While the fall is one of my favorite times of the year, it’s also a significant time of year in most people’s lives. It’s the start of a new school year, and the start of college and NFL football. The start of the season that means no more swimsuit, and no more white clothes. It’s the time of year when the chips, dips, wings and things flow. Halloween is around the corner, and the air gets crispy cool. The air finally starts that slow and steady chill, and soon the scarves and coats come out. Before you know it follows Thanksgiving and Christmas, and then soon follows the New Year. The one thing I can tell you that weighs on a lot of our minds, is the thought of the pounds we are surely about to gain to our hips around this time!
It’s the season of the bountiful casseroles, the smoked turkeys, the candy, and fun holidays. The season of dinner parties, the many desserts, and scrumptious tasty treats. It’s the time of the year when I start dusting off all of my favorite recipes for all of my favorite dishes. Labor Day is, indeed, the day that starts the ‘Season of The Pounds‘.
In honor of the season that is now upon us, I am posting one of my favorite Halloween treats: Peanut butter cookie pumpkins.
peanut butter cookie dough
green, orange, and black melting candies
Bake your cookie dough in an 8 inch dish on 350 for 15-18 minutes. When the center is done and the cookie is getting a golden brown on top, it is time to pull. Place the dish on a cooling rack and allow to cool for an hour. Cover a baking dish with wax paper.
Crumble the cookie into a bowl, and add a half a can of frosting, and a half a bag of chocolate chips. Mix together well. Roll up the mix into 1 1/2 inch round balls. You should have 15 of these. Place these into the refrigerator and let set for an hour.
After chilling for an hour, mix up your orange candy melts by microwaving every 30 seconds and stirring until completely melted.
Take your pretzel halves and dip into candy melts, and then place into the cookie ball. Allow them time to chill again, 10 minutes in the fridge.
After this, it is now time to dip your Halloween Cookie Balls! One at a time, dip the ball and swirl the orange frosting around them. This takes a little practice. I found out quick that using a knife or a spatula with slightly cooled candy melts works the best, and toothpicks to help smooth things out.
Once you have finished, it is time to decorate! You can do lots of fun things! Make faces, and be silly. My oldest daughter had such a blast decorating the cookie balls once they were ready. Note, if you are using candy eyes, place these on before the candy melts harden. Then have fun and decorate away!