Spooky Sparkly Spritz Cookies


These tasty little melt in your mouth cookies will have your little spooks craving for more! ~Amy

Spooky Sparkly Spritz Cookies

Cookies:
1 cup butter, at room temperature

1/2 cup powdered sugar

1/2 tsp vanilla

1/2 cup corn starch

1 1/4 cups flour
Frosting

Large crystal sugar, black and silver

Heat oven to 350 degrees
With an electric mixer, beat butter. Add powdered sugar and beat again, scraping down the sides as necessary. Add vanilla, and mix thoroughly. Add cornstarch and flour, and mix on low. Blend well.
Place dough into cookie press and press close together onto cookie sheet. Bake for 12-14 minutes. Glaze with frosting and sprinkle with crystal sugar while still warm.

Vanilla Frosting:

1/2 cup butter, room temperature

4 cups powdered sugar

1/4 cup milk

1 tsp vanilla
With an electric mixer, beat butter and 2 cups of the sugar until smooth.

Add vanilla, beat on high. Add remaining sugar and beat until light and fluffy.
To ice, thin if desired with a teaspoon or so of milk, or water to desired consistency.

Recipes by Amy Richardson

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Monster Mocktails



These spooky sippers are sure to give a sweet little scare to party goers of all ages! ~Amy

Monster Mocktails

~The Cransylvania Twist~

Cranberry Juice

Strawberry SOBe

Red Gatorade

Crushed Ice

Black sugar

Black and white striped Straws

Glasses

Karo syrup

To make drink, lightly go around the rim of glass with karo syrup. Dip the rim into black sugar. Fill glass with crushed ice. Pour in beverages, starting with the highest sugar content finishing with the lowest. Layers will separate and the black sugar from rim will give it a cool effect. Add straw and serve.

 

~The Yummy Mummy~

 

SOBe Piña Colada

White Gatorade

Sprite

Crushed ice

White sugar

Striped straw

Dry ice

Glasses

Karo syrup

To make drink, lightly go around the rim of glass with karo syrup. Dip the rim into white sugar. Fill glass with crushed ice. Pour in beverages, starting with the highest sugar content finishing with the lowest. Add a small piece of dry ice, it will give it a cool effect. Add straw and serve. ( Let the dry ice evaporate before consuming.)

 

~The Dirty Werewolf~

 

Cream Soda

Diet Root beer or

Diet Coke

Coconut foam*

Crushed ice

Raw sugar

Karo syrup

Glasses

To make drink, lightly go around the rim of glass with karo syrup. Dip the rim into raw sugar. Fill glass with crushed ice. Pour in beverages, starting with the highest sugar content finishing with the lowest. Layers will separate, top with coconut foam. Add straw and serve.
* to make coconut foam, whip 1 cup whipping cream with 1 tablespoon Coconut Syrup or 1/4 cup confectioners sugar and 1/2 tsp coconut extract

 

~The Creepy Colada~

SOBe Piña Colada with added neon green food coloring to desired color
Green Gatorade

Key Lime Soda

Crushed Ice

Green rock candy swizzle stick

Purple sugar

Karo syrup

Glasses

To make drink, lightly go around the rim of glass with karo syrup. Dip the rim into purple sugar. Fill glass with crushed ice. Pour in beverages, starting with the highest sugar content finishing with the lowest. Layers will separate and it will give it a cool effect. Add straw and serve with swizzle stick.

Recipes by Amy Richardson

Darkly Divine Devil’s Food Donuts


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These little donuts really are the devil, so good you won’t be able to resist the temptation to eat just one more~Amy

Darkly Divine Devil’s Food Donuts

Donut Batter:

1 1/3 cups flour
¼ cup brown sugar
¼ cup sugar
¼ cup unsweetened cocoa
1 tbsp baking powder
¼ tsp salt
1 egg
½ cup + 2 tbsp milk
¼ cup sour cream
¼ cup butter, melted
1 oz bittersweet chocolate, melted
1 tsp vanilla

Orange Syrup:

2 tbsp fresh orange juice
2 tbsp granulated sugar

Chocolate Ganache Icing:

½ cup heavy cream
¾ cup bittersweet or semi sweet chocolate chips
1 tbsp butter
1 tsp corn syrup
Zest of 1 orange

Decorative toppings:

Mini chocolate chips

Chocolate shavings

Chocolate sprinkles

Donuts:

In a medium sized bowl whisk together dry ingredients. Set aside.
In a small sized bowl, whisk together, egg and sour cream, add milk, butter, melted chocolate, and vanilla.
Mix with dry ingredients until well blended.
Pipe batter into donut pan, or donut maker and bake according to manufacturers instructions.

In a small bowl, stir together orange juice and sugar until it starts to dissolve.
Prick warm donuts, and brush orange syrup over the top half of donuts.

In a medium sauce pan, mix together, cream, corn syrup, butter and orange zest.
Bring almost to a boil. Remove from heat and add chocolate pieces. Stir until smooth.

Place sprinkles on a small baking sheet or plate.
When donuts are cool enough to handle, dip the top half into the ganache.
With ganache side down, gently press donuts into desired toppings.

Turn over and let it rest until icing has set.

