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Tricks and Treats With Designed Halloween Biscuits – Let's Bake and Celebrate!

The season of autumn is here and to many more importantly, we're inching closer to another Halloween. Our magazine will give you so many ideas and recipes for every part of the year, but Halloween treats are surely specific so let's learn more about them too!

Trick or treat, our dear readers! Do you remember celebrating Halloween as kids, which mask was your go to combination for parties or even going to houses looking for treats? Was it a witch, ghost, dracula mask or something completely different? We can say that our favourite memory was slicing pumpkins in different shapes that made scary faces, lighting a candle and decorating our houses.

If we are decorating a house, it could not go without Halloween biscuits, which are the main topic of this article. We would like to introduce you to different versions of biscuits you could bake to make your Halloween party on point, tell you something more about celebrating Halloween throughout the world and get to know more about history of this scary day – so stay with us!

Halloween pumpkin biscuits

Halloween Comes to America

The festival of Halloween was very restricted in frontier New England in view of the inflexible Protestant conviction frameworks there. Halloween was substantially more typical in Maryland and the southern provinces.

As the convictions and customs of various European ethnic gatherings and the American Indians coincided, a particularly American rendition of Halloween started to develop. The primary festivals included "play parties," which were public occasions held to praise the reap. Neighbors would share accounts of the dead, disclose to one another's fortunes, move and sing.

Did you know? More individuals, particularly recent college grads, are purchasing ensembles for their pets. 20% did as such in 2018, up from 16 percent in 2017. In the last part of the 1800s, there was a move in America to form Halloween into a vacation more about network and neighborly parties than about apparitions, tricks and black magic. When the new century rolled over, Halloween parties for the two kids and grown-ups turned into the most well-known approach to praise the day. Gatherings zeroed in on games, nourishments of the period and happy ensembles.

Guardians were empowered by papers and network pioneers to take anything "terrifying" or "peculiar" out of Halloween celebrations.By the 1920s and 1930s, Halloween had gotten a mainstream yet network focused occasion, with marches and town-wide Halloween parties as the included entertainment.By the 1920s and 1930s, Halloween had gotten a common yet network focused occasion, with marches and town-wide Halloween parties as the highlighted diversion.

Fun fact: Young ladies accepted that on Halloween they could divine the name or presence of their future spouse by doing stunts with yarn, apple parings or mirrors.

Nothing without biscuits! 

On Halloween, to keep ghosts away from their houses, people would place bowls of food outside their homes to appease the ghosts and prevent them from attempting to enter. 

Cosy autumn spices

As with the season it is in, Halloween cookies draw inspiration from autumnal offerings where stronger spices prevail upon late summer's freshness.

This is the comfort food which takes you in with its smell and cookies are leading its way into the Christmas time. When mentioned Halloween, what is the first food, that is also used as a flavour, that pops into your mind? We bet it is pumpkin! All kind of pumpkin treats and drinks make their appearance in autumn. Not only one of the most recognizable trademarks of the holiday with its many hollowed versions, but also all popular spice.

Halloween pumpkins

Among the most common autumn spices leading up to the Halloween, cinnamon, ginger and cloves seem to be firmly associated with the season, showing up in many of the recipes we associate with this time of year. The flavour of cinnamon is due to an aromatic essential oil; prepared by roughly pounding the bark, macerating it in sea water, and then quickly distilling the whole. 

Ginger produces a hot, fragrant kitchen spice. Powdered dry ginger root is typically used as a flavouring for recipes such as gingerbread, cookies, crackers and cakes, ginger ale, and ginger beer. Cloves are the aromatic flower buds of a tree and are commonly used as a spice – it pairs wonderfully with vanilla.

Ginger spice

A Halloween sweet treat

So, combining all these wonderful spices and flavours, what do we get for Halloween? Add apples and abundance of chocolate and you've got yourself ideal mixture of flavours for autumn and Halloween delights. Here's just one of the recipes we find horrifically tasty. Wonderful spicy iced pumpkin cookies that both kids and adults love! Enjoy them for dessert, afternoon tea or elevenses.

Iced Pumpkin Cookies                                     

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1/2 teaspoon ground cloves

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup butter, softened

1 1/2 cups white sugar

1 cup canned pumpkin puree

1 egg

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 cups confectioners' sugar

3 tablespoons milk

1 tablespoon melted butter

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preparation: 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, ground cloves, and salt; set aside.

In a medium bowl, cream together the 1/2 cup of butter and white sugar. Add pumpkin, egg, and 1 teaspoon vanilla to butter mixture, and beat until creamy. Mix in dry ingredients. Drop on cookie sheet by tablespoonfuls; flatten slightly.

