Halloween is coming up fast, and with it, you may experience some mild anxiety over what kind of treats you can prepare for friends and family that are simple and fun to make, yet are still loaded with all those beloved fall flavors that bring back fond childhood memories and visions of colorful leaves falling.
It's also possible that baking is not your forte, and you would rather eat treats than make treats. No judgment here, but obviously the easier your Halloween treats are to make, the more likely you are to try to make them.
With that in mind, here are four delicious ideas to get you started that are not only good, but they will also be so easy and so much fun to make, you'll wonder why you didn't try making them before. If you can rope in a few small little helpers, making these treats will become even more enjoyable. You can have a baking party and let them taste test all the fruits of your labors. If they pass the kid test, you’ll know you’ve got some winners on your hands.
Halloween Ginger Cookies
These Halloween ginger cookies are the perfect blend of sweet and spicy flavors, plus they are a blast to make. You get to roll out your creative side as you decorate them like little ghosts, goblins, and spider webs.
Or you could use cookie cutters to shape them and decorate them as pumpkins, gingerbread men, or grave markers. There’s no limit for the creative mind when you make a batch of these Halloween Ginger Cookies, especially if you utilize the imaginative gifts of your children and ask them to pitch in as you decorate them.
These delicious treats are made with Bob’s Red Mill Unbleached White All Purpose Flour and baking powder, with vanilla extract, sugar, and powdered sugar to sweeten them up. If you have gluten sensitivities, you could substitute the flour for Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-Free 1-to-1 Baking Flour instead. Find the full recipe and instructions for making these Halloween Ginger Cookies here.
Pumpkin Spice Cream Puffs
This is another fun Halloween treat everyone will love. The recipe uses Bob’s Red Mill Unbleached White All Purpose Flour. The cornstarch in the recipe helps to give these pumpkin puffs a tender and crumbly texture, while clove, cinnamon, and allspice give them those beautiful fall flavors.
Though these desserts can be a little more time consuming to make, they are well worth the effort. Get your kids involved in making these, and you can have a puff and pumpkin party in the kitchen. When you're done, sit down to enjoy the fruits of your labors with coffee or steaming hot chocolate. Find the full recipe and instructions for making these Pumpkin Spice Cream Puffs here.
Gluten Free Spider Chocolate Chip Cookies
Recipe courtesy of ThisVivaciousLife.com.
If you’re looking for a gluten free alternative to an old holiday favorite, you can’t go wrong with these gluten free chocolate chip cookies, decorated with “spiders.” These cookies are made with Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free 1-to-1 Baking Flour and baking powder, plus a sprinkle of this, and a dash of that.
You can’t find a simpler recipe that makes baking cookies so much fun. You can use a toothpick to spread the chocolate chips out into tiny little “spider legs” to give these cookies the full Halloween effect. If you’re feeling daring, you could even press small white sprinkles into the chocolate to make “eyes” and delight your cookie eaters even more.
Creepy Gluten Free Shortbread Cookies
Recipe courtesy of AllRecipesGlutenFree.com.
There are not many who don’t enjoy a good shortbread cookie now and then, especially when they are creeped out and decorated with bug fossils for Halloween. These cookies are made using Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Shortbread Cookie Mix [we have discontinued that item, try this gluten free shortbread recipe!] and use creepy bugs to imprint the “fossils” into the dough when they begin to cool.
Make sure you wash your bugs well before you use them, and don’t accidentally bake them with the cookies. Once the cookies are done, you can make a decorated platter and garnish it with the bugs for an extra bit of fun and ickiness.
Making fun Halloween treats everyone will love doesn’t have to be time-consuming or nerve wracking. It should be fun and relaxing, and with these simple recipes, it becomes exactly that. Enjoy!