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Halloween Witches Brew Drink Recipe

Halloween Witches Brew Drink Recipe

Witches Brew & More Halloween Punch Recipes

What would a Halloween party be without witches brew? It just adds so much to the theme and feel of a great Halloween party. There are so many varieties of witches brew that you are sure to find the perfect recipe below.

You can have a punch with dry ice or just throw in a couple of fake eyeballs. Either way, it is sure to be a hit!

Easy Witches Brew Recipe

Easy Witches Brew Recipe

How To Make Witches Brew

Photo by Travelin' Librarian on Flickr


  • 1 c. sugar
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. allspice
  • 2 qts. cider
  • 2 (6 oz.) cans concentrate orange juice
  • 1 qt. ginger ale


Heat sugar, spice, and 1 cup cider just until sugar melts. Add remaining cider; mix well. Cool.

Add cold ale just before serving (also good hot).Halloween Cocktail Recipe

Halloween Cocktail Recipe


  • 2 oz Yellow Chartreuse®
  • 1 1/2 oz Blue Curacao liqueur
  • 1/2 oz spiced brandy
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • 1 dash nutmeg
  • 1 dash allspice


Shake all the ingredients together and serve in a chilled glass. You can garnish with with Halloween candy on the rim, and maybe even some sugar!

Recipe courtesy of

Halloween Drink Recipe Variations

How To Make Witches Brew - Making Witches Brew

Halloween Party Centerpiece Idea

Halloween Party Centerpiece Idea

Besides having a ghoulishly good punch at my Halloween parties, I also enjoy serving up some tasty Halloween treats. I set up a buffet style table with things like eyeball deviled eggs, mummy wrapped hot dogs, witches finger cookies, and more tasty foods.

The table is made more festive with the use of a Halloween themed tablecloth or fabric with a Halloween color scheme draped over the tops of containers that can be used to create levels.

I add some battery votive candles and of course a cool centerpiece like the Halloween cookie bouquet shown to the right or a Halloween gift basket to complete the spook-tacular presentation.

Halloween Cookie Recipes

Halloween Cookie Ideas

Easy Halloween Cookies

Whether you want to whip up a batch of cookies with your kids or you are throwing a big Halloween bash, these quick and easy cookie recipes are sure to be "Boo"-tiful (and tasty too)! You'll find some cute and fun recipes as well as some creepy and crawly cookie recipes here. Plus get tips for baking, decorating, and serving your cookie creations.

All the little ghouls and big monsters in your neighborhood, office, or haunted house will love these Halloween treats!

Peanut Butter Spider Cookies

Halloween Cookie Recipes


  • 1 pouch Betty Crocker® peanut butter cookie mix
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 egg
  • 36 piece of Rolo candies
  • Black string licorice
  • 1/3 cup (72 pieces) miniature M&M's
  • Betty Crocker® black decorating gel


  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F.
  2. To make the cookie dough, use a medium mixing bowl and stir the peanut butter cookie mix, oil, water and egg together until combined and the dough forms. Using greased hands, roll the dough into 1 inch balls (should make 36 dough balls).
  3. Place the balls on ungreased cookie sheets leaving about 2" between them. Place in oven and bake until light golden brown (about 8-10 minutes). Remove cookies from the oven and immediately press a Rolo candy in the center of each cookie. Allow Rolo-topped cookies to cool for a few minutes and then transfer them from the cookie sheet to a cooling rack.
  4. Immediately decorate the cookies with the licorice and M&M's while the chocolate is still melty (that way the eyes and legs will stick).
  5. To create the spider effect, cut the black licorice into 2" long pieces and insert 8 pieces (legs) in the Rolo candy.
  6. Use two pieces of M&M's to make the eyes and black gel to make the eye pupils. Cool the Halloween cookies completely after decorating.
  7. Voila! You've got a creepy, but edible and delicious Halloween spider treat!

Recipe and image from Betty Crocker

PB Spider Cookie Video

The video also shows how to make mummy cookies.

Halloween Cookie Recipes

Peanut Butter Cookie Pizza

Use a package of store-bought cookie dough makes these cookie pizzas super easy to make. This is a fun activity for kids Halloween parties or to do with your own kids at home. Each child (or adult) can put their own personal spin on their pizza creation if you make smaller sized cookies. In the photo, you can see a fun jack o' lantern big cookie created with all kinds of yummy candies.


