Halloween is more than costumes and candy. It brings opportunities to bake and bond with your kids. Cooking provides teachable moments, like measuring ingredients and answering questions, such as "why is butter yellow" and "how can I tell when cupcakes are done".
Even preschoolers can stir things and put cupcake liners in the baking pan!
Here are fun Halloween recipes:
Spiders on Orange Cupcakes
Nothing creeps out adults quite like spiders. Little boys think they are hilarious and girls will just giggle.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- 1 ¾ – Cup cake flour
- 1 – Cup sugar
- 2 ½ – Teaspoons baking powder
- ½ – Teaspoon salt
- 2 – Eggs – separate and beat whites to stiff texture
- ½ – Cup orange juice
- 1 – Stick butter – soften
- 1 – Teaspoon vanilla extract
Cream sugar, vanilla, egg yolks and butter in mixing bowl. In another mixing bowl, mix flour, baking powder and salt.
Add 1/3 dry ingredients to creamed mixture. Next pour in about 1/3 of the orange juice. Repeat sequence until all dry ingredients and orange juice are mixed thoroughly with creamed ingredients.
Fold in beaten egg whites. Pour batter into paper-lined muffin pan, filling about ½ full. Bake about 15 minutes or until wooden toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
- 1 – Tablespoon butter
- 1 – Cup powdered sugar
- Pinch of salt
- 1 ½ – Tablespoon milk
- ½ – Teaspoon vanilla extract
Place butter in glass bowl and microwave for 30 seconds or until melted. Add 1½ tablespoons milk and stir in balance of ingredients. If necessary add more milk to form glaze consistency.
Drizzle over cooled cupcakes to form a spider web pattern.
Black jelly beans, black string licorice (cut in 2" strips).
Use a black jelly bean for the spider's body. Poke 4 holes on each side of cupcakes with skewer. Fashion legs from licorice and stick in holes.
Tip: Gummy spiders make good alternative.