Planning to do some entertaining this fall season?
We’ve got festive recipes boasting classic fall flavors and colors that you can serve this Autumn. They’re even perfect for your upcoming Halloween party.
Savory Pumpkin Dip served in a Pumpkin Bowl
Your guests will be drawn to this super yummy savory pumpkin dip because it's bursting with bright fall colors. Imagine the brown from the pecans, green from green onions, and the red from the bacon on a soft fluffy bed of orange!
Here's what you'll need:
- 1 (8 oz.) brick cream cheese, softened
- 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
- 1/4 cup chopped toasted pecans
- 4-6 slices of bacon, cooked until crispy. Chopped into bits.
- 3 green onions, thinly sliced
- 1/2 tsp. seasoned salt
- 1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
Stir the cream cheese, shredded cheddar cheese, pumpkin puree and salt until combined. Put some pecans, bacon bits, and green onions aside to use as a garnish before you serve. Mix in the rest of the pecans, bacon bits, and green onions into the creamy mixture.
To make your serving bowl, cut the lid off the pumpkin and scoop out the insides. Cut the pumpkin to the bowl height that will fit your dip. Spoon the pumpkin dip into the pumpkin bowl and sprinkle the pecans, bacon bits, and green onions that you put aside as garnish.
Serve with crackers or small pieces of crusty bread.
Buster’s Bark Ghost Cups
Almost too cute to eat…almost! These sweet dessert cups are a burst of flavors and textures. And they’re so Instagrammable too!
Here’s what you’ll need:
- 1 1/2 pound container Buster’s Bark
- 31/2 cups of milk
- 2 packages JELL-O (Dark Chocolate Flavor Instant Pudding)
- 1 tub (12 oz) Cool Whip (thawed)
- Candy Corn
- Ghost Peeps
- 1 Package of clear Plastic Cups
Crush Buster’s Bark in a zipper plastic freezer bag with a rolling pin
Pour milk into bowl. Add pudding mix. Beat with whisk for 2 minutes. Stir in 3 cups of Cool Whip and 1/2 of the Buster’s Bark.
Layer pudding mixture, crushed cookies, candy corn in cups. Add crushed bark to the top and add a Ghost or other Halloween Peep and large and small candy corns (use some pumpkin corns).
Candied Caramel Apples
You can top your caramel apples with so much more than just crushed peanuts. Bring some fun Autumn or Halloween colors to your classic caramel apples. Why not try one or a combination of the following:
- sprinkles in fall colors
- mini marshmallows
- caramel popcorn
- chocolate toffee candy bits
- crushed graham crackers
- Reese’s pieces – whole or crushed
- candy corn pieces
Here’s what you’ll need:
- 1/2 cup butter, cubed
- 2 cups packed brown sugar
- 1 cup light corn syrup
- Dash salt
- 1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 12 Popsicle sticks
- 12 medium tart apples, washed and dried
- Candy thermometer
- Your choice of toppings
Melt butter in a large saucepan. Add the brown sugar, corn syrup and salt. Cook and stir over medium heat until mixture comes to a boil which takes about 10-12 minutes. Stir in milk. Cook and stir until a candy thermometer reads 248° aka the firm-ball stage. Remove from the heat and stir in vanilla.
Insert Popsicle sticks into apples. Dip each apple into hot caramel mixture until coated. Sprinkle with or dip into your choice of toppings. Place on greased waxed paper until set.
Which one of these recipes sound like they’ll be your next favorite recipe and will most likely make an appearance at your next fall gathering? We’d love to know!
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