  • 1 16.3- to 18-ounce roll or package refrigerated peanut butter cookie dough, cut into 1/4-inch slices
  • 3/4 cup semisweet chocolate pieces
  • 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
  • Assorted candies
  • Dry-roasted peanuts
  • Hot fudge or chocolate ice cream topping


1. To make one large peanut butter cookie, line a 12- to 13-inch pizza pan with foil; grease foil and set aside. Press cookie dough slices into prepared pan to within 1 inch of the edge of the pan. Shape a pumpkin stem in dough. Bake in a 350 degree F oven for 15 to 20 minutes or until browned and center appears set. Alternatively, roll out the cookie dough and use a pumpkin-shaped cookie cutter to cut out a bunch of cookies for a group of kids to decorate (then they can each have their own cookie creation).

2. Upon removing the cookies from the oven, immediately sprinkle the cookies with chocolate chips and also drop peanut butter by spoonfuls atop chocolate pieces. Let stand for 5 minutes. Use a spatula or knife to gently spread the melted chocolate chips and peanut butter over warm crust. By putting the peanut butter and chocolate chips on together, you can create a sort of swirled chocolate effect.

3. Using all the assorted candies, peanuts and fudge topping you've purchased, create jack o' lantern faces on top each cookie. NOTE - you should do this while the chocolate/peanut butter "icing" is still melty so that the candies stick. Then place the decorated cookies in the refrigerator to cool for 30 minutes to 1 hour or until the chocolate mixture is set. If you make one large cookies, you can just cut it into wedges to serve OR you can serve the individual cut-out cookies. Each packet of dough makes about 16 cookies or wedges (from the one large cookie).

Recipe and image from Midwest Living

Halloween Cookie Recipes

Easy Owl-Ween Treats

Moon pies are a staple convenience store treat in just about every Southern home in America. Why not take those tasty treats and turn them into cute Halloween owl goodies like the ones shown in the photo. At a local craft store, you can purchase lollipop sticks or simple 1/4" wooden dowels.

To decorate the moon pies like owls, use open faced chocolate dipped Oreo cookies for the eyes, chocolate M&M's or chocolate chips for the eye pupils, and candy corn for the nose. You can secure the cookies and candy to the moon pie using melted chocolate coating.

Then, place each moon pie on a wooden stick by inserting it through the marshmallow center and securing it with some melted chocolate candy coating. And you've got an eye-popping, kid-friendly sweet treat that will bring smiles to their faces!

NOTE - Hostess Ding Dongs would also work to create these fun owl treats. And they would also be tasty treats at an owl baby shower.

Recipe and image from Southern Living

Halloween Cookie Recipes

Witch's Hat Cookies

If you are baking challenged or just don't have a lot of time to create your own Halloween treats, fear not because these cookies are about as easy as you can get. Three ingredients is all it takes to create these cute little witch hats and best of all, there is no baking involved!


  • 1 (4.25-ounce) tube orange or red decorating frosting
  • 1 (11 1/2-ounce) package fudge-striped shortbread cookies (32 cookies)
  • 1/2 (13-ounce) package milk chocolate kisses, unwrapped (32)


Fudge-striped shortbread cookies are simply topped with a chocolate kiss and finished with a frosting bow. Place the cookies with the bottoms facing up on a flat surface.

Then, simply pipe a small mound of frosting in center of cookie and press a chocolate Hershey kiss on the frosting. Pipe a frosting band and bow around base of each kiss. And you'll end up with 32 adorable witch's hats to serve to guests or yourself :)

Recipe and image from Southern Living

Bloody Fingers Cookies

This recipe uses refrigerated cookie dough - super easy and ghoulishly good!

Halloween Cookie Recipes

Don't Feel Like Baking For Halloween?

No worries - buy "boo"tiful cookies online!

Maybe you'd like to send a care package to your college student or you are hosting a big Halloween bash, but you just don't have the time to bake up and decorate a ghoulishly good batch of cookies. Well don't worry, we can do all the work for you.

You can find cut-out cookies arranged in a bouquet like the one shown to the right, batches of chocolate chip cookies in Halloween gift boxes, and even giant fortune cookies that can be personalized with your own foot long message.

