stir it together with a spatula or spoon sprayed with cooking spray.
  3. Spread the mixture onto a baking sheet and sprinkle the Snickers, cookies, M&Ms and almonds (all optional) and press them into the mixture. Let it set for an hour.
  4. Smash up the mixture, pop it in a bowl and serve as treats (or eat them all yourself, your call)!

Hershey’s Eerie Eyeball Cookies

8016_en-us_largeThis recipe comes straight from the creepy catacombs of…erm, Hershey’s. Scare the living daylights out of your guests by serving them these delicious eyeball cookies. They won’t know whether to run or come back for more (although the answer is obviously come back for more)…

Ingredients: 

That should make around 24 cookies. The Hershey’s recipe suggests doubling that and making 48, but…well, that seems a little excessive. If you are having a big party, though, feel free to double everything again!

Here’s what you need to do:

  1. Pre-heat your oven to a toasty 190°C.
  2. Beat the shortening and peanut butter together in a big bowl. Add both types of sugar and keep beating until it’s nice and fluffy. Add the egg, milk and vanilla and keep on beating (we recommend practising your beating skills before attempting this recipe).
  3. Stir together the baking soda, flour and salt. Then, add it to the peanut butter mixture and, to quote the King of Pop, beat it.
  4. Shape your dough into balls about 1-inch in diameter. Place on a baking sheet.
  5. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes. Watch the Thriller video to get you in the mood.
  6. Top the cookies with the white frosting, and use the red frosting for bloodshot detail. Add a whopper for an iris and viola! The most delicious eyes you’ll ever eat (and hopefully the only ones…).

Halloween Buddies

0e2d43cf-f823-4be3-9fd5-7138d08ff378Aww, these little treats from Betty Crocker don’t sound that scary at all, do they?

What they lack in horror, though, they more than make up for in taste – and they’re super easy to make too!

Ingredients

  • 400g Corn Chex cereal
  • 80g chocolate chips
  • 56g peanut butter
  • 2 tablespoons of butter
  • ½ teaspoon of vanilla
  • 105g icing sugar
  • 100g candy corn
  • 100g salted peanuts

Here’s what you need to do:

  • Pour the cereal into a large bowl. Resist the urge to pour milk and eat it.
  • Grab a microwavable dish and put the peanut butter, chocolate chips and butter in. Microwave until smooth. Stir in the vanilla.
  • Pour the mixture over the cereal, and continue resisting the urge to eat it. Add the icing sugar and cover the bowl. Shake it all up until the cereal is nice and coated. Add the candy corn and peanuts and shake again!
  • Place in paper cases and let them cool. Once done, store them in the fridge!

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