Bake for 15 to 20 minutes in the preheated oven. Cool cookies, then drizzle glaze with fork.

To make glaze: combine confectioners' sugar, milk, 1 tablespoon melted butter, and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Add milk as needed, to achieve drizzling consistency.

Make these cookies special for Halloween, melt some dark chocolate or take prepared decorations, so you could weave your own spider web which goes perfectly with the light glazing. Have a scary, but fun Halloween and enjoy these sweet treats with your friends and family!

The most usual biscuit types for Halloween

Chocolate Chip Cookies

One type you could never go wrong with! Chocolate chip cookies were accidentally made and suddenly got worlwide fame and according to some researches there is almost no person who didn't ever try chocolate chip cookies. You can make them in many versions but one of the most special is, for sure, Halloween designed one.

As we have already mentioned, pumpkin is the most usual go to spice for Halloween biscuits. Moreover, pumpkins have so many health benefits and this holiday is the perfect time to include it in your diet. If you like pumpkin and chocolate, you'll love cake-like pumpkin chocolate chip cookies. Using pumpkin puree also allows you to use less fat than your typical cookie recipe.

Use your imagination and make chocolate chips into spiders!

  1. Preheat oven to 180 C / Gas 4.
  2. Combine flour, bicarbonate of soda, salt and baking powder in a large bowl; stir with a fork to mix ingredients well.
  3. Combine butter, caster sugar and brown sugar in a large bowl; beat with an electric mixer until smooth and creamy. Add eggs and vanilla extract and beat until smooth and fluffy. Add in flour mixture with a spatula, a little at a time until well incorporated. Fold in 250g chocolate chips until well combined.
  4. Spoon mounds of the cookie dough onto ungreased baking trays. Push about 3 to 4 chocolate chips onto each cookie, tip-side down, to make the spider bodies.
  5. Bake in the the preheated oven until edges are golden, 10 to 15 minutes. Cool on the baking tray for 1 minute before removing to a cooling rack.
  6. Melt remaining chocolate chips in a microwave-safe glass or ceramic bowl in 15-second intervals, stirring often, until melted. Transfer melted chocolate into a piping bag with a small tip and draw little legs on each side of the spider bodies to create spider legs.

Recipe from: http://allrecipes.co.uk/

Halloween chocolate chip spider biscuits

Shortbread Halloween biscuits

Shortbread is a not actually bread, it's a sweet, crumbly biscuit originated in Scotland in the 16th century when butter became commonly used. Today they are a popular treat all over the world and in The Complete Collection of Biscuit Types

Shortbread is a sweet, dense and rich biscuit. Bakers like to make these goodies because they are easy to bake and distribute. Legend has it that shortbreads originated in Scotland in the 16th century. It was around this time when butter became commonly used as an alternative to cooking fat. Shortbread is also known as the UK's greatest biscuit.

Did you know? It is also said that Shortbread biscuits bring luck to brides.

Due to shortbreads' texture, they are perfect for decorating. You can add vanilla icing which pairs perfectly, make drawings like little ghosts or spiders and there you go – you have a perfect Halloween treat.

Icing is a great product! It gives more value to your product for a relatively low price in ingredients. Icing makes many products more attractive to consumers. It gives a product a more impulse reaction to buy. Icings exist in many different forms, not only in name but also in application.

Halloween shortbread biscuit pumpkin

How do you make icing for cookies?

To decorate your cookies:
Outline each cookie with the outline icing, then use the fill icing to fill in the cookie. Use a toothpick if needed to move the icing around and fill in any empty spots. Place the cookies in a single layer in an airtight container and allow the icing to fully harden for about 24 hours.

The most usual icing decorations for Halloween:

  • Spiders
  • Grave drawings
  • Ghosts
  • Spider web
  • Pumpkins
  • Whiches

Let your imagination free and decorate!

Skeleton Halloween biscuits

Where to buy Halloween biscuits?

Some biscuit brands are making limited edition Halloween biscuits and we picked up the most popular ones to share with your. Oreo is one of the most popular biscuit brands that is well-known worldwide. They are also known for its special editions and of course, there is a limited edition for Halloween. 

