Chocolate Dipped Spoons

Chocolate Dipped Spoons

Make chocolate dipped spoons with your child this holiday season! Whether you’re looking for a great gift your child can make or a special holiday recipe for the whole family, these chocolate dipped spoons are a perfect solution. Dipped in chocolate and decorative sprinkles, these chocolate dipped spoons are delicious swirled in warm milk to make cocoa or in an adult’s coffee. These chocolate dipped spoons look beautiful wrapped in cellophane and tied with colorful ribbons, and they are easy to make in large batches. The only hard part is waiting until the chocolate dipped spoons cool to start licking them! This is perfect especially for cocoa!

You can find plastic spoons that are very decorative, metallic and colorful too.

What You Need:

  • An assortment of plastic or inexpensive metal spoons
  • 2 small microwave-safe bowls
  • Chocolate chips
  • White chocolate, broken into small bits
  • Your choice of toppings: crushed peppermint candies, red and green sugar or sprinkles, blue and white sugar or sprinkles
  • A rimmed baking sheet, lined with parchment or waxed paper
  • Optional: cellophane, scissors, and ribbon

What You Do:

  1. Line the baking sheet with paper and set aside.
  2. Place toppings in small bowls and set aside.
  3. Place chocolate chips in one bowl and microwave, stirring every 15 seconds, until thoroughly melted.
  4. Show your child how to dip the spoons in chocolate until the bowl of the spoon is well-coated. Do not dip the entire spoon. Set each spoon aside on the baking sheet to cool and dry. You can chill in refrigerator to speed cooling process if desired.
  5. Repeat process with white chocolate, dipping cooled spoons in white chocolate. Leave some of the dark chocolate showing above the white chocolate.
  6. Sprinkle the white chocolate portion of the spoons with the toppings of your choice before setting aside to cool.
  7. When thoroughly cooled, wrap in sheets of cellophane and ribbons to give as gifts or use to stir warm milk or coffee.

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Halloween Eyeball Cake Pops

Halloween Eyeball Cake Pops

These Halloween cake pops only have eyes for you! Your child can create his very own Halloween eyeball cake pops to gross out friends and family. They’ll be disgusted at first, but then they’ll discover how tasty these Halloween cake pops are! Kids will love dipping these Halloween eyeball cake pops in white chocolate and decorating them to look like a plucked-out eye. Eat Halloween cake pops this All Hallows’ Eve for a deliciously spooky treat.

What You Need:

  • Chocolate cake mix
  • 8 oz. softened cream cheese
  • 1 tablespoons milk
  • 2 cups confectioner’s sugar
  • 4 tablespoons softened butter
  • Plastic wrap
  • White chocolate chips
  • Blue, red and black gel icing
  • Straws
  • Baking tray
  • Wax paper
  • Double boiler

What You Do:

  1. Follow the baking directions to make your cake. Allow it to cool or refrigerate overnight.
  2. In a bowl, crumble the cake using a fork or your fingers.
  3. Whip together cream cheese, butter, sugar and milk and pour it into the cake crumbs.
  4. Mix well. If the cake is still too crumbly to form into balls, add one tablespoon of milk until it’s a soft clay-like consistency. Cover with plastic and refrigerate overnight.
  5. Cover a baking tray with wax paper and roll the cold cake mixture into balls the size of golf balls and set them onto the paper.
  6. In a double boiler, melt the white chocolate chips. (If you don’t have a double boiler, use two pots on top of one another; the bottom pot should have two cups of water in it. Set it on medium heat.)
  7. As soon as the white chocolate looks shiny, remove it from the heat and mix immediately.
  8. Dip the cake balls in the white chocolate and coat them by using a toothpick to move them around. Set them on the wax paper to dry.
  9. Place the tray of dipped eyeballs in the fridge for an hour to set them.
  10. Squeeze a small circle of blue gel on the top of the chilled cake pop. Fill in the center of the circle with a dot of black gel. Use the red gel to create squiggly red veins.
  11. Carefully, poke a straw into the bottom of the eyeball and place it in a clear glass to serve.
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Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

After your kids finish carving the pumpkins, turn the scooped-out seeds into a healthy snack. This is a great opportunity to explain to your kids where seeds come from.

Roasted pumpkin seeds are a yummy annual snack, and they’re high in zinc and other minerals, amino acids, and Vitamin K.

What You Need:

  • Pumpkin seeds
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • Strainer
  • Baking sheet
  • Aluminum foil

What You Do:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Spread aluminum foil over a baking sheet.
  2. Dig your seeds from your pumpkin and put them in the strainer. Carefully rinse them under cold running water, and separate the strings of pumpkin flesh from the seeds. The stringy pieces can go in the compost or the trash.
  3. Spread the seeds across the baking sheet, and spoon olive oil over them. Then sprinkle salt and cumin over them too. Mix them up to make sure the oil, salt and cumin are well mixed.
  4. Put the baking sheet in the oven for 15-20 minutes. Take them out when they are golden brown and crunchy. Let them cool a while before eating them.
  5. Enjoy the pumpkin seeds alone as a snack, or add them to trail mix or salads.

