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Not-So-Spooky Recipes Worth Celebrating

Our 31 Days of Halloween are off to a fab-BOO-lous start! We've had such a ghoul time creating these tasty treats, we couldn't wait to share the recipes with you!

Haunted Forest Poison Candied Apples

We always believed that candied apples were too scary to make, but with this recipe, there is no need to be frightened!


Butter for coating baking sheet

2 cups sugar

½ cup light corn syrup

Red food coloring

¾ cup water

6 medium-size apples


  1. Coat a baking sheet evenly with butter to keep the candied apples from sticking.  Set aside.

  2. Insert a kitchen skewer securely into each apple.  Set aside.

  3. Place sugar into a heavy-bottomed saucepan.

  4. Add corn syrup.

  5. Add the red food coloring to the ¾ cup water and pour into the sugar mixture.  Stir to combine.

  6. Bring the mixture to a boil over high heat, stirring constantly.

  7. Reduce the heat to medium-high, and place the candy thermometer into the pan.

  8. Continue stirring and checking the temperature often until the mixture reaches the hard-crack stage at 300 degrees.  It will take about 25 to 30 minutes to reach this stage.

  9. When the temperature reaches 300 degrees, immediately remove the pan from the heat. 

  10. Dip the apples into the hot mixture one at a time, making sure to completely coat each apple.  Work quickly because the mixture will harden quickly as it cools. 

  11. Place the dipped apples on the buttered baking sheet and allow to harden.

Halloween Cupcakes in a Jar

Our White Cupcakes with Marshmallow Buttercream Frosting are so good they'll drive you batty!


1 Box of your favorite white cake mix

Egg whites and vegetable oil

¼ cup plus 1/3 cup Halloween sprinkles

2 cups butter, room temperature

1 16 oz. container of Marshmallow fluff

4 cups powdered sugar

2 tsp. vanilla extract


  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees.  Line 24 muffin cups with cupcake liners. 

  2. Prepare cake mix according to package directions with egg whites, oil and 1 ¼ cup water.  Stir in ¼ cup Halloween sprinkles.  Divide among liners.

  3. Bake for 18 – 20 minutes or until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean.  Transfer from pans to racks to cool.

  4. On medium speed, beat butter until fluffy, about 2 minutes.  Add marshmallow fluff; beat until blended. 

  5. On low, gradually beat in powdered sugar, vanilla and your choice of food coloring; on medium, beat until fluffy.  Remove liners from cupcakes.  Place 1 cupcake into mason jar.  Pipe on frosting: sprinkle with Halloween sprinkles.  Repeat process.  For final cupcake top with frosting and add your favorite Halloween treat.  Tie mason jar with a decorative Halloween bow.

Yields: 7 Mason Jars filled with all kinds of sugary goodness!

Eek-tastic Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

Trick-or-treat yourself to these yummy eerily good cookie bars!


1 cup butter

1 ¼ cups brown sugar

¾ cup sugar

1 Tbsp vanilla extract

2 eggs

2 ¾ cup flour

1 tsp. baking soda

1 tsp. salt

2 ¼ cups mini semisweet chocolate chips, divided


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

  2. In a large bowl, cream together butter, brown sugar and sugar.

  3. Add vanilla and eggs and combine.

  4. Fold in flour, baking soda and salt.

  5. Mix in 2 cups of mini chocolate chips.

  6. Spray a 18x13 inch sheet pan with nonstick cooking spray and spread cookie dough out evenly in pan.

  7. Sprinkle remaining ¼ cups chocolate chips on top.

  8. Bake for 20 – 25 minutes or until middle is set up and edges are golden brown.

  9. Let cool and cut into desired shape.  We used a round cookie cutter, and then piped with buttercream along with our favorite Halloween sprinkles and cupcake toppers.

Cousin It Brownies

Yes...They're creepy and they're kooky, they're mysterious and spooky. But they're also all together ooky good!


1 cup butter

2 ¼ cups sugar

4 large eggs

1 ¼ cups cocoa powder

1 tsp. salt

1 tsp baking powder

1 Tbsp. vanilla

1 ½ cups All Purpose flour

1 cup chocolate chips

Chocolate Buttercream Frosting or to save time a can of your favorite chocolate frosting

Brown Sprinkles

Decorative Eye Sprinkles


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

  2. Line a 9x13 baking dish with foil, allowing it to hang over the edges.  Spray foil with non-stick spray and set aside.

  3. In a small saucepan, melt butter over medium low heat.  Once completely melted, add in the sugar and stir together.  Continue to cook for 1 – 2 minutes, stirring constantly.  Don’t let it boil.

  4. Pour the butter/sugar mixture into a large bowl.  Add in cocoa powder and mix to combine. 

  5. Add in eggs, salt, baking powder and vanilla.  Beat until fully incorporated. 

  6. With the mixer on low, slowly add in flour until just combined.

  7. Stir in chocolate chips

  8. Pour the batter into prepared pan and bake for 28 to 30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out moist crumbs attached.

  9. Cool in the pan on wire rack. 

  10. Once cool, lift the brownies out of the pan using the foil overhang.  Using a cookie cutter (we used our ghost cookie cutter) cut to desired shape.  Frost each brownie with chocolate frosting and cover with your brown sprinkles.  Add two eye sprinkles for the desired effect to create Cousin It.

We can't wait for you to recreate these spooktacularly good treats!

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