Karo Syrup Presents Recipes For A Spooky Weeknight Celebration

This Halloween, impress your family with these weeknight-friendly, delightfully easy-to-make recipes!


First, challenge everyone to make Creepy Mini Pizzas – just set out your favorite toppings and see what spooky and fun masterpieces come fresh out of the oven! Satisfy everyone’s sweet tooth with Halloween-themed Scotcheroo Treats, and then let kids choose between making cute cats, creepy webs, mummies or tombstones!  Plus, don’t forget the Spooky Homemade Marshmallows, a perfectly light and sweet end to your celebration.

For even more Halloween inspiration, check out Halloween Made Frightfully Easy, a downloadable entertaining booklet that includes other fun, easy, and kid-friendly Halloween-themed party ideas and treats that the whole family can bake and enjoy together. Download the booklet at www.karosyrup.com/halloweenbooklet.pdf.


Karo Syrup and Fleischmann’s Yeast know the importance of homemade foods in providing nourishment and bringing families and friends together. Join us in the fight against child hunger. This year Karo and Fleischmann’s have donated $200,000 to Share our Strength’s No Kid Hungry® campaign. Together we can make a difference! Show your support and learn how you can help at NoKidHungry.org.



Creepy Mini Pizzas

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Bake Time: 12 to 15 minutes

Number Of Servings: 8 (6-inch) pizzas




3-1/4 to 3-3/4 cups all-purpose flour

1 envelope Fleischmann’s® Pizza Crust Yeast OR RapidRise Yeast

1-1/2 tablespoons sugar

1-1/2 teaspoons salt

1-1/3 cups very warm water (120° to 130°F)*

1/3 cup oil



1 to 2 cups pizza sauce

Suggested toppings: green, red and yellow bell peppers, mushrooms, black olives, pepperoni slices, hard salami slices, curly leaf parsley, etc.

1 pound (total) shredded white and yellow cheeses such as mozzarella and cheddar



Preheat oven to 425°F.

Combine 2 cups flour, undissolved yeast, sugar and salt in a large bowl.  Add very warm water and oil; mix until well blended, about 1 minute.

Gradually add enough remaining flour to make a soft dough.  Dough should form a ball and will be slightly sticky. Knead** on a floured surface, adding additional flour if necessary, until smooth and elastic, about 4 minutes.  Divide dough into 8 portions; cover. If using RapidRise, let dough rise for 10 minutes.

Pat each portion of dough with floured hands into an 8-inch circle on a greased baking sheet.  Form a rim by pinching the edge of the dough.  Add a second crust to the same baking sheet.

Bake for 6 to 7 minutes, dough will be just set and only lightly browned on the bottom.  Remove crusts to a wire rack to cool.  Continue with remaining pizza dough.  (Works best to use several baking sheets.)  May use crusts immediately or place in freezer bags and freeze for up to 1 month.  If making a day ahead, place crusts in resealable plastic bags and refrigerate.

When ready to bake, preheat oven to 475°F.  Spread each crust with pizza sauce.  Top with desired toppings to make Halloween designs!  Repeat with remaining pizzas.  Place on a baking sheet and bake for 6 to 8 minutes, until cheese is melted and lightly browned and bottom of crust is browned.

*If you don’t have a thermometer, water should feel very warm to the touch.


**To knead the dough, add just enough flour to the dough and your hands to keep the dough from sticking.  Flatten dough and fold it toward you. Using the heels of your hands, push the dough away with a rolling motion.  Rotate dough a quarter turn and repeat the “fold, push and turn” steps.  Keep kneading dough until it is smooth and elastic.  Use a little more flour if dough becomes too sticky, always working the flour into the ball of dough.

