If you’ve been reading along here or if you’ve browsed the recipe index (which is totally due for updating….one of these days), you’ll know that I love the food part of Halloween. For the last few years I’ve tried to make a “scary” dinner each Halloween. You can see what I’ve made before by clicking here, here, here, and here (included there are ghastly ghosts, mummy meatloaf and eyeball cupcakes, among other things). This year, because I suddenly have both less time in the kitchen and a somewhat picky eater around, I went for less of a dinner theme and more of a snack kind of thing.
The recipes I used can be found via Dinner: A Love Story blog (my new favorite) and Hungry Happenings. You’ll also note that this is the most processed I get in my cooking. While most of the time I bake from scratch, this year I opted for both cake mix and pre-made frosting. Hey, it’s a once-a-year kind of thing.
apple, peanut butter (optional), slivered almonds
Slice your apple into lip shaped wedges. I used an apple corer/slicer and then cut those wedges in half.
8 oz cream cheese
8 oz shredded cheese (I used a taco cheese mix)
1/2 cup bacon bits
more shredded cheddar cheese
a few slices of white cheese
food markers or black olives
Thin pretzel sticks
Mix together the cream cheese, shredded taco cheese and bacon bits. I used the food processor because I’m lazy like that.
Let it sit while you prepare the rest. Slice eyeball shapes from your white cheese. You could use a fondant cutter but I used a corer of some kind- not sure if it was meant for apples or strawberries or what- it was Grandma’s- but it worked perfectly for this. I then colored in the eyeball with a food marker. You could also use thin slices of olives, I think.
Break the pretzel sticks into halves or thirds.
Pour your shredded cheese onto a plate. Using your hands, scoop out small amounts of the cream cheese mixture and roll into balls. Drop them into the shredded cheese and press gently so the cheese will stick.
I struggled with the mouths. In the end, I tried an almond sliver, colored with a food marker, a pretzel stick, a piece of green olive and cheese colored with a marker. The original post used black olive slices.
I think they’re pretty cute, if I do say so myself. And rather tasty, if you like cheese. Which I do.
Cupcakes (any flavor. I used boxed chocolate)
Chocolate frosting (a buttercream type, if you’re making from scratch)
Oreos (or other chocolate sandwich cookie)
M & M’s – orange and brown (eyes and beak)
Make your cupcakes.