I love Halloween! I love fall weather, the leaves changing and Halloween. I like fun cute Halloween stuff, not scary stuff. I probably have more Halloween decorations than Christmas decorations. I bought some new decorations last year that were on clearance and I can’t wait to put them up! I even carve a pumpkin each year. You can click here to see those previous posts where I am showing off my carved pumpkings, Pumpkin, Cats and Seeds..Oh My and It’s Pumpkin Carving Time Again. Oh, and right after I started with Taste of Home Cooking Schools, a guy in OH gave me a fresh pumpkin that he had carved our logo into. I took a photo because I thought it was the coolest! I have kept up with this photo for 11 years now.
With my hectic show schedule during October, I am not always home for Halloween. If I happen to be home, it has become a tradition for me to throw some chicken, burgers and hot dogs on the grill, make potato salad, cook some green beans, have friends over and give out candy. Each year that I have been able to do this, my party has grown a little bit more. The more the merrier. Since I have a few kids that come to my party with their parents, I think I am going to start having something that they can make.
In searching through Taste of Home, I found lots of kid friendly snacks and treats! I think I have settled on Halloween Cat Cookies and Halloween Pretzel Treats. That way they can decorate them in their own style so each one will be unique!
Halloween Cat Cookies
- 1 tube (18 ounces) refrigerated chocolate chip cookie dough
- 54 pieces candy corn
- 1 can (16 ounces) chocolate frosting
- Red shoestring licorice, cut into 1-3/8-inch pieces
- 9 thin chocolate wafer (2-1/4 inch diameter), quartered
- Bake cookies according to package directions. Cool on a wire racks.
- Cut off yellow tips from 18 pieces of candy corn (discard orange and white portion or save for another use). Frost cookies with chocolate frosting.
- Immediately decorate with two whole candy corns for eyes, a yellow candy corn tip for nose, six licorice pieces for whiskers and two wafer quarters for ears. Yield: 1-1/2 dozen.
Halloween Pretzel Treats
- 8 ounces white baking chocolate, chopped
- 1 package (10 ounces) pretzel rods
- 1 cup orange candy coating disks
- Yellow, orange and brown jimmies
- In a microwave, melt baking chocolate; stir until smooth. Dip each pretzel halfway into chocolate allowing excess to drip off. Place on waxed paper; let stand until set.
- In a microwave, melt candy coating disks; stir until smooth. Dip pretzel tips into coating allowing excess to drip off; sprinkle with jimmies. Let stand until set. Store in an airtight container. Yield: about 2 dozen.