Halloween Treats

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Halloween Treats

Arianna Fowler, Contributor

Ever get a little peckish and don’t want to eat candy? Or are you just the type of person that doesn’t want to go out to get candy? Well, you too can have a nice hot or cold treat to snack on with the lovely breezes of October. Instead of trick or treat, it can be trick or sweet (puns). There’s all kinds of sweets that you can make during October: cookies, cakes, brownies, muffins, cupcakes, etc. Some people bake plain Halloween treats like pumpkin pie and/or cookies. Then there’s people that like to make pumpkin chocolate chip cookies. Either way many people make treats with pumpkin; after all, it is October.  Pumpkins are really seasonal during October, but we like to have pumpkin pie and cake year round, especially during Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. Here’s a recipe for Pumpkin Ginger Cakes:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1(3.4 ounce) package instant butterscotch pudding mix
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ½ teaspoon ground allspice
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped crystallized ginger
  • 1 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 4 eggs, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin puree
  1. Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease 24 muffin cups, or line with paper muffin liners. Whisk together the flour, pudding mix, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ground ginger, allspice, cloves, and crystallized ginger in a bowl; set aside.
  2. Beat the butter, white sugar, and brown sugar with an electric mixer in a large bowl until light and fluffy. The mixture should be noticeably lighter in color. Add the eggs one at a time, allowing each egg to blend into the butter mixture before adding the next. Beat in the vanilla and pumpkin puree with the last egg. Stir in the flour mixture, mixing until just incorporated. Pour the batter into the prepared muffin cups.
  3. Bake in the preheated oven until golden and the tops spring back when lightly pressed, about 20 minutes. Cool in the pans for 10 minutes before removing to cool completely on a wire rack.


It’ll take 20 minutes to prepare and cook it, and it will be ready to eat in an hour and thirty minutes! Enjoy your snack! For more recipes go to http://allrecipes.com/recipes/970/holidays-and-events/halloween/treats/.