Monday, September 18, 2017

25+ Must-Have Spooky Halloween Treats

A must have collection of treats that are PERFECT for Halloween and beyond! Are you ready for all the spooky recipes?

September is racing by and w are all getting ready for Halloween! With parties planned, menu designed and preparations on; everyone needs this list of 25+ recipes that are made for Halloween! With contributions from some of my favorite bloggers, this collective is all you need for all your planning! 

To get the recipe, click on the title of the recipe or the image! Have a great time reading all these! 

The starting point of all things Halloween, this Fake blood is perfect for decorating desserts or for getting ready for the Holiday! 

Aren't these cupcakes just super adorable?! Plus, they’re vegan, incredibly chocolatey, and pretty easy to make! 

A seven ingredient recipe that comes together in 15 minutes; yet super delicious and perfect for Halloween! 

These adorable Apple Mummies are such an easy, healthy Halloween treat! Your little ghosties will gobble them up! A perfect fruit snack for Halloween parties, spook-tacular fruit trays, or a fun October after-school nibble! 

Vampire bite cupcakes are perfect for Halloween or watching your favorite scary movies! These cupcakes are filled with strawberry jam to scare everyone that takes a bite!

If you’re entertaining this Halloween or just need a tasty snack while you’re trick or treating, this Halloween popcorn is easy to make and the orange and black bring a spooky look to your food. No tricks, just treats.

Vegan Pumpkin Frosted Chocolate Cupcakes with Bat Bites

These super cute cupcakes are a healthier, vegan holiday-inspired dessert. The pumpkin spiced frosting is made from whipped coconut cream and real pumpkin purée. Plus, the cupcakes are rich and chocolatey! 

Super cute kiwis shaped as Frankenstein; these are ready in under 30 minutes and are perfect for Halloween! BOO!! 

Scare up some smiles this Halloween with these Easy Meringue Ghosts Cookies! Make these hauntingly delicious Meringue Ghost treats that both your big and little monsters will love.

A creepy no bake dessert that is perfect for Halloween! You need these for your upcoming party folks! 

Bloody Beet Bowls (aka chocolate cups brimming with white chocolate and beet pudding) are PERFECT for the upcoming Holiday season! Are you making these for Halloween??


These Peanut butter cup spider cookies are a fun, homemade treat for Halloween. Adorable peanut butter cup spiders sit on top of soft, chewy peanut butter cookies.

A spooktacular and delicious Halloween treat that’s easy and fun to make. These can be made 2 days in advance and this recipe makes 12.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Pumpkins. A scarily good Halloween treat, dark chocolate pumpkin shells filled with salty and sweet peanut butter.

Spooky Red Velvet Cupcakes
Make Halloween spooky with eggless Red Velvet Cupcakes. Topped with vanilla cream and fake edible blood, these are super easy to make. These are MADE for Halloween! 

This super awesome turmeric bark has just TWO ingredients and is ready in SEVEN minutes. You need these for Halloween right?

Perfect Halloween treats made from cereal and peanut butter; these are perfect for your Halloween table this year!

Can you wrap your head around eating gory brain food jello for Halloween? Try not to 'think' about it too much, and you’ll be just fine. 

These Halloween Orange Scream Pudding Cups are the perfect treat for your little goblins! They are super easy to make (the kids could even make them themselves!) and they are also super tasty too! These would be a great Halloween party idea too!

An easy to make yet super delicious Halloween bark. You need this for Halloween!!

The drink that is MADE for Halloween! If you can get your hands on Blood Oranges, this will be super awesome for Halloween!

Chocolate Dipped Caramel Rice Crispy Treats

Rice crispy treats are delicious as is, but if you want to take them up a notch…swap out the marshmallows for caramel. It’s as simple as that and they are decadently delicious!And then if you want be really crazy, dip them in chocolate and decorate them for Halloween. 

If you’re planning a Halloween or Fall-themed party, you’ll want a sweet treat that fits in with the theme. These festive Halloween Cupcakes fit the bill! Plus, they are very simple to make. 

A spooky yet healthy snack for Halloween, this is PERFECT for Halloween!! Are you making these bananas or not? 

This is the perfect Halloween Frozen Oreo Pudding Cake because it’s just like an ice cream cake that doesn’t melt! That makes it ideal to put out at your party without the worry that it will be a puddle in a few minutes time! Plus it tastes SO good!

Who needs a yummy bread for Halloween?? You need this recipe to make your Halloween spooky and yummy! 

Easy Halloween Fudge requires no stove-top prep. In fact, it's ready in under 10 minutes and has only 6 ingredients. How will you decorate your batch?

Can witch fingers be made eggless?? Yes sure! You need this recipe to make them. A Halloween classic, this recipe never goes out of trend! 

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Ombre Chocolate Mousse Cups

This post is in partnership with Cost Plus World Market. All opinions are mine alone. 

