For a scary Halloween snack, make nutty vampire crunch with almonds, butter, cashews, pepitas, cinnamon, sugar and cayenne. Mix the salty and the sweet on Halloween with help from a professional chef in this free video on recipes for scarily scrumptious Halloween treats.
Hi, I'm Michelle Karam with "Dishes by Michelle" in Los Angeles, California. I'm all in the Halloween spirit and ready to make one of my favorite snacks. This is called nutty vampire crunch. So, the first thing that I've gone ahead and done is, I've taken some butter and I've taken three quarters of a stick, and I've gone ahead and I've melted it. And what's going to make this the vampire bloody part is going to be, I've taken some red coloring gel. Now, you can use the actual drops, but I happen to have just gel. So, I'm going to add just a little bit, probably like maybe a quarter or a half of a teaspoon, depends on how much you want to, how red you want to make it. So, I'm going to go ahead and just add that in there, and I'm going to give it a little whisk. Alright, so now that I've gone ahead and I've made my bloody butter, I'm going to go ahead and take my nuts and I'm going to add them into a bowl. I have about two to two and a half cups of raw almonds. These have no salt on them, nothing going on with them. I'm going to pour them in this bowl. I also have about two cups of whole cashews. Now, these are lightly salted. This is the only form of the salt that you're going to get. So, this is where it's going to be that sweet and salt and spicy. This is where the salty is going to come from, is from the lightly salted cashews, and this is where the Halloween part comes in. These are pepitas, or better known as the seeds from inside of a pumpkin. And these ones are raw, they haven't been toasted, although you could use the toasted ones, but this is going to go in the oven, so it will kind of do double the same thing. So, these are raw pepitas. So, I'm going to go ahead and add that. The next thing I'm going to do is I'm going to add half a cup of sugar, and this is just plain white sugar, granulated sugar. I'm going to add some clove. This is ground clove. I'll probably add two little dashes of that, and then I'm going to add some ground cinnamon, and you'll put about a tablespoon to a tablespoon and a half in there. That's the real Fall, real holiday flavor that you get from that, and then here is where the spicy comes in. This is cayenne. Now, I like spicy, but not everybody might, and remember this is going to go in the oven, and the longer a cayenne sits, the more it has time to have its flavor develop the heat. So, I'm going to go ahead and measure this one. I'm going to put in a quarter of a teaspoon of cayenne pepper. The next thing I'm going to do is I'm going to go ahead and take about two tablespoons of maple syrup. Then I'm going to take my red butter, give it a little whisk, mix it up again, and I'm going to pour this all on top, and as you can see, it's pretty gooey and red, and truly looks like blood. Then we're going to give this a big mix. Alright, so I've got this all combined. It looks absolutely wonderfully vampirey, and I'm going to go ahead and take some nonstick spray. I'm just going to spray the bottom of my sheet pan, a light coat, although there's butter in there, you just want to be sure that nothing sticks, and then we're going to take all of these nuts and just lay them in one even layer on the sheet pan, and then pop it in the oven on 350 to 375, depending on how hot your oven is, for about 30 to 40 minutes, until it turns real crispy and hard and they break apart into these great crunchy pieces. So, I've taken my nutty vampire crunch out of the oven, and I've allowed it to cool for about 30 to 40 minutes. The longer you let it set out, the more those sugars are going to caramelize and make it even more crunchy. So, now we're just going to take a spatula and kind of scrape it up from the bottom of the sheet pan, and you see they're going to be these great little bites that are nutty vampire crunchy bites. I'm Michelle Karam with "Dishes by Michelle". Thank you so much for watching.