So, All Saints’ Day (November 1) and All Souls’ Day (November 2) are coming up, and I wanted to include some easy ideas that can be made at home to help celebrate a beautiful feast day on our Catholic tradition. It took some browsing, but I eventually found the following:
Holy Ghosts cookies
- Nutter Butter cookies
- almond bark (or white chocolate chips)
- mini chocolate chips
- Melt the almond bark (or white chocolate chips) in a large bowl.
- Take the Nutter Butter cookies and dip them in melted almond bark.
- Use mini chocolate chips for the eyes. Let set on waxed paper.
Heavenly haystacks (to celebrate St. Isidore the farmer)
- 1 large can of Chow Mein Noodles
- 1 pkg Butterscotch morsels (melted)
- 1/2 c peanuts
- Combine the can of chow mein noodles with the package of melted butterscotch morsels and peanuts.
- Drop into small haystacks on wax paper and let set.
Rose cupcakes (to celebrate St. Therese, the little flower)
- 12 mini cupcakes (or as many as you want – bake as directed)
- white frosting
- 6 rolls of Fruit by the Foot (cherry or strawberry)
- 1 roll of Fruit by the Foot (green)
- Bake cupcakes as directed and allow to cool.
- Frost cupcakes with white frosting.
- To make a rose, unroll a piece of the cherry or strawberry fruit leather and divide it in half along the wavy perforated middle line. (Note: If their isn’t a wavy perforated middle line, cut your own with either a pizza cutter or scissors.)
- Take one of the halves and roll up about 5 inches to form the flower’s center.
- Set the rolled strip wavy side up in the middle of a cupcake.
- Continue to loosely wrap the remaining fruit leather around the center at a slight angle until the flower is completed.
- Cut leaf shapes from the wavy edge of the green strip, then tuck the leaves under the roses.
A little history on this recipe/custom, first. Did you know that “trick-or-treating” actually began with Catholic children going around on “All Hallow’s Eve” (now known as “Halloween”) and asking for “soul cakes”? In return for the food, the children promised to pray for the deceased members of the household. Here are a couple of rhymes that the children sang as they went along their way:
“A soul cake, a soul cake,
Have mercy on all Christian souls for a soul cake.”
“Soul, soul, an apple or two,
If you haven’t an apple, a pear will do,
One for Peter, two for Paul,
Three for the Man Who made us all.”
“Soul! soul! for a soul-cake!
I pray, good misses a soul-cake–
An apple or pear, a plum or a cherry,
Any good thing to make us merry,
One for Peter, two for Paul,
Three for Him who made us all.”
- 1 c butter
- 3 3/4 c flour
- 1 c sugar
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp ginger
- 1 tsp allspice
- 2 eggs
- 2 tsp cider vinegar
- 6 tbs milk
- powdered sugar, to sprinkle on top
- Using a pastry blender cut 1 c. of butter into 3 3/4 cups of flour.
- Blend in the sugar, nutmeg, ginger, cinnamon and allspice.
- In a separate bowl beat eggs, vinegar and milk together.
- Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix.
- Kneed thoroughly to form a stiff dough.
- Roll out to a 1/4 inch thickness and cut out 3 inch circles with a cookie cutter or glass.
- Place on a baking sheet and bake at 350 for 20 minutes.
- Sprinkle with powdered sugar while still warm.
Also, don’t forget to thank God for and honor our Church Triumphant members by celebrating Mass this Tuesday!
Big thanks to Catholic Cuisine and Catholic Missionary Family for the recipes.