Halloween Triple Chocolate Pudding Cookies

Halloween Triple Chocolate Pudding Cookies
I have one last easy, delicious Halloween treat to share with you all today. Noah and I had a blast whipping these up and it was so nice to spend time with just him since things have been a little hectic since Hannah has arrived. This is my last week of help before real life sets in and I am a stay at home mom to two kids. Please pray for me.
Halloween Triple Chocolate Pudding Cookies
I picked up some Halloween chocolate chips that consisted of semi-sweet chocolate chips and orange colored chips. I tried really hard to think of something creative to make with them but I came up short. Then I stumbled across this recipe for triple chocolate cookies and I knew the resident chocoholic would go crazy for them. And he did.
Halloween Triple Chocolate Pudding Cookies
Halloween Triple Chocolate Pudding Cookies
Thanks to the addition of chocolate pudding mix, they are soft and chewy (even days later) and chocked full of chocolate goodness.
Halloween Triple Chocolate Pudding Cookies
So, what are your kids dressing up as for Halloween? Noah chose Buzz Lightyear and Hannah has a sweet Cinderella dress. Oh, and Noah decided he’s not going to say “trick or treat” but “can I have some candy please?” instead. Hmm, we’ve got to work on that before Thursday. At least he added please, right?
Halloween Triple Chocolate Pudding Cookies
Halloween Triple Chocolate Cookies
recipe from Something Swanky

1 cup butter, cold
3/4 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup sugar
2 eggs
2 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. sea salt
1 tsp. baking soda
1 Tbsp. hot water
2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1/4 cup cocoa powder
3.75 oz. Hershey’s Special Dark Instant Pudding Mix
1 bag Nestle Halloween Chocolate Chips
Halloween sprinkles

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Beat butter until smooth in a stand mixer.

2. Add sugars and beat 1-2 minutes, until smooth and slightly fluffy.

3. Add eggs, one at a time, until well combined. Meanwhile, combine water and baking soda until dissolved. Add to creamed mixture along with the vanilla.

4. In a mixing bowl, combine flour, cocoa powder and pudding mix. Slowly add the dry ingredients to the mixer until just combined. Stir in chocolate chips.

5. On greased or parchment lined cookie sheets, drop dough by the tablespoon. Top with sprinkles and bake for 10-12 minutes. Let cool for 5 minutes on cookie sheets before removing to a cooling rack.


Halloween Popcorn Munch

Halloween Popcorn Munch
To continue with my lazy, not so creative Halloween treat ideas, I bring you Halloween Popcorn Munch…a fun twist on cookies and cream popcorn. I don’t know why holiday themed Oreo’s seem to taste better than the regular ones, but they do and I always have a hard time resisting them. So of course I didn’t have any self control and had those darn Halloween Oreo’s staring at me from the pantry, begging to be eaten but I really wanted to so something with them besides soak them in milk and stuff my face.
Halloween Popcorn Munch
Then cookies and cream popcorn, which I have been wanting to make forever, popped into my head. I also had candy corn staring at me, along with Halloween sprinkles that I also couldn’t resist buying (I have a thing for sprinkles too). So I thought I would combine them all into a super-sweet, yummy mix that is perfect for any Halloween gathering.
Halloween Popcorn Munch
It only takes a few ingredients, comes together very easily and is sure to impress. I know you are going to really love me for this one cause the kids won’t be sugared up already from their candy haul. So, your welcome in advance.
Halloween Popcorn Munch
Halloween Popcorn Munch
recipe adapted from Erica’s Sweet Tooth

1 bag microwave popcorn or 4 cups air popped
12 Halloween Oreo’s, finely crushed
1 cup candy corn
Halloween sprinkles
6-8 oz. melted white chocolate

1. Pop popcorn and remove all unpopped kernels. Mix popcorn, Oreo crumbs and candy corn together in a large bowl.

2. Melt white chocolate at 30 second intervals, stirring each time, until melted. Drizzle over popcorn mixture and stir until completely coated.

3. Dump onto parchment or wax paper then sprinkles with Halloween sprinkles. Allow to set, about 20 minutes, then break into pieces and enjoy. Store in an airtight container.
Halloween Popcorn Munch

Peanut Butter Candy Corn Cookies

Peanut Butter Candy Corn Cookies
Since Halloween is right around the corner, I definitely wanted to share some themed treats with you but lately I have had a huge lack of motivation and creativity. The end of pregnancy is rough people. I had Noah 3 weeks and a day early so I never went through those last few uncomfortable weeks. Not fun.
Peanut Butter Candy Corn Cookies
So, basically I just stirred some candy corn instead of M&M’s into my favorite peanut butter cookies and called them festive. That’s how I roll these days. But I have to tell you, they are incredibly chewy and delicious. I had to pretty much immediately deliver them to Joel at work because we couldn’t keep our hands off of them. When we were on our way, Noah told me that they (Joel and his co-workers) had to eat a good lunch if they were going to have a cookie. Bribery works in our house you see.
Peanut Butter Candy Corn Cookies
Even though these aren’t incredibly creative and don’t scream creepy, crawly Halloween they are really yummy and would be the perfect, easy addition to your Halloween or fall feast.