Halloween Scotcheroo Treats   

Prep Time:  20 minutes

Cook Time:  10 minutes

Chill Time:  45 minutes

Yield:  24 treats, approximately



1 cup Karo® Light OR Dark Corn Syrup

1 cup sugar

1 cup creamy peanut butter

6 cups crispy rice cereal

1-1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips

1-1/2 cups butterscotch chips

Candies for decorating

Frosting OR melted white chocolate for decorating

Food coloring


Cook corn syrup and sugar together in a large pan over medium heat, stirring to dissolve sugar. Bring mixture to a boil. Remove from heat. Stir in peanut butter; mix well. Add cereal; stir until evenly coated.

Pour into greased 15 x 10-inch pan and pat into place.

Melt chocolate and butterscotch chips together in saucepan over low heat, stirring constantly. Spread over cereal.

Cool at least 45 minutes, or until firm. Cut into bars or fun shapes for Halloween. If desired, pipe frosting to form Halloween shapes or words.


Decorating Ideas

Cute Cats (pictured on plate): Cut circles using a 2 to 3-inch biscuit cutter. Attach candies with a dab of melted white chocolate or frosting to make eyes, nose and ears. Pipe on whiskers with frosting.

Creepy Webs: Cut circles as above. Tint frosting orange. Starting at the center, pipe continuous spiral circles to edge. Drag the tip of a wooden pick from the center to the edge of the bar to create a spider web design.

Mummies: Cut circles as above. Drizzle or pipe white frosting back and forth horizontally and finish with two candy eyes.

Tombstones: Cut into bars, cutting off upper corners diagonally. Pipe frosting to make shapes or words on each “tombstone.” TIP: Tombstones will easily stand upright if the bottom of each is coated with frosting.



Spooky Homemade Marshmallows       

Prep Time:  45 minutes

Cool Time:  4+ hours

Yield:  3 dozen large marshmallows



1 cup water, room temperature, divided

1/8 teaspoon salt

3 envelopes unflavored gelatin

2-1/4 cups sugar

1 cup Karo® Light Corn Syrup

2 teaspoons Spice Islands® Pure Vanilla Extract

1 cup powdered sugar

1-1/2 teaspoons Argo® Corn Starch


Combine 1/2 cup water, salt and gelatin in large bowl of a stand mixer. Stir and set aside.

Combine remaining 1/2 cup water, sugar and corn syrup in a large saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil, stirring frequently. Using a candy thermometer, cook until mixture reaches 240°F or soft ball stage.

Gradually pour the hot syrup over the gelatin mixture with the mixer on low. Turn the mixer on its highest speed and beat for 8 minutes. Add vanilla and beat an additional 2 minutes. The mixing bowl will get very full. The marshmallows will become very thick, white and shiny. Spread mixture onto greased baking sheet with sides.

Let marshmallows cool at least 4 hours or overnight. Combine powdered sugar and corn starch in a shallow pan. Cut the marshmallows into bite-size pieces with a sharp knife or scissors, dropping one at a time into the powdered sugar. Toss to coat well. Store marshmallows in an airtight container in a cool place. Best used within 1 month.


For spooky shapes, grease a small ghost or other Halloween cookie cutter. Press straight down through marshmallow. Remove marshmallow and lightly dust with the powdered sugar corn starch mixture.


TIP: Homemade Marshmallows make a lovely gift with homemade cocoa mix.



Mint Marshmallows: Add a few drops of green food coloring and 1/4 teaspoon mint extract with the vanilla.

Chocolate Chip Marshmallows: Coarsely chop 8 ounces of dark chocolate and fold into marshmallows just before spreading on baking sheet to cool.

Cinnamon Marshmallows: Add 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon Spice Islands® Ground Saigon Cinnamon to the mixture while beating.

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Candace Reid is the owner and author of My Serendipity Life. She is the mother of 3 and a college graduate having earned her Associates Degree in Business for Hospitality/Food Service Management. Candace is pursuing an AAS degree in Photographic Imaging from Lansing Community College. She also loves to blog about family, food, fun tech and travel. Email Candace

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