The fact that I’m in the kitchen at all is scary enough, but I decided to attempt some of those fabulous looking recipes I’m always saving on Pinterest. For those of you that may be new to my blog, I loathe cooking or baking of any kind. I don’t have the knack for it. It feels confusing, frustrating and overall very stressful, therefore, it is avoided as much as possible.
So it took me a while, but I found five that looked relatively easy, meaning they didn’t require any fancy equipment, didn’t have over five ingredients and were quick to make. The headings that follow contain a link to the pin that inspired me if you want to see how to properly make them. However, I found ways to make them even easier.
Ingredients: pretzel rods, tubes of green and black icing, almonds
- Break the pretzel rods in half to make them smaller
- Cover one end in green frosting a little over halfway up the rod. My technique was I squirted the icing into a small bowl, swirled the rod in the icing and then used a fork to smooth it out.
- Take a whole almond and cover it in black icing. I basically squirted the icing into a bowl dropped the almond in and covered it. I had a ton of icing on my fingers that I kept having to lick off. Paid for this later in queasiness and nausea from too much sugar. (Worth it.)
- Glop (this is a technical baking term, right?) a little extra green frosting on the frosted end of the pretzel and push the black almond down so it looks like a fingernail.
- Let set for a few minutes.
Ingredients: box mix for dark chocolate brownies, eggs, water, tube of white icing
- Prepare brownie mix according to directions
- Allow to cool completely
- Squeeze the white icing into two big swirls on top of the brownies
- Using the side of a fork, drag it through the icing from the center of the swirl to the outside of the swirl to create the web
Full disclosure, I over baked the brownies. The outside of the sheet is really, really hard to cut through, but still delicious. In my defense, I didn’t even back them the full time that the package directed. Whatever, they still look awesome.
Ingredients: Pillsbury Ready to Bake sugar cookie dough, vanilla frosting, powdered sugar, red food coloring
- Prepare sugar cookies per instructions on roll. Because I just happened to have cookie cutter shaped like a bat, I rolled some of the dough out and made three bat cookies.
- Once cool, ice the cookies with vanilla frosting. I used the black icing from the witches’ fingers on the bat cookies.
- In a small bowl, mix ½ cup of powdered sugar, a ¼ of water and red food coloring. (Those amounts are estimates. I didn’t bother measuring them out. Just saying.) It mixes up a little clumpy, but definitely has that blood color.
- Using a spoon, splatter the mixture onto the iced cookies. I dropped a couple of drops onto the bats for eyes. Looked good when I dropped it on there, but then it ran down. (Looked like the bats were crying blood. That fits the theme though, so Go Me!)
Ingredients: spaghetti, olive oil, spaghetti sauce, mozzarella string cheese, canned sliced black olives
- Prepare spaghetti, drain and put into a bowl
- Warm spaghetti sauce and pour over top of spaghetti
- I sliced up one string cheese to create little circles and then I tore one into little bits and pieces
- Lay the cheese randomly over the spaghetti sauce
- Place olive slices over cheese for eyeballs
Ingredients: apples (any variety, I used granny smith), peanut butter, mini marshmallows, almonds
- The recipe said to ‘core’ the apple. I don’t own an apple corer, so I just sliced off a hunk and cut it into wedges.
- Spread peanut butter onto one side of a wedge
- Place mini marshmallows into the peanut butter from one end of the wedge to the other.
- Spread peanut butter onto one side of another wedge and place it peanut butter side down on top of the other wedge and marshmallows.
- Take an almond and cut it into two pieces
- Stick these ‘fang-like’ into the marshmallows on both sides
These were really yummy, but I suggest not indulging after you’ve eaten a combination of spaghetti and frosting. (My body hates me now.)
I believe I made all of this in about an hour. The kitchen was destroyed with icing, powdered sugar, cookie crumbs, almond pieces, splatters and dirty dishes, but I actually enjoyed myself. Very low stress baking and cooking! These would be great to make along with the kiddos.
If you know of a low stress, low ingredient, Halloween themed treat, please share in the comments!
Munching on monster teeth,