Peanut Butter Candy Corn Cookies

3/4 cup creamy peanut butter
1/2 cup butter flavored Crisco
1 1/4 brown sugar
1 large egg
3 Tbsp. half and half or milk
1 Tbsp. vanilla
1 3/4 cups flour
3/4 tsp. baking soda
3/4 tsp. salt
1 1/2 cups candy corn, divided

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line cookie sheets with parchment paper. Cream peanut butter, shortening and brown sugar until fluffy. Add egg; mix well. Stir in half and half and vanilla.

2. Combine flour, baking soda and salt; gradually add to the creamed mixture. Roughly chop 1 cup candy corn and stir into cookie dough. Drop by rounded tablespoons onto parchment lined cookie sheets.

3. Bake for 8 minutes. Remove from oven and press 2-3 candy corn on top of cookies. Return to oven for another 1-2 minutes. Let sit on the cookie sheet for about 5 minutes then slide parchment off cookie sheet onto counter and allow to cool completely before removing from parchment. If you try to remove before they are cool, they will be sticky from any melted candy corn and may fall apart.
Peanut Butter Candy Corn Cookies

2 Ingredient Pumpkin Brownies

2 Ingredient Pumpkin Brownies
These yummy, super dense brownies consist of only two ingredients and they are healthy. Yep, you heard my right. I guess mine are technically 3 ingredients because of the sprinkles but they are optional so we’ll just stick with two. I have been lacking in the Halloween themed treats arena so I randomly bought a bunch of fun sprinkles and needed a way to use them in order to be festive and not get shunned by food bloggers across the land. It was a lazy way to make them Halloween-y but that’s all I’ve got for you.

The texture of these brownies is not typical but they taste delish so don’t be alarmed. They even look like fudge which isn’t a bad thing in my book! They are the best 2 ingredient baked good since 2 Ingredient Pumpkin Muffins!
And make sure you have a little monster to help you clean up the utensils.

2 Ingredient Pumpkin Brownies
recipe from Cookies and Cups

1 Family Size box (19.5 oz) brownie mix
1 (15 oz) can pumpkin
Sprinkles, optional

1. Preheat oven to 350° F. Line a 9×9 pan with foil and spray lightly with cooking spray. I only have an 8×8 (what kind of baker am I?) so mine were a little thicker and had to bake longer.

2. In a bowl mix together brownie mix and pumpkin until smooth. Top with sprinkles if desired.

3. Spread batter into pan and bake for 25-30 minutes until set. Let cool completely.

Halloween Peppermint Patties

This is one of those recipes that I knew I had to try as soon as I saw it. But that didn’t make sense. I am not a huge fan of peppermint patties. We usually have them at Christmastime. I  eat way too many get my fill and don’t think about them again until the next Christmas. But they just looked too fun to pass up. They tasted just like the real thing!

My original idea was to roll the “dough” out then cut it with mini pumpkin cookie cutters then fully dip them in chocolate. I was sadly defeated by the sticky, uncooperative mixture. It just wasn’t stiff enough to cut with a cookie cutter. But I think I will try them again and just keep kneading in powdered sugar until it is stiff enough. I didn’t want to go there this time as I wanted to be able to report to you what the real recipe tasted like. I’m thinking green Christmas trees will be my experiment. Speaking of Christmas, you could make these in red and green and sprinkle them over cookie trays for friends and neighbors. Or make them in pastel colors for the kiddos Easter baskets. I always love giving and receiving handmade treats, they radiate love.

You don’t expect peppermint when you bite into something orange so that makes them even more fun for Halloween. They would be great for any Halloween themed party. Give them a try, you won’t regret it!

3  1/2 cups powdered sugar, plus extra, as needed
1/4 cup pasteurized liquid egg white product
1 teaspoon water, plus extra, as needed
1/4 teaspoon pure peppermint extract
Orange food coloring, as needed, optional
2 (4-ounce) bars 53 percent cocoa dark chocolate, chopped into 1/2-inch pieces (recommended: Nestle Chocolatier)
1 teaspoon vegetable oil

1.Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. Set aside.

2. In a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, combine the powdered sugar, egg white product, 1 teaspoon water, peppermint extract and 1 to 2 drops of food coloring, if using. Mix on low speed until smooth. Increase the speed to high and beat until the mixture forms a stiff dough (if the mixture becomes too stiff, add extra water, 1/2 teaspoon at a time and beat until smooth). Put the mixture on a work surface dusted with powdered sugar and roll it into a log about 12-inches long and 1 1/4-inches in diameter. Slice the log into 1/4 to 1/2-inch pieces, form them into balls and flatten into discs. Arrange in single layers on the prepared baking sheets. Let the candies dry, uncovered, at room temperature for 3 hours.

