Halloween Monster Eye Cookies

You guys…I am feeling like a crazy lady.  Halloween is not even here yet, and I am in the middle of setting up a Christmas tree for an upcoming project with Michaels.  People are really going to wonder about “that crazy neighbor” when they come Trick-or-Treating and spy the Christmas Tree in the window!  But, I will tell you what…it sure is making it fun and festive at our house.

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The kids had an activity earlier this week that we needed to bring a dessert too.  We decided to use our favorite “go to” cookie recipe (you can find the recipe here)…

{Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies}

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And since Halloween (not Christmas…hehe) is right around the corner we thought it would be fun to make them Halloween cookies by spookify-ing them a little bit.  So right after the cookies came out of the oven, we stuck some Rolo candies in the middle of the warm cookies and then stuck a candy eyeball on the top.  (We found the Wilton candy eyes in the baking section of our grocery store…I have also seen them at Walmart and Target).

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The warmth from the freshly baked cookie softly melts the chocolate on the Rolo which allows the Rolo to stick to the cookie and the eye to stick to the top of the Rolo without you having to do anything special to get them to stay on.

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And…who doesn’t love a little extra chocolate with your Peanut Butter?

If you can’t eat Peanut Butter…or just don’t like it…then these “monster eyes” can really be added to any other type of cookie.  So just substitute your favorite cookie recipe and suit them to your own taste!

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These cookies also make a great gift.  When they cooled, the Rolo hardened again, so it would be fine to wrap these up and give them away with a fun little note for Halloween…that is if they stick around long enough to cool…

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Toxic Treats—Halloween Treat Bags

Last week I shared with you these fun Halloween Treat Bags that I made with my Silhouette machine.  Today I want to share with you HOW I made them, so that you can make some too if you would like.

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If you missed it, I am also giving away a Silhouette Portrait and also offering some great discounts using my code IDEAROOM.  If you are interested in entering the giveaway or learning more about the discounts, you can do so here:

{Silhouette Giveaway and Promotion Details}

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I used Silhouette’s new Stamping Starter Kit and made this “Toxic Treats” stamp from an existing download from Silhouette’s online store.  Then I set my Silhouette to cut on the Stamping Kit settings which was a 9 on the blade and selected my Silhouette to double cut it.

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The stamp material cut very cleanly and I simply stuck the entire thing on the clear plastic stamp pad that comes in the kit.  Be sure to put it on so that the writing is backwards when you are looking at the bottom of the stamp.  When you stamp…you should be able to read it through the clear glass block like below.  (I only know this because I did it wrong the first time Smile)

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Peel away the excess parts of the stamp that you are not going to be using.  I used my small Silhouette hook to do this.

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I made the little treat bags out of some white paper bags I had.  I simply cut them out the size I wanted them…a bottom piece and a top piece…and then sewed them together with my sewing machine.

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Fill them with your favorite goodie or cookie.  Or fill them with some of my fun Monster Cookies.

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There are some other fun options very similar to the Toxic Treats stamp you could make.  There is one that says “Boo to you!” that I think would make some really cute treat bags as well if you don’t want something that uses the word “toxic”.

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Use the treat bags as a fun décor item at your Halloween party, classroom party or give them as a small gift to a friend this Halloween season.

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New Year’s Eve game

*Update–The clock printables have been removed from the original source where I found mine stated in the post below.  I have added some that I was able to find that might work for you.  You can find them here:

Printable Clock Face 1

Printable Clock Face 2

Printable Clock Face 3

I thought I would share a simple game that I came up with to help entertain your kids (and even adults) during your New Year’s Eve Countdown party this year.  The whole premise behind the New Year’s Eve game is fairly straightforward and simple so even the youngest of children can play along with minimal help.

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We named it Rolling Around The Clock.  Simply because that is all you do. First off you will need some clock faces.  I found some fun free printable clock faces from White Life. They have the following four clock faces that you can download for free.

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If you download some, be sure to drop them a quick note and tell them thanks! Aren’t they so fun? They also print out the perfect size.

