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Monday, October 13, 2014

Halloween Snacks

Thanksgiving and Christmas get the most attention in the holiday food category, but Halloween can serve up some tasty grub too. Don't make the mistake of righting off All Hallow's Eve as a holiday strictly reserved for candy. Hand out that sugary candy to those ghouls and goblins ringing the door bell, serve yourself up some real treats.

Halloween Snacks


Gingerbread Skeleton


Halloween Snacks
These are (or should I say "can be"?) so freaking cute! Yes, mine came out more like fat bodies with wobbly bones. Oh well! Here's a few tips so that your gingerbread skeletons come out with appropriate size and shape. 
  • Whether you make it from scratch or use store bought gingerbread dough, make sure to roll it out evenly. If you leave the dough too thick before cookie cutting, your men will come out fat... like mine. 
  • When it comes to icing, there's a trick to getting nice, thin lines. If your icing is too warm, it will run. The same goes for icing when the cookies are still warm. You'll want your icing chilled just enough that it takes the shape you want without running. Too cold and you'll be squeezing like crazy just trying to get a drop or two of icing. 
  • As always, take your cookies out the oven a minute or two earlier than the suggested bake time. Leave them in too long and you'll end up with rock hard cookies, take them out a little early and you'll end up with soft and moist cookies. 

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

Halloween Snacks
Roasted pumpkin seeds are a Halloween tradition in my house. Seems like such a waste to let perfectly good pumpkin guts go to waste. After the hard work of carving has been done, it's time to clean off those seeds and roast them for snacking. 
  • For easing cleaning, let those seeds soak a while in water to separate them from the pumpkin guts. Pat dry before seasoning. 
  • Spread out the seeds evenly on a baking sheet lined with foil. 
  • Lightly drizzle EVOO (extra virgin olive oil) to act as seasoning glue. Season with whatever tickles your fancy. I especially enjoy Lawry's Seasoned Salt. Go crazy, garlic salt, lemon pepper, cayenne pepper, etc. 
  • Added Bonus: Pumpkin seeds have amazing health benefits for your furry best friend! Grind up some unseasoned seeds and sprinkle on top Fido's food to help with digestive problems, weight issues, and general nutrition. 

Interested in more festive goodies? Check out my recipe for Pumpkin Spiced Cupcakes with Cinnamon Vanilla Frosting. They are to die for!

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4 Comments:

At October 14, 2014 at 1:20 PM , Anonymous Carrie said...

These are so cute! My kids would love those cookies!

 
At October 16, 2014 at 4:14 PM , Blogger Sam Ulmer-Dobson said...

Thanks Carrie! They are super yummy too!

 
At October 21, 2014 at 1:16 PM , Blogger Vanessa Leigh Lewis said...

Yum! I Love Gingerbread! Good Ideas! Pumpkin Seeds too, I always forget to Roasted Pumpkin Seeds. Great post!

 
At October 21, 2014 at 2:30 PM , Blogger Sam Ulmer-Dobson said...

Thanks Vanessa! They are just easy to make and tasty.

 

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