Cheerios and Chocolate Halloween Treats
September 29, 2010
I do not usually post two days in a row, but in this case it is worth working double time, triple time, over time to bring you treats. Halloween is sneaking up very quickly & even though the temperatures are soaring over here we are celebrating Fall in a big way.
The folks over at General Mills & Betty Crocker are hosting the Big G Halloween recipe party. The recipe needs to include a Big G cereal. Since I don’t do the sugary stuff the choice was obvious – Cheerios would be my super star ingredient. I am a former graduate of the Cheerios University. What kid in the 70’s & 80’s didn’t live on Cheerios?
I combined these salty, savory little O’s with chocolate, dates & almond butter and put the mixture in silicone pumpkin molds. They are tartelettes meet cookie kind of treats. They have a nice crumb and are topped with a creamy ganache. Eat with a fork or hold in your hand. Hello yum & hello fun!
As you guys know I am a big fan of Scharffen Berger chocolate so I melted up a bunch of that to give these treats a elegant twist. I like to use darker chocolate of at least 62% Cacao Semi-sweet or 70% Cacao Bittersweet. You could use milk chocolate or even white if you prefer. As long as it’s melted and you can put in in your cute molds then use what you like. It’s Halloween, just have fun!
While perusing around Micheals the other day I stumbled upon very cute Silicone Pumpkin Molds from Wilton and had to grab one. You will be seeing me use these a lot on the next month for baked and no-bake goodies.
What I love about this dessert idea is that there is minimal mess, hardly and preparation and it is no bake. Quick & easy. Other than melting some chocolate and taking out the food processor this is a no brainer.
It is also not the most guilt ridden treat out there. I tried to stick with my somewhat healthy ingredient list. The crust/dough is made from pulverized dates, almond butter and Cheerios. I have done a similar crust like this before, you might remember my No Bake Chocolate Pecan Tarts.
Have you ever used Cheerios in a recipe?
- Add a pinch of cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin pie spice or chai spice to your chocolate or dough mix.
- If you don’t have Cheerios you can try grinding another unsweetened cereal in your food processor.
- Instead of dark chocolate, use milk or white chocolate.
- Instead of almond butter you can try peanut butter, sunflower seed butter, pecan butter, etc.
- Add some extract to your chocolate for added flavor: peppermint, orange, coconut, etc.
Big G Halloween Recipe Links
- Cheerio Peanut Butter Pumpkins One Particular Kitchen
- Friendly Ghost Cheerio Cookies Cookie Madness
- Little Hobgoblin Sundaes Cheeky Kitchen
- Puffy Eyeball Truffles Gourmet Mom on the Go
- Reeses Puff Crunch Monster Eyeballs Picky-Palate
*MarlaMeridith.com Full Disclosure: I am submitting this recipe to General Mills/Betty Crocker as content for the homepage of BettyCrocker.com for Halloween. Betty Crocker in partnership with Big G, are looking for fun, creative Halloween treats using their popular Big G cereal brands. As a participant, they are sending me a $50 gift card. The thoughts, recipe and photos are property of MarlaMeridith.com and are original content of Marla Meridith.