Sunday, October 18, 2009

Halloween Sugar Cookies

Can't get enough Halloween



I am still in the Halloween spirit. A couple weeks ago when I was making the Halloween Cereal treats for Betty Crocker I bought some Halloween cookie cutters. I wanted to make sure I got the most out of my money so I planned to use them for another baking adventure. Believe it or not, I have not made sugar cookies since I was a little girl with my mom. I thought these were a ton of fun to make and surprisingly easy....just time consuming. You can see I kept my decorations simple, but it still took me several hours just to decorate the cookies. If you are new to making sugar cookies like I am, I reccommend sticking to one cookie shape, two maximum. As for the flavor and texture, these cookies were great! They remained soft and had a delicious vanilla flavor. I definitely plan to make more for Christmas.

The Best Rolled Sugar Cookies
adapted from Allrecipes.com

1 1/2 cups butter, softened
2 cups white sugar
4 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
5 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt

In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Stir in the flour, baking powder, and salt. Cover, and chill dough for at least one hour (or overnight).


Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Roll out dough on floured surface 1/4 inch thick. Cut into shapes with any cookie cutter. Place cookies 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheets.


Bake 6 to 8 minutes in preheated oven. Cool completely.


Sugar Cookie Icing
recipe adapted from Allrecipes.com

1 cup confectioners' sugar
2 teaspoons milk
2 teaspoons light corn syrup
1/4 teaspoon Vanilla extract
assorted food coloring

In a small bowl, stir together confectioners' sugar and milk until smooth. Beat in corn syrup and vanilla extract until icing is smooth and glossy. If icing is too thick add more milk, if too thin add more sugar.


Divide into separate bowls, and add food colorings to each to desired intensity. Decorate as desired.


Sunday, October 11, 2009

Candy Corn Cereal Treats

Another Halloween Cereal Post


This is the last of my cereal recipes that I made for Betty Crocker. I wanted to dip the tips of these little guys in white chocolate, but they were the last of five things I baked that day and just did not have the energy. I think they are cute without the white tip, but if I make them again I will definitely dip them.


Candy Corn Cereal Treats
recipe from Baked Perfection

2 tablespoons butter
24 regular marshmallows
4 cups Trix cereal in Orange and Yellow (colors separated)

Coat an 8 x 8 x 2 pan with cooking spray

1) In a saucepan, melt 1 tablespoon butter and 12 marshmallows over low heat, stirring occasionally until completely melted. Remove from the heat. Add 2 cups of orange colored Trix cereal and stir until completely coated.

2) Using a greased spatula, evenly press mixture along one side of the prepared pan.

3) Repeat step one with the yellow Trix. Using a greased spatula, evenly press mixture along the row of orange Trix.

4) Cool completely and cut into triangles.

5) If desired, dip tips of triangles in white chocolate. Place on wax paper to cool.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Halloween S'mores Snacks

First I want to tell you I am on BettyCrocker.com. They loved all the recipes I sent them and have all of them featured on their site! You can not believe how excited I am to see myself on such an iconic site. Please go check it out!!!


More fun Halloween Treats


This is one of the recipe I created with the cereal provided from Betty Crocker and General Mills. When I received a box of Golden Grahams, I knew I wanted to make some kind of S'more. If you have been following my blog for long, you know I have been having a s'more phase this year and I don't see it going anywhere anytime soon. Thanks to Elyse, I now have an ice cream maker (She sent it to me as my first wedding present. She is so great!) and plan to create my own S'mores ice cream recipe soon, but back to today's recipe.


If you love s'mores, then you will love these snacks. Golden Grahams S'mores Snacks combine a layer of fluffy marshmallows and chocolate chips and sandwich it between layers of crunchy Golden Grahams. These were jazzed up for Halloween by using Halloween Cookie Cutters to create recognizable Halloween Shapes


Halloween Golden Graham S'mores Snacks
recipe from Baked Perfection

3 tablespoons butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/3 cup chocolate chips
2 cups miniature marshmallows
1 10 ounce package regular marshmallows
6 cups Golden Grahams Cereal

Coat an 9 x 13 x 2 pan with cooking spray

In a saucepan, melt butter and regular marshmallows over low heat, stirring occasionally until completely melted. Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla and cinnamon. Add Golden Grahams Cereal and stir until completely coated.

Using a greased spatula, evenly press half the mixture into the prepared pan. Sprinkle the chocolate chips and miniature marshmallows evenly over the Golden Grahams. Using a greased spatula, evenly press the remaining Golden Graham mixture over the marshmallow and chocolate chip layer. Cool completely. Spray your favorite Halloween cookie cutters with cooking spray and press firmly, cutting though the Golden Graham S'mores. Decorate as desired.