A delicious, super easy to make and FULL of Chocolate dessert is here! Are you Holiday ready with these Mousse cups?

Can you imagine we are already in September and we are all getting in the mood for the Holidays? I think it was not long ago that I was gobbling all my Holiday desserts, and now I am making new ones for this year! Gosh, 2017 was super quick. 

Are you in the same boat as me? Then, this post is MADE FOR YOU!!! Ask me why? It is because this is my second dessert for the season (first being these really cute Pumpkin Bundts) and is super easy to make through the holiday season! It is NO BAKE, NO COOK and make ahead! Ask for more? Read on! 

Here is the simplest way to make the dessert. Just walk into your closest World Market store, grab all the items you need; use a couple of ingredients from your refrigerator, grab your kids, and start making this dessert! Find your closest store here: World Market Store Locater. I did all my shopping from my favorite store in Mountain View, CA!

While you are there, do not forget to check out their Baking ProductsCookies and Cakes, Christmas food and drinks and the Christmas Baking section. Plus there is more! World Market and Bahlsen are currently having a sweepstakes where the winner will receive a trip for 2 to the famed Christmas Market Festival in Germany. Prize includes: A trip for 2 to Munich, Germany (hotel, city excursions, dining and more). Do not forget to enter here till 9/29/17.

Coming to the recipe, this yummy dessert has only a few ingredients and is super easy to make. I love seeing Ombre colored desserts and finally made my own! This one is a single serve dessert; has Bahlsen Butter biscuits and THREE MOUSSE layers! Yes, it has mousse on top of mousse on top of mousse. Yet it is not daunting to make this one. 

I used heavy whipping cream and three flavors; vanilla, hazelnut and salted caramel to complete this dessert. You can pick and choose your favorite flavors from fruity to chocolate and beyond! The colors in the layers are due to the varying amounts of unsweetened cocoa powder added to the layers. You can also use colors of your choice to make the dessert colorful.

Why is this dessert my FAVORITE?

When it comes to Holiday season, it is really busy in every household. From Halloween to Thanksgiving and Christmas to New Year, I feel like it is 60 days of celebration. And in between all that, we also celebrate Diwali. So it is really important to have recipes that can be made before hand, do not need too many complex procedures and are fairly simple to serve.

Guess what; this one is just that and more. It is no cook and no bake too. Last time I made a mousse like this, I had my niece help me whip up all the cream; proving that kids can actually make this or atleast assist in making it! 

How to make an Ombre Mousse? 

Lately you must have seen a lot of Ombre desserts around you. A layered dessert that ranges in color from light to dark is referred to as an Ombre dessert. Here I have three layers of mousse; ranging from white to dark brown. Thus the name.

The simplest way to make this mousse dessert is to make a plain cream mousse first. Then divide it into three parts, add the color and flavor you want and make the mousse. If you start whipping the layers separately, you will end up whipping all day! There is a rest time between pouring the layers, but the mousse can be refrigerated and works well.

So without any further delay, head straight to the recipe and do not forget to share your Holiday delights with me on my Facebook page

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Whipping Cream 2 cups (16 oz box)
Unsalted Butter 2 tbsp
Torani Flavoring Syrups (Vanilla, Classic Hazelnut and Salted Caramel)
Unsweetened Cocoa Powder 1/2 cup
Bahlsen Leibniz Butter Biscuits 1 packet
Bahlsen Waffle Minis 1 packet
Bahlsen Choco Leibniz Mini 1 packet
Dr. Oetker Whip-It 2 sachets
Chocolate Curls to top
Maraschino Cherries to top


Process 25-28 Butter Cookies to a fine powder. Some coarse particles are okay. Put 1 cup away for topping. Melt the unsalted butter and mix to the remaining to a grainy mixture. 

Divide this in dessert bowls. I used three bowls, but you can use four small bowl too. Press down using an ice cream scoop.

Whip heavy whipping cream and Dr. Oetker Whip it in a stand mixer or using a hand blender. Continue till soft peaks are achieved. 

Divide the cream in equal parts. Refrigerate two bowls till ready to use. In the third bowl add 1 tbsp Vanilla Syrup. Mix well and divide the cream in the bowls. I like to use an ice-cream scoop to divide it equally. Place the bowls in the refrigerator for an hour.

Get the second bowl out of the refrigerator and mix in 1 tbsp Hazelnut syrup and 2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder. Mix till no white streaks are seen. Divide this among the bowls and spread to get an even top. Refrigerate for another hour.

Using the last bowl of cream, mix in 1 tbsp Salted Caramel Syrup and 4 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder. Mix well to get a uniformly colored mixture.

Divide this in the bowls and refrigerate for an hour.

The dessert is ready! Top it with the powdered biscuit set aside. 

Top with chocolate curls, Maraschino Cherries, Bahlsen Leibniz Butter Biscuits and Bahlsen Waffel Minis. Enjoy immediately or refrigerate till ready to serve! 

