Halloween is always a fun time of year to get creative in the kitchen with your children. Cooking with a spooky theme is engaging and fun for children of all ages – even big children! Here at Trotters HQ we have been testing two delicious recipes for you to try at home. First off we have…

Shortbread Gravestones
125g Salted Butter
80g caster sugar
180g Plain Flour (sifted)
Writing icing

Rocky Road Soil
250g Milk Chocolate
125g Butter
3 tbsp Golden Syrup
Jelly Worms
Puffed Rice Cereal


  1. Preheat the oven to 190C/375F/Gas 5. I find it is easier to make the shortbread first and then make the rocky road whilst the shortbread is cooling. So first for the shortbread, cream the butter and sugar together in a large mixing bowl.
  2. Gradually add in the sifted flour until completely combined, creating a smooth paste. Turn onto floured work surface and roll out to about 1 cm thick.
  3. Cut into grave shapes, be creative with this. I have found that the classic curve topped grave shape is the sturdiest but it is always nice to have a variety. Place on a baking tray and chill in the fridge for about 20 minutes.
  4. Bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes or until pale golden brown, set aside to cool on a wire cooling rack.
  5. Now to make the rocky road. Melt the chocolate, butter and golden syrup together in a heavy based pan.
  6. Add the puffed rice and marshmallows to the mix, I haven’t put quantities as you can use as much or as little as you like. These items can also be substituted according to taste – digestive biscuits, raisins and cornflakes make good alternatives.
  7. Pour chocolaty mix into a square dish and decorate with jelly worms.
  8. Decorate your cooled shortbread gravestones with the writing icing, be as creative as you like! Make little slots in your rocky road and place the graves in standing up.
  9. Place your creation in the fridge to set – or tuck in if you can’t wait that long!

We hope you have as much fun as we did making this treat, please do send us pictures of your creations, we would love to see them!

Look out for our next tasty recipe to be posted soon!