Halloween Cupcakes

Every Halloween my daughter, Leigh, loves to have friends over to decorate cupcakes for Halloween. I purchase an array of baking supplies, and she and her friends scan the internet for inspiration. They always ask me what blogs are some of my favorites so I do have some influence with some of their selections. Here’s what we thought were some of the best Halloween Cupcakes we have come across lately. To start, our jaws dropped when we saw these Black Chocolate Widow Rum Cupcakes from “6 Bittersweets”. Hope you’ll enjoy some of our ultimate favorites.

Pumpkin Buttercream Cupcakes with Halloween Toppers from “I am Baker”

Spooky Spider Cupcakes from “Tidy Mom” 

Halloween Cupcakes from “Kirbie’s Cravings”

Fun and Creative Halloween Ideas

My kids started school earlier this year (in mid August), and I was amazed while driving carpool the first week that one of the children in my car asked my son, “What are you going to be for Halloween this year.” Halloween seemed so far away, but as the weeks have been going by, I have started seeing pumpkins on doorsteps and even decorations going up. The other day, I had a friend ask me to suggest some Halloween recipe ideas for her Halloween party she’s planning. I offered a few ideas that I saw online, and I thought I would share them. Fall is honestly my favorite time of year, so I hope these creations will get you fired up about Halloween this year. These Spider Petit Fours (above) are from the talented, Amanda, from “I am Baker”. I can’t wait to make them!

Halloween Candy from One Charming Party

Cinnamon Caramel Apple Pumpkins by Bakingdom

Halloween Snack Mix by Munchkin Munchies

Wicked Witch Cupcakes by Martha Stewart Chocolate

Candy Corn Truffles from My Recipes and Sunset Magazine

Spider Cupcakes from Bakerella

Pumpkin Beverage Cooler idea from Southern Living

Turkey Eyeball Spiderweb Pizza

Halloween is just a few days away, and this recipe for Turkey Eyeball Spiderweb Pizza is a great main course for Halloween night or for any of your upcoming Halloween parties. I developed this recipe for Honeysuckle White and Shady Brook Farms, my favorite turkey brands. I created a simple homemade turkey meatball with panko breadcrumbs, egg white and seasonings, and my kids were eating them as fast as I could make them. They are delicious on top of this super easy pizza using an unbaked pizza crust and your favorite marinara or pizza sauce. These pizzas are so fun to decorate for Halloween. My daughter had so much fun helping me with the spiderweb design. Happy Halloween weekend!

Halloween Caramel Popcorn

Since my kids love popcorn, I decided to make a homemade version of Carmel Popcorn just in time for Halloween. The combination of butter, honey and light brown sugar coat the popcorn to perfection. I added some of my favorite nuts and M & M’s, and wow were my kids so excited. This makes a great Halloween snack and gift just in time for a sweet, fun holiday.

Halloween Chocolate Chip Cookie Bark

Who doesn’t love chocolate chip cookies? Of course, I do. I also love making candy and bark-type recipes for the holidays. I wondered, why not combine the two into something wonderful for Halloween? This Chocolate Chip Cookie Bark is fantastic. You don’t even need a mixer. It has just the basic cookie ingredients, mini chocolate chips and Reese’s Pieces. I will be making this recipe for my “Halloween Treat” cooking segment this week on Nashvillle’s top ranked talk show, NewsChannel 5 “Talk of the Town” on Thursday, October 28th along with 2 other creative Halloween treats. I will try to post the TV link when I get it. Happy Halloween week! Alison

Halloween Favorite Recipes

Halloween is so exciting this week with my 3 kids getting fired up. I also have a lot going on besides mom stuff including my upcoming television Halloween cooking segment on Thursday in Nashville on Newschannel 5 “Talk of the Town” and the launch of Family Food Chat with the talented, Marla Meridith of Family Fresh Cooking this Wednesday, October 27th at 8 p.m central time. In the meantime, I thought I would share some of my favorite Halloween recipes that have recently caught my eye.

