This year, try making these Halloween-inspired desserts to celebrate the spookiest day of the year. These DIY ideas will help make the holiday that much more special and make sure your home is filled with the delicious smell of baked goods.
1 Halloween chocolate tarts
- 8 4-inch chocolate tarts (get the recipe here)
- Candy Corn (about a dozen per tart depending on size)
1 Let baked chocolate tarts cool completely before decorating.
2 Place one candy corn around the egdges of each tart, in a neat circle.
Makes eight 4-inch tarts.
2 No-bake pumpkin cheesecake cookies
- 1 cup of cream cheese, softened
- 1/4 cup + 2 tbsp of pumpkin puree
- 2 tbls of sugar
- 1/2 tsp of vanilla extract
- 1 pinch of nutmeg
- 1/4 tsp of orange food colouring (optional)
- 20-24 wafer cookies
1 Add the softened cream cheese to a medium-size bowl. Using a stand or hand-held mixer, beat for 1 minute. Mix in sugar, pumpkin puree, vanilla and nutmeg. Fold in the food colouring if using.
2 Mix for another minute or until the mixture is homogeneous. Place to chill in the fridge for at least 30 minutes or just until serving.
3 Right before serving, take the cheesecake batter out of the fridge. Using a spoon or small ice cream scoop add a couple tablespoons of batter at the center of half of the wafers. Top with the other half and gently press down to form a sandwich. Serve immediately.
Tip: Assemble the cookies at the last minute to prevent the wafer cookies from getting soggy.
Makes about 10 cookies.
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3 Black and white truffles
- 50 uncoated chocolate truffles (get the recipe here)
- 1 cup of bittersweet chocolate chips
- 1 cup of white chocolate chips
1 Take truffles out of the fridge right before coating them with chocolate.
2 In two separate double-boilers, melt the dark and white chocolate. Quickly dip each truffle into either batter using a small flat spoon. Shake off excess and arrange on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
3 Place in the fridge to set for 10 minutes. Remove from the fridge a few minutes before serving.
Makes 50 truffles.
4 Pumpkin sugar cookies
- 1 pound of confectioners' sugar
- 2 large egg whites
1 In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine the sugar and egg whites.
2 Mixing on low speed, add up to 1/2 cup water depending on the consistency you want your icing to be. Mix until the icing holds a ribbon-like trail.
3 Separate the icing into two bowls. Fold in the orange colouring in one, and green in the other.
4 Place the icing into two piping bags.
5 Decorate as you please.
5 Halloween candy platter
For a festive Halloween candy platter, arrange a selection of black licorice, candy corn, jujubes and orange and black jelly beans in different plates and bowls.
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