Sunday, October 13, 2013

Halloween Treats to Make with the Kids

Halloween is coming up quickly.  My kids and I have been exploring all kinds of fun recipes we can make together.  I found these from Very Best Baking.  We've made these for years but we keep having new kids in our home so it's new to somebody every year, lol.  

Uhmm, maybe I should give that issue some thought, you think?

Graveyard Pie

Have fun with the kids creating this festive and spooky graveyard-inspired pie. A chocolate cookie crust is filled with a chocolatey pie mixture and topped with cookie crumb dirt, cookie headstones and creepy crawly gummies and bones.


  • 3 cups (about 32) finely ground chocolate sandwich cookie crumbs, divided
  • 3 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1 can (12 fl. oz.) NESTLÉ® CARNATION® Evaporated Milk
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 3/4 cups (11.5-oz. pkg.) NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Milk Chocolate Morsels
  • 8 chocolate filled vanilla wafer cookies
  • Black and purple decorator writing gels
  • WONKA® SweeTARTS® Skulls n’ Bones*, gummy bugs or other assorted spooky Halloween candies


COMBINE 1 1/2 cups cookie crumbs and butter in 9-inch deep-dish pie plate. Press crumb mixture onto bottom and upsides of pie plate. Set aside remaining 1 1/2 cups crumbs for dirt topping.

WHISK together evaporated milk, egg yolks and cornstarch in medium saucepan. Heat over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until mixture is very hot and thickens slightly; do not boil. Remove from heat; stir in morsels until completely melted and mixture is smooth.

POUR into crust. Sprinkle with remaining 1 1/2 cups cookie crumbs. Press crumbs down gently. Refrigerate for 3 hours or until set.

DECORATE cookie tombstones as desired with writing gels. Insert tombstones around edge of pie. With spoon, mound cookie crumbs to form “fresh graves”. Decorate graves with candy to make the pie as spooky as you want it to be!

Cobweb Cupcakes

These cupcakes with "cobwebs" on the top make a perfect spooky treat for your favorite ghouls.


  • 1 pkg. (18.25 oz.) devil's food or yellow cake mix
  • 2 (2.1 oz. each) NESTLÉ BUTTERFINGER Candy Bar, chopped
  • 1 container (16 oz.) prepared vanilla frosting
  • 1 cup (6 oz.) NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels
  • 1 small tube white decorator icing or gel
  • 1 pkg. (1.38 oz.) NESTLÉ GOOBERS Milk Chocolate-Covered Peanuts


PREPARE cake mix batter according to package directions; add chopped Butterfinger to batter. Bake according to directions for 24 cupcakes. Cool completely. Frost cupcakes.

PLACE morsels in small, heavy-duty plastic bag. Microwave on HIGH (100%) power for 45 seconds; knead. Microwave at additional 10- to 15-second intervals, kneading until smooth. Cut small corner from bag; squeeze to pipe concentric circles on top of frosting. Using wooden pick or tip of knife, pull tip through chocolate from center to last circle to create a cobweb effect.

MAKE 2 dots using decorator icing on each of 24 Goobers to resemble spider eyes. Place in center of each cobweb.

Have fun!


  1. Both look so delicious and pinning to try for my kids. Thanks so much Angel!! :)

  2. Very cute and fun. Want to try with my son.

  3. these are so fun! they look yummy too xo

  4. I've made a similar "graveyard cake" for years... also adding dollops of whipped cream as ghosts. I'm always amazed that my (almost) adult children still look forward to it!

  5. Those look delicious! That is so creative, Loving and pinning!!!