Spooktacular Treats To Cook This Halloween

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PumpkinAh Halloween, a time for silly costumes, spooky sweets and ghoulishly good food. This yearly holiday is full of festive traditions such as pumpkin carving, apple bobbing and costume parties; but perhaps the most revered event is the trick or treating.

Dressing up and travelling from door to door collecting food can be a brilliant experience. However, before you go wading through the hordes of zombies, vampires and fairy princesses, it’s important that both you and your children are well-fed. The below recipes can be carried out by both big monsters and little sprites:

Spooky Cookies

If you’re looking for something frightfully tasty to serve your children on Halloween then these creepy (yet sweetly simple) cookies are the perfect choice. Cut and decorate your own cookies in an assortment of shapes including pumpkins, ghosts, spiders and bats. You’re only limited by your imagination. Be wary about giving these out as treats though, as most parents will probably prefer their children received sweets in sealed packaging. Ingredients:

  • 275g plain flour
  • 225g soft butter
  • 110g caster sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • Zest of one orange

Preheat your oven to 180oC (fan ovens 160oC) or gas mark 4.Cookies Mix the butter and the sugar together until the mixture is light and fluffy. Sift in the flour and add the cinnamon and grated orange zest, bringing the mixture together to form dough. Roll out the dough and use scary-shaped cookie cutters to cut the desired shapes, placing each of them slightly apart on the baking tray. Bake the cookies in the oven for 13-15 minutes until they turn a light golden brown. Transfer them to a wire rack (carefully, as they’ll be very hot), and let them cool. Now for the truly fun part – it’s time divide the cookies amongst yourselves and decorate them. Add icing, sprinkles, jam and others extras to really bring your cookies to life. See who can create the greatest jack o’ lantern, or the scariest vampire bat. Then, once you’re finished decorating, it’s time to devour the cookies!

Mummified Sausages

Halloween doesn’t have to be all about the sweets, the kids will properly get enough of those when they go trick or treating. So before they get a chance to over-indulge their sweet tooth, why not serve them this spooky twist on sausage and chips? You’ll need:

  • Pack of 12 Sausages
  • 280g plain flour
  • 75g butter
  • 225ml milk
  • 3½ tsp baking powder
  • 1½  tsp salt
  • 1 tsp sugar

Preheat your oven to 220oC (fan ovens 200oC) or gas mark 8. Place the butter on a baking tray and let it melt whilst the ovens warming up. Combine the flour, baking powder, sugar and salt in a large bowl and mix together thoroughly. Slowly stir in the milk until the mix is slightly moist. Place the mix on a flat surface that’s been dusted with flour. Then knead lightly until the mixture becomes more malleable. Roll out the dough into a large rectangle and cut into thin strips. Wrap the strips around the sausages, leaving slight gaps so that the meat can still be seen. Bake in the preheated oven for about 12 minutes or until the bread turns golden brown. Once they’re ready, take them out and serve up with chips (dead man’s bones) and mushy peas (squashed zombie brains) for a devilishly good dinner. Why not use sauces to bring the meal to life by giving the mummies sausages creepy facial features?   With these two meals in your stomach you’ll be completely prepared to tackle all of the trick or treating. Enjoy!

in Cooking by Rik Hellewell
About the author: Rik Hellewell

Rik Hellewell is the founder and current Managing Director of OVENU.

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