Halloween is the only time of year when you can let your crafty side delve into some spooky projects, and creative Halloween desserts offer a great opportunity to have some ghoulish fun while entertaining.
Whether you’re planning a party for your friends or just preparing some scary desserts for your kids, here are a few clever tricks to add some festive fun to your treats.
Spooky treats can be as complicated or as easy as you want them to be. Look at what you have in your pantry and fridge already, and consider how they could be transformed into a Halloween dessert. For example, simply stacking a few marshmallows and dipping them in green-coloured chocolate turns them into monsters.
We’ve all seen those ridiculously amazing custom-made Halloween cupcakes, and if you’re like me, you might have wondered whether you could pull them off. But there are easy ways to make beautifully decorated cupcakes that don’t require a culinary diploma. These adorable mummy cupcakes are essentially made of strips of white fondant and Smarties for eyes. No steady hands necessary for piping little lines of icing.
If you’re looking for a new project you can do with your kids, consider one of my favourites: zombie or witches fingers. The cookie is made of a dough similar to sugar cookies, but instead of rolling them flat to cut with a cookie cutter, you roll them into long pieces to form finger like shapes. Kids can help pinch the dough to make fingers and add blanched almonds for the nails. You can also add bits of blood and gore with decorating gel in any colour—red is perfect for blood.
Chanel Boris the Spider with some creepy-crawly cupcakes. Spider cupcakes are a cinch with black liquorice and chocolate cupcakes. Kids can help decorate these cupcakes, and they can be made scarier by adding bloody fangs or eerie eyeballs. If you want to make hairy spiders, you can top your chocolate cupcakes with chocolate shavings or sprinkles.
When it comes to making your Halloween desserts, there are plenty of ways to simplify the process, and there are lots of candies and pre-made items you can include in your desserts to cut down the work. Mini marshmallows can be teeth, while chopped nuts can serve as jagged fangs. The most important thing about making Halloween desserts is to have fun making them, because that’s what the holiday is all about!
Megan Cole is an award-winning Victoria, B.C.–based journalist and freelance writer. She most enjoys writing about food and music, and when she isn’t behind a keyboard or camera, you can find her in the kitchen or at a concert. Visit her at victoriaculinaryunderground.wordpress.com.