Creative desserts and cookies, with a little added creep factor, are a great way to impress or even weird out your friends and family at Halloween.
Chocolate covered Oreos with skeleton faces create a bigger thrill than candy corn and store bought goodies for little ones. These are easy homemade treats that kids adore for this ghostly holiday.
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Skeleton Cookies for Halloween
Extra-spooky and special Halloween celebrations take a little effort and planning. As everyone knows scary treats and ghoulish foods are essential for memorable Halloween holiday bashes. This is especially true when stay-at-home parties are on the cards.
In Ireland, the original home of Halloween, people love to celebrate the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain. Irish immigrants to America shared this ancient celebration with their neighbors in their new homeland. Ever since Halloween has taken on a whole new level of significance all the way across the United States.
Around this corner of the internet we love Samhain celebrations, All Hallow's Eve events, or a good old Halloween party. Whatever name you choose, we love the Jack O Lantern, trick or treating, and bonfires here.
However, things will probably be a little different this year, so it's time to do something special at home. Over the coming days and weeks I'll be sharing a collection of homemade Halloween treats to help you get into the spirit of the holiday.
Dipped Oreos As Halloween Treats
Candy is one of the best parts of Halloween, but why wait until Halloween night to start making some scary good treats. You can make these skeleton cookies all month long, and have the kiddos help create and decorate these scary faces.
These homemade treats resembling Jack Skellington himself are made with melted chocolate and a little store bought decorative gel icing, in a tube with a pointed nozzle for easy application.
With these kid friendly, easy to make Halloween bites, you can easily transform Oreos or your favorite sandwich cookies into terrifying skeletons or ghosts.
All it takes is a little melted white chocolate, black icing and a runaway imagination.
Ingredients For Skeleton Face Cookies
Here's what you'll need.
- white candy melts
- Oreo cookies
- black cookie icing (in a dispensing tube).
You can't get easier or simpler than that.
Here are the utensils or kitchen equipment that you'll need.
- Glass bowl
- Fork and spoon
- Parchment or wax paper
Directions for Jack Skellington Style Dipped Cookies
Here's how I make these cookies. You’ll find step-by-step photographic instructions to help you recreate this recipe successfully. There are plenty of tips included along the way.
These skeleton inspired cookies are fun for children to make, but do supervise them as they melt the chocolate. No burned finger tips needed for Halloween.
Methods For Melting Chocoalate
First you'll need to melt the white chocolate or candy melts. You can choose the best method for your kitchen.
My favorite technique is using a bain marie for this task.
Simply place the chocolate candy melts in a heat proof bowl. Add water to a saucepan and sit the bowl over the water in the saucepan. Gently simmer the water until the chocolate discs melt completely.
Alternatively you can melt the chocolate using the microwave. Place the candy melts in a microwave safe bowl (glass is usally best). Microwave in 30 second increments until melted, stirring between each heating session.
Do not microwave in one long burst without stirring the chocolate as it melts. Mixing heps distribute the uneven heat generated by the microwave throughout the chocolate.
Dipping the Oreos in Chocolate
Use a fork to dip each Oreo in the chocolate. Balance the dipped chocolate Oreo on the fork and gently tap the fork against the side of the bowl to remove any excess chocolate from the Oreos.
You might need to use two forks to move the Oreo around in the melted chocolate and to ensure that the chocolate is evenly distributed and completely covering the Oreo.
Place the Oreos on a sheet of parchment or wax paper once coated. Leave them to set and dry completely.
Now it's time to let your imagination run wild. Create a skeleton face, or any other kind of scary face you can dream up.
Use a black gel icing or edible pen to create skeleton faces.
I like to use two deep blobs of black cookie icing to create eyes.
Then two little dots resemble nostrils, and finally it's time for a zig zag mouth.
Create an upturned arc of black for the mouth and criss cross it with little black lines to create this zipper effect.
Be sure to let your cookies dry completely before serving.
I hope you enjoy this taste of Halloween.
And some good news! These oreos can be made in advance and stored in an airtight container in the fridge for about 1 week.
Recipe Card for Skeleton Dipped Oreos
Here's the printable recipe.
Skeleton Face Cookies For Halloween
- 12 ounces candy melts
- 12 Oreo cookies
- cookie icing black gel
- Place the candy melts in a microwave safe bowl. Microwave in 30 second increments until melted, stirring between each heating session.
- Use a fork to dip each Oreo in the chocolate. Gently tap the fork against the side of the bowl to remove any excess chocolate from the Oreos. A spoon can also be utilized to help distribute chocolate to assure that the Oreo is completely covered.
- Place the chocolate dipped cookies on a sheet of parchment paper and allow to dry completely.
- Use a black gel cookie icing or edible pen to create a skeleton face on the surface of each cookie.
- Allow to dry completely before serving.
Nutrition Information is estimated based on the ingredients and cooking instructions as described in each recipe and is intended to be used for informational purposes only. Please note that nutrition details may vary based on methods of preparation, origin and freshness of ingredients used.
Halloween is a time for spooky treats and scary morsels. It's time to be afraid with these skeleton cookies, but to tell you the truth I'm most afraid of myself. I might demolish a whole plate load of these extra sweet and spooky treats all on my own-eeoh.
Thanks for stopping by to check out this Halloween recipe.
Slán agus beannacht,
(Goodbye and blessings)
Mairéad -Irish American Mom
Pronunciation - slawn ah-gus ban-ock-th
Mairéad - rhymes with parade
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