Halloween Treat Bags & the best cookie cut out recipe I have ever tried

When we moved to the suburbs the first Halloween we went out the one thing we learned pretty quickly was how many of our neighbours took the time to make extra treat bags for the kids that lived on the street. It was a small gesture but I still remember my daughter being so excited that so and so’s parents had given her a special bag of Halloween candy or treats.

Which was a far cry from life in our former condo where usually the neighbours on our floor would see who could press the door close button in the elevator the fastest the moment they heard their neighbours keys jangling to lock their doors. Such love. It was just our condo. I have tons of friends in the city with fantastic neighours. We just didn’t live in their neighbourhoods.

Anyhow, this year we wanted to reciprocate that gesture.

I am convinced that the best DIY/craft gift bag ever invented is the standard brown kraft paper lunch bag. Add ribbon, twine, stickers, glitter – doesn’t matter. It’s a guaranteed homemade gift comfort zone that will almost always look good, it’s cost effective and more importantly your kids can get involved in decorating it.

With these we just used some Halloween stamps that we had from the dollar store, stamped and cut out the tags from simple construction paper. The Happy Halloween labels I printed up on the computer and after going over 100’s of Halloween Fonts on one of my favourite font sites DaFont, wound up using the Endor font for its gothic yet modern simplicity. Let it be known I did not choose the Star Wars theme intentionally. The whole font name and my Star Wars fanaticism is entirely coincidental.

Add jute twine and yarn and you’re done.

Inside? Chocolate + candy but also home made chocolate cookies from the absolutely best no spread chocolate cookie recipe I have ever tried.

No really, I have made so many sugar cookies and chocolate cookies and I cringe every time they come out of the oven resembling nothing like the cookie cutters that got to them before the dough went in.

These on the other hand. Perfection. Absolutely no spread whatsoever. The shape you cut them is the shape they come out. Without having to cool or freeze your dough beforehand.

I know. It exists. I didn’t think it did.

Did I mention they taste like brownies and not sugar cookies but you can decorate them like they were sugar cookies!

I first came across the recipe at Semi Sweet Designs who got it from Lila Loa and it’s worth all the good reviews it gets. Go try it. There are Christmas cookies calling my name to be made with this recipe.

Happy Halloween! And to everyone affected by the hurricane, especially the little ones who may not be able to get to go Trick or Treating this year, I really hope Santa is extra good to you all this year.



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    October 31, 2012 at 8:56 am

    Like the extra bags for your neighbours, I am doing the same this year for mine (3 adorable kids), they like my little boy a lot and always bring him gifts for the holidays, I bought the bags at the dollar store yesterday and will attempt some DIY bags this afternoon! BTW, your cookies look amazing and so yummy! 🙂 Now, I regret not having any cookies around, I did some cupcakes for tonight! 🙂 have a safe & HAPPY HALLOWEEN with your family!

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      November 4, 2012 at 9:16 am

      It took me back when I saw the treat bags from our neighbours the first time. I mean for me as an adult seeing it was jarring compared to our previous experiences. Hope your Halloween was amazing!!

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    Victoria Elizabeth
    October 31, 2012 at 10:29 am

    Hmmm. I never had neighbors as nice as you!!
    That really is the perfect Halloween font. Much better than the thick, chunky one that comes with Word!!

    Our town rescheduled Halloween for Saturday… we finally got power back yesterday afternoon, and there are a lot of downed limbs and general sidewalk hazards.

    My personal opinion is that it should be on the weekend anyway… during the week isn’t as fun.
    Happy Halloween!!

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      November 4, 2012 at 9:19 am

      I have a serious font problem. It takes me hours to decide on a font and then I have to try it out in the saying. I have a wood piece of word art that I want to do and God help me when I need to choose the font for that one.

      That is a smart idea in your town. I agree with that. Weekends make for better Halloween. We got smoked with rain that night so it wasn’t a high turnout. Hope yours went well! We just got back from up north and I am on internet withdrawal.

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    October 31, 2012 at 2:29 pm

    The bags turned out so good, Alex! You’re the kind of neighbor EVERYONE wants.
    I’ll have to try the cookie recipe. Anything that tastes like brownies has my vote! Enjoy Halloween… and all the spooky goblins that show up at your house. FUN!

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      November 4, 2012 at 9:21 am

      Do the cookies! Omg. No spread. At all. And they don’t taste like sugar cookies (which you love) but these are great b/c they’re not too sweet but just sweet enough to go with coffee or tea. So if you add icing they’re just right. I’m going to do a Halloween review. I am so behind this week b/c we’ve been out of town.

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    October 31, 2012 at 4:05 pm

    This came out so cute and I love this idea of doing something extra special for your neighbors. I’ve never ever lived in a cool neighborhood. I might have to try this sometime soon just for giggles. Happy Halloween!

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      November 4, 2012 at 9:22 am

      If I ever lived in a cool neighbourhood. LOL. You don’t even understand how many times I say that. It’s the whole idea of wanting to live in a small town like Stars Hallow from the Gilmore Girls and yet the reality is more like SuperBad’s convenience store.

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    November 1, 2012 at 9:22 am

    Wow! That is a whole bunch of over-achieving neighbors! Talk about pressure! But those bags sure are cute.

    And those COOKIES!! I can’t wait to try them! We have so many cookie cutters, but I’ve never been a fan of sugar cookies (I don’t like vanilla either, so there!) and my kids don’t care for gingerbread (wha??) so I was at a loss for cutter cookies! These look delicious! and Fun! Woot woot!

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      November 4, 2012 at 9:24 am

      Woman, they made cupcakes too this year on top of the treat bags. The cupcakes looked epic. Made my paper bags look like paper bags.

      No Gingerbread??!! Have you fed them the IKEA ginger snaps?? Those are like crack.

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