If you are looking for a memorable centerpiece for your Halloween party buffet, then a cookie or candy bouquet is a great option!

Nutter Butter Halloween Ghost Cookies

You simply buy some white chocolate, mini chocolate chips, black gel and Nutter Butter cookies. You melt the white chocolate and dip the Nutter Butters to create the white part of the ghosts. Then use the mini chips to make the ghost's eyes and the black gel for the mouth. Check out the video!

Halloween Cookie Inspiration

Halloween Cookie Recipes

Collage by DessertLover2010 at Flickr

Halloween Cupcakes

Halloween Cupcakes

Spook-tacular Halloween Cupcake Ideas

Halloween is the perfect time to bake up some scary Halloween treats to share with fellow party-goers and kids on the block. In this article, I've gathered up some of my favorite Halloween cupcake design photos as well as a couple of my favorite Halloween cupcake recipes.

From witches to ghosts and goblins to scary spiders, these cupcake designs are sure to add a festive touch to your Halloween activities. I hope you enjoy these recipes and ideas as much as my family has... Happy Halloween!

Halloween Spiderweb Cupcake Recipe

Spiderweb Cupcakes

Image by katrinkaphotobug on Flickr

For at least 10 years, my family has been enjoying a form of spiderweb cupcakes every Halloween. These cupcakes are super easy to make and you can vary the icing color making some white, some purple, and some orange with black or white "webs". For the spiders, I usually use gummy spiders as the kids don't seem to love gumdrops quite as much.


To keep things nice and easy, I suggest purchasing some Halloween themed cupcake baking liners along with your favorite boxed cake mix and a tub or two of white frosting (e.g. vanilla or cream cheese).

To create the cupcakes as shown in the photograph, you'll also need (per cake mix which yields 24 cupcakes):

  • Orange food coloring
  • 1 tube black decorating gel or melted chocolate
  • Black string licorice
  • 25 large gumdrops

1) Simply bake the cupcakes in the Halloween liners following the instructions on the cake box.

2) To make the orange frosting base, mix the tub of white frosting with some yellow and red food coloring drops to create the orange frosting color you desire. Once the cupcakes are cooled, frost them with the orange frosting.

3) Using the black decorating gel or melted chocolate inside a plastic bag (cut-off the corner to make it like a piping bag), make 3 or 4 concentric circles radiating out from the center of the cupcake. Then use a toothpick starting at the center of the cupcake and pulling to the edge of the cupcake about 8 times around the entire circumference to create the web-like appearance.

4) Take a large gumdrop and attach 3 or 4 pieces of black string licorice to each side to make the spider legs (if you poke a hole in the gumdrop using a toothpick where you want to insert the licorice, you'll have an easier time doing this step). Use the black decorating gel to put a couple eyes on each gumdrop and place the completed spider on top the cupcake web.

Halloween Graveyard & Ghost Cupcakes

Graveyard Cupcakes

Image by jamieanne on Flickr

These boo-tiful cupcakes are super cute and easy to make in most cases. I've found that Pepperidge Farm Milano and Nutter Butter Cookies dipped in white chocolate are the perfect shape to make tombstones on cupcakes.

Ghosts can be created from fondant either by rolling it out and using a mini-cutter to get the shape or by draping a round sheet of thin fondant over a mound of icing. Then just add some eyes using black gel frosting. My goal is to keep things quick and easy!

Halloween Witch Cupcake Recipe

Witch Hat Cupcake

Image by clevercupcakes on Flickr

Making these witch cupcakes tends to be a little more involved and time-consuming than making spiderweb cupcakes. That said, you will be rewarded with some adorable witches that will get rave reviews from all the kids and Halloween party-goers. As with the spiderweb cupcakes, I suggest that you simply bake your favorite boxed cake mix in fun Halloween themed cupcake liners. Cool them and you are ready to decorate as follows.


1) Using green food coloring, tint a tub or vanilla or cream cheese (any white flavor) icing a witch green color. Frost the 24 cooled cupcakes and set aside.

