Sweet Treats Everyone Will Enjoy
Take a break from tradition with these quirky Halloween finger food recipes. Got a sweet tooth? Beware!
Halloween Finger Foods: Tombstone Sandwiches
Chocolate graham crackers
white cookie icing (buy in a tube with a narrow tip)
Nutella (chocolate hazelnut spread)
Take one whole graham cracker and cover one side with marshmallow fluff, set aside. Spread the second whole graham cracker with Nutella and make a sandwich with the other half. Place on a cookie sheet and with your cookie icing, write ‘RIP’ near the top of each sandwich and add each guest’s name below. Some tube icings dry hard, and some don’t so choose your serving method accordingly. For a cool effect, place a clear glass platter on top of a green or brown towel and arrange the tombstone sandwiches in rows, tossing a few gummy worms between select headstones. Curl the side of the towel under itself and scatter plastic spiders and rubber snakes all around the perimeter of your tasty graveyard.
Halloween Finger Foods: Mummy Wraps
Egg roll wrappers (found in the produce section)
Fresh berries of your choice (raspberries are the perfect size)
1 egg white
1 tsp water
Beat the egg white with the teaspoon of water in a small bowl, set aside.
Take an egg roll wrapper and lay flat. Brush a thin layer of the egg wash just along the edges of the wrapper, creating a frame. Spread a tablespoon of Nutella down one side of the wrapper. Top with about 3 or 4 small berries, placing them in a line. If using a larger berry, cut into quarters. Be sure to avoid the egg wash frame. Fold the wrapper over the filling and roll up, brushing the closing edge with a little more egg wash, using the pastry brush. Press all ends together with your fingers to seal. Be sure to make all of your mummies before you start frying. You don’t want your oil to burn while you are rolling more wraps.
Cover the bottom of a large, deep pan with about half an inch of the vegetable oil. You want your burner set on medium high heat. Wait a few minutes and cut a small triangle off the edge of an unused egg roll wrapper and carefully slide into the oil with long metal tongs. If the wrapper sinks to the bottom and doesn’t start to fry, your oil isn’t hot enough. If it immediately fries and turns dark, it’s too hot. You want it to sort of float and start bubbling, slowly turning a golden brown.
When your oil reaches the right temperature, carefully place 2-4 rolls into the oil. You don’t want to crowd your pan. Watch your rolls closely and use long metal tongs to turn them gently, until they are golden brown on all sides. Remove the rolls from the oil and place on paper towels to soak up some of the oil. Finishing frying the rest of your rolls and set on the paper towel. Toss enough powdered sugar to coat the rolls in a cake pan and roll the mummies around until they are covered in white. Take a small, sharp knife and cut small slits for eyes near the end of each mummy. Any Nutella or berries oozing out will simply add to the creepy effect. For a fun serving option, place each mummy on a black piece of construction paper cut into the shape of a coffin and place on a platter.
Both of these recipes are versatile. Use peanut butter instead of Nutella or fluff on the tombstone sandwiches. For a savory mummy, fill the egg roll wrappers with meat and cheese and skip the powdered sugar. The idea is to find recipes that you can use again and again, customizing them as needed. And most important, foods everyone will enjoy this Halloween season.
Halloween is about using your imagination so be creative and have some fun making your own freaky finger foods.