How to Make an Empanada in 10 Easy Steps

Want to impress and intrigue your dinner guests? Empanadas are sure to do the trick. They may sound fancy, but these treats contain the two things we enjoy most in life: carbs and a delicious filling, and they’re sure to satisfy any hungry friend.

Empanadas aren’t a common dish in the United States but are very popular in Latin American countries. They can be served as the main dish, an appetizer, or a dessert and are the perfect unexpected party guest. Empanadas are also very portable and easy to enjoy as an appetizer while making the rounds, or to take on the go. You won’t mind having any leftovers.

Dinner Table with EmpanadasEmpanadaHistory of Empanadas

The name came from the Spanish verb – “empanar,” which means to wrap or coat in bread. Empanadas originated in Spain and Portugal, but their popularity didn’t stop there. They were quickly seen in the Caribbean, Latin America, and the Philippines with different variations for the filling.

Since then, the empanadas’ popularity continued to thrive and can be enjoyed throughout the world today.

Empanadas

Types of Empanadas

Empanadas are a stuffed pastry or bread. They commonly have meat inside and are referred to as meat pies in some parts of the world. However, you can also make them with veggies, eggs, or anything your heart desires.

The biggest decision you have to make when it comes to empanadas is what you want it to be served as at your dinner. Do you want to offer it as a savory appetizer, the main dish, or as the delightful sweet treat to end the meal?

Empanadas with SauceIt’s also customary to have a dipping sauce to pour over the empanadas. Consider which sauce you’d like to offer your guests. If you’re having a savory Argentinian empanada, you may enjoy a chimichurri sauce, but if you’re having a sweeter Caribbean empanada, a mango salsa may be a better option. You also must decide if you’re going the healthier route, or going all in. Empanadas taste delicious baked or fried.

Now it’s time for you to make your very own empanada. Follow the recipe to the T, or make it your own by changing up the vegetables insides it. That’s the fun part about empanadas: there isn’t a wrong way to fill them!

Empanada Ingredients

Empanada Dough

¼ C Vegetable Shortening

3 C Flour

1 C Hot Water

Empanada Filling

1 ½ Pounds Ground Beef

1 Red Onion

2 Cloves Garlic

1 Green Pepper

1 Red Pepper

1 Jalapeño

3 TBSP Tomato Paste

½ TSP Salt

½ TSP Pepper

2 TBSP Olive Oil

2 TSP Cumin

¼ TSP Cayenne

½ TSP Red Chili Pepper

¾ C Water

8 Oz Cheese (Your Choice)

Instructions

  1. Let’s get started and make the dough. Stir the flour, water, and vegetable shortening together and make a ball of dough. Refrigerate for one hour.
  2. Time to make the filling. Heat the oil in a pan. Then, brown the ground beef. Add the onions and garlic into the mix until they are translucent.
  3. Next, add the peppers and jalapeño to the mix for a few minutes, or until they are cooked.
  4. Pour the water into the mixture and add the tomato paste. The filling should thicken in this stage.
  5. Take the filling off heat and let it cool completely.
  6. Heat oven to 400 degrees to begin preheating.
  7. Time to take your dough out. Roll out the dough into a 1/8 inch circular layer. You can use a circle cookie cutter to create the outside. Dependent on the size, you can either make about 15 small ones, or 7 larger ones.
  8. Once you have the outside ready, spoon the insides into the middle of each circular layer. Sprinkle filling with cheese, making sure there is enough bread on the outsides to seal it shut.
  9. Fold the empanada in half and crimp edges with a fork. Careful not to let the filling come out.
  10. It’s time to get those empanadas into the oven. Brush the empanadas with oil and bake for 10 to 15 minutes.

Is your mouth watering yet? Head to your nearest Homeland to pick up all the ingredients you’ll need!

Drug Take Back Event

On Saturday, April 29, two of our Homeland locations hosted Drug Take Back Events in partnership with KOCO and the Oklahoma City Police Department.

The Take Back Event allowed people to drop off their unused or expired prescription medications for safe disposal.

The event was a huge success even with the less than ideal weather. Our store on Britton and May collected eight trash bags full of medications, and our 18th and Classen location collected another four.

If you missed the take back event and would like more information on the safe disposal of prescription medications, you can contact your local law enforcement agencies for the dates and locations of take back events near you.

Oklahoma Themed Easter Eggs

The Easter Bunny is sweeping down the plains soon. Surprise the Easter egg hunters in your life with some Oklahoma flair this Sunday! Whether you’ll be hiding these Oklahoma Easter eggs around the house or using them to decorate your brunch table, they’re sure to be a hit.

