It’s not a holiday without a feast. It’s not a Halloween feast without some gruesome recipes. We’re not talking about the taste, of course. Make sure you prepare some delectable yet gory Halloween recipes to keep up with the theme. The kids will definitely love the sweet treats and other dishes you prepare though they might get a bit of a scare first. Well, it’s Halloween so they’ll be fine.
Blood and Bone Cheesecake Cups
The Walking Dead’s Carol is a natural when it comes to putting down those nasty flesh eaters along with some evil human beings. She also loves baking goodies. But if she had her way, she’d probably prefer making gory Halloween recipes than face gory walkers.
The Blood and Bone Cheesecake Cups is one recipe Carol would likely be serving family and friends on Halloween. To make these eerie desserts, you’ll need your raspberry coulis first. Place 3 cups frozen raspberries and 6 tablespoons sugar in a saucepan and cook over medium heat for 5 to 7 minutes or until sugar is dissolved. Brush down sugar crystals with a pastry brush dipped in water. Remove from heat and cool. Puree in a blender or mash the mixture until smooth. Pass through a sieve or fine-mesh colander then set aside to cool.
Make your cheesecake by crushing 2 packs of Oreo biscuits and mixing it with 50 grams melted butter. Press the mixture to the base of serving glasses then chill for 10 minutes.
Whip together 500 grams full-fat cream cheese, 100 grams icing sugar, and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract. Fold through 200 ml lightly whipped double cream then add 1 to 2 drops pink food color and 1 drop brown food color or cocoa powder. This should give your cheesecake a flesh skin-like tone.
Pour 100 grams melted white compound chocolate in a Ziploc bag and pipe out bone shapes on baking paper. Once they’re set, poke some holes using a straw or skewer on the cheesecake along the edges of the glass.
Pour the raspberry coulis on the cheesecake making sure some goes down the edges of the glass. Stick the white chocolate bone through the cheesecake and store in refrigerator before serving.
Blood Drip Cupcakes
Delish offers a bloodcurdling dessert for your Halloween feast. To make the Blood Drip Cupcakes, you have to preheat your oven to 350° first. You can also prepare your cupcake pan now by simply filling it with liners. Also, start boiling some water.
For the actual cupcake, place 1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour, 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, 1/4 cup malt powder, 1 3/4 cups sugar, and 1 teaspoon each of instant coffee, baking soda, baking powder, and kosher salt in a large bowl. A stand mixer would really come in handy here but if you don’t have one, a large bowl and a hand mixer will do.
Add 2 large eggs, 1 cup buttermilk, 2/3 cup melted unsalted butter, and 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract. Beat on medium for 2 minutes or until the mixture is well combined. Afterwards, add 3/4 cup of boiling water then beat to combine.
Pour the mixture in the cupcake liners until two-thirds full. Place the pan in the oven and bake for 18 to 22 minutes. Insert a toothpick at the center of the cupcake to check if they’re done. Take the pan out of the oven then set aside to cool.
For the glass candy, line your baking sheet with non-stick silicone mat or aluminum foil. You can spray the foil with non-stick cooking spray for better results.
Combine 1/2 cup light corn syrup, 3 cups sugar, 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar, and 1 1/2 cup water in a saucepan and place over medium heat. Stir regularly until the sugar dissolves. Use a pastry brush and water to wash down the sides of the pan. This will remove sugar crystals that formed.
Place a candy thermometer on the side of the pan once the sugar syrup comes to a boil. Continue cooking and stirring occasionally until temperature reaches 300° F (150° C). Pour candy mixture onto the baking sheet. Spread into a thin layer then set aside for an hour, at least.
Once the candy has set, remove it from the sheet then break into shards. You can use a knife handle or simply bang it against your cutting board.
Start the finishing touches for your gory Halloween recipe by piping buttercream frosting on top of each cupcake. Insert the shards of candy glass into the frosting then pipe red food coloring gel on the sweet treat making it look like its dripping blood.
Spicy Cheddar Witch Fingers
Give new meaning to finger foods with gory Halloween recipes that recreate actual fingers such as the Spicy Cheddar Witch Fingers. Well, you’re not using actual severed human fingers but making finger-like treats for everyone to enjoy and probably be scared of.
Place 1/2 pound extra-sharp white cheddar cheese in a food processor and grate away. Add 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, 1 teaspoon kosher salt, and 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper. Next, add 1 cup all-purpose flour and pulse until it’s incorporated into the mixture.
Once the dough is ready, place it on your work surface and start kneading until smooth. Divide the dough into 36 pieces then shape each one into a finger, about four inches long. Lace the fingers on a couple of baking sheets lined with parchment paper. Brush them with egg wash made from 1 large egg yolk mixed with 1 tablespoon of water.
Then press a slice of almond onto the end of teach finger. You’ll need 36 sliced almonds, which is about 1/3 cup full. These almond slices will be the fingernails for your terrifying Halloween recipe. Refrigerate for 15 minutes.
Place the faux fingers in an oven preheated to 350° F and bake for around 25 minutes. Turn the pan around midway through the baking time. They’re done once they look puffed and golden. Let cool before serving.
Mummy Hot Dogs
They’re spooky and cute at the same time. Mummy hot dogs will certainly be a hit with the kids and adults, alike. Halloween recipes like this are the perfect gory treats for busy moms since they’re pretty easy to make.
First, preheat your oven to 350° F then prepare 1 (8-ounce) pack of crescent rolls. This is the easier and faster version. You can also make your own dough if you wish. Unwrap the rolls to make rectangles then press the perforations to seal them.
Make thin strips out of the dough using a pizza cutter or knife. Each strip should be around 1/8 of an inch wide. Wrap the hot dogs with the dough strips. Make sure there’s space near the top where you can see part of the hot dog.
Place in a baking sheet and bake for 14 to 16 minutes. Take out when they turn golden brown. Squeeze a couple of dots of mustard on the exposed part of the hot dog. The mustard dots should look like eyes on the mummy face.
If you’re pining for really gory Halloween recipe, look no further than sushi. Sushi brain, that is.
Start making this no-brainer of a Halloween dish by cooking some sushi rice and preparing your avocado. By now, you should know how to cut and peel a ripe avocado. If not, you should first slice it in half lengthwise around the seed. Twist the halves as you open exposing the pit. Remove the pit by simply scooping it out with a spoon or tapping it gently with a knife before pulling it out. Peel each half carefully.
Make 2 balls of cream cheese about the size of the pit. Stuff a ball in each of the holes on the avocado slices. Press the avocado halves for the cream cheese to stick together.
Grab your cooked and seasoned sushi rice, which should be cool by now, and pack it around the avocado. Summon your inner Michelangelo and sculpt the rice into the shape of a brain. Leave a little indentation at the middle of your faux brain.
Prepare your smoked salmon by slicing it thinly. Roll each slice irregularly then stick it onto the rice. Arrange the rolled salmon slices in a way that it will look like a brain. Leave the center salmon-free. Once done, wrap the whole “brain” in plastic wrap. Squeeze everything together to hide the rice on the sides.
Take the plastic wrap off then scoop the red tobiko or flying fish roe onto the indentation at the middle of the brain. Cover with a new piece of plastic wrap then press and fix the shape. Remove the plastic carefully. Serve with wasabi.
These are just five of the many gory Halloween recipes we can think of. Surely, there are lots more out there. If you have your own gruesome Halloween dish you want to share with everyone else, please feel free to do so. Check out Gentleman Pirate Club to find more recipes for every occasion.