2) The most difficult thing in the entire decorating process is creating the witch's hat and brim. Take 12 Oreo cookies and separate them into 24 cookie halves (remove the cream filling) or you could use 24 flat, round, chocolate wafer cookies. Set the 24 cookie halves on a cookie sheet that has been covered with wax paper. Then take 24 chocolate ice cream waffle cones and trim the edges so that they will set flat on top of the cookie halves. Melt 1 cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips in the microwave on 50% power so the chocolate doesn't burn. Then, drizzle the cookie halves with the melted chocolate and press the cones down into the melted chocolate. Let the cones set on the cookies to cool. When fully cooled, the cones and cookies should form a pointed witch hat.

3) After the hat chocolate is set. Place a pointed hat on toward the edge (off-center) of each cupcake. Decorate the cupcakes using licorice for the eyes and mouth, and either black gel frosting or melted chocolate for the hair and eyebrows. I suggest using a small green gumdrop, M&M or other small candy for the witch's nose.

Halloween Cupcakes

Halloween Cupcake Ideas

Image by catbeurnier on Flickr

People are just so creative and I'm always thoroughly impressed by all the great home and professional bakers out there that come up with such fun designs. These cute witch cupcakes are no exception. It appears that creating a pointed witches hat is about all it takes to create an awesome Halloween cupcake!

S'mores Cupcakes Recipe

S'mores Cupcakes

Chocolate, Marshmallows, and Graham Crackers... Oh my!

What kid doesn't love roasting marshmallows over a campfire to make ooey-gooey s'mores? I fondly remember camping with my family and every night sitting around the fire roasting marshmallows that we'd top with classic mini chocolate bars.

Well, we can't go camping every night, but we can enjoy that same taste right in our own homes... with cupcakes! These s'mores cupcakes combine chocolate, marshmallows, and even graham crackers to give you the flavor of this gourmet dessert... without all the smoke. Let's get to the cupcakes!

How To Make S'mores Cupcakes

How To Make S'mores Cupcakes

Start with the graham crackers

You will need a chocolate cake mix, homemade graham cracker crust mix, and 4 chocolate Hershey bars.

Picture courtesy of Rachel from Cupcakes Take the Cake on Flickr

Graham Cracker Crust


  • 1.5 cups finely ground graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/3 cup white sugar
  • 6 tablespoons room temperature butter


  1. You can make the can buy the graham cracker crumbs already crushed or take actual crackers and chop them in a food processor. Mix the ingredients together thoroughly. Take about 1 T of graham cracker mix and press it firmly into the bottom cupcake liners. Break up Hershey's bar into squares. You should have 48 squares (enough for 24 cupcakes). Place one square in each cupcake tin on top of the graham cracker. Bake in a preheated oven for 4-5 minutes. Remove from oven.
  2. Make your cake mix. Go easy on yourself and use a chocolate cake mix from a box - I won't tell anyone!
  3. Add the mix on top of the melted chocolate. Place one more piece of the Hershey's chocolate bar on top of each cupcake and bake according to box instructions. Let cool.

NOTE - When we are making S'mores for an adult bonfire or other party, we often use gourmet chocolate such as Ghirardelli, Guittard, etc. instead of the standard Hershey bars.

Adding The Marshmallow Cream Frosting

How To Make S'mores Cupcakes

Topping off your s'mores cupcake

Marshmallow Cream Frosting


  • 3 Egg Whites
  • 2 C Light Corn Syrup
  • 1/2 tsp. Salt
  • 2 C Powdered Sugar
  • 1 T Vanilla


  1. In a large bowl or stand mixer, combine the egg whites, corn syrup, and salt. Beat for 10 minutes. On low speed, beat in the sugar 1/2 cup at a time. Then blend in the vanilla. Pipe onto cooled cupcakes.
  2. Now comes the fun part! Use a kitchen torch to lightly brown the marshmallow cream frosting. Be careful not to burn the liners. Top off with any leftover graham cracker crumbs you may have. Serve immediately.

Cake Mix Cookie Recipes

Cake Mix Cookie Recipes

Cake Mix Cookie Recipes

Easy & Delicious Cookies that Start with Cake Mix!

Something we seem to have less and less of is time. But that shouldn't prevent us from making homemade goodies! You can probably think back of when you were a child, and remember the smell of fresh-baked cookies in your mom or grandma's kitchen. It's a smell even candle companies often try to re-create.

