Halloween is by FAR the biggest holiday of the year for Collegiate Cook, our sister site. We’ve been celebrating since the site launched in 2009, first with a single recipe post, then expanding into pop culture costumes and now, 15 days of costume and recipe posts.
Some recipes have stood out more than others, and some year-round favorites have become staples at our Halloween parties, even if they don’t have a Jack O’Lantern’s face carved into ’em. (Shocking, right?) I’ll probably share my favorite party recipes in general somewhere down the road, but out of the ridiculously cheesy — I mean, spooky — treats we’ve made, these stand out.
Oreo Ghost Truffles
When I first discovered Oreo truffles in 2010, they became my go-to recipe any time I needed to make something special for someone. Before long, I started experimenting with all kinds of variations on these truffles (including a Chips Ahoy version that Buzzfeed featured), and in 2013, I couldn’t resist making these little ghosts.
Pepperjack Cheese & Black Bean Dip
When it comes to cutesy, themed snacks, I’m much more prone to baking than cooking, so my recipes tend to veer on the sweet side. But, every once in a while, I challenge myself to get cheesy in the most literal sense. Like carving a Jack O’Lantern’s face on a slice on cheese, then melting it atop a spicy black bean dip.
Peanut Butter-Banana Beasties
This is the very first Halloween recipe I ever made for Collegiate Cook, and to this day, it’s one of my favorite posts I’ve ever done. Sure, the photos aren’t styled (I just shoved them on a paper plate and snapped away using my point-and-shoot camera), and the photo quality is borderline awful (this was before I wrangled Nate into snapping pics). But I always liked the idea. And it’s a relatively healthy treat!
I used Jif Reduced Fat Peanut Butter, because it has a thicker, less runny consistency that coats (and hardens) better than traditional PB.
Jekyll & Hyde “Brookies”
Initially, I thought I’d make little brownie cauldrons with green cookie dough inside and a pretzel stick poking out like a spoon, then call the treats “Witch’s Brew-kies.” Get it? Like a bubbling cauldron + cookies? Yeaaaah. It failed horribly, in that they looked NOTHING like witch’s cauldrons. But the cookie dough turned an awesome shade of green, and I realized I didn’t have to be so literal — these treats were awesome on their own.
Based on a classic mimosa, this two-ingredient cocktail couldn’t be easier to make — and it’s practically a guaranteed crowd-pleaser.
If these dishes have you craving even MORE ideas, don’t miss our #Halloween15 series on Collegiate Cook. There’s one new recipe posted every Friday (like Peeps S’mores Dip!), and a fresh costume idea every Monday-Thursday.