Fall is, by far, my favorite season.
There’s nothing like cuddling up at night and watching a movie by the fire; drinking piping hot, fresh-pressed apple cider; going pumpkin or apple-picking; the homey scents of cinnamon, nutmeg, apple, and clove; the baking that comes along with those same scents; scarves; boots; chunky-knit sweaters… the list is endless. Fall is just such a magical time!
One of my favorite things to do in the fall season is go apple picking. Thankfully, there’s a handful of family-owned orchards not far from my house where I can take a day trip and pick to my heart’s content (or until I have to use the big-rig scales on the freeway because of my insane apple-weight). With apple picking comes eating my weight in caramel apples, drinking a trough-sized cup of apple cider, tractor rides (you’re never too old, right?) and hay mazes. And if you’re reading this, you’re probably wondering whether or not the author is actually a 6 year old, but I promise you I’m not (just maybe mentally)
As a kid, our local apple farm had a scarecrow building contest and every year people would create their best scarecrow and line them up on the farm. I always enjoyed looking at them and preferred the scarier ones, but no one ever made scary scarecrows which I felt was kind of odd and ironic. They’re called scarecrows, aren’t they? Where’s the scare? Do we assume that crows aren’t scared by the same monster faces humans are? Or do crows find jolly hay-headed men with floppy hats to be frightening? #somanyquestions
Even though I prefer my scarecrows to be on the scarier side, today’s scarecrows are anything but terrifying. First, they’re made of Oreos which definitely makes them tastier than your average hay-made man. Second, they have cute facial expressions that are a cinch to make by using everyday, household ingredients. And third, they’re just so cute and epitomize fall in a cookie pop.
All that’s missing are the judgmental crows… but I have a feeling you won’t want to share these, anyway.
- Pumpkin Spice Oreos
- Vanilla CandiQuik
- ½-1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
- Brown Miniature M&M's
- Bran Cereal (like Fiber One)
- Candy Corn ends (cut the fattest yellow end off of a candy corn)
- Chocolate Sprinkles
- Chocolate Wafer Cookies
- Star Sprinkles
- Lollipop sticks or paper straws, optional
- Line a baking sheet with foil or a silicone liner and place your Oreos onto it. Meanwhile, get your other ingredients ready. Melt your CandiQuik according to package directions, until smooth and melted. Stir in the pumpkin pie spice to taste (I used 1 tsp because I like a strong pumpkin-y flavor, but use less if you'd prefer).
- Dip the Oreos completely into Vanilla CandiQuik, then gently remove with a fork, allowing excess chocolate to drip off. Return the coated Oreo to the baking sheet. Immediately give the Oreo two mini brown M&M eyeballs, a candy corn nose, and affix chocolate sprinkles in the shape of a smile. (For this, I used tweezers I have specifically for cooking and decorating - it makes it precise and easier!) Lastly, take a pinch of fiber cereal and attach it to the sides of the Oreo and a little bit of bangs for his hair.
- Next, make your hats: cut about ¼ off of a chocolate wafer cookie. Dip the smaller piece of the wafer into the melted CandiQuik and hold it for about 10 seconds against the longer wafer cookie to create a hat. While the CandiQuik is still wet along that hat seam, attach a star sprinkle. Let the hats set completely.
- Once the hats and the scarecrows are set, smooth some melted CandiQuik onto the backs of the hats and hold them gently onto the scarecrow's head to adhere. You may want to prop a stray wafer cookie underneath the hat to keep it level with the scarecrow's head so it sets better.
- Once everything is set and solid, serve! If you're making cookie pops, dip the tip of a lollipop stick into a little melted CandiQuik, then gently insert it into an Oreo cookie, allow to set, then proceed with the recipe as normal.
- NOTE: this recipe does NOT include measurements because you can make as many or as few cookie pops as you'd like. 1 standard 16 oz package of CandiQuik should yield around 20 cookie pops.
Here’s a helpful little diagram to assist you in creating your scarecrow men!!
Hope you enjoyed!!