Homemade Halloween Treats


The 4th day of Halloweek is here and for today's post I wanted to share with you some Halloween themed treat recipes that I have. These cakes, biscuits and treats are the perfect spooky addition to a party menu or just for some Halloween fun!

I've got 7 different recipes to share with you in this post, some require more work than others to make and decorate, but I promise they are worth it once they are done!

Oreo Spiders

These adorable little oreo spiders are the perfect snack for Halloween night or for a party treat. They look super cute, and are super easy and simple to make!

What You'll Need;
(For the spiders)
1 pack of regular Oreos
2 bars of cooking milk (or dark) chocolate
Greaseproof paper

(For Decorating)
Black liquorice strips
Decorative candy eyes

Method:
  1. Line a baking tray or plate with greaseproof paper and set aside.
  2. Break the chocolate into small chunks and place into a bowl, and set aside 1-3 chunks for decorating.
  3. Use the double boiler method to melt the chocolate. Do this by filling a pot smaller than your bowl halfway with boiling water from the kettle. Place your bowl so it is balancing on the pot, and allow the steam to melt the chocolate, stirring occasional to remove any chunks as they melt.
  4. Add a few drops of flavouring to your chocolate here if you wish.
  5. Once the chocolate is melted, coat your Oreos. Do this by placing them into the chocolate and gently moving them around until fully coated.
  6. Use a fork to gently life the Oreos from the chocolate. Do this buy sliding the fork under the Oreo and lifting, and by using a fork to do this you let any excess chocolate drip through the prongs and elminate mess and waste.
  7. Line the Oreos on the parchment paper and set aside, or in the fridge to cool completely.

Decorating
  1. Cut your liquorice strips into small 1 inch or smaller segments. You'll need 8 for each spider you have.
  2. Melt the remaining few squares of chocolate.
  3. Use the melted chocolate to attach your legs. I found it best to use the end of a chopstick to dot 4 dots of chocolate onto each side of the spider, then attach your liquorice legs with 4 on each side.
  4. Repeat the dotting process in the middle of one of the edge with no legs, and pop on two eyes.

These little guys are delicious and the added layer of smooth chocolate adds an extra little hit of sweetness when you bite into them. They are a winner!


Graveyard Biscuits

This recipe is one I love which is shortbread style biscuits that are cut into graveyard themed shapes, iced with grey mint icing and decorated with spooky designs! For this one you could use a simple shortbread cookie recipe or if you're in a pinch, do what I did for these photographs and use a premade box mix if it's more convenient!

What You'll Need;
(For the biscuits)
500g butter, softened
200g caster sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
500g plain flour

(For decorating)
250g of icing sugar
Mint extract
Black food colouring
Icing Pens (black & white)
Halloween cake decorations

Method:
  1. Preheat oven to 180 C/Gas mark 4
  2. Line a baking tray with greaseproof paper, set aside
  3. Cream butter and sugar until fluffy.
  4. Stir in vanilla
  5. Add flour and mix well until you have a dough
  6. Lightly flour surface, hands and a rolling pin and  roll out to 1cm thickness
  7. Carefully cut out desire shapes. For the graveyard theme, I recommend sticking with coffins, crosses and tombstones in assorted sizes
  8. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes until golden brown
  9. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely before icing

Decorating
  1. Add the icing sugar to a bowl and slowly add a tablespoon of water at a time until well mixed. You want the icing to be a little on the thing side, but only just.
  2. Add a few drops of mint extract and adjust to your taste.
  3. Add 2-3 drops of black food colouring until you get a pale grey colour.
  4. Place a cooling rack over a baking sheet or plate line with greaseproof paper, and transfer then cooled biscuits onto the cooling rack.
  5. Begin to spoon or pour the icing over the biscuits, letting the excess drip over the biscuits onto the paper. Doing it this way ensures all the biscuits are coated evenly and dry smooth.
  6. Leave the icing to dry completely.
  7. Once dry, take your icing pens and begin to decorate how you like. I chose to outline mine in black and write 'RIP' on the coffins and tombstones, and to some of them I added little decorative ghosts or tombstones.

The biscuits turn our lively and buttery and the mint icing gives them a nice little kick of flavour. These are the perfect type of biscuit to enjoy with a hot cup of tea!