What you need

  • One carton of eggs, hardboiled
  • Egg dyeing kit of your choice
  • One roll 9/16” roll of washi tape
  • X-acto knife or craft scissors
  • Plastic cutting board or hard plastic surface.
  • 1 roll paper towels
  • Drying rack

Direction

  • Hard boil eggs in a large pot. Once finished, let cool for a least 30 minutes or chill overnight in your fridge.
  • Prepare egg dye according to the package’s instructions.
  • Take your washi tape and roll out six to eight inches on a cutting board. Stick the tape sticky side down on your cutting board work station. With your x-acto knife, firmly press and trace out the shape of Oklahoma. Be careful and use a cutting board on top your counter or workspace. The sharp x-acto knife can cut through and mark wooden surfaces. Use a reference photo online or on a map if you’re struggling to trace the state’s pan shape. You can also trace out block letters or other shapes. Be sure to keep children away from the x-acto knife at all times as the blade is extremely sharp.
  • If you’d rather not use the x-acto knife, you can use scissors to cut out your desired shapes and letters.

  • Once you’ve traced your Oklahoma shape, lightly lift the washi tape around your cutout. It should easily pull away and leave your cutout stuck on the board’s surface. Once you’ve cleared the excess tape, gently pull up your tape cutouts from the board.

  • Take the tape cutouts and gently place the sticky sides on your hard boiled eggs. Press out any air pockets between the egg and the tape as air pocket may let dye in under the tape.
  • After you place your cutout stickers/tape on the eggs, place eggs in a color dye of your choosing. This is where you can do no wrong. Choose solid colors or use a combo of your favorites to make unique shades and designs. Allow eggs to settle in the dye for the package’s recommended amount of time. Take eggs out and allow to fully dry on a drying rack. Place a paper towel under the rack to catch dye drippings.
  • Once your eggs are completely dry, gently peel off the washi tape. Your tape designs should leave a completely white shape from your cutout. Your Oklahoma-inspired eggs are ready for the Easter Bunny! Be sure to keep them in the fridge if you want them to last overnight and avoid spoiling.

Get ready for Easter with Homeland

Need more Easter help? Check out our deli for easy Easter dinner options and party trays or browse through our candy section to fill baskets Sunday morning!

Enjoying the Best Oklahoma Barbecue with Tips from Barbecue Pit Masters

If you’re from Oklahoma, you know good barbecue. Anything that doesn’t live up to your standards is just plain disappointing.

“I have tried a ton of barbecue, from Kansas to Texas to South Carolina to Memphis. Oklahoma has some of the best barbecue because it’s a nice mixture of all of those,” says Ryan Gray, head pit master at Billy Sims Barbecue. “We are taking pieces from the states around us.”

(Photo Courtesy of Billy Sims Barbecue)

The sauce is lighter in Texas and darker in Kansas City, but OKC has a good mix. Gray believes Oklahoma generally likes sweeter barbecue, with ketchup-based sauce, not vinegar.

While we all try to be pit masters in the backyard, sometimes it doesn’t quite work out. Here are some tips to help you in your pit master role.

Barbecue Tips from Pit Masters

Randy Birch, head chef of Allegro Marinade and barbecue pit master, has been cooking barbecue for many years. Birch’s years of experience have given him plenty of tips to help those who aren’t professional pit masters.

Birch says he is commonly asked about how to cook brisket. “Brisket is a big ol’ ugly cut of meat – you can really mess it up if you don’t know what you’re doing,” says Birch. Gray agrees: “Brisket is everyone’s nemesis.”

“The problem with brisket is people don’t cook it long enough,” says Birch. He recalls an old cooker’s tale to heat your brisket at 195 degrees; however, Birch recommends increasing the temperature more than 195 degrees. He also recommends wrapping in foil.

Pit masters need to pay attention to the following characteristics: time, temperature, color, and feel. Gray believes the feel is the most important but often the most overlooked characteristic. “If your fingers sink into it, that’s a real good thing,” says Gray. “If it’s rubbery, like jello, it’s not quite ready.”

Gray explains how some amateur smokers think if they perfectly follow a recipe and keep the time and temperature they will have a good end product, but it’s not that simple. Every piece of meat is different. “My best tip I can give is that smoking meat isn’t based on an exact time or temperature,” says Gray. “There is truly an art to barbecue.”

Bad Brad’s believes a big trick to delicious meat is letting the meat speak for itself. They only use the smoke from the wood, and salt and pepper to season their meat. “My advice is to keep it simple,” says Vernon Wilson, manager from Bad Brad’s Stillwater location.

