Celebrate autumn with these goodies.

Candy Acorns

Ingredients: 1 bag chocolate kisses, any flavor you would like; 1 box mini vanilla wafers or mini peanut butter filled cookies; 1 cup butterscotch baking chips; 1 tsp. coconut oil or cooking oil

Count out an equal number of kisses, butterscotch chips and unbroken cookies for how many treats you want.
In a small bowl, add 1/2 cup baking chips and the coconut oil. Microwave for 30 seconds at a time, stirring in between cycles until chips are melted.

With a toothpick, use the melted chips as “glue” to attach a butterscotch chip to the flat side of cookie. When set, add a kiss to the other side of the cookie with “glue”. Lay the candy acorn on its side and allow “glue” to set before serving.

Apple-Shaped Cupcakes

Ingredients: 1 box white cake mix; 1 container white frosting; green gummy candy; 24 pretzel sticks broken in half; red food coloring; aluminum foil

Place liners in two cupcake pans, for a total of 24 cupcakes. For each cupcake, roll up a bit of aluminum foil into a cylinder and insert between the cupcake liner and the pan. This will give the cupcake the proper indentation for an “apple” when cooked. Prepare and bake cupcakes according to box directions. Allow the cupcakes to cool completely.

Mix red food coloring into frosting until desired color is reached, then frost each cupcake.

Push a pretzel stick half in the indentation of the apple cupcake to create the stem. Cut the gummy candy in half and place a leaf next to the stem.

No Bake Peanut Butter Pumpkin Bites

Ingredients: ¾ cup butter, softened; 1 cup creamy peanut butter; 4 cups powdered sugar; orange gel food coloring; mini chocolate chips

Cream butter and peanut butter together until smooth. Slowly add in powdered sugar ½ cup at a time. Mix until well combined and the dough is no longer sticky.

Slowly add food coloring until you reach the desired color. Refrigerate for 10 minutes.

Roll dough into 1-inch balls, and place them on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Using a toothpick, gently press into the sides, adding 4-5 indentations per ball. Place a mini chocolate chip onto the top of the ball, pointed side up.

– Emily Webb

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