TSGal Presents: Haunted Holidays

Greetings, Spooky Swagsters!

How excited is everyone about the big weekend of costumes and friends that is before us? I know I am ready!!! I have been prepping my kitchen to smell of nutmeg, sugars, pumpkins and the warmth of fall as our guests arrive and the trick-or-treaters come for their quick visits. For the grand finale of TSGal’s Haunted Halloween Party, I’ve decided that I will brew up a fresh pot of apple cider to go along with my grandmother’s recommended Oatmeal Raisin and Pumpkin Cookies.

To make the Oatmeal Rasin Pumpkin Cookies all you need is:

1 Large Mixing Bowl

1 Medium Mixing Bowl

1 Wisp/Egg Beater/Electric Mixer/Fork (Whichever tool suits your mixing desires)

1 Oven Preheated to 350

2 Lightly Greased Cookies Sheets

And for the good stuff:

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/3 cups quick or old-fashioned oats
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup 100% Pure Pumpkin (there are several brands this can be bought in.)
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup chopped walnuts
3/4 cup raisins

Now for the real magic:

MIX: flour, oats, baking soda, cinnamon and salt in medium bowl.

SLOWLY BEAT: butter, brown sugar and granulated sugar in large mixer bowl until light and fluffy.

ADD: pumpkin, egg and vanilla extract; mix well.

ADD: flour mixture; mix well. Stir in nuts and raisins.

SLOWLY ADD: the slowly beaten medium bowl; mixing well.

DROP: rounded tablespoons onto lightly greased baking sheets.

BAKE for 14 to 16 minutes or until cookies are lightly browned and set in centers. Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely.

Yields 48 cookies.

Estimated Times: Preparation – 30 minutes; Cooking – 14 minutes; Cooling Time – 15 minutes cooling.

As the cookies bake you can prepare the hot & fresh apple cider; here is a YouTube tutorial from Expert Village on my favorite fall beverage:

And voila! We’ve got a great way to wind down for the night and prepare for a sweet night’s rest.

Do any of you Swagsters have any recipes that make your spooktacular soirees a seasonal event that your friends and family do not want to miss? Or just a quick snack that is fun to have around the house as the costume’s start to flood your house?

I’d love to see your Halloween recipes, so please share them in the comments – we can have our own recipe exchange!