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TOWER OF HORROR TREATS FOR HALLOWEEN

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by NYMetroParents Staff September 18, 2013

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This "tower of horror" is full of treats and makes for a perfectly spooky (and delicious) dessert table at your Halloween party. Get the recipes for skull and crossbones cakes, jolly jack-o-lantern cookies, and spirited pumpkin cake pops.

halloween cookies and treats

 

Skull and Crossbones Cakes

Skull Cakes

Makes 8 skulls

 

Ingredients

4 cups all-purpose flour

2 2/3 cups granulated sugar

1 tablespoon ground cinnamon

2 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

½ teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon ground cloves

Pinch ground nutmeg

1 1/3 cups vegetable oil

4 eggs

2 cups applesauce

Buttercream icing

 

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 325ºF.

2. Spray Dimensions Mini Skull Pan (or similar pan) with vegetable pan spray.

3. In large bowl, combine flour, sugar, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cloves, and nutmeg. In small bowl, whisk together oil, eggs, and applesauce. Add to dry ingredients, stirring until well combined.

4. Fill each cavity in the pan about 2/3 full with 1/3 cup batter. Reserve remaining batter.

5. Bake 30-35 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan 15 minutes. Remove to cooling grid and cool completely.

6. Bake remaining batter as above.

7. To assemble, cut the domes off of fronts and backs of skulls and sandwich with buttercream icing.

 

Cookie Bones

Makes about 3 dozen cookies

 

Ingredients

1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened

1½ cups granulated sugar

1 egg

1½ teaspoons vanilla extract

½ teaspoon almond extract (optional)

3 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon salt

 

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly spray Bones Cookie Pan (or similar pan) with vegetable pan spray.

2. In large bowl, beat butter and sugar with electric mixer at medium speed until well blended. Beat in egg and extracts; mix well.

3. Combine flour and salt; add to butter mixture. Beat until well blended.

4. Press dough into prepared pan cavities, filling 2/3 full.

5. Bake 9-10 minutes or until light brown around edges. Cool in pan 10 minutes. Turn pan over; lightly tap pan to remove cookies. Cool completely on cooling grid.

 

To decorate and assemble:

Yellow candy color from Primary Candy Color Set, optional

3 (12-ounce) bags White Candy Melts Candy, melted

1 (12-ounce) bag Black Candy Melts Candy, melted

Large Candy Eyeballs

Brown Color Dust, optional

 

1. Place assembled cakes and cookies on cooling grid, positioned over cookie sheet. If desired, add yellow candy color to melted white candy; pour over cakes and cookies until well coated. Chill 10-15 minutes or until set. Repeat if needed.

2. Using disposable decorating bag, pipe melted black candy face details on skull cakes; chill 5-10 minutes or until set. Attach candy eyeballs to skulls with dots of melted candy. If desired, brush Color Dust highlights on candy-covered bones and skulls.

3. Using melted white candy, secure four decorated skull cakes to cake base or serving platter, hold until set; insert decorated bone cookies between cakes. Add second row of skulls, positioning between the skulls below and securing with melted candy; hold until set. Add bone cookies between skulls. Secure final skull to top of tower with melted candy; hold until set. Arrange remaining bone cookies around base of cake tower.

 

Jolly Jack-o-Lantern Cookies

Ingredients

Makes about 2 dozen cookies

1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened

1½ cups granulated sugar

1 egg

1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract

½ teaspoon almond extract (optional)

2 ¾ cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon salt

Light green, black, red, and orange sparkle gel

 

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly spray Easy Decorate Pumpkin Cookie Pan (or similar pan) with vegetable pan spray.

2. In large bowl, beat butter and sugar with electric mixer at medium speed until well blended. Beat in egg and extracts; mix well. Combine flour and salt; add to butter mixture. Beat until well blended. Press dough into cavities, filling 2/3 full.

3. Bake 10-12 minutes or until light brown around edges. Cool in pan 10 minutes. Turn pan over; lightly tap pan to remove cookies. Cool completely on cooling grid.

4. Decorate cooled cookies with sparkle gel, using light green for stem; black for eyes, mouths and mustaches; red for tongue; and orange for remaining pumpkin areas. Let set, about half an hour.

 

Spirited Pumpkin Cake Pops

Ingredients

1 package (15.5 to 18.25 ounces) yellow cake mix

Water, eggs, and oil (as called for in cake mix directions)

Orange, black, and white candy melts

Black/white colored lollipop sticks

Candy eyeballs

 

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Prepare 12-cavity Silicone Petite Pumpkin Mold (or similar pan) with vegetable pan spray.

2. Prepare cake mix by following package instructions; fill silicone mold cavities 2/3 full with cake batter. Bake 8-12 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Remove from mold and cool completely.

3. Melt orange candy melts by following package instructions. Dip lollipop sticks in melted candy; insert into bottom of cakes. Using spatula or butter knife, spread melted candy onto backs of cakes; chill in refrigerator 5-10 minutes or until set. Place cooled cakes on cooling grid positioned over cookie sheet, candy side down; spoon or pipe melted candy over cakes until well coated. Chill in refrigerator 10-15 minutes or until set. Repeat if desired.

4. Melt black candy melts in disposable decorating bag; cut small hole in tip of bag and pipe mouth, nose, and eyebrows on pumpkins. If desired, pipe melted white candy teeth. Attach candy eyeballs with dots of melted candy.

 

Recipes courtesy wilton.com.

 

More Halloween Fun

Get more recipes, decorating and costume ideas, and spooktacular activities at nymetroparents.com/halloween.

 


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