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King’s Counter: Halloween Edition

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We all love the time of year when the leaves start changing, the air becomes crisp, and the apples are ripe for the picking. It seems as though everyone patiently awaits those autumn flavors all year round. We’ve selected some fun and easy treats for kids, as well as tempting Hor d’oeuvres and drinks for adults.

Pumpkin Rice Krispy Treats

Pumpkin rice krispy treats on white plate
Ingredients:

  • 3 Tbsp butter
  • 1/2 Tsp vanilla extract
  • red and yellow food coloring combined
  • 5 1/2 cups mini marshmallows
  • 6 cups Rice Krispies cereal
  • Mini tootsie rolls
  • Brown and green decorating gel

In a saucepan, melt butter on medium heat. Add vanilla and marshmallows. Stir until marshmallows are completely melted. Add food coloring until you’ve reached desired shade of orange. Add cereal and stir until combined. Turn off heat and let rest until mixture is cool enough to handle.
When mixture is cooled, grease your hands and mold mixture into circles. Press a tootsie roll on top for the stem, and decorate with gel to your liking!

Graveyard Cake

Graveyard cake, orange background

Ingredients:

  • Boxed chocolate cake mix
  • Chocolate frosting
  • Chocolate cookies (Oreos work fine if you remove the filling)
  • Milano cookies
  • Halloween peeps
  • Any other spooky candy for topping such as gummy worms, candy corn, etc.

Make the cake (or cupcakes if you want to let the kids decorate their own) prior to party. Once cake has cooled, cover with a layer of chocolate frosting. Crumble cookies over top to mimic dirt. Use left over decoration gel from the pumpkin Rice Krispies to transform Milano cookies into headstones. Continue decorating to your desire.

Pumpkin Deviled Eggs

Pumpkin deviled eggs on black plate

Roasted red peppers give this fifties favorite some seasonal flair. Click here for a link to get the perfect hardboiled egg every time.

Ingredients:

  • 8 large hardboiled eggs
  • 1/4 cup drained jarred roasted red peppers
  • 3 tbsp mayonnaise
  • 2 tsp dijon mustard
  • 1/4 Tsp paprika
  • Salt and pepper
  • Chives for pumpkin stems

Cut the hardboiled eggs in half. Scoop yolks into food processor along with peppers, mayonnaise, mustard, and paprika. Cover and refrigerate egg whites. Ease yolk mixture into pastry bag and decoratively transfer back into whites. Sprinkle with paprika and use a toothpick to draw stripes. Add chive for pumpkin stem.

Devils on Horseback

Devils on horseback on white serving platter

Devils on horseback are a traditional English treat combining sweet, smoky, and savory flavors. What more could you ask for? There are many different ways to make them, so feel free to improvise!

Ingredients:

  • 20 pitted prunes
  • 2 Anjou pears skinned, cut into half inch pieces
  • 1 package apple wood smoked bacon, each strip cut in half
  • 5 black tea bags
  • Maple syrup
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Chili flake for garnish
  • 2 cups white wine
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 4 cubes ginger
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 vanilla bean
  • 3 star anise
  • 1 Tbsp whole black peppercorns

For The Prunes:
Add 1 1/2 cups water and black tea bags to a saucepan. Bring to a gentle simmer and add prunes. Let steep for about 20 minutes.

For The Pears:

Add 2 cups water, white wine, and sugar to a saucepan. Keep on low heat until sugar is dissolved. Add in all poaching spices. Simmer on medium heat for 20 minutes. Strain and pick out pears. DO NOT DISCARD LIQUID.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. When the prunes and pears are cool enough to handle, stuff one piece of pear inside each prune. Wrap each one horizontally with bacon. Place on foil lined baking tray. Cook for 15 minutes. Remove from oven and brush with poaching liquid. Place back in oven and broil for another 5-10 minutes. Repeat this process, if desired. Garnish with red chili flake and serve.

Vixen Punch

Punch bowl, lemon wheels, cranberries

This vodka punch from Imbibe magazine is a perfect holiday crowd pleaser. And what’s more Halloween appropriate than a bright red bowl of liquid?

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups vodka
  • 12 oz. cranberry juice
  • 8 oz. Aperol
  • 4 oz. simple syrup
  • 2 oz. fresh lemon juice
  • 2 cups soda water

Combine first 5 ingredients and refrigerate until chilled. Pour into punch bowl. Add ice and soda. Garnish with lemon wheels and whole cranberries.

What are some of your favorite Halloween treats?

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