Sno-Cones for Halloween? Sure…just omit the ice, add some treats, streamers, glitter and a little spookiness, and here’s what you get…Paper Cone Halloween Treat Bags!
Edited: A link to the free printable tags I used are now HERE: http://www.sillypearl.com/2012/10/free-printable-halloween-labels.html
I got most of what I needed to make the treat bags, as well as what went inside, at Smart & Final.
I needed to make something for my girls’ Halloween Bake Sale at school this week, so I thought why not fill the treat bags with cookies made with candy. So I got caramel squares, butter and vanilla extract to make Salted Caramel Thumbprint Cookies. Plus I got some Rolos to add a shiny touch to the final packaging.
I had spotted these Sno-Cone cones a few months ago during my first shop for Smart and Final. They called out my name, as I said back then, and I knew I’d have to buy them someday for a craft. So glad my chance came along!
I also got some crepe paper streamers to embellish my cones. Check out my shopping story on my Google+ page.
So besides the cones and the crepe paper streamers (I ended up not using the green one), you’ll also need a sewing machine, glue, Halloween printables printed on cardstock (will show you in a minute), scissors, ribbon, glitter paint, regular hole punch, 2-inch and 1-inch round hole punches, and a foam brush.
So first I started ruffling the crepe paper streamers. I’ve seen this idea elsewhere, such as this one by Dana Made It. Basically, you just shove the streamer underneath the presser foot as you sew. I wish fabric was this easy to ruffle!
I made several different ones.
I also created some printable Halloween tags. The round ones are for some spooky embellishment, and there’s also a tag saying what’s in the bag, for the bake sale. I will have these available in a ready-to-print format for you soon. The round ones are punched out with a 2-inch round punch, and I just cut the rectangular labels with scissors. EDITED: The free printables are now available HERE: http://www.sillypearl.com/2012/10/free-printable-halloween-labels.html
First I glued the ruffled crepe paper onto a sno-cone.
Then I took one of the round labels and glued that on.
Next I punched holes on both sides, threaded through a ribbon and tied the rectangular tag to one side.
I made a few other styles…for the one on the left (below), I took some ruffled crepe paper and made a rosette and glued a round label on it. Then I took another length of ruffled crepe paper and glued it to the top edge as before.
I also painted some glitter to the rest of the cone. I think it also looks okay without the glitter.
My third design uses smaller round labels, and I put a few onto one cone. I painted this one with black glitter.
Then I got started on the cookies. The cookie part is based on Ina Garten’s Jam Thumbprint Cookies, a recipe my husband and I have been making together since we got married.
We printed it out in 2004! Can’t believe we still have it.
So I followed the recipe except I omitted the egg wash and coconut, and I also didn’t put jam in the cookies. I just baked the cookie “shell” alone first, making the thumbprint by pressing down with a melon baller.
While the cookies baked, I made the caramel based on this recipe by High Heels and Grills for Salted Caramel Peanut Butter Cups. I couldn’t use that recipe for the cookie part, because it had peanut butter (and since this is for a school bake sale, I wanted to stay away from anything with nuts). So I just used their caramel recipe. Basically you melt the caramels in water, then stir in milk and mix it. Then fill up the thumbprint with the caramel mixture when the cookies have cooled. For more info, please visit the link above.
Then you just sprinkle sea salt on top, allow the caramel to set, and you’re done with the cookies.
I individually wrapped the cookies in small treat bags (but I may look for some bigger ones to fit all of them). I could fit five cookies in the cones, plus some Rolo’s for some shine. I think these could be a lower priced item at the bake sale, compared to a whole cake, for example.
Will make a few more of each of these. Plus I have to make one more batch of cookies.
Soooo happy I got to make something out of those sno-cones I noticed so many months ago! But what to do with all of them…it was a huge pack! But I know I’ll be making holiday-themed treat cones all year.
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