Halloween is my favorite time of year, and it’s not just because I love eating half of my kids’ candy or decorating my house to scare all of the neighborhood children, I also love to make fun treats! BUT, only if they’re super, super easy. Not because I’m lazy (maybe sometimes), but because I have a short attention span when it comes to cooking and baking. If you’re anything like me, you are going to love to make all of these easy and insanely cute Halloween treats…. for kids and adults!
1. Fruit Monsters
These cute, little fruit monsters are not only adorable as can be, they’re also a healthy snack option for Halloween!
- Cut several strawberries length wise into little slivers to use as the tongues. Depending on the size of your strawberries, you should get about 2-4 “tongues” each.
- Cut your apples into quarters avoiding the core, and then carefully carve the mouth out with a knife. You should be able to make about four of these guys per apple. Spray or rub them with a little bit of lemon juice if you’d like to prevent them from browning.
- Spread peanut or almond butter on the inside of the “mouths”, mostly on the bottom where the strawberry tongues will be.
- Use sunflower seeds or almond slivers for the teeth. Gently push them into the flesh of the apples.
- Place your strawberry tongues inside of the mouths, using the peanut or almond butter as a glue.
- Now here’s the fun best part! Use a little bit of your nut butter to glue on candy eyes. You can find candy eyes in the baking section of most grocery stores, as well as craft stores such as Michael’s or Hobby Lobby. You can also cut mini marshmallows in half, and use a black food marker to make them look likes eyes.
2. Spider Cookies
These are the easiest and cutest Halloween cookies you will ever make! The instructions are pretty self explanatory, but here are a few little tips that might help.
- Bake your favorite cookies (I like to use peanut butter cookies for this but sugar cookies also look nice). I usually just use store-bought refrigerated cookies because I’m lazy.
- After your cookies are done baking, immediately press the middle of each cookie down with the blunt end of a spoon to create a dome for your spider’s body to rest.
- Let your cookies cool to just above room temperature, and then place your spider’s body (chocolate truffles, malt balls, or small peanut butter cups) onto the center of each cookie. You want the cookies to be just warm enough to melt the chocolate on the bottom a bit so that it sticks to the cookie.
- Use chocolate frosting to pipe on the legs and attach the candy eyes to the spider’s body. You can also use the chocolate frosting to help adhere the bodies to the cookies if they’re not sticking well.
3. Spider Cupcakes
These spooky cupcakes are a huge hit at Halloween parties! They’re also super easy to make, and if you don’t feel like baking you can simply buy chocolate cupcakes (or any flavor of cupcake you would like). Simply spread on a flat layer of chocolate frosting, generously sprinkle black sugar sprinkles on top, and use small red candies like Red Hots for the eyes (or pipe on red frosting if you’d prefer). Finish them off with black licorice lace for the legs. I told you they were easy! 🙂