J-Apple-Lanterns

This idea came from the idea of pumpkin carving, but as someone who isn't overly fond of the taste of pumpkin, I put a twist on it. These are apples that have been carved to look like jack-o-lanterns and coated in an orange flavoured white chocolate. Out of all of the recipes in this post this one is the most challenging when it comes to decorating, but if you stick with it the end result is amazing!

What You'll Need;
Apples
2 bars of Milkybar white chocolate
Orange food colouring
Orange flavouring

Method:
  1. Cut off the bottom of the apple so you are left with a flat bottom, and leave the stalks in for the overall look.
  2. Take a small, sharp knife a carefully cut out the shapes of your jack-o-lantern faces. I used a fine nibbed pen to map out where I wanted to cut, and then carefully cut just outside those lines so that I had neat lines, though you can afford to be a tad messy here as they are supposed to resemeble spooky jack-o-lanterns after all!
  3. Using the double boiler method from the first recipe, melt the white chocolate.
  4. Once melted, add your orange flavouring to your preferred taste.
  5. Add the orange food colouring until you get a pumpkin orange colour. At this point, depending on your food colouring and flavouring, the chocolate might start to become clumpy chunks, this is normal and actually lends to the overall look!
  6. Take the chocolate off of the heat and begin to smooth small clumps at a time onto your apples, using a knife dipped in boiling water to smooth out any clumps. This is the part that will take a lot of patience. The best way to get the overall effect is to work in small steps, adding some chocolate and smoothing it with a hot knife, then repeat.
  7. Once your apple is covered, if you need to smooth it further just go in with warm hands and smooth it down. This step is obviously going to be a little messy if you do it with your hands.
  8. Put in the fridge for at least 1-2 hours to let the chocolate fully harden.
  9. Once it's hardened, remove from the fridge and use the back of a knife to press in the vertical pumpkin lines.
*Note*
These can also be made with regular cooking white chocolate, in which case the chocolate doesn't clump up and remain liquid so you can dip the apples instead. However I found that the chocolate didn't adhere as well to the apple, or harden properly. But if you know a trick to make this work, then by all means use that method! Just use the same basic recipe but dip the apples instead of smooth the chocolate out!

These j-apple-lanterns take a little bit of perseverance and effort to get looking right but the taste when you do is amazing. The crunchy apple pairs really nicely with the sweet white chocolate, and the orange flavouring really adds to the taste!


Spider Cupcakes

These cupcakes are a simple one, with a hint of cocoa and a butter icing, but they are delicious and they look so cute once they are done!

What You'll Need;
(For the cakes)
100g of self-raising flower
100g of caster sugar
100g of margarine
50g of cocoa powder
2 medium eggs

(For decorating)
200g of icing sugar
100g of room temperature margarine
Black food colouring
Flavouring (optional)
Black liquorice
Edible eyes

Method:
  1. Pre-heat over to gas mark 4
  2. Cream together the margarine and sugar
  3. Add 1 egg and a small part of the flour and mix
  4. Repeat step 2
  5. Fold in the rest of the flour and cocoa powder
  6. Spoon into cupcake cases (halfway full) and bake in the top shelf of the oven for 20-25 until golden brown
  7. Remove from the oven and set aside to cool completely
Decorating

  1. Add the icing sugar and margarine and mix until well combine
  2. Add black food colouring and mix until you have a dark grey colour
  3. Add flavouring if you would like
  4. Cut off the risen tops of the cakes to leave them flat at the top
  5. Spoon the icing into a piping bag (you can use a food bag as a makeshift one if you don;t have one, simply spoon it in then snip off the corner!)
  6. Start at the centre of the top of the cake and pipe
  7. Pipe around an inch of icing by lifting up then gentle pressing down
  8. Use a knife to smooth any edges into a dome shape
  9. Use the same process as the oreo spiders above to add legs and eyes
I absolutely love these cupcakes, they are the perfect little treat for someone with a sweet tooth. The cakes are soft and fluff and the icing is the perfect sweet combination. Plus they look so adorable once they are decorated!


Brain Balls

These are my take on cake pops, without the stick or the icing! I love the way these turned out, I think they look really good for a Halloween party, and they taste delicious!

