Posted by: Megan Spies
Halloween is almost here, and I can’t wait to get spooked. As one of my favorite holidays of the year, it’s the perfect time to celebrate with friends and have some good old-fashioned fun. There is nothing I love more than a wickedly-good costume party, and there is no better time than now to play host. To create the perfect Halloween party, you’ll need some delicious treats – and I’ve got just the spooky recipes you need that will give your guests the chills.
Creepy and crawly, nothing says Halloween like spiders. For a festive dessert, I love a Spider Trifle – complete with a faux spider on top. Made from layers of chocolate cake, Oreos, pumpkin mousse and cream, it’s the ultimate treat for Halloween. For the best baking results, I turn to the Thermador 36” Pro Harmony Range. The Convection Bake feature offers precise multi-level baking results, which is especially ideal when preparing a dish with several layers. Plus, with the powerful halogen lighting, the oven cavity is illuminated so I can see exactly when my dish is ready. No scary surprises here.
For a ghostly good bite that all your guests will love, I opt for a sumptuous s’mores recipe. With my Ghost S’mores Dip, even the littlest of guests can help make this spooky dessert. With marshmallows, chocolate chips, cream and graham crackers, you have all you need. To prepare, I return to my Thermador 36” Pro Harmony Range for the perfectly evened bake. Hauntingly delicious, your guests won’t be able to resist.
Now, for my absolute favorite – I don’t know about you, but nothing spells out Halloween to me more than the Pumpkin King himself: Jack Skellington. For a tasty and easy recipe that will delight even your most ghoulish of guests, I reach for Oreo Pops. With Oreos, white chocolate, black icing and lollipop sticks, you’re ready to make the ultimate Halloween treat. After mixing all of my ingredients together and dipping in the Oreos, I place the pops in my Thermador Under Counter Double Drawer Refrigerator to harden. With customizable cooling modes, the drawers provide precise temperature management. There is no better way to create a crisp and cool lollipop.
Now that I’ve got you spooked, check out the full recipes below. What are some of your favorite treats to make for Halloween? Share your thoughts with us in the comments on our social pages: www.facebook.com/thermador, @ThermadorHome and @Thermador.
1 box chocolate cake mix, plus ingredients called for on box
12 oz. cream cheese, softened
½ c. sugar
2 c. pumpkin puree
1/3 c. sour cream
1 tsp. vanilla
½ tsp. pumpkin spice
6 c. Cool Whip, divided
1 package Oreos, crushed
Plastic spider, if desired
Preheat oven to 350º and grease a 9″-x-13” pan. Prepare chocolate cake mix according to package directions and bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 25 minutes. Set aside to cool. When cooled, crumble into bite sized pieces. Meanwhile, make the pumpkin mousse. In a large bowl using a hand mixer, combine cream cheese and sugar, beat until smooth. Add pumpkin puree, sour cream, vanilla and pumpkin spice and beat again until smooth. Add 2 cups cool whip and fold into pumpkin mixture until fully combined. Assemble the trifle: lay down a layer of chocolate cake on the bottom of your trifle dish. Top with a layer of pumpkin mixture, a layer of crushed Oreos, and a layer of Cool Whip. Repeat until the trifle is full, ending on cool whip. Drizzle syrup in a spiral motion from the inside out on the top of the trifle. Using a toothpick, start in the center and drag outward to the edge of the trifle to make a spider’s web. Place spider in the center of the web and place the trifle in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours, up to overnight. Serve.
Ghost S’mores Dip
3-4 packages of marshmallows/ghost Peeps
2 c. semi-sweet chocolate chips
¼ c/ heavy cream, warmed
Graham crackers for serving
Mini chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 450°. In the bottom of a square baking dish, spread out chocolate chips and pour cream on top. Cover completely with a single layer of ghost Peeps. Place mini chocolate chips over eyes and mouth. (The already-drawn faces will fade in the oven.) Bake until the chocolate has melted and the ghosts are golden, 8 to 10 minutes. Serve warm with graham crackers for dipping.
Jack Skellington Oreo Pops
12 Halloween Oreos
2 c. white chocolate, melted
2 tsp. coconut oil
12 lollipop sticks
Line a medium baking sheet with parchment paper. Stick the lollipop sticks into the cream of the Oreos. Mix coconut oil into white chocolate and dip Oreos into chocolate until completely coated. Place in refrigerator to harden, 5 to 10 minutes. Using the black icing, draw Jack’s face on the Oreos and let cool slightly. Tie black ribbon in a bow at the bottom of the Oreo and serve.