Spooky recipes with grown-up twists: candy apples with brandy. Cashew brittle with chiles.
Halloween treats are too much fun for kids to have all the fun: sorry, kids. These treats have a nice grown-up kick that will spice things up at your next Halloween party—and they're lighter, too.
Use gingerbread cutters to make spooky skeletons out of these scary-good Bittersweet Chocolate Cookies. You can also use 2
1/2-inch cat or bat cutters, if you prefer. Look for meringue powder at craft stores or in the craft section of some big-box
View Recipe: Bittersweet Chocolate Cookies
Apple cider, Red Hots candies, and brandy provide a perfect, bloody coating for Granny Smiths. Tip: Wash the apples well to
remove any waxy coating, and dry thoroughly before dipping them. Work quickly, but if the syrup begins to set, you can reheat
it over low heat to liquefy.
View Recipe: Cinnamon-Cider Candied Apples
Devilishly divine Peanut Butter Caramel Corn would tempt Jenny Craig, the saint of dieters.
View Recipe: Peanut Butter Caramel Corn
Sharp shards of crisp Thai Cashew Brittle combine salty cashews and hot chile paste.
View Recipe: Thai Cashew Brittle
It's easy to make spiderweb designs on cupcakes: Simply pipe concentric circles and drag a wooden pick through wet frosting
to create a webbed effect. No bourbon? Use water instead in the frosting.
View Recipe: Chocolate Spider Cupcakes
Don't forget the drinks! Welcome guests to your home with a warm cup of spiced cider spiked with brandy.
View Recipe: Spiced Cider
Prepare a batch of this smoky-sweet mix to have on hand when visitors drop by. Or pack them into jars to give as gifts.
View Recipe: Orange Chipotle-Spiced Pecan Mix
Named for the abstract expressionist's signature paint-splattered canvases, these apples make great Halloween treats. Green
Granny Smiths go well with the sweet white and bittersweet chocolates, but use any apple you like. Look for wooden sticks
at craft supply stores, or use forks instead.
View Recipe: Jackson Pollock Candied Apples
This is a timely concoction for a party: Simply prepare the gingered sugar syrup (step 1), and refrigerate it until you're
ready to shake and serve the cocktails.
View Recipe: Gingered Pear and Brandy Cocktail
Vampires won't be crashing this party. The wonderful mild flavor and deep aroma of roasted garlic will suffuse your whole
house, and the tender braised chicken is comfort food for almost everyone.
View Recipe: Chicken with 40 Cloves of Garlic
Maple syrup provides a touch of sweet, while ground red pepper adds heat to this quick and easy appetizer. A heatproof spatula
works best to combine and spread the ingredients into the pan.
View Recipe: Maple-Chile Popcorn
After the kiddies retire to inventory their candy haul, grown-ups can drink from our Black Cauldron—a spiked ice-cream float
that bubbles and burbles.
View Recipe: Black Cauldron