I've found a way to make great homemade and inexpensive cookies with a shortcut - a box of cake mix. It's a great starter for many kinds of cookies, as you will see in the recipes below. Enjoy!

Flickr Photo Credit: totcupcakes

Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

This is my all-time favorite cake mix cookie. It's so easy to whip up, and once people try them they'll be asking you for the recipe!


  • 1 package Devil's Food Cake Mix
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs
  • Granulated Sugar


1. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Mix cake mix, oil and eggs in large bowl with spoon until dough forms.

2. Shape dough into 1-inch balls; roll in sugar. Place about 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheet.

3. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until set. Cool 1 minute; remove from cookie sheet to wire rack.

Makes about 4 dozen cookies.


*Add a chocolate kiss to the center of each cookie right after they come out of the oven.

*Try any other chocolate cake mix.

Cake Mix Oatmeal Raisin Cookies


  • 1 box Betty Crocker® SuperMoist® yellow cake mix
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups quick-cooking or old-fashioned oats
  • 1 cup raisins


1. Heat oven to 375°F. In large bowl, beat cake mix, brown sugar, butter, shortening, water, cinnamon and egg with electric mixer on medium speed 1 minute until smooth. With spoon, stir in oats and raisins.

2. Drop dough by teaspoonfuls about 2 inches apart onto ungreased cookie sheets.

3. Bake 10 to 12 minutes (centers will be soft). Cool 1 minute; remove from cookie sheets.

High Altitude (3500-6500 ft): Bake 12 to 14 minutes.

Makes about 6 dozen cookies.

Double Chocolate Cake Mix Cookies


  • 1 (18.25 ounce) package chocolate cake mix
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 2 tsp. vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

2. In a medium bowl, stir together the cake mix, butter and eggs until smooth and well blended. Mix in the chocolate chips. Drop by spoonfuls onto ungreased baking sheets.

3. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven. Allow cookies to cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.

Makes about 3 dozen cookies.

Variations: Try other flavor caked mixes (e.g. Strawberry cake with white chips, Spice cake with nuts, etc.)

Cake Mix Rolled Sugar Cookies


  • 1 box Betty Crocker® SuperMoist® white cake mix
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1/3 cup butter or margarine, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla or 1/2 teaspoon almond extract or lemon extract
  • 1 egg
  • Sugar
  • 1 cup Betty Crocker® Rich & Creamy vanilla frosting
  • Food colors


1. Heat oven to 375°F (350°F for dark or nonstick cookie sheets). In large bowl, beat cake mix, shortening, butter, vanilla and egg with electric mixer on low speed 30 seconds, then on high speed 1 minute.

2. Divide dough into 4 equal parts. Roll each part 1/8 inch thick on lightly floured cloth-covered surface with cloth-covered rolling pin. Cut with 2 1/2-inch cookie cutters into desired shapes; sprinkle with sugar. On ungreased cookie sheet, place 2 inches apart.

3. Bake 5 to 7 minutes or until light brown. Cool 1 minute; remove from cookie sheet to cooling rack. 4. In microwavable bowl, microwave frosting uncovered on High 20 to 30 seconds or until melted; stir. Frost cookies.

5. Stir together small amounts of water and food color. Paint colors on freshly frosted cookies, using fine-tip brush, then swirl colors with brush or toothpick to create marbled designs.

Dry completely before storing.

Makes about 4 dozen 2 1/2 inch cookies.

Cake Mix Peanut Butter Cookies


  • 1 box yellow cake mix
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup shortening or vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs
  • Granulated sugar


1. Heat oven to 375°F (350°F for dark or nonstick cookie sheets). In large bowl, beat cake mix, brown sugar, water, peanut butter, shortening and eggs with electric mixer on medium speed until smooth.

2. Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Roll in granulated sugar and, on ungreased cookie sheet, place 2 inches apart. Flatten in crisscross pattern with fork dipped in sugar.

3. Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until golden brown. Cool 1 minute; remove from cookie sheet to cooling rack.

Makes about 54 cookies

Variations: You can always add your favorite chips or candies to jazz up the recipe.

Thanks for Visiting!

Thanks for stopping by! I hope this post gave you great ideas for homemade baking short-cuts! It's amazing how many great gourmet cookies start with a simple cake mix. Feel free to share your own recipes in the comments below.

Happy Baking!

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