October 30th

Halloween Treats


Halloween is one of my favorite holidays and even rivals Christmas! Given that it falls on a Friday this year, there is every reason to go all out! Below are two of my favorite halloween themed treats!

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INGREDIENTS

  • fresh blackberries
  • 1/2 cup gin (i like hendricks or plymouth)
  • 3 tablespoons agave
  • juice of 2 limes
  • sparkling wine
  • fresh thyme

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Add 16 blackberries to a cocktail shaker, mash with a muddler. Fill cocktail shaker with ice, add gin, agave and lime juice.
  2. Shake vigorously.
  3. Fill a highball with ice.
  4. Strain blackberry mixture into glass, filling it 1/3 of the way.
  5. Tilt glass and careful pour sparkling wine over the top, letting it float on top of the blackberry mixture.
  6. Garnish with blackberries, lots of thyme, straws and creepy candy

 

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INGREDIENTS

  • 1 1/2 stick of butter
  • 2 ¼ cups of sugar, divided
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 (1oz) bottle of red food coloring
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract, divided
  • 1 ½ cup all purpose flour
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 4 oz (1/2 8 oz package) of cream cheese
  • 2 egg whites

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Line bottom of 9x 13 in baking pan with parchment paper and set aside.
  3. In a large microwave safe bowl, melt butter and chocolate on high for 2 minutes, stirring in 30 seconds intervals until smooth.
  4. Remove from microwave and stir in 2 cups sugar, add 1 egg at a time mixing together until blended after each addition.
  5. Stir in food coloring and vanilla extract.
  6. Gently stir in 1 ½ cup floor and salt until well combined, pour batter into prepared baking pan.
  7. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat cream cheese and remaining ¼ cup of sugar at medium speed until fluffy. Add in egg whites and remaining 1 tsp. of vanilla extract and beat until well blended. Stir in 2 tbsp. of flour until smooth.
  8. Drop cream cheese mixture in large spoonfuls over the red velvet mixture in pan, then gently swirl with a knife.
  9. Bake at 350 for 30-35 minutes or until a inserted wooden toothpick comes out clean from the center.
  10. Let cool remove brownies from pan and cut into squares

 

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