I printed them out onto some white Cardstock paper. You can also glue them onto some chipboard or cardboard to give them some stability. Adding a quick layer of Matte Finish Mod Podge will also seal them up nicely and keep them from ripping from little hands and overuse.

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I cut some thin strips of cardboard to make the clock hands.  I made one small for the hour hand and then one longer one for the minute hand of the clock.  I colored them black with a black permanent marker.

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Then I simply took some brads which can be found in any craft store that sells scrapbook supplies and used them to attach the hands to the clock face.

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Now that you have made your game pieces here are the rules for the New Years Eve game.

Roll Around the Clock Game Rules:

Each player will need their own clock face.  You will need two dice to play.  To begin each player will roll the dice.  The player with the highest number will go first.  Each player will start with their clock at 1:00. Then you will take turns rolling the dice.  To start out everyone will just roll one dice. You need to roll the time that is next on your clock and make it from 1:00 to 2:00 to 3:00 and so on all the way to 12:00 or Midnight.  The player needs to roll the number of the dice that corresponds to the next number needed.  After you have gotten to 6:00 you will begin to roll two dice to get the higher numbers. If you don’t roll the number you need, your turn will end and it is the next players turn.  The person who rolls to 12:00 first wins.

You can even add some strategy to the game if playing with older people.  For example, if someone rolls doubles they can choose someone to trade clocks with or choose someone to lose a turn.  Etc.

{Phew…that was tough…explaining the rules of play…if that doesn’t make sense, leave a comment and I will try to re-explain them. The game is much simpler than trying to explain it apparently}.

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I would love to hear if some of you end up making and playing this with your kids and family this year! My kids are excited, but I think that mainly has to do with the fact that they get to stay up past their bedtimes!!

And…one last thing…I made some Oreo Pops for New Year’s Eve…who is shocked?!  Haha! You knew it was coming right? But these have a special surprise inside.

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I am not going to take the time to write up a tutorial since there are so many other Oreo Pop Tutorials you can choose from, that I have already shared with you, to follow if you need one. (For example my Snowman Oreo Pops, Santa Belly Oreo Pops and my Mummy Oreo Pops) This is basically a Double Stuft Oreo covered in white chocolate with some sprinkles on it.  BUT…these are special because of what is inside of them…

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Exploding Candy!!

{I found mine at the Dollar Store…Pop Rocks will work too…I just couldn’t find any}

How fun huh?!  And…they really work! I simply removed the double stuff icing and put some melted chocolate on the inside of BOTH cookies.  Then I opened and poured a package of the Exploding Candy on one of the cookies right on top of the chocolate.  Stick the sucker stick on and then place the top cookie on top.  Then I let them harden by popping them in the freezer.  Then simply cover the Oreo with the chocolate and add some sprinkles.  For full instructions for making an Oreo Pop you can see these other tutorials.  For the little New Years Eve Cheers tag go here.

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These are so fun! I had to test one out to make sure it worked.  And they really do pop right in your mouth…like edible fireworks for your mouth!

Interested in our other New Year’s Eve posts? Check these out!

New Year’s Eve Photo Booth Props

New Year’s Eve Banner Printable

New Year’s Eve “Mint” Night Kisses (coming soon)

New Year’s Eve Countdown Bags

New Year’s Eve Game

Witch Oreo Pops

Two DAYS left…Need a last minute Halloween Food idea? Of course you do! These are the last installment of my Halloween Oreo Pop Series! Whew! I bet you thought these were never going to come to an end. Hehe! No worries…dreaming up a lot more!  These were probably the most challenging.

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Take your Double Stuft Oreos and insert a stick between the two cookie layers.

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Dip them into your melted Green Candy Melts from Wilton.  Be sure to cover the edges and the stick very carefully.  Set on wax paper.  Add your eyes.  I used some candy eyeballs also made by Wilton.  You can give her a nose by breaking the tip off of another Bugle chip and dipping it into your green candy melts and place it on her face with a toothpick or your fingers.  Pop in the freezer.  While they are hardening, take a Bugle chip and dip it into some melted chocolate.