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

German Soft Pretzels | Laugenbrezel for #BreadBakers

Soft Pretzels; a signature German recipe with a golden brown crunchy crust and soft interiors, this is a MUST-HAVE for Oktoberfest! 

Oktoberfest is here and everyone needs a good German Pretzel recipe with the chilled beer. Even if you are a teetotaler or do not celebrate Oktoberfest, pretzels are perfect for tailgating parties, a casual snack or an appetizer. Served with a variety of sauces, these soft pretzels are actually super easy to make. 

I have had pretzels in many places and not liked them. However, the first time I fell in love with them was when I tasted them at a German Restaurant in Boston. The perfectly golden crust studded with sea salt that gave way to the softest insides I have ever tasted. And they served it with a SPICY Ranch sauce that made me love every bite of the appetizer. 

Since then I have been wanting to make them at home and have a dozen. But again, just like bagels; these need a soda bath to get the crust and I was super unsure of how it would go. Finally, when our lovely hostess for this month Wendy who blogs at A Day In The Life On The Farm selected the theme International Breads; I HAD to make this one. 

I was still doubting the outcome and sat in front of the oven watching the pretzels brown. If only I had taken a time lapse of the whole thing! The pretzels came out PERFECT, golden and crisp on the outside and super soft inside. I served these with sriracha based buttermilk ranch sauce and it was a perfect combination. 

What is OktoberFest? 

This is the world's largest Beer festival and travelling funfair. Celebrated annually in Bavaria, Munich and Germany, this folk festival sees over 6 million attendees each year. This festival is generally celebrated for 16 days; the last day being the first Sunday in October. In 2017 it begins on September 16, now just 4 days away! 

The visitors to the festival enjoy a variety of things like BEER, amusement rides, side stalls and games. There is also a wide variety of traditional foods including roast chicken and pork, grilled ham hock and fish, sausages, pretzels, potato or bread dumplings, cheese noodles, potato pancakes, Sauerkraut or red cabbage and Bavarian delicacies as spicy cheese-butter spread and white sausage. [source: Wikipedia]. So given how popular Laugenbrezel are in Oktoberfest, I decided to make them for this month. 

Why is there a Soda Bath?

All bagels and pretzels, and few other breads seem to have a soda bath before baking. Wondering why? Without going into the details and chemical reactions, here is a simple way to understand that. 

If you taste a bagel and a bread, you will clearly understand how the bagel has a rubbery, crunchy top compared to the soft crumbly texture of most other breads. This signature topping comes as a result of a soda bath, a reaction that gives these bakes a distinct brown skin. 

Though this was something I was scared of, I tried it for the pretzels and it worked out pretty well. So it is really not as difficult as it sounds. It is pretty simple and quick. 

So wait no further, just head straight to the recipe and make it for the upcoming Oktoberfest, Tailgating parties or just as a snack. You will not be disappointed, I promise! 


For the Pretzel

All purpose Flour 3 1/2-4 cup
Water 1 1/2 cup
Instant or Active Dry Yeast 1 sachet (2 1/4 tsp)
Salt 1 tsp
Sugar 1 tsp
Unsalted Butter 1 tbsp
Coarse Sea salt to sprinkle

For the soda bath

Baking Soda 1/2 cup
Water 10 cups

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In a bowl heat 1 1/2 cup water with salt and sugar. Mix well and add yeast. Let the yeast bloom for 4-5 minutes. 

In the base of a stand mixer or a large bowl mix together 3 cups flour, bloomed yeast and water and unsalted butter. 

Mix together till it comes together as a soft dough. If it is very sticky, add 1/2 cup flour. Use as much dough as required to form a smooth soft dough. Cover and let it rise for 10 -12 minutes.

Meanwhile, preheat oven to 450 F/ 320 C. Line a cookie tray with a baking sheet and set aside.

Also, prepare the soda bath by boiling the soda and water mixture. Keep a slotted spoon ready.

Once the dough has risen, divide it into nine or ten equal parts. Using each part roll out a long rod of about 20-22 cm length. Then fold it into a knot, sealing the edges over the base. 

Drop the pretzel into the boiling soda bath and remove using a slotted spoon in 20-30 seconds. Leaving them any longer will give them a metallic taste.

Place them on the baking tray and sprinkle coarse sea salt on them. Bake for 12-14 minutes, till the crust is golden brown. 

Remove and serve with mustard, ranch or a spicy ranch sauce made by mixing Sriracha sauce and Ranch dressing. 

#BreadBakers is a group of bread loving bakers who get together once a month to bake bread with a common ingredient or theme. You can see all our of lovely bread by following our Pinterest board right here. Links are also updated after each event on the #BreadBakers home page.

We take turns hosting each month and choosing the theme/ingredient. If you are a food blogger and would like to join us, just send Stacy an email with your blog URL to


Check out the International Breads (any bread other than that from your home country)  that our fellow #BreadBakers have baked this month: