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Your Halloween party isn’t complete without a dessert like Halloween Pumpkin-Shaped Cookie Cake! A classic cookie cake with pieces of peanut butter cups and other Halloween candies baked in. Decorated with orange frosting to look like a pumpkin.
ALDI is one of my favorite places to shop, and this year I discovered that it’s a great place to go for everything I need for Halloween!
I often get my baking supplies for my blog recipes from ALDI. They have everything I need at great prices! They also have a lot of organic products, which is important to me when I’m deciding where to shop.
During my most recent trip to ALDI, I discovered that they also had lots of choices for candies. I found some Choceur Fair Trade Peanut Butter Cups to use in this recipe, plus I stocked up on a big bag of Mars candies to include in the recipe and to hand out on Halloween.
I love that ALDI offers lots of fair trade products! They are currently working to convert all cocoa used in their exclusive brand of chocolate to Fair Trade Certified™, Rainforest Alliance and UTZ certified sustainable sources by the end of 2020.
In order for products to be Fair Trade Certified™, there are strict requirements for farming management, safe and healthy working conditions, abolition of child labor and protection of the environment. You can learn more about Fair Trade here.
Halloween treats should be fun, colorful, and packed with candy! This dessert starts with a classic cookie cake.
The secret ingredient in this cookie cake is a vanilla pudding mix packet! It gives the cookie cake the perfect taste and texture.
Once the cookie dough is mixed up and spread in the pan, the fun part really begins! I chopped up pieces of Choceur Fair Trade Peanut Butter Cups and different types of Mars Chocolates to decorate the cookie cake with.
After baking and cooling the cookie cake, it’s time to make it look like a pumpkin! I used another piece of candy at the top of the cake to create the pumpkin’s stem.
Next, I piped orange frosting around the edge of the cake to finish the pumpkin look. This cake is already extra sweet from the candy, so you only need a little bit of frosting around the edge.
Be sure to check out your local ALDI store for everything you need for Halloween! They have all the essentials for baking and party hosting.
In addition to all the candy options they have in stock, I also found some fun pumpkin spice products as well as whole pumpkins and pumpkin carving kits. Leave a comment below and let me know what you found during your ALDI shopping trip!
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- 3/4 cup butter, melted
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 egg yolk
- 1 tbsp vanilla
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 (3.4 oz) box instant vanilla pudding mix
- 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
- About 5-7 Choceur Fair Trade Milk Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups
- About 3-5 fun size candies (I used a Mars variety pack)
- 1 (16 oz) container white frosting (or orange if you can find it and skip the next ingredient)
- Orange food coloring (or combine yellow and red)
- Preheat oven to 350 F. You'll need a large circle-shaped pan. I used a 11x11x1.25 springform tart pan. Whatever you have around that size will work, ideally springform if possible. Spray the pan with cooking spray. Optional: cut a circle of parchment paper for the bottom of the pan to make it easier to remove the cookie cake.
- In the bowl of your stand mixer, beat together the melted butter and brown sugar until mixed. Add in the egg and egg yolk and vanilla and mix. Add in the flour, baking soda, salt and vanilla pudding mix and beat until just combined.
- Remove the bowl from your mixer and use a spatula to fold the chocolate chips in by hand. Spread the dough evenly in your prepared pan. Chop the peanut butter cups and fun-sized candies into small pieces and press into the dough, evenly distributing them over the whole cookie cake.
- Bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Let cool completely before removing from the pan.
- Remove cookie cake from the pan and place on your serving dish. Add orange food coloring to the white frosting until it reaches your desired shade of orange (or use orange frosting if you can find it).Spread a little bit of frosting on the back of a piece of candy and attach at the top of the cookie cake to create the pumpkin's stem.
- Scoop the rest of the frosting into a piping bag and pipe frosting along the edges of the cookie cake. You might not need all of the frosting. If you aren't serving the cake right away, store in the refrigerator.