What You'll Need;

100g of self-raising flower
100g of caster sugar
100g of margarine
2 medium eggs
Red food colouring
200g of icing sugar
100g of room temperature margarine

Method:
  1. Pre-heat over to gas mark 4
  2. Cream together the margarine and sugar
  3. Add 1 egg and a small part of the flour and mix
  4. Repeat step 2
  5. Fold in the rest of the flour
  6. Split the mixture into two and add a few drops of red food colouring into one of the batches 
  7. Spoon into cupcake cases (halfway full) and bake in the top shelf of the oven for 20-25 until golden brown
  8. Remove from the oven and set aside to cool
  9. While the cakes are still slightly warm, crumble all of the cakes into a bowl, stir to mix them and set aside to cool completely
  10. Create a buttercream by adding the icing sugar and margarine and mix until well combined
  11. Use your hands to take a small pinch of buttercream and a handful of cake crumbs and roll them together into a smooth, bitesize ball
  12. Set onto a baking tray or plate lined with greaseproof paper and pop them into the fridge to set
I love these little cake balls for a perfectly sized bite of sweetness. They are soft and crumbly and using the buttercream to bind them gives them a really creamy and sugary taste. They are a perfect Halloween themed snack!


Krispy Tombstone

This recipe is super simple but it's so delicious and its one that is going to be accessible to anyone, it only has two ingredients!

What You'll Need;
(For the 'cakes')
1 bags of regular sized red and white marshmallows
100g of rice krispies
Greaseproof paper

(For Decorating)
Black icing pen

  1. Method:
  2. Line a baking tray with greaseproof paper and set aside
  3. Add rice krispies to a bowl
  4. Add the bag of marshmallows to a microwave safe bowl and microwave for 1 minute on full power
  5. Remove from the microwave and stir to make sure they have melted
  6. Add to your bowl and stir together
  7. Once the mixture becomes too hard to stir with a spatula, slightly wet your hands with cold water and use them to mix in the rest
  8. Once full mixed trasnfer to the baking tray and use your hands or a rolling pin (slightly dampened with water to prevent sticking) to flatten to about half an inch thick
  9. Use your hands to mould the top of the 'bar' into a curved tombstone shape
Decorate
  1. Use a black icing pen to decorate your tombstone with 'RIP' and some cracks and breaks.

I love rice kirspy treats, they are one of my favourite easy recipes to make and they're something that's likely to please anyone that you're making them for because they're just a simple, sticky sweet treat! This one is a bigger version so it will be perfect for a table centrepiece that can then be cut up into bits to serve!


Frankensquares

This recipe follows the same steps as the tombstone version, but these ones are cut into smaller, individual servings and decorated to look like Frankenstein!


What You'll Need;
(For the 'cakes')
1 bags of regular sized red and white marshmallows
100g of rice krispies
Greaseproof paper

(For Decorating)
Green, red and black icing pens
Edible eyes

  1. Method:
  2. Line a baking tray with greaseproof paper and set aside
  3. Add rice krispies to a bowl
  4. Add the bag of marshmallows to a microwave safe bowl and microwave for 1 minute on full power
  5. Remove from the microwave and stir to make sure they have melted
  6. Add to your bowl and stir together
  7. Once the mixture becomes too hard to stir with a spatula, slightly wet your hands with cold water and use them to mix in the rest
  8. Once full mixed trasnfer to the baking tray and use your hands or a rolling pin (slightly dampened with water to prevent sticking) to flatten to about half an inch thick
  9. Cut into individual squares
Decorate
  1. Cover the surface of the squares in green using a green icing pen
  2. Place two of the eyes just slightly above the centre of the bar
  3. Draw on the details, such as hair, stitches and a mouth.
Out of all of these bakes, these are one of my favourite because they are just so simple yet delicious. They are easy for anyone to make, suit most people's tastes and they look so adorable!


Out of all of the blog posts here on hiyaitsashley this one has been one of my absolute favourites to write, photography and just be creative with in general. I had so much fun coming up with these recipes and decorating ideas, and I hope out of all of them you find something that you'll enjoy!

What is your favourite type of cake or biscuit? Do you usually do any baking around this time of year? Let me know in the comments below!

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