Fall is officially here and what a great time to start thinking about our first big holiday, Halloween! Halloween is a great start to the holiday season and it gives you lots of reasons to be festive, decorate and create yummy treats! For the month of October, I have created to cute treats for you to use for Halloween or anytime throughout the holiday season. First are some cheery little pumpkins, made out of Rice Krispy Treats and decorated for the season. You can use these for Halloween, Thanksgiving and the entire season of autumn. Next I made swirly cupcakes complete with 4 different colors of cake batter. They are fun for everyone and very impressive when you tell people they are homemade. Let’s start with the pumpkins…
Rice Krispy Treat Pumpkins
|Rice Krispy Cereal||5 cups|
|Marshmallows||1 regular bag (smaller sizes melt faster)|
|Food Coloring||Red, yellow and green|
|Frosting||Store bought cake frosting (2 tablespoons)|
|Pretzels||Peanut butter filled (or sticks) for the stems|
|Pastry Tips, Pastry bag or Ziplocks|
|Half-sheet pan with non-stick surface|
1. Using a large pot over medium heat, melt the margarine. Once it is melted, swirl around the sides of the pot, about half way up. This makes for easy, non-stick clean-up when you are done.
2. Add your marshmallows and let melt, stirring occasionally.
3. When marshmallows are melted, add your food coloring. This is the fun part, I recommend starting with some yellow. Stir it into the marshmallows and make sure it is completely incorporated. Add the smallest bit of red food coloring. Just keep adding color until you reach your desired orange color.
4. When ready, add your Rice Krispies and stir to incorporate.
5. Let mixture cool for about 7 minutes in the pot. When cool enough to touch spray your hands with pan spray and form balls with about 1 cup of mixture. I think this is a good portion size but you can make them as big or small as you like. If the balls are too warm they may fall apart after they are formed. Just keep checking them and form them back together, packing everything tightly. Place balls on non-stick surface.
6. Once your balls are formed, let cool (again, you may have to check on them every once in a while to make sure they are cool enough to keep their shape.
7. Once cool, cut out a small area at the top of the pumpkins (big enough to fit your pretzel stems in)
8. Now you can add some leaf and vine decoration, if you want. Mix about 2 tablespoons of frosting with green food coloring until desired color is reached. Using a piping tip and pastry bag (or a Ziplock bag with a small hole cut at the end) pipe small leaves and swirly vines to hang down from the pumpkin stems.
|White Cake Batter||Store bought is fine (eggs, oil and water to assemble it)|
|Food Coloring||4 different colors (I used black, purple, teal and orange)|
|Sprinkles and/or decoration|
|Pastry Bags or Ziplocks|
1. Prep the cake batter according to instructions. When ready separate into 4 different bowls ( I used disposable Tupperware in case of stains)
2. After separating, add food coloring to each bowl. One for black, one for orange, one for teal and one for purple. Choose whatever colors you want though.
3. After your batter is mixed and colorful, transfer it into four separate pastry bags or Ziplocks.
4. Prep your muffin tin with cupcake cups and begin filling.
5. Squeeze a little bit of each color into each cup. Maybe one ring of black at the bottom, a big squeeze of orange for the center, topped with a swirl of teal and covered with purple. Be creative and layer the cupcakes however you like. You will be surprised how beautiful they turn out.
6. Bake the cupcakes according to instructions and let cool.
7. When ready decorate you cupcakes with colored frosting and sprinkles. This recipe can be used for any holiday or celebration, just change your colors and decorations!
Helpful Tip from Name Bubbles: Planning on bringing homemade goodies to a Halloween party? Before you head out the door, make sure your storage container has a Name Bubbles name label on it!