Halloween Tray O' Treats
Well we are finally all moved into our new home and today I turned in the keys to our apartment. It was definitely a bitter sweet moment. We have had so many good memories in that apartment. We lived there when we got engaged. We lived there when we got married. We've have 4 Christmases there- 4 Valentines days, 4 Thanksgivings, & 4 Halloweens.
But we are so happy in our new place and we wanted to make sure our new neighbors knew us and were confident that we weren't horrible crazy people who moved in to the ugliest house on the block, and to assure them that we are here to slap some make up on it and make it our own.
So, I introduced us in the only way I know how: by baking. A lot.
I spent the week assembling treats and then on Wednesday (in the rain) we went door to door delivering them and making small chat. We're so lucky all of our neighbors are wonderful and we loved meeting all of them. Luckily, I made A TON, so J & I were both able to bring trays to our offices too! My coworkers loved them and the plate was bare before 11am. That made me so happy :)
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 cups flour
- 1 cup unsalted butter - room temperature
- chocolate Ghiradelli chocolate drops
- 1/2 cup of melted chocolate chips.
- candy eyes
Cream butter and sugar together. Add vanilla, salt and flour. Roll the dough into small balls and then flatten in the center with your thumb. Bake at 375 for 8-10 minutes. Immediately upon removing them from the oven, add 1 chocolate drop. To decorate- add your melted chocolate chips to a piping bag (or use a ziploc baggie with the tip of one corner cut off). Pipe 8 legs on to each "spider". Then use a small dot of melted chocolate on to the back of each candy eye and press into the spider's head. Let cool (it's faster if you pop them into the fridge) so that the chocolate legs harden back up.
Oreo Truffle Mummies
- 1 package of Oreos
- 1 8oz cream cheese
- 1 package of white candy melts (I like the white chocolate ones by Ghiradelli the most)
- black decorating icing (mini chocolate chips would probably work well too)
Using a food processor, crush the Oreos up so that there aren't any big chunks. Melt the cream cheese a little in the microwave so that it's easy to mix (I usually do 45 seconds). blend the Oreos in with the cream cheese and roll them into small bite sized balls. Place the balls in the fridge for 20 minutes- you can skip this step if you're in a hurry, but I've noticed the candy melt hardens quicker when the truffle isn't warm. Melt your candy melts according to the package instructions. Dip each truffle in the candy melt to coat it- i use a fondue spoon to do this. Once the candy coating has hardened, add your leftover candy melt to a piping bag (or again, a ziploc baggie) and haphazardly drizzle it over the oreo truffles to create "bandages". Lastly, add the eyes with your decorating icing.
Mini Spiderweb Brownies
- 1 brownie mix (+ whatever the box's recipe calls for)
- White frosting
Make the brownie mix according to the box's instructions. Pour the mix into a greased mini cupcake pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 23 minutes. Once cooled, pipe a spiral onto each brownie with the frosting in a piping bag or ziploc baggie. Lastly, using a tooth pick, draw lines through the spirals to create the spiderweb.