We’ve put together our favourite tried and tested SPOOK-TACULAR Bakes and included a Halloween Hack that works a trick every time!
Halloween witches’ fingers
100g Caster Sugar
1 Medium Egg
1tsp Vanilla Extract
225g Plain Flour
1/2 tsp Baking Powder
45 Blanched Almonds, Halved
5 tsp Strawberry Jam
To start off, using a food processor, beat the butter and sugar until pale. Add the egg and vanilla, and whisk again. Sift in the flour and baking powder, and mix to form a soft dough. Chill for 30 mins.
Heat oven to 180C, gas 4. Divide the dough into 45 and roll each piece into a finger shape. Press the back of a knife into the dough to make knuckles. Lightly press an almond where the nail would be. Put on lined baking trays and chill for 30 mins. Bake for 10-12 mins until pale golden.
Once cooled, spoon a little jam onto the nail base and top with an almond.
See our attempt below! It’s quick and easy to bake with kids.
240g Rice Krispies
150g mini marshmallows, melted
75g unsalted butter, melted
10 drops orange food colouring
Green fondant icing, for decoration
½ x 75g pack Mikado milk chocolate biscuit
Start by melting the butter and marshmallows in a heatproof bowl in the microwave, making sure to stir the mix every 30 seconds. Once melted add the food colouring and stir until well combined. Add the rice-Krispies to the bowl and stir until completely coated.
Mould and shape a handful of the mixture into a sphere pressing your thumb into the top of each one. To help reduce the amount of mixture sticking to your hands you can lightly oil your hands before shaping. To make the stalks break the Mikado sticks into 5mm long pieces, press one into the top all of the balls, using a little melted chocolate to stick them into place if necessary.
Finally, decorate by making leaves from the fondant and place on top of the rice Krispie pumpkins.
Top Tip: Add some orange food colouring to give the pumpkin its ripe colour!
Halloween Baking Hack
Haven’t got any time? Buy pre-baked cakes at the store and decorate them with COBWEBS! Making the cobwebs is simple: you just melt a handful of marshmallows in the microwave and mix the melted gooeyness to use to layer your shop-bought cakes. Voila, you have yourself a whole load of cobwebs.