Homemade Halloween treats are a fun way to make the holiday even more festive, but they are also incredibly time-consuming. You could spend days in the kitchen creating treats. Use a few simple tricks to make it much easier.
Tools You Need
Without the right tools, you’ll never finish making all those fun homemade treats for Halloween. You will need several items in order to work efficiently in the kitchen.
- Mixer: A mixer is absolutely essential, unless you really want to spend hours with a whisk in your hand. Hand mixers are very handy in all manners of candy-making, but a stand mixer will work as well.
- Measuring cups: You should have at least two full sets of measuring cups before you bake anything. Measurements have to be very precise in baking. You need plenty of cups, or else you’ll be washing dishes all day.
- Pans: Have at least one flat cookie sheet and one cupcake pan. Without the right cooking materials, nothing will bake properly and all your hard work will be ruined.
Spend a little less time measuring and mixing, and take some simple shortcuts for those homemade Halloween treats.
- Frosting mix: You can make your own frosting with powdered sugar and milk, but you have to be technically perfect to create something that will stiffen up properly. Take a shortcut and buy pre-made frosting mix.
- Baking mix: Instead of mixing together flour, sugar and all those other ingredients, use a baking mix. Pre-made baking mixes can be used to create brownies, cupcakes and cakes of all types.
- Chill it: Baked items have to be cooled down before they can be decorated. Cheat time by using your refrigerator. Allow items to cool for 10 to 15 minutes, until the pan is cool enough to handle, and place them in the fridge to cool for another 10 to 15 minutes. This cuts down your wait time so you can step up your entire treat-making operation.
- Decorate: We can’t all be artists. If you’re not the best at decorating, cheat. Get orange and black sprinkles and your favorite small Halloween candies. Use these items to decorate cookies, cakes, cupcakes and other frosted items. Candy corns, mini-pumpkins, candy-coated chocolates – use them to make your treats look good with less time and effort.
Make your homemade Halloween treats look spooky with red frosting and food coloring. Use gummy worms for decoration. Crumble dark chocolate cookies up to make dirt, and decorate your plate when you present treats. There are lots of shortcuts and tricks that make holiday baking much easier, so start using them!