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Orange Punch Recipe

Orange Punch Recipe

If your child likes Creamsicles, he’ll love this punch. It comes together with just a few ingredients, but makes enough for a thirsty crowd. Since this recipe doesn’t require any cooking, even young kids can join in the fun of making a batch. With its bright orange hue, this frosty beverage is perfect for a Halloween party, or summer barbecue. For a fruitier and slushier version, substitute a pint of rainbow sherbet for the vanilla ice cream. Bottoms up!

What You Need:

  • 1.5 quarts orange cream sherbet
  • 1 pint vanilla ice cream
  • 1 6-ounce can orange juice concentrate, thawed
  • 1 liter lemon lime soda (ginger ale is fine, too)

What You Do:

  1. Take the sherbet out of the freezer and let it soften, about 30 minutes.
  2. In a large punch bowl, combine all four ingredients, adding the soda last. Watch it fizzle and foam!
  3. Stir well, then pour into a large punch bowl with a ladle for serving.

For a spooky effect, consider using dry ice.

Did You Know?

In the Middle East, the word sherbet, also written sharbat, means “sweet”. Sherbet is often served at the signing of a marriage contract.

**This recipe is peanut free, tree nut free, and vegetarian.

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Ghoul Guts Squash Soup

Ghoul Guts Squash Soup

Stringy orange ghoul guts are actually a healthy and gross-looking appetizer for your child’s Halloween party. The recipe calls for a cooked spaghetti squash, tomato sauce and raisins to create the perfect texture of horror. When mixed together and served in clear glasses they can be gobbled down in one delicious slurp!

What You Need:

  • Spaghetti squash
  • Tomato sauce or spaghetti sauce
  • Raisins
  • Oven

What You Do:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. While the oven is warming up, cut the squash in half and puncture a bunch of holes in its skin. Then lay it flat on a lightly greased baking sheet.
  3. Once the oven has reached an optimal temperature, cook the squash for 30–45 minutes, or until you can easily puncture its skin with a knife. This is a great time to show your child how to set a timer.
  4. Allow the squash to cool.
  5. Warm up the tomato or spaghetti sauce in a pan.
  6. Scoop out the seeds from the center of the spaghetti squash and discard, or roast the seeds in a similar way you would  pumpkin seed  for another treat! Fork out the “spaghetti” strands into a bowl.
  7. Mix several tablespoons of the sauce into the squash. The squash texture should be stringy and not too saucy.
  8. Sprinkle in a handful of raisins and mix together.

Scoop out the “ghoul guts” into a glass and serve! Devilishly frightening!

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Halloween Muffins

Halloween Muffins

Take the pain out of learning parts! Disguising fraction lessons as baking provides your little chef with math practice without him even realizing. Make sure your child is in charge of the measuring, and the exposure to cups, tablespoons, and parts thereof will familiarize him with fractions while he’s having fun! Give these luscious, yet low fat breakfast muffins a Halloween twist by flavoring them with pumpkin spice and decorating them with ghostly marshmallows.

What You Need:

  • 1 cup bran cereal
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 1/4 cups flour
  • 1 tbsp. baking powder
  • 2 tsp pumpkin spice or ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup applesauce
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 eggs
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 2 tbsp. canola oil
  • 36 mini marshmallows
  • Small cup of chocolate sauce
  • A toothpick

What You Do:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F.
  2. Ask your child to soak the cereal in the milk until softened and to drain out the surplus milk.
  3. Get your child to measure out the flour, the baking powder, the pumpkin spice/cinnamon, sugar and the salt into a large bowl.
  4. Ask your child to beat the egg in another bowl with the vanilla and apple sauce, then add the wet cereal and mix well.
  5. Have him sprinkle the raisins into the dry ingredients.
  6. Invite him to add the wet ingredients and to mix until moistened.
  7. Help him fill 12-14 paper muffin cups 2/3 full of muffin mixture.
  8. Bake the muffins for 18-20 minutes until firm and lightly browned.
  9. Have your child place three mini marshmallows on each muffin in a triangle shape and return to the hot oven until the marshmallows have melted.
  10. Take the pan out of the oven and put the hot muffins on a cooling rack.
  11. Squash the marshmallows with the back of a teaspoon so that they join together and make a “ghost” shape.
  12. When the muffins have cooled, let your child dip the toothpick into the chocolate sauce to make three dots to on each marshmallow ghost for the eyes and mouth.
  13. The muffins are ready to enjoy!

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Mummy Pizza

Mummy Pizza

I decided to make Mummy Mini Pizzas.  Biscuit Pizzas or English muffins have been a family tradition for years.    I make them all the time for my pre k class!  Here is what I absolutely love about them.  They are so easy!  The Pillsbury biscuit dough gives it a great crust and you can add all of your favorite toppings on top.  They are ready in about 15 minutes and the entire family is going to love them.

These cute little mummies were so yummy!  I layered the pizzas with strips of cheese on top of pepperoni and used olives for the eyes. My family gobbled these mummies right up!  I think my husband ate an entire pan to himself. :)  This will definitely be a new tradition for our family on Halloween.  They are quick and easy and so much fun!  They are sure to fill up my little trick or treaters on Halloween!  You will want to make these again and again!

