Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Easy Halloween Snacks for Kids

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Happy Halloween! Hope everybody has a bootiful one. :) I thought I’d give y’Halloween MLK 013all a couple of ideas for some really quick treats for any kind of a Halloween get-together or dessert. This is the time of year where we all get in a time-crunch, after all!

I found this recipe from Martha Stewart. And I do like Martha, even though she gives me an inferiority complex most of the time. I thought her alien cupcake looked pretty cool, but she lost me at the meringue buttercream ingredient. Actually, she lost me at the making the cupcakes part. I’m just down to the wire and looking for shortcuts!


So I used some chewy cookies from my grocery store’s bakery, some frosting, marshmallows, I didn’t have any cool green icing like Martha did, so I used some black, Halloween icing I found at the store. This was going to be very simple, so I let my daughter help me out. :) We made a couple of different types.

Halloween MLK 004For the black alien cookie, we used:
Chewy chocolate chip cookie for the base
Black icing (from the Halloween section of the grocery store)
Mini marshmallows for the weird teeth
Large marshmallow cut in half
A peanut M&M stuck on the marshmallow with icing.

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For the white skull cookie, we used:
Chewy chocolate chip cookie for the base
Black icing…kind of oozy stuff
Mini Marshmallows.

Halloween MLK 010Then we did a scary white cookie (my daughter assured me it wasn’t really scary) with all the above, but a raspberry stuck on the black eye icing and then different colored peanut M&Ms (stuck on with more black icing) in the center of the raspberry.

I also wanted to do a non-sweet treat that was still Halloweeny. The folks at Betty Crocker had just what I was looking for. Mummies! And it’s so Halloween MLK 017easy. You just take:

Part of a stalk of celery
Line it with vegetable-flavored cream cheese (softened enough to spread)
Wrap it with narrow strips of thinly cut ham to look like bandages
Use dried cranberry bits to use for eyes.

hickorysmokedhomicidehighresHappy Halloween! And just a quick note—the third book in the Memphis Barbeque series releases November 1! Hope you’ll pick up a copy if you enjoy mysteries. :)

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  1. Fun cookie ideas, but the mummies are my favorite. That would be a great way to get youngsters to try celery without them thinking about it.

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  2. Very cool ideas for busy moms. I like the mummy one too - though I'm not a fan of celery. You could use a bread stick instead.

    Beverly aka Booklady

  3. Never thought of an in-between Summer and Winter wreath but it's perfect.

    And the recipes are fun, too, although I might substitute sliced pimento olives for the cranberry eyes. Need my olives.

  4. I wish I had been in your kitchen when you were making these. The whole process must have been so much fun, while still easy. Very imaginative and they look tasty too.

  5. What fun! These are adorable. I can imagine that kids would love making them *and* eating them!

    ~ Krista

  6. Riley/Elizabeth, what fun the cookies and good for you treats are. Mummies! Cute.


  7. Sweet ideas, Riley/Elizabeth! Easy and fun - I especially like the mummies, which I could actually use right now. I'm hungry for a snack! Happy Halloween and I hear the ticking of the countdown clock. One week to the release of your new Memphis BBQ mystery! ~ Cleo

  8. Mason--My daughter really enjoyed them, but my son is funny about celery! I might have to put a lot more cream cheese on them for him. :)

    Booklady--A breadstick would make a great alternative (one my son would probably appreciate, since he's no fan of celery!)

    Liz--Pimento olives sounds like a wonderful substitute!

    Mary Jane--It was messy, but fun. :)

    Krista--They're fun for kids to eat, if they can restrain themselves from eating the parts as they go!

    Avery--They're cute mummies, aren't they?

    Cleo--I know--it's coming so quickly! Can't wait to see it on the shelf. :)

  9. Elizabeth I LOVE the mummies!!! Why didn't I have this idea when I was snack mom for the "healthy" treat days!!

    The kids and I spent many happy and sticky pre-Halloween days messing with frosting, life savers, and olives! Precious memories so worth the mess :-)

  10. I love the mummy idea! Thanks for sharing.