Jan D'Atri's Scary Halloween treats!

Jan has some great fun, spooky, easy-to-make treats that you and the kids can have
fun making for Halloween.  Here's a video to help https://jandatri.com/recipe/scary-spooky-simple-snacks/   and the recipes are right here!  Happy Halloween!

RECIPE #1 Halloween Cream Cheese Swirl Brownies

Halloween Cream Cheese Swirl Brownies have a layer of rich, dark chocolate brownie topped with a layer of orange cheesecake then swirled together for a spooky treat.


For the Brownie Layer

1 cup sugar

1/2 cup flour

1/2 cup Hershey's Special Dark cocoa powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon baking powder

2 eggs

1/2 cup vegetable oil

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the Cream Cheese Layer

1 brick (8oz) cream cheese, at room temp

1/4 cup sugar

1 egg

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

orange food coloring


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line an 8 x 8 baking dish with parchment paper or foil and spray with non-stick spray. Set aside.

For the brownie layer

In a medium bowl, add the sugar, flour, cocoa powder, salt, and baking powder.

In a small bowl, add the eggs, oil, and vanilla. Mix with a fork until well combined.

Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix with a spatula until just combined.

Reserve ¼ cup of the batter for the swirls then pour the remaining batter into the prepared baking dish.

For the cream cheese layer

In a medium bowl, add the cream cheese, sugar, egg, & vanilla. Blend until smooth.

Add in the orange food coloring and stir to combine.

Gently spread the cream cheese layer on top of the brownie batter.

Drop tablespoons of the remaining brownie batter on top and gently swirl with a knife or skewer.

Bake for 30-35 minutes or until set. Remove and let cool completely before slicing.



1 container white frosting

Brownies, cut into squares

16 Marshmallows, large

Black decorating gel (from 0.68-oz tube)


Make Brownies and cut into squares. Top each brownie with 1 large marshmallow. Melt frosting in microwave for just a few seconds, long enough to be pourable but not runny. Spoon melted frosting over marshmallow. Let harden for about 1 hour. Use black gel to make eyes and mouths.



1 pan of brownies

2 containers white frosting

purple and green food coloring

Googly Eyes (in the baking section of grocery store or Wilton section of craft stores)

various Halloween colored decorative sugars and sprinkles


Make a batch of brownies. Add green food coloring to one container of white frosting.

Add purple food coloring to second container. Spoon frostings on brownies and swirl slightly. Place googly eyes in swirls to look like ghosts. Sprinkle decorative sugars in between swirls of color! (Note: You can spread a thin layer of chocolate frosting on brownies before using the green or purple if desired.)

Southwestern Sloppy Joe


2 1/2 pounds ground beef

3 tablespoons olive oil

8 table size flour tortillas (about 6 inch in diameter)

shredded cheddar and lettuce for garnish

For the Veggies:

1 sweet yellow onion, diced

3-4 cloves fresh garlic, chopped fine

1/4 cup green onions, (white and green part) sliced thin

1 medium leek, chopped fine

1/2 green pepper, diced

1/2 red pepper, diced

1 jalapeno, chopped fine

1 (4.5 oz) can diced green chiles

2 tomatoes, diced

2 tablespoons parsley, chopped fine

2 tablespoon cilantro, chopped fine

For the Spices:

1 teaspoon red pepper flakes (or more if desired)

1 teaspoon dry mustard (or 2 teaspoons prepared mustard)

1 teaspoon ground cumin

1 teaspoon chili powder

1 tablespoon brown sugar

Salt and pepper to taste

For the liquids:

1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

1 1/2 cups chili style ketchup (I used Heinz) or any ketchup


Heat olive oil in large skillet. Sauté onion, garlic, green onion, leek. green pepper, red pepper and jalapeno until softened.

Add ground beef and cook until browned. Add spices: red pepper flakes, dry mustard, cumin, chili powder and brown sugar.

Add green chiles, tomatoes, parsley and cilantro, stirring to combine. Add Worcestershire sauce and ketchup. Cook for about 15 minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Heat tortillas in a hot dry skillet, grill, grill pan or griddle just to char, about 10-15 seconds on both sides. Spoon Southwestern Sloppy Joe mixture in the middle of the tortilla. Sprinkle lettuce and cheese over top. Roll up burrito-style.

(See my How-To Video for Southwestern Sloppy Joes here: (http://www.jandatri.com/recipes/one-minute-kitchen/)

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