Every Halloween, my entire family comes over with kids in tow and costumes galore. By that time, I’ve already ordered the pizza’s so the kids can get something to eat before heading out to trick-or-treat. I love all the chaos and excitement with the kids running around just dying to get into their costumes and waiting for trick-or-treat to start.
I really think it’s important to give your kids something to eat before they head out. For us, pizza on Halloween night has been a tradition that’s been in my family for years. It’s usually a pretty hectic day and the kids don’t want to sit down to a big dinner when they’re biting at the bit to get their costumes on. During the month of October I’m usually always making some kind of Halloween treat – either for the kid’s school parties or just treats to have around the house for my children and their friends.
There are two cookie recipes that I have made every October for the last eight years and plan to keep making then for years to come. The first are shaped like little ghosts and the second ones are shaped like little pumpkins. They are truly the easiest cookies to make and the kids love them! If you need more for class parties then go ahead and double (or triple) the recipe.
Frightfully Easy Ghost Cookies (look like ghosts)
12 oz. vanilla-flavored candy coating, cut into pieces
1 (1-lb) pkg. peanut butter-filled sandwich cookies (I use Nutter Butter)
64 miniature chocolate chips (4 teaspoons)
- In a small saucepan, melt candy coating over low heat, stirring constantly until smooth.
- Line cookie sheets with waxed paper. Holding cookie with tongs, dip entire cookie into melted coating, letting excess drip off. Lay flat, coated side up, on waxed paper-lined cookie sheets. Place 2 chocolate chips in coating to form eyes. Let stand about 10 minutes until set.
Jack-O’-Lantern Cookies (look like pumpkins)
½ can Pillsbury Vanilla Creamy Supreme Frosting
2 oz. vanilla-flavored candy coating
Orange paste food color
14 crème-filled chocolate sandwich cookies (I use Oreo’s)
Tube of chocolate decorator icing
7 small green gumdrops cut in half
- In a small saucepan, combine frosting and candy coating; melt over low heat, stirring occasionally until smooth. Remove from heat. Stir in desired amount of orange food color.
- Line cookie sheets with waxed paper. Using tongs, dip each cookie in melted frosting mixture, coating completely. Lay flat on paper-lined cookie sheets. Let stand about 10 minutes until set.
- Decorate coated cookies with jack-o’-lantern faces using decorator icing. Top each with 1 gumdrop half for stem.
My daughters love to help make these cookies. I let them draw the faces on the pumpkins with the chocolate icing. They make them spooky, funny, mean and silly. I dip they decorate! It’s a great and easy way to spend some time with your children.
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