Halloween is just over a week away -- and if you're looking for trick or treat goodies that kids will love -- look no further! Mark Hagen, from Taste of Home, joins FOX6 WakeUp with three recipes for Halloween treats.
Great Pumpkin Brownie
Our kids beg for a one of these big brownies every year. I just bake brownie batter in a pizza pan, spread with orange-tinted frosting and let the kids design a pumpkin stem and jack-o'-lantern face using candy.
Prep: 25 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling
1 package fudge brownie mix (13-inch x 9-inch pan size)
1 can (16 ounces) vanilla frosting
Orange paste food coloring
9 green milk chocolate M&M's
57 dark brown milk chocolate M&M's
Preheat oven to 350°. Prepare brownie batter according to package directions for fudge-like brownies. Spread on a greased 12-in. pizza pan to within 1 in. of edges. Bake 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool completely in pan on a wire rack. Tint frosting orange; frost brownie. For stem, arrange green M&M's in a square pattern at top of pumpkin. For each eye, arrange 10 brown M&M's in a triangle. For nose, arrange six brown M&M's in a triangle. Arrange remaining M&M's for a mouth. Yield: 16 servings.
Apple Snack Mix
With apple chips and cereal in fun shapes, this cute mix makes a tasty, nutritious gift, bake sale item or party favor. —Rosemary Pacha, Brighton, Iowa
Prep/Total Time: 15 min.
2 packages (2-1/2 ounces each) dried apple chips
3 cups Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal
2 cups miniature pretzels
2 cups dry roasted peanuts
1-1/2 cups Frosted Cheerios
1-1/2 cups Apple Cinnamon Cheerios
1-1/2 cups yogurt-covered raisins
1-1/2 cups small apple-flavored green jelly beans
2/3 cup sunflower kernels
Ice cream waffle cones
In a large bowl, combine the first nine ingredients. Store in an airtight container. Serve snack mix in waffle cones. Yield: 4 quarts.
These cute cupcakes are truly "out of this world!" Get the kids in on the fun by letting them help decorate them.—Mrs. Walter Jacobson, Ashland, Ohio
Prep: 1 hour Bake: 20 min. + cooling
1 cup sugar
3/4 cup water
1/3 cup canola oil
1 tablespoon white vinegar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup baking cocoa
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
1/3 cup sugar
1 egg, lightly beaten
1/8 teaspoon salt
10 drops neon green food coloring
1 cup (6 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup butter, softened
4-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
5 drops neon green food coloring
3 to 4 tablespoons milk
Shoestring red licorice, cut into 2-inch pieces
1/2 cup miniature marshmallows
Assorted candies of your choice: Gummi Life Savers, Skittles, spice drops, licorice bites, Good & Plenty and Junior Mints
In a large bowl, beat the sugar, water, oil, eggs, vinegar and vanilla until combined. In a large bowl, combine the flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt; gradually add to egg mixture until blended. Fill paper-lined muffin cups half full.
For filling, in a small bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Beat in the egg, salt and food coloring. Fold in chocolate chips. Drop by heaping tablespoonfuls into the center of each cupcake.
Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into cupcake comes out clean. Cool for 5 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
For frosting, in a large bowl, cream butter until light and fluffy. Beat in the confectioners' sugar, vanilla and food coloring. Add enough milk to achieve desired consistency. Frost cupcakes.
Poke shoestring licorice pieces into marshmallows to create antennae; insert into cupcakes. Use candies to decorate alien faces. Store in the refrigerator. Yield: 1-1/2 dozen.
Nutrition Facts: 1 serving (1 each) equals 404 calories, 17 g fat (8 g saturated fat), 63 mg cholesterol, 255 mg sodium, 61 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 4 g protein.