Thursday, October 23, 2014

Simple Halloween Treats for the Working Gal

Or really any gal or guy who doesn't have all day to make homemade goodies for Halloween. I mean seriously, who has time for all that?

Marshmallow Monsters

What you need:
  • Chocolate melter (Wilton makes one and it's awesome!), Double boiler, or two pots (so you don't burn your chocolate)
  • Large marshmallows
  • Candy eyes (yep, their a thing and you can buy them at a hobby or baking shop)
  • Royal icing in the color of your choosing (I used orange because I had some leftover from making cookies)
  • Sticks (plastic, paper, wood - you can also get these at a hobby or baking shop)
  • Chocolate candy melts or chocolate bark
  • Wax paper, silpat, or something non stick
  • Icing bag or sandwich bag with tiny corner snipped off
Prep time:
  • However long it take to melt chocolate and throw down a sheet of wax paper, you can figure it out
Directions (brace yourself, these are TOUGH):
  • Shove a marshmallow on a stick
  • Dip the marshmallow in chocolate (make sure it's covered completely)
  • Lay it on the wax paper
  • Drop candy eyeballs on it
  • Repeat until you run out of marshmallows, sticks, or chocolate.
  • When they are hard (you'll know because they lose their sheen and come off the wax paper), draw a mouth on it
  • Make up story about how long this took so people will be more appreciative
  • Relish in the applause from your adoring fans

Chocolate Marshmallow Monsters
Chocolate Blobs - The Answer to Your Extra Chocolate

Oops! You melted too much chocolate and don't have any marshmallows left? And you tried to make pink chocolate lips and realized it took way too long to use a candy mold when you were trying to finish before your favorite teen show comes on... the one you watch when your husbands out of town and only your BFF in Boston knows you watch? Well don't worry your pretty little head about that, there's no need to start drinking the liquid gold yet. Do you still have a few sticks? Some other random what nots in your pantry? Time to make chocolate blobs. 

What you need:
  • Leftover melted chocolate
  • Leftover candy eyes if you have any
  • Leftover sticks
  • Wax paper, silpat, or something non stick
  • Random what nots from the pantry
Prep time:
  • Umm... 30 seconds?
Directions:


  • Lay your sticks out a few inches apart on wax paper
  • Spoon melted chocolate on one end of the stick
  • Spoon another color of candy melts on the first layer (of you were dumb enough to try the candy molds and have more than one color laying around)
  • Repeat until you run out of sticks, or chocolate.
  • Toss on some eyeball or random what nots from the pantry
  • Let 'em harden
  • Do a little quality control (eat one)
Chocolate Blob
 Boom - you are the Picasso of Halloween treats my friend. But seriously, if you really are that busy, make the blobs, skip the marshmallows.

Happy Halloween!


Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Perfect Sugar Cookies

Nothing is perfect, except maybe these guys here. Everyone has their opinions on sugar cookies, but these ones cook up thick, hold their shape, stay soft, and taste like your Nana's love is all shoved inside. 

And did I mention they're simple? Well. Bonus for you - they are. 




Ingredients:

1 cup butter (room temp)
1 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla
i large egg
2 tsp baking powder (don't be a newb, that says POWDER)
3 cups flour

Directions:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees (Fahrenheit suckers, the United States shuns scientific normalcy)
In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar
Add vanilla and egg
Mix baking powder and flour, add mixture 1 cup at a time (dough will be stiff)
Do not chill
Divide into two balls
Roll onto floured surface to about 1/4 " thick
Cut with desired cookie cutter
Bake on ungreased cookie sheet for 7-9 minutes (until almost golden - seriously they lose their magic if you over cook them)
Frost as desired