I don’t know about you, but I am a regular person – no super powers here and as the holidays roll around I begin trying to find tricks for my treats. Let me see a show of hands: how many of you have waited till the last minute to fix something for a party you were going to, party your child/grandchild was going to or a party you were throwing yourself? Yep, me too. Guess what I always end up taking? A cheese tray from the local grocery store chain. I am the cheese-bringer. Everyone likes that I bring chunks of cheese but sometimes I really wish we weren’t going home to a dirty kitchen and possibly even a broken dish or two – all with nothing to show for it. Another issue is that I’m out all the money for the ingredients and then I have to spend $20 on cheese. With the baby in the house, I am once again making little person treats and I really want to be better at it. Can you guess who Rocket is dressing up as for Halloween? Here is a hint:
Let’s start with the Witches Hats:
Keebler Fudge Stripes Cookies
1 can prepared frosting
Food coloring (optional)
If you are coloring the icing, put the food color drops into the icing and stir then put it in a Ziploc sandwich bag. Cut a tiny slit at the tip.
Turn the cookie fudge side up and outline the hole with icing.
Put a Hershey’s kiss on top.
Next we will go with the Chocolate Covered Pay Day Candy Bar Mix:
1 Bag Candy Corn
1 Can of DRY ROASTED Peanuts
½ bag of Mini Chocolate Chips
Mix together and place in a snack bowl – tastes just like a chocolate covered Pay Day. Remember those?
Hot dog Mummies:
Canned Crescent Rolls
Roll the crescents out and make eight large squares then using a pizza cutter or knife make a bunch of strips out of each square.
Start wrapping the hot dog like a mummy leaving a little space for a “face”.
Bake according to can directions.
After they cool a bit, put 2 dots of mustard for eyes.
1 can of Ranch Style Beans or you could use chili beans.
1 8 oz. block of regular cream cheese. Softened.
½ an 8 oz. block of cream cheese with chive, softened.
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese.
Salt, Pepper, and Garlic Powder to taste.
½ teaspoon cumin.
¼ cup finely chopped onion (optional)
4 chopped fresh or pickled jalapenos (optional) saving 3 or 4 slices for garnish.
You could add some cilantro but I don’t care for the taste so we don’t have it.
Put the beans in a food processor and process until smooth.
Put beans and all other ingredients in pot and stir constantly over medium heat until smooth.
And finally – Frito Candy. This recipe is from Joyce Belville, Chickasha, OK who won first place in the Karo Syrup Contest at the Oklahoma State Fair this year. I changed it just a tiny bit but the original idea and recipe is still hers.
10 ounce bag Lays Frito Corn Chips lightly crushed
1 Cup Sugar
1 Cup Karo Syrup
1 Cup creamy Peanut Butter
1/8 Cup real Bacon Bits
10 full size Hershey’s chocolate bars
Place crushed Fritos in a 13 X 9 pan sprayed with non-stick spray.
Put sugar and syrup into a pot on medium heat until boiling then take off heat and add the peanut butter and bacon bits.
When it is smooth, pour over the Fritos and smooth it out.
Place unwrapped candy bars over the top of the mixture breaking up the last one if needed in order to cover everything.
If you want to, you can sprinkle finely chopped nuts over the top like I did. The recipe did not call for them I just thought it made the dish look pretty.
When they melt, take a spatula and spread out into the corners then refrigerate until firm.
Cut into squares for serving.
Done, done and DONE!
I made all of these, one right after the other and it took me exactly 1 hour to do it all with 15 minutes of that time waiting on the mummies to be cooked.
I hope you enjoyed my tricks for treats – Happy Halloween!
Oh. My. Gallifrey. (I see that TARDIS in “writing, reading, and eating pic) But fritos, bacon peanut butter and chocolate? Never mind first place…that recipe deserves Mayor. Maybe Governor. Or Empress of the Galaxy. Mummy’s and Witch Hats are epic too! I HAVE to try this 😀
Thank you! I know you’ll love ’em like we do!!
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You KNOW I have to try the frito thing –
Wow . . . thank you for all the great ideas!!! 🙂
You are welcome! I’m glad you liked them.
fun stuff 🙂
I love that payday mix which reminds me…I haven’t made it this October yet. You look like you are rockin’ the season this year! (No cheese plates for you.) Really, all these recipes look so much fun and delicious. (My sister is a ranch bean fanatic so I must share the dip recipe with her.) 🙂
Great! I’m so glad you liked them!
Some really good ideas – I especially liked the witch hats. Charlie Brown is the perfect costume for a little boy.
Thank you Lillian! Those Witches Hats took the least time of all…
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I am totally all in love with those mummies! So cute and fun!
Thank you Kenley!
That’s some great looking stuff! Your cheese bringer days are over.
now at home mom
oh! the Charlie Brown costume is a great idea for a costume Kelli & loving these treats too 🙂
What a cool post!! Love everything….haven’t ever made the witches hats, but will remember that clever idea. We always have the ‘payday’ mix around…grandkids love it. I have been wanting to make the mummies…they are a must, and very soon. Thanks for sharing these great and quick! ideas!!! I think little Rocket won’t have to dress up at all…he sure looks like Charlie Brown! =D
He sure does, doesn’t he??? 🙂
I’m so glad to hear I’m not the only one who’s last minute with everything. Plus, I feel like a failure as a blogger since I can’t make the pretty, adorable and perfect holiday-themed foods that everyone else makes. I love that these recipes are all easy and anyone can make them. I’m seriously in love with the Frito candy: a little bit trashy, salty ‘n sweet, just like me 😉
We are more alike than not then! 🙂