DIY Halloween Treats + Pumpkin Carving

Despite lamenting the rent on my small one-bedroom apartment, I do love and take pride in my little space and I love any opportunity to have friends over. With Halloween right around the corner, I was dying to make (and eat) some cute, festive treats, so I had a pumpkin carving get-together complete with Halloween-themed sweets.

My kitchen is too small for more than one or two people to move around in at once, so I made all the treats ahead of time and just invited people to eat them and carve pumpkins. In a larger space, all of these treats would be fun to make with friends or young children – they’re customizable and easy to make (and all the ingredients are pre-cooked so kids can eat as they decorate).

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Ingredients for Hershey’s kiss witch hats, white chocolate pretzel pumpkins, and white chocolate peanut butter cracker mummies. Mmmm.

Once I got to looking on Pinterest I had a hard time narrowing down the treats I wanted to make, but I eventually settled on three: classic Hershey’s kiss witch hats, these white chocolate-covered pretzel pumpkins, and white chocolate-covered peanut butter cracker mummies.

I haven’t seen the white chocolate-covered peanut butter cracker cookies around on the internet but they are one of my absolute FAV treats to make. I made red, white, and blue ones for an Election Day party last year and pastel ones for Easter as a kid. They’re MUCH better than the chocolate-covered Oreos I’ve seen done so many times, but not anywhere near as popular.

So, without further ado, a how-to!

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My kitschy plate of mummies, witch hats, and pumpkins. Excuse my lousy food photography skills and appreciate the cheesiness of these treats.

How to make white chocolate-covered peanut butter cracker mummies:

What you’ll need:

  • Ritz crackers
  • peanut butter
  • white melting chocolate
  • mini chocolate chips

Step by step:

  1. Make peanut butter cracker sandwiches with your peanut butter and Ritz crackers.
  2. Melt your white chocolate. I didn’t have melting chocolate so I used white chocolate chips with vegetable oil to thin it. When melting chocolate in the microwave, make sure to go in 20-30 second intervals, stirring between.
  3. When your chocolate is thin enough, cover your cracker sandwiches in it. I usually place the sandwich in the bowl, use a fork to scoop up the chocolate so it covers the sides, then flip the sandwich over and pick it up on the fork.
  4. Shake the fork back and forth to get rid of any excess chocolate and smooth out the top.
  5. Place on a sheet of parchment paper and allow to harden/cool.
  6. Drizzle white chocolate over the cookies to create the mummy look, and attach two mini chocolate chips as eyes.
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Ritz peanut butter cracker sandwiches and the ADORABLE mummy results.

With the treats prepared, it was time to carve some pumpkins!

I haven’t carved a Jack-o-lantern since I was a kid so I was pretty unprepared this year. I remembered to grab some newspaper to lay out all over the floor, but struggled with too-big knives and too-small scooping spoons. I remember buying kits as a kid that included a skinny serrated knife (the slimmer the knife, the easier it is to cut curves) and a nice-sized scoop. Lessons for next year, I suppose.

I enlisted the help of my trusty Helper Cat, who deemed each pumpkin delicious.

Among the things I forgot were tea lights, so I haven’t seen these lit up yet, but they look precious all lined up on the porch steps. I’m pretty proud of my first Jack-o-lanterns since childhood, and between the pumpkins and the sugar high, it’s starting to feel like Halloween!

 

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