Trick or Treat? Halloween is a great excuse to get in the kitchen and create some wonderful treats for your ghosts and goblins. School parties, events and family gatherings don’t have to be filled with the traditional store bought delicacies. Control the ingredients and amp up the fun by getting the kids involved. Just as important as the treat is the presentation of the treat… The Bag! You can make unique carriers that will help enhance your contribution to the spooky season.
Monster Treat Bags can be a not so scary way to share your kitchen creations. A simple brown paper bag can be easily transformed into the must have of the Halloween party. Here’s a great step by step tutorial to make a few with your little helpers. (Courtesy of CraftsByAmanda.com)
-Brown paper lunch bag
-Acrylic craft paint
-Spray glaze or acrylic sealer (optional)
1. Paint bags whatever color you like. Stand them up and let dry. (Place soup cans inside so they don’t tip over.) Add another coat and let dry again.
2. While bags are drying, cut facial features out of construction paper. You can use your imagination to make some fun eyes, mouths, and hair.
3. Cut polka dots, squares, stripes, or any other type of decoration you would like to use for your monster.
4. Fold down the top of the bag so that you don’t accidentally glue your facial features too high.
5. Using your glue stick, decorate the bag with the stripes, squares, or polka dots. Be sure to cover the entire back of paper shapes with glue so none of the corners stick up.
6. Let everything dry, then apply a coat of sealer spray (optional). Let dry and fill with treats.
Now lets put some Monster Cookies in those wonderfully created bags. This recipe provided by Paula Dean from the foodnetwork.com doesn’t go for scary, instead it showcases its Monster size.
1 1/4 cups packed light brown sugar
1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 12-ounce jar creamy peanut butter
1 stick butter, softened
1/2 cup multi-colored chocolate candies
1/2 cup chocolate chips
1/4 cup raisins, optional
2 teaspoons baking soda
4 1/2 cups quick-cooking oatmeal (not instant)
Directions: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper or nonstick baking mats.
In a very large mixing bowl, combine the eggs and sugars. Mix well.
Add the salt, vanilla, peanut butter, and butter. Mix well.
Stir in the chocolate candies, chocolate chips, raisins, if using, baking soda, and oatmeal.
Drop by tablespoons 2 inches apart onto the prepared cookie sheets. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes. Do not overbake. Let stand for about 3 minutes before transferring to wire racks to cool.
When cool, store in your monster bags created earlier.
Make your Halloween a Homemade Homerun.