Oreo Halloween Orange Colored Creme Chocolate Sandwich Cookies

  • This package contains 1 pack of Halloween trick or treat OREO cookie packs.
  • 5 unique cookie designs, same delicious spooky orange cookie cream filling sandwiched between two chocolate cookies that has been winning hearts (and stomachs) for over 100 years.
  • Enjoy the sandwich cookie you love, in a Halloween inspired package! With the same great chocolate cookie and OREO creme taste, this sweet treat is a delight.
  • This pack is perfect for sharing with Halloween trick or treaters, cookies for party mix, trick or treat bags or at the office.
  • Every Halloween OREO is stamped with 1 of 5 spooky designs and filled with orange-colored creme, making for a delightfully festive afternoon pick-me-up, shareable snack, or sweet treat.

Oreo biscuit

McVitie's innovation for this year!

McVitie's: The United Kingdom's Premier Biscuit also has it's festival edition. Jaffa Cakes and Digestives just got Halloween flavour makeovers! The sweet treat engineers over at McVitie's have given their cakes and biscuits a startlingly fun flavor makeover. 

The Jaffa Cake has been changed into a Zesty Orangey Cake Bar, loaded up with fiery orange on a purple wipe shrouded in dull chocolate. There are likewise Jaffa Cakes Fruity Blackcurrant Cake Bars, a blackcurrant seasoned wind on the original. And that is not all!

The McVitie's Funny Bones Chocolate Cake Bars are also innovative this year. Chocolate cream and milk chocolate and the Digestive's Cinder Toffee Flavor Slices are an ash tofee chocolate bested telight. Plus, for the cake lovers out there, you may be enticed by the McVitie's Funny Bones Sticky Toffee Flavor Cake. Yum!

Biscuits will be available at markets, for example: Tesco, Sainsbury's, Asda and Morrisosns and will cost just £1.

Kellogg's

You can make amazing treats out of Kellogg's cereals – for example little skeletons. This brand is special for Kellogg's Pop Tarts: They taste crazy good! Also we can't forget their specialty - cereals, out of which you can make also crazy good Halloween treats.

Directions:

  1. Combine crushed plain biscuits and melted butter into a large bowl
    2. Add cocoa powder
    3. Add condensed milk
    4. Add Coco Pops®
    5. Mix until well combined
    6. Layer the mixture on a baking tray and flatten
    7. Place in the fridge to chill
    8. Cut into skeleton shapes with a cookie cutter
    9. Decorate with white fondant
    10. Enjoy your Kellogg’s® Trick or Treat food!

Fun facts and trivia: How different countries celebrate Halloween?

Mexico

Day of the Dead (or Día de Muertos) is apparently Mexico's most popular celebration - it even has a spot on UNESCO's Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity list. Today, the Mexican occasion is related with All Saints and All Souls Day, yet some trust it really started from Aztec rehearses committed to the goddess of the dead.

While the celebration is feted the nation over, the festival is especially adored in the focal and southern locales. The customs of this three-day fete change territorially, yet there are various practices found all through the nation. These incorporate developing special raised areas to perished relatives, and visiting graves with contributions, for example, candy skulls made of sugar, biscuits, and containers of tequila and mezcal.

Haloween designed biscuits

Kawasaki Halloween parade in Japan

Toward the finish of each October for as far back as 21 years, almost 4000 costumed Halloween devotees from all around the globe have accumulated in Kawasaki, simply outside Tokyo, for the Kawasaki Halloween Parade, which is the greatest procession of its sort in Japan. Be that as it may, not every person can just participate in the celebrations. The Kawasaki Halloween Parade has exacting rules and guidelines for taking an interest, so you need to apply for section and pay an expense before the motorcade starts

Italy

All Souls Day is a religious affair in Italy where people remember their late loved ones, but people on the island of Sardinia have also celebrated Halloween for centuries by carving pumpkins. The locals call them "Concas de Mortu," which means "heads of the dead."

In spite of the fact that Halloween isn't especially famous in the vast majority of Italy, the little island of Sardinia has for some time been rehearsing conventions like those found in the United States. In certain pieces of the island, youngsters go entryway to entryway requesting desserts in the interest of spirits stuck in limbo.

Philippines: Pangangaluluwâ

Trick-or-treating is common in the Phillippines, but the country's traditional celebration usually takes place on All Souls' Day on November 1. Children take part in "Pangangaluluwâ," and go door-to-door singing songs in exchange for sweets.

Halloween treats

How will you celebrate this year?

Since we are all in a different phase due to pandemic, we will maybe not be able to have a party like we used to years before but you can always have your home party with your loved ones. Decorate your house, bake biscuits and celebrate Halloween.    

Which recipe would you choose? Do you like skeletons, spiders or icing-ghosts the most? Share your creativity with us at contact@biscuitpeople.com.

We honestly can't wait to see your versions! Trick or treat! :) 

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