Halloween Treats

One of my favorite childhood memories was laying all the candy out on the living room floor counting my loot while separating the candy I didn’t like and giving it to my dad while munching on my mom’s famous Ghost cookies and sipping Aunt Lori’s Homemade Hot Chocolate.

The author in a hula girl costume circa 1994 Halloween.

The cookies and hot chocolate have been coveted by all of our family members and have found their way into numerous care packages over the years. The time has come to share our family recipes.

Ghost Cookies
Makes 2 dozen cookies.

1 package of Nutter Butter Cookies
1 12oz. package of White Chocolate Chips
1 12 package of Semi Sweet Chocolate Chips

  1. Put out wax paper on the counter for the cookies to dry.
  2. Melt white chocolate chips according to package directions.
  3. Dip one Nutter Butter cookie into the chocolate, covering the cookie half way.
  4. Put on two chocolate chips for eyes and let dry. Repeat for entire package.
  5. Enjoy your spooktacular treat!

Aunt Lori’s Famous Hot Chocolate
Makes 45 servings.

10 cups of dry milk powder
4 ¾ cups of sifted confectioner’s sugar
1 ¾ cups of unsweetened cocoa powder
1 ¾ cups of powdered non dairy creamer

  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine milk powder, confectioner’s sugar, cocoa powder, and creamer. Stir till thoroughly combined. Store cocoa mixture in an airtight container. Makes about 15 cups mix, or enough for about 45 servings.
  2. For 1 serving, place 1/3 cup cocoa mixture in a coffee cup or mug, and add 3/4 cup boiling water. Stir to dissolve. Top with dollop of whipped cream or a few marshmallows, if desired.

Finally, I could not close out the blog post without posting the ever so yummy, my addiction…the amazing, Pumpkin Spiced Latte Recipe: The Crockpot Edition.

Pumpkin Spice Latte: Crockpot Edition
This will make enough for 2 people to have a big mug with a bit leftover. If you are having friends over, adjust the recipe accordingly. I used a 4-quart crockpot, but a small 1.5 quart will work with these amounts.

2 cups milk or soy milk
2 T. canned pumpkin
2 T. white sugar
2 T. vanilla (NOTE: This is not a typo. It asks for tablespoons.)
1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice OR 1/4 tsp. cinnamon, 1/8 tsp. cloves, 1/8 tsp. nutmeg, and a teeny tiny pinch of ground ginger
1/2 cup brewed espresso or 3/4 cup strong brewed coffee
Garnish with whipped cream (optional)

  1. Add the coffee/espresso and milk to the crockpot. Whisk in the pumpkin, spices, sugar, and vanilla.
  2. Cover and cook on high for 2 hours if everything is cold. Whisk again.
  3. Ladle into mugs, and garnish with whipped cream and additional cinnamon.

Enjoy all these tasty treats in addition to all the sugar your children will be collecting over the weekend! Happy Halloween!

–Kim Fletcher, Parenting Program Volunteer

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