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I used some sucker sticks to stand them in some styrofoam so that they could harden.  Then while they are hardening, dip one side of the Oreo cookie without the frosting into the chocolate and set on the wax paper to harden as well.  Then when all is hard, dip the bottom of the cone of the Bugle chip into some melted chocolate and set it on top of the Oreo cookie or the brim of the witches hat.   Let harden.

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Drizzle some chocolate onto the top of the witches head and give her some hair.  Then set the hat onto her head.  Place the stick back into the styrofoam and let her harden.

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That’s all! Give her to some of your friends this holiday.

Thanks for all your fun comments on my blog redesign! You are all so sweet! Still a few things not quite finished but it is getting there!

I am spending the morning dejunkifying some rooms and then heading to a couple of fun Halloween celebrations this evening!

What are you up to today?

Halloween Oreos—Spiders

I had the realization recently that pretty much the only Halloween related posts I have shared this season are treats…of the Oreo persuasion. That is sad…really sad. I do have to tell you that I have not eaten any of them. I am TRYING to reduce the amount of sugar in my life right now. But I lay awake at night and close my eyes and see Oreos and try to come up with lots of different versions of them to create. Is there a 12 step program for people like me? Anyways…here is the latest version of my Halloween Oreos…the Spider…cause you can never have enough fun Halloween food…right?

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These might be one of my favorites. I am not sure why. I used some fun icing eyes that I found at Target the other day in their baking aisle. They are made by Wilton and just give him some extra character.  I dip each Oreo by taking a spoon of the melted chocolate and pouring it over the Oreo.  Turn the Oreo around in one hand and drizzle the chocolate over it with the other hand. Make sure to get all around the stick and around the middle of two cookie layers.

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Then place on wax paper. I took some fun colored licorice which was also found at Target and cut them into 8 small pieces for the spider’s legs.

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Then push them gently, but firmly into the sides of the Oreo…four to each side.

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Before the chocolate hardens add some eyeballs.  You can also use M&M’s or mini chocolate chips to make the eyes if you can’t find the Wilton eyeballs.

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Pop into the freezer until you are ready to wrap them up and gift to someone or until you are ready to eat them with a friend.

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Spider Webs are not included or recommended in the assembly process…

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Look at those beady eyes…just like a real spider. Have I told you how much I despise real spiders? Remember this post a while back? I share a couple of my “favorite” spider encounters with you…*shudder*!! I think these chocolate covered Oreo Spiders almost make up for my irrational fear of the real ones…

well almost!

I can’t believe Halloween is in less than a week!

Halloween Oreos—Mummy Treats

Do you need another ideas for some fun Halloween Snacks? Today I am sharing my newest version of Halloween Oreos today!  This time, I decided to make some Mummy Treats.  I actually have two more versions of these Halloween Oreos to share with you and those will be coming later this week.  It has been all about the Double Stuft Oreos around here lately.  Then I promise not to post any more…for a while that is.

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Just like the others, these are pretty simple to make and don’t require anything special. 

Just the following ingredients are needed:

Double Stuft Oreos

popsicle sticks {or sucker sticks}

white chocolate {melted}

mini chocolate chips

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Simply place the sticks in between the two layers of cookie.  Dip the Oreos into the melted chocolate.  Instead of dipping, I tend to spoon it onto the Oreos paying close attention to completely covering where the cookie and the stick come together.  This will ensure the cookies stay together and don’t fall off of the stick. 

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Lay the completely chocolate covered Oreos onto some wax paper and add some mini chocolate chips for the eyes.  I will sometimes cut the pointy tip off of the mini chocolate chips with my kitchen shears so that the eye will lay flat on the Oreos.

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Let them harden by popping them into the freezer for a few minutes.  While they are firming up, fill a small plastic baggy with some melted chocolate and cut the end of one of the bottom corners of the bag off.  Use the bag to pipe thin lines of chocolate over the mummy to give him some three dimensional bandage wraps.

