Submitted by Darcy Maulsby,
Darcy Maulsby & Co.
No tricks here—just easy, Halloween-themed recipes from my kitchen to yours that will wow your family and friends!
I had fun preparing these treats for a cooking class I taught on Oct. 25 at The Elements in Storm Lake, Iowa. I showed the audience how to make Spooky Spiced Spider Cider, followed by hearty Jack O’Lantern Pot Pie, with a side of Crazy-Good Carrots. After sampling some luscious Hocus-Pocus Pumpkin Bars, we enjoyed the grand finale of Stunning Spider Web Chocolate Cupcakes.
Hocus-Pocus Pumpkin Bars
These simple, flavor-packed recipes are sure to frighten away your fears of preparing a crowd-pleasing meal!
Spooky Spiced Spider Cider
- 2-1/2 cups apple cider or unsweetened apple juice
- 2/3 cup orange juice
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 12 whole cloves
In a 1-1/2-qt. slow cooker, combine the first 5 ingredients. Place cinnamon stick and cloves on a double thickness of cheesecloth; bring up corners of cloth and tie with string to form a bag. Place bag in slow cooker.
Cover and cook on low for 1 hour. Discard spice bag; continue to cook 1-2 hours or until heated through. Yield: 3 servings.
Jack O’Lantern Sloppy Joe Pie
- 1 pound lean ground beef (90% lean)
- 1/2 cup chopped onion
- 2 teaspoons all-purpose flour
- 1 cup salsa
- 1/2 cup chili sauce
- 1 cup frozen or canned corn
- 1 can chili beans
- 1 can (4 ounces) chopped green chilies
- 1 sheet refrigerated pie pastry
- 1 egg
- Orange food coloring (use red and yellow food coloring if you don’t have orange food coloring paste)
In a large skillet, cook beef and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. In a small bowl, combine the flour, salsa and chili sauce until blended; stir into skillet. Add the corn, chilies and brown sugar.
Transfer to a deep-dish 9-in. pie plate. Unroll pastry; place over filling. With a sharp knife, cut out a face to resemble a jack-o’-lantern; flute edges. Beat egg and food coloring; brush over pastry.
Bake at 450°F for 9-11 minutes or until crust is golden brown and filling is bubbly. Yield: 6 servings.
Crazy Good Glazed Carrots
- 1 quart of cut carrots
- ½ cup brown sugar
- ½ cup chicken broth or chicken stock
- 2 tablespoons butter
Combine all ingredients in a saucepan. Bring to a simmer and cover. Cook until tender.