We dressed up our favorite Black and White Cookie recipe with a super easy spiderweb decoration for a sophisticated non-candy treat. To spin the tidiest web, you'll want to make sure that the base chocolate icing is completely cool before you pipe on top of it. We like to use an offset spatula to spread the chocolate evenly across the flat side, but a regular old dinner knife works too. If you do a lot of cookie and cake decorating, invest in an inexpensive set of Ateco piping tips. Use a small round tip for the webs here, but if you don't have one, you can fill a sturdy resealable plastic bag and snip a tiny hole in one corner. That'll do the trick.
6 Halloween Appetizers That Rival What’s in the Candy Bag
Who says this season has to be all about the sweet stuff? Serve up these easy and festive finger foods at your Halloween fête, or snack on a few in between trick-or-treaters.
Zesty Chicken Enchiladas
You might be wondering what, precisely, “zesty” means. We can sum it up for you in a couple of words: super flavor. In Spanish one might say, “que rico!” These cheesy corn tortillas get their punch from a homemade enchilada sauce. Fresh tomatillos, available in supermarkets in the fall, are a star ingredient. If you can’t find them, try using underripe tomatoes and a squeeze of lime juice for a convenient substitute. If you’re used to shaving off time with store-bought sauce (which isn’t bad), don’t give into the temptation; shredded rotisserie chicken is the timesaver here.
Jack-o’-Lantern Rice Kreepies
Did you know that you can mold warm Rice Krispies treats into all sorts of shapes? Ghosts, Goblins, even Jack-o’-Lanterns! We fashioned them into tiny beggars purses and hid leftover Halloween Candy inside. As if the classic marshmallow and cereal combo weren’t enough, kids (and adults) will love the surprise they find inside. To make easy work on shaping the sticky mixture, use damp hands or lightly spray them with non-stick spray. These will keep, tightly wrapped at room temperature, for a couple weeks, but we doubt they’ll last that long.
We’re a sucker for pumpkin-flavored things, especially when they’re moist and tender and cake-like in consistency. But let’s be clear about something: these are not cake. These are muffins. The only thing that makes a muffin a (cup)cake is frosting. Choose your own adventure, as we invite you to do with this recipe, and yes, you can turn this humble, albeit delicious, muffin into a snack cake with a smear of cinnamon-cream cheese frosting. Or try one of the other riffs. We’re partial to the streusel topping and the dirt bomb versions, both culturally acceptable forms of morning pastry and not technically considered (according to me) cake (see above).
Potato Tot Breakfast Casserole
This comfort food casserole is breakfast food deluxe. You’ve got the normal suspects, like sausage, eggs, cheese, and potatoes. But wait, they aren’t just any old potatoes like hashbrowns or home fries. They’re potato tots! For heat-lovers, go with spicy sausage, or for something more family-friendly, a mild breakfast sausage. It’s true that this is pretty cheesy, rich, and filling, so if you want to lighten it up, serve with a side salad. Prep tip: To combine eggs quickly with a whisk, poke each yolk with the whisk so it mixes faster with the whites.
Pan-Roasted Chicken With Braised Apple and Cabbage
It might seem strange to cook chicken in a skillet without any oil, but fear not, the fat from the skin renders out and coats the pan. Once the cabbage and apple are in the skillet, the chicken thighs cook on top, making sure everything has a generous dose of chicken fat. At the end, you’ll stir in apple cider, ensuring this doesn’t taste too rich. If you don’t have a cast-iron skillet, use an equivalent-sized ovenproof skillet. Serve with a dry, hard cider (look for one from France or New England), or a crisp white wine.
Soy-Honey Glazed Fish and Rice Bowl
This flavorful fish and rice bowl recipe takes cues from many world cuisines, making something entirely original. Soy and honey are a salty-sweet match made in heaven—think: a sophisticated hoisin sauce. If you’re gluten-free, make sure to buy gluten-free tamari, a wheat-free soy sauce. Affordable, sustainably sourced swordfish is often in the freezer aisle of the grocery store. Just defrost the filets completely before proceeding with the recipe.