With the arrival of autumn, it has meant a sudden burst of trees with beautiful red, orange and yellow leaves, the sun going down earlier in the evenings and a slight chill in the air. I love it!
Along with being able to snuggle under fleece blankets or listen to the sound of the leaves crunching when we're out for a walk, I love seeing the excitement in my kids' eyes as they anticipate the arrival of one of their most festive (and favorite) holidays of the year...Halloween is right around the corner! How could they not be giddy over getting to wear fun costumes and go trick-or-treating for yummy goodies?
This year, however, we have had much more than candy to look forward to, as Kraft has easily gotten us into the Halloween spirit with their delicious products and inspiration to create some delicious spook-tacular treats!
How could we not be inspired to get into the eerie, spine-chilling mood of Halloween with these delicious ingredients, great tools and cute decor?
I have always loved the way that JELL-O makes it incredibly easy to create spooky, yet tasty, creations with their variety of JIGGLERS Halloween molds and this year is no exception. Why not turn a traditional treat into one that is frightfully fun and serve up some JELL-O ghosts, witches, black cats, pumpkins and bats?
However, the items that made my mouth water the most had to be the PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese and the all of the JET-PUFFED varieties of marshmallows. As the weather continues to cool down, we can't wait to add these JET-PUFFED GHOSTMALLOWS to hot chocolate for the kids and the PUMPKINSPICEMALLOWS to hot apple cider, pumpkin pie and more... and is there anything that isn't made better with cream cheese?
It was time to whip up a few tasty recipes that would be absolutely perfect for a gathering, bringing a treat to friends, or simply to satisfy your sweet tooth. Let's get baking, it's time to party Halloween-style!
Halloween Scream Cheese Brownies
Prep Time: 10 minutes • Cook Time: 30 minutes • Serves: 24 brownies
1 brownie mix/homemade brownie recipe
8 oz. PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese, softened
5 Tbsp. butter, softened
½ cup sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
2 Tbsp. flour
Orange food coloring (or red + yellow)
PREHEAT oven to 350°F and spray a 9x13" pan with cooking spray.
FOLLOW the directions to prepare your brownie mix and spread ½ of the mixture in the pan.
BLEND cream cheese, butter, and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, vanilla, and flour and mix well. Add orange food coloring to desired color, blending thoroughly.
SPREAD cream cheese mixture on top of brownie mix in pan. Add remaining brownie batter on top and pull a knife through to swirl.
BAKE for 30 minutes and let cool before cutting and serving.
Haunted S'mores Cups
Prep Time: 10 minutes • Cook Time: 15 minutes • Serves: 24 cupcake-size cups
1 pouch (1 lb, 1.5 oz.) sugar cookie mix
1 cup graham cracker crumbs
1 cup butter or margarine, melted
3 cups milk chocolate chips (18 oz.)
72 JET-PUFFED GHOSTMALLOWS
HEAT oven to 375°F and prepare 24 baking cups with liners.
STIR together cookie mix and graham cracker crumbs in a large bowl. Add in melted butter and mix until soft dough forms. Spoon mixture evenly into two lined 12-cup muffin tins, pressing onto bottom and up side of each cup.
BAKE approximately 15 minutes or until set. Immediately sprinkle chocolate chips over crust and let stand for a few minutes until the chocolate begins to melt.
SET oven to broil. Place 3 GHOSTMALLOWS over melted chocolate on each cup and broil 20 to 30 seconds or until marshmallows are toasted and are beginning to brown. Cool 10 minutes.
Some cooking notes:
• For the Haunted S’mores Cups, you can use slightly less milk chocolate chips and added in BAKER'S White Chocolate for a yummy twist!
• For the Haunted S’mores Cups, if you would prefer to make bars, press the dough into an ungreased 13x9" pan and bake for 18-20 minutes. Let cool before cutting.
We can't wait to continue to celebrate October with these Halloween-inspired Kraft Foods products. With so many tasty and fun ways to add a little spooky touch to our lives, I have no doubt that the whole family will be eager to get into the kitchen to create even more delicious recipes no one will forget!
Are you feeling the Halloween spirit? Whether you are inspired to create your own new recipes or want to have fun browsing the large number of Kraft Halloween recipes, it is easy to find many Halloween snack, meal or dessert ideas that are creative, delicious and fun.
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Halloween Scream Cheese Brownies
Scream cheese brownies—see what we did there? All puns aside, these vividly hued brownies are ideal for the Halloween dessert table.
Article by Kraft TasteMaker Xenia Sundell. For more recipes and ideas, visit her blog at Thanks, Mail Carrier.
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