5 desserts for Halloween
Halloween night brings along the opportunity to transform our own kitchen into a fascinating laboratory of culinary magic. This holiday gives the perfect opportunity to explore our own creativity in the kitchen, to prepare delightfully threatening desserts and to eat them together with family and friends.
In this article, we will suggest you 5 thrilling recipes, perfect for an unforgettable Halloween night.
Let’s start with a great Halloween classic, always fun to make, namely the “witch fingers“. The preparation of these biscuits is very simple, and it’s perfect to involve children in the making of this magical dessert.
- 125 g of butter
- 100 g of sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
- 250 g of flour
- A packet of whole peeled almonds
- Red jam (for the fake blood)
- Mix the soft butter with the sugar in a bowl until you obtain a creamy consistency.
- Add the egg and vanilla extract, mix well.
- Gradually incorporate the flour until you obtain a smooth mixture.
- Once the dough is ready, take small portions and form long, thin fingers. Place a peeled almond on one end of each cookie to simulate a human fingernail.
- Bake the biscuits in a preheated oven at 180°C for approximately 12-15 minutes or until they are golden.
- Once cooled, add a small amount of strawberry or cherry jam (depending on your taste) on the nail part to create the fake blood effect.
Ghost pumpkin cake
With its soft and embracing taste, the ghost pumpkin cake is an incredibly funny dessert that perfectly embodies the essence of fall, and the spectral atmosphere of Halloween.
- 400 g of cooked pumpkin puree
- 200 g of sugar
- 100 g of butter
- 2 eggs
- 200 g of flour
- 1 teaspoon of baking powder
- 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
- Nutmeg power to taste
For the decoration you will need a white icing and a bit of chocolate.
– In a bowl, mix the soft butter with the sugar until you obtain a creamy consistency.
– Add the eggs, the previously cooked and blended pumpkin, and the dry ingredients (flour, yeast, cinnamon, a pinch of nutmeg and salt); mix until you obtain a homogeneous mixture.
– Pour the mixture into a previously buttered and floured cake mould.
– Bake in a preheated oven at 180°C for approximately 30-35 minutes or until the cake is golden. To be sure, do the toothpick test: insert it into the dough and if it comes out dry, it means that the cake is ready!
– Once the cake has cooled, decorate it with white icing to create a “ghost” effect and use the previously melted chocolate to draw the eyes and mouth of your friendly ghost.
Candy apples are an Halloween timeless classic, this dessert is rooted in the heart of this holiday and it embodies its mystery and fun. Thanks to their super easy preparation, candy apples are the perfect dessert for a night full of witches, ghosts and frightening surprises.
- Apples (as much as you want)
- 250 g of sugar
- 125 ml of water
- 1 teaspoon of white vinegar
- Red food coloring
- Wooden skewers
- Carefully wash the apples and insert a wooden skewer into each one.
- In a saucepan, bring water, sugar and vinegar to a boil and cook until you obtain a golden caramel.
- Add a few drops of red food coloring to the caramel to make it scary red.
- Dip each apple into the hot caramel, turning it to cover it completely.
- Place the candy apples on a tray lined with baking paper and let them cool.
Meringue bones are a light and fun dessert that will impress your guests, especially the little ones, giving a sweet flavor and a festive atmosphere to your magical Halloween night.
- 2 egg whites
- 100 g of powdered sugar
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
- Salt to taste
- Red jam (for the fake blood) to taste
- Preheat the oven to 100°C and line a baking sheet with baking paper.
- Whip the egg whites with an electric beater until they reach a fluffy, foamy consistency.
- Add the powdered sugar, a pinch of salt, and vanilla extract and mix gently until smooth.
- Transfer the mixture into a pastry bag with a wide, smooth nozzle. At this point, use the nozzle of the pocket to give your treats a bone-like shape, and place them directly on the prepared baking paper; create two balls for the joints and long lines for the actual bones.
- Bake in the oven at 100°C for about 1-1.5 hours or until the meringues are dry and crisp.
- Once cooled, pour a small amount of red jam – raspberry jam is delicious paired with meringue – on the end of each meringue, simulating a bloody bone.
Halloween spiders are cute and yummy themed treats that will capture the attention of both young and old during this friendly witch festival.
- 40 g of apricot jam
- 250 g of chocolate cake
- 150 g chocolate
- 30 g butter
- 1 bag of chocolate sprinkles
- 6 licorice wheels
- 1 bag of silver pralines
- Crumble the chocolate cake in a bowl, then add the apricot jam. Mix the ingredients well until you have a firm mixture.
- Take one tablespoon of the mixture at a time and form small balls, shaping the dough with your hands. Lay them on a tray lined with a sheet of baking paper.
- Melt the chocolate in a bain-marie – dark or milk chocolate, depending on taste – and add the butter. The resulting frosting should be runny, smooth and even.
- Dip one ball at a time into the chocolate frosting so that it is completely covered.
- Then dip the balls into the chocolate sprinkles, making the sprinkles adhere well over the entire surface of the balls. Then place them back on the tray.
- Once you have completed this step for all the balls, proceed with the decoration: place two silver pralines on each ball, in the middle and close together, to simulate eyes, and let the spiders dry well in a cool place.
- Meanwhile, prepare the little legs of the spiders; cut from the licorice wheels some strips about 6-7 cm long each.
- Using a skewer stick, poke 8 holes (4 on each side) in each ball. Stick the end of a piece of licorice into each one to simulate little legs.
With these 5 delicious and scary recipes, your Halloween night will be a culinary success! Choose the recipes that inspire you the most and get ready to make all your guests die laughing.
Have fun in the kitchen and happy Halloween!