Hey my dear readers…..It is October and of course Fall and Apples and Squash and Pumpkin and….well, you get the idea.
We do have a change of seasons in Florida. albeit ever so slight. Have you ever stepped outside and just “smelled” Fall in the air? I have and it is definitely a bit crisper and cooler these days.
If I am talking too much about Fall, it is because I can’t help myself.
I do love all the seasons, but there is something about Fall that makes me want it to last and last and last.
But alas, it is only for a few short months… but there is so much good, comfort food just waiting to be made.
My kitchen loves the aromas and smells of Fall …especially when those wonderful cinnamon-y apples are baking in the oven between light flaky pie crusts.
Or a pot of soup with squash and pumpkin simmering in a crock pot.
OK…I don’t have all the bright oranges and yellows of Fall leaves outside, but I make up for it indoors with lots of Fall decor.
It is also a time for dress up for the little ones as they go trick or treating. Our church has a Harvest/Fall Festival which allows a safe way to celebrate this fun time and we feature games and food and costume contests with booths set up in the church parking lot!
I usually volunteer to make treats of some kind and this year I will fall back (no pun intended) on a tried and true “recipe” for a fun treat. I call them Happy Marshmallow Witches because they are not scary at all…they are happy!
And I don’t like scary! Ask the Captain what happens if he sneaks up on me! 🙂 But that is another post!
Children love these little treats of sugary goodness and granted one does not want to do a sugar overdose….moderation is the key….one can still enjoy a pick-a-part treat.
I found this recipe in an old Taste of Home Magazine many moons ago and it is still good to this day!
So combine your marshmallows, coconut, peanut butter cups and kisses and make little happy witches!
If not for your trick or treaters….then make them just for you!
Have a great day!
- 1/2 cup vanilla frosting, divided
- 36 miniature semisweet chocolate chips
- 12 large marshmallows
- 1 drop each green, red and yellow food coloring, optional
- 1/4 cup flaked coconut
- 12 chocolate wafers
- 12 miniature peanut butter cups
- 12 milk chocolate kisses
- For the face of each witch, place a dab of frosting on the bottom of three chocolate chips; press two for eyes and one for nose onto each marshmallow.
- For hair, combine green food coloring and a drop of water in a small resealable plastic bag; add coconut and shake well. Spread a small amount of frosting on sides of marshmallows; press coconut hair into frosting. Place 3 tablespoons of frosting in a small heavy-duty resealable plastic bag; tint orange with red and yellow food coloring. Set aside.
- For hats, spread some of the remaining frosting in the center of chocolate wafers; press peanut butter cups upside down into frosting. Lightly spread bottoms of chocolate kisses with frosting; place on peanut butter cups. Cut a small hole in the corner of pastry or plastic bag; insert a small star tip. Fill the bag with frosting and pipe stars around the base of each peanut butter cup. Secure a hat to each witch with a dab of frosting. Yield: 1 dozen.