Quick and easy biscuit pizzas that look like mummies for Halloween! So fun for the entire family!
INGREDIENTS
  • 10 Pillsbury Buttermilk Biscuits
  • 16 oz jar pizza sauce
  • 1 package 10 slices mozzarella cheese
  • 1 package pepperoni
  • 1 small can sliced olives
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Lightly spray a cookie sheet with non stick cooking spray. Flatten pillsbury biscuits onto a cookie sheet.
  2. Take a slice of Mozzarella cheese and slice into thin ¼ inch strips. Repeat this for all of the slices of Mozzarella cheese until you have all of the cheese sliced into thin strips.
  3. Put 1 Tablespoon of pizza sauce onto the flattened biscuits and layer pepperoni on top of the sauce. Take the thin strips of mozzarella and layer to look like a mummy leaving large gaps of the pepperoni showing through. For more of a mummy look, only use about 5 strips and keep them spaced out. If you use more strips and want it more cheesy, it will blob together and look more like ghosts. Either way both are great for Halloween. :)
  4. Bake in preheated over for 8 to 10 minutes and Happy Halloween!

 

 

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Try this for our Halloween party!!

Mummy Pizza

Looking for a Halloween recipe that will scare you stiff? These bite-sized pizza mummies are sure to satisfy your monster appetite. This is a great excuse for children to play with food while learning how to wrap their mummies in cheese and watch them melt into bandages.

What You Need:

  • English muffins
  • Pizza sauce
  • String cheese
  • Pimento-stuffed olives
  • Red bell pepper

What You Do:

  1. Split an English muffin into two and spread pizza sauce evenly over both halves.
  2. Peel apart the string cheese into long cheese strips, which will look like bandages for the mummy.
  3. If you use stuffed green olives, cut one in half and place both halves where you want the eyes to go.
  4. Carefully wrap your mummy in crisscrossed string cheese bandages.
  5. Toast the mummy heads until the cheese melts. You’ll want to keep an eye on them because it happens super fast! If the mummy melts too much, the detail of the bandages will disappear.
  6. Take the pizza mummies out of the toaster and enjoy while warm!

Helpful Hint: If you are baking them in an oven, place the mummy on a baking sheet and bake at 350 degrees for two minutes.

Make Gummy Worm Ice Cubes

Make Gummy Worm Ice Cubes

This Halloween, make kooky, spooky gummy worm ice cubes with your preschooler! It’s no secret that kids love water play, whether it’s jumping in puddles, catching snowflakes on their tongues, or running through sprinklers. With this activity, your child will discover how water becomes a solid when it’s frozen. He will delight in creating ice cubes with a slightly creepy yet cute surprise tucked inside! Kids will love putting them in beverages at your Halloween party and surprising their friends!

What You Need:

  • Ice cube tray
  • Filtered water
  • Bag of gummy worms

What You Do:

  1. Help your child place one gummy worm into each section of the ice cube tray.
  2. Fill the tray with cold water together. This is a perfect project for youngsters because things don’t have to be exact. Each gummy worm can be situated in a different position, in a little less or a little more water.
  3. Talk to your child about the difference between liquids and solids. Ask her what she thinks will happen when you put the tray in the freezer. Will the gummgummy-worm-ice-cubes-slideies prevent the water from turning into ice? Will it remain a liquid, turn into a solid, or something in between? Ask for her guess, or “hypothesis”.
  4. Put the tray in the freezer until the ice cubes are ready. Inspect them with your child and discuss the results. Did the experiment turn out how she expected?
  5. Help your child put the ice cubes into her favorite beverage and watch her eyes light up as the ice cube melts revealing a yummy gummy worm swimming around in her drink.

Make extra gummy worm ice cubes for the Halloween party and let the spooky fun begin!

Cookies recipe for Kids

I love cookies, I am not a cake person. I like cookies for my birthday. I use to eat a lot of cookies and sometime they were a bit hard. But now I need them to be softer than what I am use to eating. I found a recipe for cookies that I can eat now. I have to watch my salt, so that why I use unsalted butter. You can use salted butter if you want. I try to make them healthy and taste good to. So that is why I use whole wheat flour and regular flour.

Cookies recipe for kids – Chocolate-chip Oatmeal Cookies

Get the best of two classics with this two-in-one recipe. Crisp on the outside and chewy within, this cookie is buttery and chocolaty, but not too sweet. It’s also a great make-ahead recipe since the cookies keep well for up to five days in an airtight container.

What you’ll need

1 cups flour
3/4 cup of whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
1 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 1/2 cups (packed) light brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon milk
2 cups (12 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips

How to make it

Heat the oven to 350º F. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and oats.

In a large bowl, beat the butter and sugar with an electric mixer until well blended. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, then the vanilla extract and milk. With a spoon or spatula, blend in the flour mixture and then the chocolate chips.

Drop heaping tablespoons of dough about 3 inches apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake for 10 minutes on the middle rack, then rotate each pan and bake for 2 more minutes or until golden. Cool the pans on wire racks for 5 minutes before removing the cookies to the racks to cool completely. Makes about 4 dozen.