It's that spooky time of year again, Halloween! Kids are picking out the perfect Halloween costume and parents are getting ready for a slew of trick-or-treaters. To get your family ready for Halloween, whip up these ghost and witch hat fun snacks. They are the perfect addition to a school Halloween party, or can be a festive after school sweet snack. Plus, your kids can get in on the fun and help decorate to make their very own ghost cookies and witch hat fun snacks.
No baking required! In three simple steps and a matter of minutes you'll have a cookie bouquet that is just boo-tiful!
1. Melt white chocolate and 1 tablespoon of vegetable shortening in a microwave-safe bowl. Cook on full power, checking at 20 second intervals, stirring each time. Stop heating when moist, but not all, of the chips are melted--there should be a few chunks left. Stir until it is smooth and chips are completely melted. (Approx. 60 sec. total.) Be careful not to overcook.
*Microwave power varies, so exact times cannot be recommended.
2. Dunk the cookies into the melted chocolate and lay them on a drying rack. Let cool slightly.
3. While the white chocolate is still warm, use chocolate chips, melted chocolate, or chocolate frosting to add eyes and a mouth. Let ghosts sit at room temperature until the chocolate has cooled. If you want to serve the cookies right away, you can also refrigerate them for about 10-15 minutes and they’ll harden up in no time.
Get your brooms and cauldrons ready! These witch hats will make you cackle with delight.
1. The widest part of the cone is about the same size as the cookie. To make these look like witches’ hats the cone will need to be trimmed. Use a sharp serrated knife to cut 1-2 inches off of the widest part of the cone. Don’t press down on the cone when cutting. Simply use a gentle sawing motion moving back and forth so they don’t crack or break.
2. Melt chocolate chips and a tablespoon of vegetable shortening in a saucepan over low heat. Continue to stir occasionally while making the witches hats.
3. Dip the pointed side of each cone into the melted chocolate, allowing excess to drip off. Place cones on waxed paper and let stand until chocolate is set.
4. Once chocolate has hardened on the cones, it’s time to get your Keebler Fudge Stripes cookies ready. Lay Fudge Stripes cookies chocolate side up onto wax paper-lined cookie sheet. Pipe some of the decorating frosting onto the chocolate side of the cookie where the cookie and cone will meet. This step is important so that the cone will stick to the cookie securely.
5. Now, dip the bottom (rim) of each sugar cone into melted chocolate, allowing excess to drip off. Optional: Immediately roll in toppings of your choice
6. To adhere, gently press chocolate covered cone, while chocolate is still warm, to chocolate bottom of cookie where you piped the frosting.
7. Let stand until set.
These will make the perfect addition to a Halloween party, or a festive after school sweet snack. Happy Halloween and enjoy!
Photography by Erika Tracy