Scary-Sweet Halloween Treats

Halloween is coming in just a few short days and I'm so excited. I always get really geeked over themed food. It's a little ridiculous!

But this year, it's even better. You see, this year we have these awesome new collections focused on super-fun holidays. That means I don't have to do any digging for cute new recipes. Tastefully Simple has done it for me! There are even Pinterest boards full of tips and ideas. 

Our new Happy Halloween Collection includes two different menu options for a Halloween party. Both include fun Halloween recipes. The Monster Mash menu includes cute treats for the little monsters while the Ghoulish Gala menu includes ideas for a more grown-up crowd. 

These Salted Caramel Coffins are from the Ghoulish Gala menu, but your kiddos would enjoy them too! Here's how you make them. 

Start by preheating the oven to 350°. Then line a 9 x 13 baking dish with foil. Make sure the foil comes up and over the edges to form "handles." You'll see what I mean in a second. 

Then, prepare the Salted Caramel Bar Mix as directed on the package with one exception. When it comes time to bake the crust, bake for 20-25 minutes (instead of 25-30 minutes as directed on the package). After spreading on caramel, cool completely. 

Salted Caramel Coffins Prep

When the bars are cool, use the foil "handles" to carefully remove the bars from the baking dish. Cut bars into rectangles - about 2 x 3-inch each. 

Diagonally trim the corners of each rectangle to create coffin shapes. 

Salted Caramel Coffins Prep

Place each coffin on a wire rack over a baking sheet. 

Place Sea Salt Fudge Sauce in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on high for 30 seconds, and stir. Spoon fudge sauce over each of the coffins; make sure to coat the sides. 

Salted Caramel Coffins Prep

Refrigerate these until they're firm. They will remain slightly tacky.

Using decorator gel with writing tips, write R.I.P on each coffin. 

Salted Caramel Coffins Prep

That's it! I know there are a couple more steps than your average cookie or bar, but these are definitely worth it. They're so fun ... and so delicious!

Cheers to a fun Halloween!

 - Anna

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Salted Caramel Coffins

Ingredients

  • Salted Caramel Bar Mix
  • ¾ cup (1½ sticks) + 1½ Tbsp. softened butter, divided
  • 3 Tbsp. milk
  • 1 jar Sea Salt Fudge Sauce
  • Decorating gel or frosting for writing

Directions

Preheat oven to 350°. Line a 9 x 13 baking dish with foil long enough to go up and over the ends, creating "handles." Prepare Salted Caramel Bars according to package directions. Bake for 20-25 minutes. Cool completely.

Using aluminum foil handles, carefully remove bars from baking dish. Cut bars into 2 x 3-inch rectangles. Diagonally trim the edges of each rectangle to create coffin shapes. Place coffins on a wire rack over a baking sheet.

Place Sea Salt Fudge Sauce in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on high for 30 seconds; stir. Pour and spread over and down sides of bars. Refrigerate until fudge is firm. (It will remain slightly tacky.) Using decorating gel with writing tips, write R.I.P. on each coffin.

Tips and Hints

  • These can be pretty small, but if you're headed to a Halloween party, you could try writing some of the guests' names, or their initials on these fun bars.
  • Don't worry about not covering the backs of the coffins. They lie flat so there's no need. And boy, would that be messy!
  • Want to take it one step further? Crush up some chocolate cookies to make "dirt." Place the coffins in the dirt and you're set.
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