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Pop them back into the freezer until ready to serve or package up for a fun little treat.

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Share with your friends or add them to your party table for your guests to enjoy.

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Need some other Oreo Pop ideas? 

Check out some of these past Idea Room ideas…

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Minnie and Mickey Mouse Oreo Pops

Frankenstein Oreo Pops

Eyeball Oreo Pops

Snowman Oreo Pops

Snowman Oreo Puddles

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Easter Bunny and Duck Oreo Pops

Graduation Oreo Pops

Apple Oreo Pops

Reindeer Pops

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Turkey Oreos

Bat Oreo Pops

Pumpkin Oreo Pops

Rice Krispie Bar—Halloween Ghosts

Do you still need a quick and easy Halloween treat for a classroom party or to give out to your friends and family? Whip up some of these super easy and super adorable Rice Krispie Bar Treats in the shapes of Halloween Ghosts.  A fun and easy twist on the ever popular Rice Krispie Treats. And…it’s on a stick!! You know how much I love that!

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Now, I wish I could take credit for these cute treats…but I can’t.  My super creative neighbor (you know who you are Smile) is my daughter’s church activity day leader and she made these for a fun Father and Daughter Halloween Party earlier this week.  Luckily I have trained my family well enough to know they can NOT eat the treats until mom gets a picture of it…sad but true!

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To make them you will just need to whip up a batch of Rice Krispie Treats.  The recipe is on the back of the box of Rice Krispies.  Or you can find the original recipe for Rice Krispie Treats on Rice Krispies.com.  Spread them out into a jelly roll pan so they are fairly flat.  You will also be able to get more ghosts this way.  Take a cookie cutter shaped like a tombstone and cut out the ghosts as close to one another as possible when the Rice Krispies have cooled a bit but are not hard.  Transfer each ghost to wax paper and insert a sucker stick into the bottom of the ghost.  Let them fully harden.

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Then dip the tops of each ghost into some melted white chocolate or almond bark and add a couple of mini chocolate chips for the eyes.  Let the chocolate harden before wrapping up or serving.  Aren’t they so much fun?  Go ahead and make some for yourself.  I think I found the perfect treat to take to my son’s class for his birthday treat next week!

Thanks H!!

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Halloween Desserts—Pumpkin Oreo Pops

Ummm…yep…another version my of Oreo Pops for some fun Halloween Snacks and party ideas.  This time we made some Halloween Pumpkin Oreo Pops.

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Here are the supplies you will need to make them:

Wilton Candy Melts in Orange and Green

Double Stuff Oreos

Black Licorice (or Pretzel Sticks)

Popsicle Sticks

Mini Chocolate Chips

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Stick the popsicle sticks in between the two cookie layers of the Oreos and set them aside on some wax paper.  Melt your orange candy melts in the microwave in 20 second intervals until it is melted to a smooth and creamy consistency. Now “dip” the Oreos into the orange candy melts. I don’t actually dip them but rather take a spoon and smooth it onto the front of the Oreos.  Then smooth the candy melt around the sides and onto the back of the Oreo. Be sure to do around the stick very well as this will be sure to hold them together when they have hardened.  Lay them onto the wax paper and add some mini chocolate chips for the eyes and the mouth.  Then to make the stem, I cut a piece of black licorice…but you could also use a pretzel stick.  Then pop in the freezer for a few minutes.

Melt the green candy melts and then take the pops out of the freezer and add some leaves onto your pumpkins.  I just drizzled a little leaf shape on the top.  Pop them back into the freezer.  After 20 minutes, they should be ready to share!

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Do you have a favorite?

Need some other ideas for fun Halloween Snacks and Oreos on a stick?  Check out these past ideas…

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Minnie and Mickey Mouse Oreo Pops

Frankenstein Oreo Pops

Eyeball Oreo Pops

Snowman Oreo Pops

Snowman Oreo Puddles

Easter Bunny and Duck Oreo Pops

Graduation Oreo Pops

Apple Oreo Pops

Reindeer Pops

Turkey Oreos

Bat Oreo Pops