When I was young, my mom would tell me about her experience as kid going out on Halloween night in the 1950s. She told of how people would pass out homemade cookies and popcorn balls, candied apples, and full-size candy bars. These days, it's just not socially acceptable to pass out homemade cookies due to so many food allergies and dietary preferences. Trick-or-treaters expect to reach into that big bowl of store-bought candy. But this doesn't stop me from making my family and friends homemade treats on Halloween. They've now come to love and ask for these treats every year as Halloween approaches.
I've rounded up a few of our favorite Sparkle recipes that would be great for a Halloween party or treat for your loved ones this autumn.
Grandma Mary's Peanut Butter Balls (Buckeyes)
These peanut butter balls are for the peanut-butter-cup-lovers. They are even better than Reese's cups since they are bite-sized — so you can pop the whole thing in your mouth at once! Or your can put them on sticks for a party platter. Either way, make a double batch — they'll be gone in minutes.
Popcorn balls are by far my favorite treat at Halloween. I love how they are sweet, salty, and crunchy and they don't make a melty, sticky mess. I know these will be on your to make list every year, too.
Here's an oldie but a goodie: rock candy. This is a fun one to make with kids. It can also become an edible science experiment. You can change the colors to make them coordinate with your Halloween decorations, too!
Fairy Fort Cupcakes
These cupcakes will definitely bring a bit of fairy magic to your Halloween celebration. They look like a hill of grass with flowers!
Starry Night Chamomile Shortbreads
These cookies are great for the non-candy, non-chocolate-lover at Halloween. They are also filled with chamomile and will help to calm and relax your kiddos after a night filled with excitment.
These are gluten-free and such a fun treat for younger children — and older kids and adults too. Decorate them as simply or as fancy as you like.
These are "so so so so good!" as Sylvia would say. Made with just real fruit, these are super-healthy but sweet and satisfying. You can make them with any fruit you like that's in season!
I think these are the most magical of all our cookies. They are light and airy and sparkly! This is a great one to make with the kids as they can choose the frosting color and put on the sprinkles. Make them orange or red or yellow — or even black for a spooky treat!
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About the Author
KC is a full-time radical homemaker and mama to two spunky little girls. She writes about all kinds of radical goodness, from gardening and cooking with whole foods to crafting, sewing, homeschooling, and mama musings. Read more on her blog The Nettlesome Life.