Bell Pepper Jack-o-Lanterns with Vegetables and Dip
Give your Halloween party some personality with these carved edible "bowls." Make them as goofy or as scary as you like, depending on your mood! Not only do these jack o'lantern snacks add a festive touch, they will make sure kids and adults alike will continue to snack on vegetables in between bites of Halloween candy. This healthy Halloween snack is a must.
Spun-sugar recipes typically involve flinging hot liquid sugar across a setup of dowels and newspaper. It's messy and, frankly, a little bit frightening. Here's a much easier method that requires nothing more than a few forks and a small upturned bowl, and you can do it on your kitchen counter. The results--golden, airy sugar webs--make excellent Halloween cupcake toppers.
Turns out that spinach wrapped in pie dough passes the picky-eater test! For these Halloween riffs on the classic calzone, use 4- by 5-in. pumpkin-shaped cookie cutters (find at cooking or craft stores and online). Or cut out a pumpkin-shaped template from paper, set it on the dough, and cut around it with a thin, sharp knife.
At 20th Century Café in San Francisco, chef-owner Michelle Polzine serves hot butterscotch in a teacup with a dollop of whipped cream. It’s like hot chocolate but with a caramelly flavor profile. Take a Thermos-ful along when trick-or-treating, and for the adults, go ahead and top with a splash or two of rum.
Making a spooky snack for your Halloween table is as easy as cutting tortillas with a bat-shaped cookie cutter (R&M Flying Bat; amazon.com). We seasoned one panful with cinnamon and sugar and the other with chile salt, but you can go for all sweet or all savory if you prefer. These Halloween snacks can be served as appetizers alongside salsa for a savory bite or Greek yogurt swirled with honey for something sweet that goes beyond candy.
The warm spices of holiday pies are mixed with seeds and a touch of salt for a sweet and savory snack to eat by the handful. It can be shared with any trick-or-treaters on the Halloween trail, since it won’t set off peanut allergies.
These electric magenta cupcakes get their color not from the usual food coloring but from puréed roasted beets, which also add a subtle flavor. Don’t use canned or packaged steamed beets—the cupcakes’ color will be drab.
This is an adaptable little recipe. We love the warm, spicy flavor of brown mustard, but feel free to use your family’s favorite mustard. You can also customize the filling by using any kind of thinly sliced cheese and/or meat that you or your kids prefer.
Whirl 1 large heirloom tomato (8 oz., chopped) in a blender until smooth. Strain into a cocktail shaker half-filled with ice. Add 1/2 cup potato vodka such as Blue Ice, 1 tsp. grated fresh horseradish, and juice from 1 lemon and shake to blend. Strain into 2 highball glasses. To garnish each glass, thread 3 pitted green olives onto a long Thai chile and set over glass.
These cookies are designed as accessories for our Dark Chocolate Graveyard Pots de Crème, but they also make a nice Halloween snack on their own. Follow our simple design or cut the gravestones into more elaborate shapes topped with crosses or lunettes.
Throughout the 1950s, '60s, and '70s, Sunset paired doughnuts with Halloween. Everything from after-school doughnut parties to "frying tables" at evening events and the gentle reminder, "Don't forget the doughnuts," for a Halloween party menu appeared in our pages.
If deviling your eggs isn't enough this Halloween, spider them too. Joanie Pimentel in Sunset's information technology department came up with this styling idea for our Bacon Deviled Eggs recipe. She cuts pitted black olives in half lengthwise and nestles one half on top of an egg for the body, and then cuts the other half crosswise into thin slices to form the creepy legs.