Caramel apples are a classic Halloween treat.

Halloween weekend is just around the corner and now is the time to put the Hershey’s bars and Twix aside to use some creativity in the kitchen. These simple yet spooky recipes will put you and all of your friends in the Halloween spirit with every bite. 

Caramel Apples

This is a classic dessert for Halloween. It may seem like a daunting sweet to make, but unless you are pro at making homemade caramel—the simple version is the way to go.

All you need are chewy Werther’s caramels, some heavy cream, a few Granny Smith apples and some skewers. 

Add into a bowl: one pack of caramels and a couple tablespoons of heavy cream. Microwave in 30-second intervals, stirring in between, until desired consistency is achieved. Next, wash and skewer the apples and dip and twirl them in the caramel.

Top with sprinkles or candy if you like­­—and there you have caramel apples in less than 10 minutes!

Pillsbury Holiday Cookies

Pillsbury Holiday Cookies win the award for easiest treat. Though all it takes is a few dollars, a baking sheet and an oven, they are still an all-around crowd favorite. The seasonal designs brings the Halloween spirit and the sugar cookie scent bring the joy. Make a trip to Safeway and bake these for your friends to be everyone’s favorite. 

Mummy Brie

If you aren’t much of a dessert person, then mummy brie will definitely be your new go-to spooky snack. All you need for this recipe is a small can of puff pastry and a brie round.

Take the puff pastry dough out of the can and cut into strips about half an inch wide. Wrap the brie with the strips of dough, place on a baking sheet and put it into the oven at 450 degrees for about 15 minutes. Use olives for eyes and dig in with your favorite cracker while the cheese is still gooey and warm!

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Sometimes we just don’t have enough time for homemade recipes. That is why you go to Trader Joe’s. This grocery store can give any college student their fix on Halloween-themed food, including their pumpkin chocolate chip cookie mix.

All you need to do is combine the mix with a stick of softened butter, one egg and some water. Next, pop them in the oven at 350 degrees for about 10-15 minutes, and there you have warm pumpkin cookies that everyone will think are made from scratch.

 

Carsyn Kniss is a contributor.

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