Halloween Treats: 1 Salty & 1 Sweet

Halloween Pumpkin Bon-Bon Cookies

Last year I volunteered to organize the fifth grade Halloween party for my daughter’s class.  Thankfully I was able to outsource entertainment:  one mom read ghost stories, and another parent brought scary music (but somehow the kids ended up doing the macarena instead).

I was happy to bring the food, since it would give me a chance to dress up our favorite bon-bon cookies like pumpkins.  The other snack we brought was frighteningly simple.  Here is what we did:

Cheddar Cheese Pumpkins

Cheddar Cheese Pumpkins

All you need is a pumpkin-shaped cookie cutter and sliced orange cheese, like colby or cheddar.

Cheddar Cheese Pumpkins

I was able to make about three pumpkins per cheese slice.  The kids and I ate the scraps for a snack later that day.

Cheddar Cheese Pumpkins

Keep them refrigerated until you need to transport (or serve) them.

The cheese pumpkins looked adorable and plain cheddar was instantly more tasty.

Pumpkin Bon-Bon Cookies

Halloween Pumpkin Iced Bonbon Cookies

If you’ve been reading this blog for any length of time, you know that we can’t resist making these buttery iced cookies on special occasions.  (Recipe for Bon-Bon Cookies.)


Because the cookies are round, it was easy to figure out how to dress them up like pumpkins.

Green gumdrops are cut to use as the pumpkin stem

We cut up green gumdrops for the stems.


We poked a hole in each cookie (with a wine stopper) before baking to hold the gumdrop stem.


We dipped the baked and cooled cookies in orange glaze.

Halloween Pumpkin Iced Bonbon Cookies

While the glaze was still wet, we tucked in a gumdrop slice.

Halloween Pumpkin Iced Bonbon Cookies

Oh man, I wish I could bite into that pumpkin right now.

Last night the kids and I had fun getting into a new Halloween tradition called ghosting.  After being ghosted ourselves (someone anonymously dropped a bag of candy and a poem about ghosting on our front porch), we began planning our secret mission.  We wrote poems, disguised handwriting, bought candy, donned dark hoodies, and hid behind bushes in the dark while one person rang doorbells, dropped the treats, and ran.  But shhhh — don’t tell it was us!

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  • Sofia Suardi October 17, 2013, 4:03 pm

    Hi Mama!
    It’s true, those bon-bon’s are irresistible-and you made my mouth water already. They are also so cool because you can dress them up for, like, any occasion-whether it is Halloween, for a new baby (light pink or blue ones), for the fourth of july (red, white, and blue ones), or for valentines day (pink and purple ones.)
    Love you,
    Sofia :)

  • Candy October 17, 2013, 1:34 pm

    Ghosting? That sounds like something I could really get into. I LOVE Halloween.

    Happy Haunting!


    • Amy October 17, 2013, 3:20 pm

      I know, isn’t it the funnest holiday, Candy? I love going around with the kids trick-or-treating and seeing all our neighbors and all the houses decorated and lit up in the dark.

      • Candy Lyons October 18, 2013, 9:52 am


        Be sure to come by our house. I love seeing all the kids dressed up as ghosts, goblins, witches, princesses, etc. So much fun!! I promise to have good stuff to give out.


  • Courtney October 17, 2013, 12:48 pm

    I like this “ghosting” ideaa – can you share the poem? Also, just wanted to say you look great – healthy and happy – five kids and all!

    • Amy October 17, 2013, 12:51 pm

      Hey Courtney,

      I think “ghosting” is fun too. Here is the poem that someone left us. (My daughters wrote another one, but this one gives you a good idea.)

      Boo! You’ve Been Ghosted!

      In the dark of the night, we left you a treat
      The tradition is fun, we hope you’ll repeat!
      Please take this note, and post on your door,
      To let others know, you’ve been ghosted galore!
      Now gather some treats, and deliver them soon,
      Within two nights, under the light from the moon.
      Include a “ghosted poem” with each treat you give
      And with your generous heart, this tradition will live.

      Have fun,

  • Page October 17, 2013, 11:13 am

    These are so cute and yummy! Just found your blog and love it. :)

    • Amy October 17, 2013, 12:13 pm

      Hi Page,

      So glad you found me. Thanks for saying hello. :-)


  • Meera October 16, 2013, 10:55 pm

    Love the new tradition! Will make the yummy cookies with the kids this weekend.

    • Amy October 17, 2013, 12:13 pm

      Hi Meera,

      Yay — let me know how they come out!