For any bigger upcoming holidays, I like to make themed-colored desserts.
Christmas cookies, thanksgiving pies, you name it. For Halloween, a very easy way to make spooky themed food is by utilizing muffins. They are quick to make and there is very little deviation from any other muffin recipe, as the trick is only in decorating these tasty treats. For this issue, I will present to you a recipe for Worm Muffins.
As I mentioned in passing in the introduction, there is really no special Halloween muffin recipe, trick is only in the decoration. While I may present one recipe for muffins here, you are welcome to use your favorite one. I chose cocoa muffins here only because the brown coloring makes it seem as if worms are coming out of the dirt. Any other muffin recipe works just fine as well.
Ingredients (for 12 muffins)
- 120g sugar
- 120g butter
- 1 egg
- 150g sour cream or plain yoghurt
- 175g flour
- ½ packet of baking powder
- 5 big spoons of cocoa powder
- 100g of cooking chocolate
- Gummy worms
1. Tools and hands: First, I always prepare all tools that I am going to need on the counter, so I am not looking for them. You are going to need a couple of spoons, knife, grater, some bowls, kitchen scale, whisk, wooden spoon, a smaller pot, and of course one or two muffin tins. Thoroughly wash your hands and just in case, wipe down all your tools, especially if you had not used them in a while.
2. Prepare the oven and trays: Empty your oven and set it to 200C (390F). Take your muffins trays and laid the holes with the desired muffin cups. To make it more Halloween-y you can use orange or black, I used white, because that is the only ones I had. In theme with worms and dirt, you can use brown.
3. Grate the chocolate: Pretty straightforward. Take your favorite grater, and grate half of the chocolate. I usually use holes one size smaller than what people use for pizza cheese, but this is more of a preference. Set it aside for the next step.
4. Mix dry ingredients: Most recipes always put mixing of 'wet' ingredients first, but I do it the other way around. Take one of the bowls and put flour, baking powder, cocoa powder and grated chocolate in it. Gently mix it, so the ingredients combine.
5. Mix wet ingredients: Take sugar, an egg, sour cream and butter and mix them together in a larger bowl. You can do it with a mixer, but I prefer to do it by hand with a whisk, because I have greater control with just how much I mix the ingredients. To make the integration of all ingredients easier, I also melt the butter a little first either in microwave or on the stove. Just enough that it becomes soft. Mix the ingredients until they become a bit spongy.
6. Combine wet and dry ingredients: Take the bowl with mixed dry ingredients and gently pour them into the bowl with wet ingredients while gently stirring. Do not worry if you get a big lump of flour at the beginning. As you keep stirring, the ingredients should mix together well into a mass. Muffin batter is just right when it is a bit firm and sticky, somewhere between pancake batter and bread dough. If you think it is too liquid-y add some flour, if you think it is too firm, add some milk.
7. Bake: Put the muffin batter into the paper cups and bake the muffins for 15 to 20 minutes. From my personal experience, it usually takes around 20 minutes, but it depends on the type of oven. If you really want to make sure, open the oven and gently tap the top of the muffins. If it is firm, they are usually ready. Be careful not to get burnt! Take them out of the oven and let the muffin completely cool off.
8. Worms: While you are waiting for the muffins to cool off, you can prepare the worms. I usually use the store sour gummy worms, that have two color bodies, but you can use any you want. Cut them right where the two colors meet and set them aside.
9. Make holes: With a smaller and pointed knife, carefully make two to three holes in the muffins and put the worms inside. It should look as if they are peeking out of the ground.
10. Make chocolate icing: Now that the muffins are cooled off, you can make chocolate icing. There are many methods to make it, so here is mine. Take one or two tablespoons of oil and put it in a cup. Break the remaining chocolate down into smaller pieces and put them in the cup. Put the cup into the microwave for 1-2 minutes and then mix gently with a small spoon. You should get a pretty nice chocolate glaze. To have a better control on how the chocolate melts, so you do not burn it, you can also do this in a pot over the stove, on a small flame.
11. Decoration: Get the chocolate icing and gently pour it between the worms on the top of the muffin. You can use a cooking brush, but I just used a teaspoon. As soon as you put the icing on, take sprinkles and gently shower them on the icing.