White Chocolate Peanut Butter Bites – Ingredients, Inc. (me)

Decorating Halloween Cupcakes with Kids – Ingredients, Inc. (me)

Candy Corn Macaron – Barbara Bakes

Chocolate Covered Ghost Pretzel Rods – Savor the Sweet Life

Cheerios and Chocolate – Family Fresh Cooking

No Bake Spiderweb Cheesecake – Martha Stewart

Meringue Bone Cookies – Martha Stewart

Brew Ha Ha Punch – Southern Living

White Chocolate Peanut Butter Bites for Halloween

I’m so excited to share this recipe for White Chocolate Peanut Butter Bites just in time for Halloween. My incredibly helpful and talented friend, Nancy, told me about this recipe a month or so ago. Apparently, this is one of the most popular recipes in the Junior League of Birmingham Cookbook“Tables of Content“, and I can see why. They are so easy, and they make a huge amount. The best part of all is that they freeze beautifully. These White Chocolate Peanut Butter Bites in this photo are actually a variation of a recipe. We omitted the marshmallows and used cocktail peanuts, and instead of spreading on wax paper, we made them into individual bites. Just be sure to stir in the M & M’s after the white chocolate has cooled slightly so they don’t melt. Enjoy these on Halloween, Christmas, any holiday or just for fun :).

Kid’s Halloween Cupcake Fun

I love doing fun cooking activities with the kids, and my daughter, Leigh, and I have been researching fun ideas on how to decorate Halloween cupcakes. We asked one of her very best (and very talented) friends, Eloise, to come join the fun and to spend the afternoon decorating Halloween cupcakes. We gathered some of our favorite Halloween ingredients, and the two of them went to work (with none of my help). This is so easy for anyone to do. Just start by baking your own favorite cupcake recipe, or save time by picking up store-bought ones that aren’t already iced. Then, purchase some of your favorite candy along with some Betty Crocker Icing.

The kids were very focused and worked carefully on each cupcake. They helped each other and researched designs on the internet before starting.

Leigh licked her fingers on just a few occasions. Eloise said, “Someone might actually eat these.” It was so funny and adorable.

Eloise has been one of Leigh’s best friends since preschool. She is so creative, methodical and precise (and quite photogenic, as well).

What a smile. This is what cooking with kids is truly all about.

For the skeleton (pictured below) Eloise took a regular size marshmallow for the head and Betty Crocker icing for the body. For the eyes, she used “Reese’s Pieces“. For the mouth, she used chocolate icing. If you have some Tic-Tacs, they work great for the legs and arms instead of icing.

For Rest in Peace Cupcake (below), Eloise used the vanilla half of a “Head and Tails Oreos” for the headstone and Betty Crocker Orange Decorating Gel for the lettering. The remainder was made with chocolate sprinkles on top of white icing.

For the Monster Mouth Cupcakes (see below), Leigh used white and yellow  Betty Crocker Icing and Reese’s Pieces for the eyes.

Leigh was very proud of this Candy Corn Cupcake (below). She used Betty Crocker yellow and white icing and candy corns for decoration. These were a hit for sure! My dog, Latte, even stole one when we weren’t looking, and he even ate the cupcake paper too…ooops.

What a fun afternoon with the kids. I hope we have given you some fun and creative ideas for Halloween.

Three Ingredient Easy Treats: Chocolate Turtle Candies

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One of my subscribers from Florida, Melanie, asked me to make these delicious treats and put them up on my blog. I wasn’t familiar with this recipe or idea, but some people are. If you haven’t ever seen this, you will love it. They are only 3 ingredients, and everyone loves them. I taught a private cooking lesson today for an amazing and adorable second grader, and she even said, “What a great party idea!”

Halloween or Anytime Dinner: Grilled Pork Tenderloin with Light Horseradish Sauce

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Everyone asks me what to make on Halloween night for dinner. Like me, they are all so rushed, and the kids are going nuts. I usually do the usual: chili, hamburgers, etc. This year, I am making my life even easier making Grilled Pork Tenderloin with Horseradish Sauce. This recipe is a breeze. Just purchase a pre-marinated pork tenderloin (I like the cracked pepper version) and grill it or prepare it in the oven. Then, stir together this sauce which is oh so delicious. Serve it on mini rolls for sliders (or by itself) for a perfect fall meal.