Daily Archives: October 31, 2021

Halloween Dessert Tray

Hi Everyone,

Happy Halloween – part II

“Dishing with Diane” had the honor of being asked to participate in a local fundraiser toward different charities during a local Halloween party.

I jumped at the opportunity since that was part of my background before my heart transplant; running fashion shows and fundraisers and I know the strain of getting donations and sponsors so I wanted to help with anything I could do.

I decided to donate a “Halloween Dessert Tray” and asked that it be raffled off toward The American Heart Association.

The following is my finished product before we wrapped it to go and it was off to auction. I hope you like the tray and it gives you some ideas for your Halloween get-togethers.

I baked the oatmeal cookies and the rainbow cookies but if you are pressed for time, this tray can easily be completed with all store-bought goods with a little “Halloween” enhancement from you”.

I’ll tell you how…..

Stay well & safe and have a Happy Halloween!

The rainbow cookies were made using the same recipe from my Christmas cookies but used different gel paste to color the dough.

The link to the recipe is below but you can also find these cookies in a variety of bakeries for Halloween.

The donuts can be homemade or you can buy a box of Entenmann’s chocolate frosted donuts and frost three thin circles on the top of the donut and run a knife through the circles toward the outer edges of the donut to get the spider web effect. Let the donuts sit and set before adding to a tray.

The oatmeal cookies can be homemade or store-bought and this time, pipe four rows of white icing directly across the cookie (leaving a space for the eyes) and add a criss-cross design on top of the cookie. Add edible sugar wiggly eyes on top for the mummy look. Let the frosting set before adding to the tray.

The candy eyes can be purchased in Michael’s Arts & Crafts.

The large sugar cookies of the ghost, pumpkin, and trick or treat bag were purchased in a bakery (I am definitely not that talented).

The cupcakes can be homemade or you can find a decent selection of Halloween cupcakes at Costco, grocery stores, or bakeries. I added the cupcakes to spider cupcake holders to continue the Halloween theme.

The cupcake holders were purchased at Crate & Barrel and I am not sure if they are still a stock item.

Additional fillers to complete the tray- My suggestions: I used black licorice, Halloween Peeps marshmallow treats, candy corn, candy sugar pumpkins, Chocolate popcorn with Halloween assorted candies, and snack-size Halloween candy that I placed underneath for a surprise layer of goodies…

More suggestions– Chocolate-covered white pretzels with holiday sprinkles, nutter butter cookies dipped in white candy melts can look like ghosts, mini popcorn balls and the list goes on and on….

To complete the tray I always included a package of Halloween napkins that can be used as a plate when making selections off of the tray and to name the theme of the tray.

Just have fun with the tray and let your imagination run wild.

Depending on the age of the recipients, you could also add plastic spiders to the tray and spider web gauze, or skeleton hands to keep the theme going, but always be mindful of small objects and any choking hazards with little ones around.

I did not include any of those items on this tray because I wasn’t sure of the age group that would receive this tray.

Until my next post, make every day a celebration!

Diane

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Pumpkin Muffins

Hi everyone,

Happy Halloween Weekend!

I decided to spread the Halloween Holiday throughout the weekend since Halloween falls on a Sunday this year so I am starting out with “Pumpkin Muffins” for our Saturday breakfast.

Of course, we don’t count the extra calories of the whipped cream and sprinkles on a holiday because after all, we have to decorate and celebrate.

This is a recipe that is a compilation of a few pumpkin muffin recipes that I have tried over the years and this is my final draft. I hope you give this recipe a try. (I sometimes add pumpkin seeds into the batter).

Pumpkin Muffins

Ingredients:

  • 2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour (I used white whole wheat)
  • 1 ½ tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 ½ tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • ¼ tsp ground cloves
  • ¼ tsp ground ginger
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  • 1 can 15 oz 100% pure pumpkin puree (NOT pumpkin pie filling)
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup dark brown sugar, packed
  • ½ cup coconut oil, melted (OR vegetable oil)
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • pumpkin seeds added to the batter (optional)

Cooks Note:   How to Properly Measure Flour

  • Fluff the flour with a fork
  • Use a spoon to scoop the flour into your measuring cup
  • Use a butter knife to level off the flour in the measuring cup

Scooping the measuring cup straight into the bag or canister of flour will result in too much flour being packed into the cup, which can result in dry muffins.

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and place 12 paper baking liners into each well of a standard size cupcake pan.
  2. In a mixing bowl combine the flour, and the next 7 dry ingredients (In italics above in the recipe).  Whisk together to combine and set aside.
  3. In a larger mixing bowl combine the pumpkin puree, granulated sugar, brown sugar, coconut oil, vanilla extract and eggs. Stir to combine with a spatula or mixer on low for 30 seconds. 
  4. Por the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir together until just combined into a batter. Do not over mix. (ADD pumpkin seeds now if using and combine).        
  5. Fill the liners to the top with batter. This will help give your muffins a nice puffy dome.
  6. Bake your muffins for 20-22 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean.
  7. Allow the muffins to cool in the pan. 

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Until my next post, make every day a celebration!

Diane

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