Makes about 28 mini donuts

Recipe by Amy Richardson

Caramel Apple Popcorn


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My Dad is famous for his awesome caramel corn! This is my fall twist on a family favorite. Love you Dad! ~Amy

Caramel Apple Popcorn

5 quarts popped corn, sorted, unpopped kernels removed
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup Karo Syrup
1/2 cup butter
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp coarse salt
1/4-1/2 tsp apple pie spice

In a medium sized saucepan, over medium heat, stir together butter, brown sugar and syrup. Cook until it comes to a boil. Remove from heat and whisk in vanilla, salt and spice. Pour over prepared popcorn and stir to coat evenly. Cool completely.

Recipe by Amy Richardson

Pumpkin Spiced Churros with a Maple Cream Dipping Sauce


A fun harvest twist on the classic Mexican churro! Pumpkin spiced, rolled in sweet sugar and dipped in a delicious maple cream sauce!  ~Amy

A fun harvest twist on the classic Mexican churro! Pumpkin spiced, rolled in sweet sugar and dipped in a delicious maple cream sauce! ~Amy

Pumpkin Spiced Churros with a Maple Cream Dipping Sauce

Churros:

1/2 cup butter
1 cup water
1/4 tsp salt
1 3/4 cup flour
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice, Williams Sonoma
4 eggs
1/4 cup pumpkin puree
1/2 tsp vanilla

3/4 cup sugar
1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice

In a medium sized bowl whisk together flour and pumpkin pie spice. Set aside.

In a medium sized saucepan, bring water, butter, and salt, to a boil. When boiling, add flour mixture all at once. Stir over heat until dough forms into a ball. Set aside to cool slightly, 7-10 minutes. With a wooden spoon or the paddle attachment on an electric mixer, beat in eggs one at a time until dough is smooth. Add in vanilla, and pumpkin. Mix well.

Place sugar and pumpkin spice into a paper lunch sack. Shake to mix. Set aside.

Heat oil in fryer, or deep pan to 350 degrees.

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Spray paper lightly with cooking spray.

Fit a 14 or 16 inch piping bag with a large open star tip* Place batter into bag.

Pipe 2 1/2 inch stripes of dough onto prepared baking sheet.

Drop dough into hot oil. Cook for about 4 1/2 minutes turning to brown evenly. When golden brown, drain fritters to remove excess oil, then roll in sugar to coat.

Serve with maple cream dipping sauce.

Makes about 2 dozen servings

Maple Cream Dipping Sauce

3/4 cup maple syrup
1/3 plus 2 tablespoons heavy cream
1 1/2 tbsp butter

Combine all ingredients in a small saucepan. Over medium heat bring mixture to a boil. Sauce thickens as it cools..
Makes about 1 1/4 cups

Recipes by Amy Richardson

*Wilton 8B open star tip

Monster Mocktails!


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Monster Mocktails! These fun layered drinks for all ages will be a spooktacular addition to your  Halloween Gathering! ~Amy

Monster Mocktails! These fun layered drinks for all ages will be a spooktacular addition to your Halloween Gathering! ~Amy

Monster Mocktails

The Cransylvania Twist

Cranberry Juice
Strawberry SOBe
Red Gatorade
Crushed Ice
Black sugar
Black and white striped Straws
Glasses
Karo syrup

To make drink, lightly coat the rim of glass with karo syrup. Dip the rim into black sugar. Fill glass with crushed ice. Pour in beverages, starting with the highest sugar content finishing with the lowest. Layers will separate and the black sugar from rim will give it a cool effect.
Add straw and serve.

The Yummy Mummy

SOBe Piña Colada
White Gatorade
Sprite
Crushed ice
White sugar
Striped straw
Dry ice
Glasses
Karo syrup

To make drink, lightly coat the rim of glass with karo syrup. Dip the rim into white sugar. Fill glass with crushed ice. Pour in beverages, starting with the highest sugar content finishing with the lowest. Add a small piece of dry ice, it will give it a cool effect. Add straw and serve.
( Let the dry ice evaporate before consuming.)

The Dirty Werewolf

Cream Soda
Diet Rootbeer or
Diet Coke
Coconut foam*
Crushed ice
Raw sugar
Karo syrup
Glasses

To make drink, lightly coat the rim of glass with karo syrup. Dip the rim into raw sugar. Fill glass with crushed ice. Pour in beverages, starting with the highest sugar content finishing with the lowest. Layers will separate, top with coconut foam. Add straw and serve.

* to make coconut foam, whip 1 cup whipping cream with 1 tablespoon Coconut Syrup or 1/4 cup confectioners sugar and 1/2 tsp coconut extract

The Creepy Colada

SOBe Piña Colada with added neon green food coloring to desired color
Green Gatorade
Key Lime Soda
Crushed Ice
Green rock candy swizzle stick
Purple sugar
Karo syrup
Glasses

To make drink, lightly coat the rim of glass with karo syrup. Dip the rim into purple sugar. Fill glass with crushed ice. Pour in beverages, starting with the highest sugar content finishing with the lowest. Layers will separate and it will give it a cool effect. Add straw and serve with swizzle stick.

Steaming Mad Pumpkin


This is a simple trick using a pumpkin and dry ice. You don’t need to carve the pumpkin, in fact, don’t. It will ruin the effect. Simply cut the top off the pumpkin and clean it out. Place some dry ice in the pumpkin, add some warm water and quickly place the lid back on the pumpkin. The steam from the dry ice will find small cracks and openings where the lid meets the pumpkin and it will send dry ice steam shooting out. The effect won’t last too long. You can reactivate it by adding more warm water. And of course, be careful handling the dry ice. It’ll burn you (and we know).