3. Put the chocolate and vegetable oil in a small bowl and set it over a pan of barely simmering water. Stir until the chocolate is smooth and melted. Dip 1 half of each candy into the melted chocolate and return them to the parchment paper until the chocolate has set, about 3 hours.

Monster Claws {Baked Chicken Tenders}

Noah is our little monster (at 6 months). He loves to growl when we ask him what a monster says. He’s so funny!

And these are his sweet, adorable little claws.

Not the monster and claws you were originally expecting to see huh? Well, I’ll get to those. There are just thousands, yes thousands, of pictures of our little man so I can always seem to find an appropriate one (or two or three) for almost any post or story I want to write. And I just can’t resist sharing them with you all.

A lot of the time when I see something really cute and creative, it just doesn’t end up looking as great when I make them. Happily, this was not the case when I made these Monster Claws for dinner recently. They really do look like severed monster fingers. Not only did they look good but they tasted great too. The cornflakes provided a nice crunch so that they almost seemed fried and were still pretty healthy. I’m sure any kiddo would love helping make and eat these creepy little fingers.

Monster Claws
recipe from Halloween Food, Fun & Crafts

2 Tbsp. all-purpose flour
1 Tbsp. plus 2 tsp. Cajun seasoning, divided (I used a garlic seasoning)
1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut lengthwise into 3/4-inch strips
1 1/2 cups cornflakes, crushed
2 Tbsp. green onion, chopped
3 eggs, lightly beaten
1 red, yellow or orange bell pepper, cut into triangles

1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Lightly grease baking sheet. Place flour and 2 tsp. seasoning in large resealable bag. Add chicken and seal; shake to coat chicken.

2. Combine cornflakes, green onion and remaining 1 Tbsp. seasoning in shallow dish; mix well. Place eggs in separate shallow dish.

3. Dip chicken strips in eggs. Roll in crumb mixture until well coated. Place on prepared baking sheet.

4. Bake 12-15 minutes or until no longer pink in center.

5. When chicken in cool enough to handle, make 1/2 inch slits in one end. Place bell pepper triangle into slit to form claw nail. Serve with dipping sauce or alongside pasta.

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Caramel Apple Cake Pops {The Improv Cooking Challenge}

I am so honored to have been asked (along with over 100 other food bloggers) to participate in The Improv Cooking Challenge hosted by Lady Behind the Curtain. Each month we are given two ingredients and asked to make a recipe from them. For the first month of this awesome challenge, we were presented with apples and caramel. I immediately knew I would make these yummy Caramel Apple Cake Pops.

Aren’t they the cutest darn things you have ever seen? Well, maybe not the cutest. This guy totally wins in my book. Sorry, I love sneaking in photos of my little man whenever I can! This is Noah at 3 months as a giraffe. He is going to be a monkey this year.

I love that these look just like tiny caramel apples but when you bite inside it’s a moist, spicy cake that is accented by the sweet, gooey caramel and salty, crunchy peanuts. Yum! The cuteness of these treats does come at a cost. They are kind of time-consuming to make since they all have to be dipped and rolled. But they are totally worth it. And it is so fun to see your guests reaction to them which is so important to me. I bake and cook because I love to feed others and make them happy! These do the trick!

These were great as written but I think next time I want to punch up the apple taste. I was thinking of two different routes for this. Either dicing an apple or two into small chunks and stirring them in or possibly grating an apple and mixing that in (possibly replacing some of the applesauce). I wasn’t sure about the grated apple…thinking it might add too much moisture. Caramel Apple Cake Pops
recipe from Fun Stuff Cupcakes

1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp. salt
1 cup applesauce
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup canola or vegetable oil
1 egg
1 1/2 cups roasted peanuts, chopped
30 wooden sticks
2 pkgs. (14 oz. each) caramels
5 Tbsp. milk

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray 30 mini muffin cups with nonstick cooking spray. Combine flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt in a medium bowl. Stir applesauce, sugar, oil and egg in large bowl until well blended. Add flour mixture; stir until blended. Spoon into prepared muffin cups, filling three-fourths full.
2. Bake about 16 minutes or until toothpick inserted into centers comes out clean. Cool in pans 10 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely.
3. Line baking sheet with waxed paper; spray with nonstick cooking spray. Place peanuts on plate or in shallow dish. Insert craft sticks into tops.
4. Place unwrapped caramels and milk in large microwavable bowl; microwave on high 2 to 3 minutes or until melted and smooth, stirring after each minutes. Working with 1 cupcake at a time, hold cupcake over bowl and spoon caramel over cupcake, rotating stick until completely coated. Immediately roll in peanuts to coat cupcake, pressing nuts lightly with fingertips to adhere to caramel. Stand cupcake (stick side up) on prepared baking sheet. Repeat with remaining cupcakes (caramel may need to be reheated briefly if it becomes too thick). Let stand 20 minutes or until caramel is set.

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