No Tricks, Just Treats
There’s no beating the festivities of Halloween. A time of pumpkin carving, apple bobbing and dressing up. Of superstition, scary stories and — best of all — plenty of sweet treats. If you’re partial to a midnight snack, a fan of themed parties or you’re looking for some baking inspiration, then you’ve come to the right place. From quirky cookies to mouth-watering doughnuts, there’s plenty to keep everyone’s taste buds tingling this season.
Ghoulish Gingerbread House
Is there anything more tempting than the smell of warm, fresh gingerbread wafting through the air? Hansel and Gretel clearly didn’t think so… If you enjoy a bit of DIY, our ghoulish gingerbread house is the perfect project to see you through this Halloween.
What you’ll need
- 175g dark muscovado sugar
- 85g golden syrup
- 100g butter
- 1 tbsp ground ginger
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 350g plain flour
- 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
- 1 egg, beaten
Making the dough
Preheat the oven to 200°C/180°C fan/Gas 6. Put the sugar, syrup and butter in a saucepan and bring to a simmer for 1-2 minutes, stirring until well combined. Then, remove your pan from the hob and leave your sugary concoction to cool for 10 minutes.
Meanwhile, in a large bowl, mix the flour, spices and bicarbonate of soda. Add the cooled syrup mixture and the egg and stir together. Then, gently knead the mixture in the bowl to form a dough. Wrap the dough in cling film and chill in the fridge for at least 30 minutes.
Creating your house
When your dough is ready, take it from out of the fridge and flatten it with a rolling pin, so that it’s about 6mm thick. Using the Gingerbread House Cutter, cut out your separate gingerbread house pieces and bake for approximately 12-15 minutes. Once golden, take them out of the oven and set aside to cool.
To form the structure of your haunted house, stick the pieces together (make sure they have completely cooled down first), using royal icing as the ‘glue’.
The finishing touch
Saving the best bit till last, decorate your ghoulish gingerbread house by piping icing (for a particularly gruesome effect, we recommend using purple, orange, black, or green) and sticking on all of your favourite sweets. Once the icing has dried, you may want to use your gingerbread houses as a spooky centrepiece, or of course, you may just want to gobble them all up – both are highly encouraged!
Creepy Crawly Cookies
If you’re looking for something a little quicker to make (but just as moreish), these creepy crawly cookies will go down an absolute treat.
Start by making your favourite chocolate chip cookies (we know everyone has one!). Once they’ve fully cooled, drizzle your cookies with melted white chocolate to create spider webs. Use melted milk or dark chocolate to pipe the spider legs on, one cookie at a time.
Before the chocolate sets, pop a chocolate cup upside down on top of each cookie to make the spiders’ bodies (we made them in our Chocolate Cup Mould) and then finish off by sticking on some all-the-better-to-see you-with eyes – you can either buy these ready-made (we won’t tell!) or make them yourself by rolling little balls of white icing, squashing them between your fingers, and then adding smaller balls of squashed black icing on top.
Devilishly Delicious Doughnuts
Clearly, you don’t want these to be so scary nobody else will want to eat them… that would be bad. A few googly eyes and spiders’ webs aren’t that scary, though…
Once you’ve baked your doughnuts in our Mini Doughnut Maker, select your chosen colours of Renshaw Ready-to-Roll Icing to top them. Using a round cutter that’s a bit bigger than your doughnuts, cut out circles of icing and lay them flat on top. Then, use a nozzle to remove the centres to form the ring shape, and smooth them down the inside and outside edges.
For those frightening finishing touches, pipe on royal icing to create the webs, or add black and white icing blobs to create the googly eyeballs using the same method as above for the cookies.
Hungry for more?
If you’re looking to add to your frightful feast, we have plenty more Halloween ideas to get your fangs into right here. Happy Halloween!