This Halloween is sure to bring out the ghosts and ghouls and get together. Whether at your place or others I’m sure a holiday themed sweet will be welcome. But, Halloween is tomorrow and you don’t have a dessert to bring yet! Well, if that’s you, you have come to the right blog post. With less than an hour total to make (most of that you don’t have to do anything) you’ll be finished in no time.
It was a fun challenge to try to think up something that was quick, tasty, and easy. That trifecta took lots of planning and thinking. As easy as the end result is, thinking it up was not so much. Glad to say I can be proud of what was made. I’m sure there are some similar recipes out there, but none that were quite the same (from my research at least)!
This sweet peanut butter based treat is similar to buckeyes but with white chocolate and some creative shaping to make spooky ghosts. The two most challenging things about this recipe would be getting the shape right and dipping them in the chocolate. While the shaping isn’t too difficult it takes a tiny bit of finesse to get the shape juuuuuust right. Basically I just rolled the peanut butter into balls, then ovals then played with the ‘tail’ end to get it right. The hard part about dipping them in the chocolate is doing it quick enough that the chocolate doesn’t melt the peanut butter mixture and that the chocolate itself doesn’t over cool and stiffen up. Another note: Putting on the eyes and mouth can be a little difficult but not too bad. Just be careful, and don’t sweat over small mistakes, they’ll turn out fine.
I tried to keep the ingredients as simple as I could to streamline the easiness of this treat. I was happy to get it down to about six ingredients. That includes: Peanut butter, powdered sugar, white chocolate morsels, butter, vegetable shortening, and food coloring. That’s it, hopefully you have most of those things in your cupboard already and might not even have to take a run to the store!
A final note: I use red food coloring in here, but if you prefer another color by all means use it. Black, green, orange, anything you can think. Mix it up if you’d like! I had originally tried using the white chocolate mixed with the food coloring but just couldn’t get that deep red I wanted. I was worried as food coloring can be bitter but it’s such a small amount you don’t even notice it.
Hope you try this out if you’re in need of something quick, let me know of your results! Enjoy! 🙂
Easy Halloween Peanut Butter Ghosts Treats
Simple, tasty Halloween treat that takes hardly any ingredients and even less time and effort!
- 1 cup creamy peanut butter
- 4T melted butter
- 2 1/2 cup powdered sugar
- 1T vegetable shortening
- 1-12oz bag of white chocolate morsels/chips
- red food coloring
- Step 1 Prepare baking sheet with wax paper.
- Step 2 Mix butter, peanut butter and powdered sugar together.
- Step 3 Mold into ghosts. I started by rolling into a ball, than an oval that tapers at one end and curling the “tail” up a little. Line on prepared baking sheet.
- Step 4 Throw sheet into freezer for 10 minutes or refrigerator for 20.
- Step 5 Set up a double boiler with a pan and a glass or metal bowl to melt white chocolate and shortening together. Alternatively, microwave white chocolate and shortening in microwave safe bowl for 30 seconds at a time stirring until melted (for a total of 2 to 3 minutes).
- Step 6 Take chilled peanut ghosts out and use two forks to gently dip and coat in chocolate. Remove and gently shake off excess and place back on baking sheet. Repeat until finished.
- Step 7 Chill again for 5 minutes in freezer or 10 in fridge.
- Step 8 Place a blob of food coloring on a paper plate and grab a few toothpicks. Carefully use the toothpick to dip in food coloring and place 2 eyes and a mouth on the ghost. Be as creative or as simple as you’d like.
- Step 9 Chill until ready to be served. Enjoy!