If you remember my Halloween Bucketlist, one of my October goals was to make something spooky and delicious for the Halloween potluck at work! Baking is one of my favorite things to do, and getting back at it was so much fun!
For inspiration, my Pinterest perusing did not let me down. I found not one, but two!, dessert recipes to try and they were a huge success! I have shared the recipes below, and I hope that you all enjoy!
Halloween Oreo Cookie Bars
These were so easy to make, and tasted incredible!
1 pkg. Halloween Oreos
Halloween Funfetti Cake Mix (15.25 oz.) (I used regular Funfetti mix because I couldn’t find the Halloween edition)
1/4 c. oil (Canola or Vegetable)
1/4 c. milk
First you line a greased baking dish with Oreos…
Then mix up the Funfetti Cake Mix, egg, oil and milk…
Spread the batter evenly over the Oreos. Crush approximately 9 more Oreos and press them into the top of the batter and bake at 350°F for 20-25 mins.
And then…voila! you have scrumptious Halloween Oreo Cake Bars! (You can find the full recipe that I followed here.)
and then we have…
Reese’s Frankenstein Cupcakes
These little guys were much more difficult, but also a lot more fun, to create!
Ingredients (adapted from original Reese’s Frankenstein Cupcake recipe found on Your Cup of Cake):
1 devil’s food cake mix
1/2 C. oil
2/3 C. sour cream
1/2 C. milk
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 C. butter, softened
8 oz. cream cheese
5-6 C. powdered sugar
2 Tbsp. milk
Green food coloring
Reese’s Cups (20)
White chocolate melts (1/3 Cup) (I used Nestle white chocolate chips for melting instead)
Chocolate M&M’s (40) (I used Reese’s Pieces since I couldn’t find chocolate M&Ms!)
Chocolate chips (40)
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line pans with cupcake liners.
2. Sift cake mix into a large bowl and add eggs, oil, sour creme, buttermilk and vanilla extract and stir until smooth.
3. Fill cupcake liners 3/4 full and bake for 14-17 minutes or until an inserted knife comes out clean.
4. Let cool.
5. Beat butter and cream cheese until smooth. Add 2 cups powdered sugar and 1 tablespoon milk. The continue to add in more powdered sugar until you reach your desired consistency. Add more milk if it becomes too thick and add food coloring. I found that you needed a lot more powdered sugar than the recipe originally called for in order to get the frosting thick enough!
6. To Make Eyes: (see photos) Melt white chocolate melts, pour into a small bag to make a mini piping bag, pipe dime-sized circles onto wax paper then immediately place a brown Reese’s Pieces on top. Let set for a few minutes.
7. Pipe green frosting onto cupcakes and shape the frosting into Frank’s head. You can make it as square-shaped as you like! Place a Reese’s Cup on top, put eyes on and then chocolate chips as”bolts” and use the sprinkles to make a mouth!
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Getting the frosting to the correct consistency was definitely the most challenging part of this recipe. I think they turned out well for my first try! I figured out that the key is adding more cream cheese and powdered sugar to make it thicker…
Frosting difficulties aside, they still turned out super cute and I had a lot of fun making them! Do you have any fun Halloween or fall recipes to share?