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It's that time of the year again! Halloween is just around the corner, so you need to know how to make Halloween treats that will impress the whole neighborhood. We've got some ideas for spirited Halloween treats that you can share with the grandkids and the kids next door. Before you run out to the store and stock up on apples for bobbing and pumpkin seeds for roasting, take a glance in your cabinet. These four simple Halloween treats require ingredients you likely already have. So whether your little one loves an eerie, easy bite or is looking for a monster of a meal, look no further than our Monster Drool Dip, Undead Oreos, Bloody Good Grilled Cheese, and Ooey Gooey Spiders.
Monster Drool Dip
First on our list of easy-to-make Halloween treats is Monster Drool Dip. For this recipe, you'll need two apples and some peanut butter — yep, it's that simple. Start by cutting the top off one of the apples, but don't trhow it away. Carve out the bottom of the apple to use as a bowl, scooping out the insides and being careful to get all of the seeds. Once you've finished cleaning out your apple bowl, carve a set of sharp teeth into the edge, then a matching set in your apple lid. Slice up a second apple for dipping.
Next, use a spoon to scoop peanut butter into your apple bowl. If you prefer thick or chunky peanut butter, a knife may be better suited to the task. Pop the lid back on for presentation, spread your apple slices on a plate and hand it over to the grandkids. If your peanut butter is as runny as ours, add an extra dollop until your fruit overflows and it oozes out between your spooky Halloween apple's teeth. Caramel works just as well. Et voilà: apple halloween treats made easy!
Next up on our list of tasty Halloween treats are Undead Oreos. To make these, you'll need Oreos, white chocolate chips, and mini chocolate chips. Start by pouring some white chocolate chips into a bowl, then microwave it for 15 seconds. Stir, then microwave for another 15. Repeat as necessary until your white chocolate is fully melted. Then, set aside. Next, pick up an Oreo and carefully twist it open, making sure the frosting stays all on one side. (If you accidentally mess up, well, that's a snack for the chef!)
On the half of the cookie that has icing, use a knife to carve out the hollows for a skull's cheeks, hollows for the eyes and nose, and then scratch out the mouth with a couple quick lines (you can use a toothpick to help out in these steps). Place mini chocolate chips in the eyeholes, then add them to the plate. In the half of the cookie that doesn't have icing, use a toothpick or fork to drizzle your melted white chocolate in mummy-like strips, as if the cookie is being wrapped up in gauze. Pop mini-chocolate-chip eyes into the frosting, and you're ready to go. Of all the Halloween treats to make, this may be the most difficult, but the results are so creepily cute!
Bloody Good Grilled Cheese
If you're searching for filling Halloween snack ideas, look no further than our Bloody Good Grilled Cheese. It's pretty much your typical Halloween grilled cheese, but with an added twist. Before you toast your bread, use a knife to carve a vampire face into one of the slices. Xs will do for eyes, and for a mouth, all you'll need is a straight line with two fangs hanging down. Then, make your grilled cheese as normal. Once done, plop it back on the plate, face side up. Sure, Halloween is mainly for the kids, but there are plenty of easy Halloween treats for adults — like our grilled cheese — to keep the grown-ups entertained, too.
You can use ketchup to emphasize the crossed-out eyes and the "bloody" fangs. You can also keep some ketchup to use as a dip — though we prefer dunking our grilled cheese in a gory bowl of blood, aka tomato soup. Our little sandwich vampire is ready to drink it all up.
Ooey Gooey Spiders
We think this next recipe for Ooey Gooey Spiders is perfect for Halloween appetizer plates. Mix up your peanut butter pretzel plate with a little powdered sugar. Start by spooning peanut butter into a bowl. If your peanut butter is thick, you'll only need to stir in a little powdered sugar. If your peanut butter is runny, you'll need a fair deal more — but add enough until it starts to stick together in the center of the bowl when you mix it instead of sticking to the sides.
Break four pretzel sticks into eight gooey spider legs — four on each side of the spider — and arrange them on your plate so all the legs meet in the middle. Next, use your spoon to scoop out a small ball of your peanut butter/powdered sugar mix. Roll it into a ball using your hands, then press it onto the spot where all eight legs meet. Be quick, or the peanut butter will start to soften when it meets the heat from your palms. Press mini-chocolate-chip eyes onto each spider, and your creepy-crawly creatures will start looking good enough to eat.