Sauce to Improve the Meat

It’s important to know how to cook the meat. However, we understand we can’t all be pros behind a grill or smoker. That’s why we believe in the power of a good sauce.

Here at Homeland we aren’t lacking in sauces and offer plenty of options to enjoy your favorite barbecue, even if the meat wasn’t prepared just right. Enjoy some spice? Get your hands on Allegro’s spicy barbecue sauce. Or do you prefer a sweeter sauce? Try A&W barbecue sauce.

Great Barbecue Restaurant Options in Oklahoma

While we enjoy cooking for ourselves, sometimes it’s nice to let someone else do the cooking. Barbecue has been a staple for Oklahomans for many years, and we’re lucky to have our pick of mouth-watering barbecue restaurant options.

Some of our favorite barbecue restaurants in Oklahoma include Billy Sims Barbecue, Van’s Pig Stand, Jake’s Rib, Spencer’s Smokehouse and BBQ, Leo’s BBQ, and the list goes on.

What are you waiting for? Head over to one of our locations and pick up some barbecue sauce and put these tips to the test!

The Anatomy of a Perfect Picnic Basket

In Oklahoma, you never know when perfect picnic weather will hit. There’s no easier way to enjoy a weekend afternoon with the family than with a picnic, so it’s always a good idea to keep these picnic essentials on hand.

Depending on which part of our beautiful state your family is located, there are many options. Some of our favorite spots around the state to plop down on a checkered quilt and enjoy delicious foods include Lake Hefner, Shannon Springs Parks, Perry Lake Park, and Wacker Park.

While your ideal picnic items may differ, we believe there are some key essentials that every basket needs.

Main Course

Hot Dogs

Nothing says picnic season like a hot dog. You can either cook the franks before you go, or if you are picnicking somewhere with a grill, make them fresh and eat them while they’re hot. We love Schwab’s Original Hotlinks and Old School Franks.

Sandwiches

Turkey sandwiches are another fan favorite. A deli sandwich with some spicy mustard is a picnic classic. Or, for a picky child, a PB&J never disappoints. We love both Griffin’s grape jelly and Suan’s jam.

Chicken

Juicy fried chicken is so simple, yet so delicious. This is a great main course if you are planning to bring some sides too.

Sides

Let’s be honest: the main course never truly satisfies. We live for the sides. Consider adding some crunch to your picnic with chips or corn. Or, add unexpected flavor with a zesty coleslaw.

Sweet Treat

A picnic isn’t complete without a sweet treat. If that’s not a rule, it should be. Our favorites include gooey chocolate brownies or the classic Field’s pecan pie. These are crowd-pleasers every picnic-goer will savor.

“The pecan pie is our number one seller,” says Chris Field, president of Field’s Pies. “The pie comes fully cooked so that it’s convenient for a picnic.”

Beverages

Your basket will need some water to quench your thirst. But you should also have something a little more exciting to guzzle. Bring some fizzy sodas or juice!

Snacks

It’s always wise to bring some snacks in your picnic basket, because long-lasting picnics are the best.

“Our bologna is the perfect picnic snack,” says Scott Schwab, president of the Schwab Meat Co. “Pair it with some good crackers and cheese and you have an easy snack with lots of flavor.”

Favorite Complete Picnic Basket Combinations

Homeland is a big supporter of Oklahoma agriculture. Here are some picnic essentials that are (mostly) Made in Oklahoma to inspire a delicious picnic.

We’ve made it simple for you to get all of your picnic essentials at Homeland. Stop by one of our locations to fill your basket before heading to enjoy the great outdoors.

Nutella Four Ways

Few things in this world are better than Nutella. The chocolaty, sweet hazelnut spread is a beloved European import and has swept the hearts of millions stateside. What doesn’t it go with?! We’d gladly have a spoonful for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

February 5 marks World Nutella Day and February 14 rings in yet another Valentine’s Day, aka the biggest day of the year for chocolate.

All the signs are there – February is the month to go nutty for Nutella.

Make these decadent treats for friends and family or show your Valentine how much you care with Nutella!

Double Nutella Trufflestruffles

These truffles are so good; you may not want to give them out as gifts. Go for it   – keep them all to yourself!

Ingredients

  • 24 Oreo cookies
  • 6 ounces cream cheese
  • 2 cups chocolate chips
  • ½ cup of Nutella (plus 1 tbsp. for coating)
  • 1 tbsp. vegetable oil
  • Sprinkles (optional)

Directions

  • Place Oreos into a plastic gallon bag. Press out air and seal the bag. With a rolling pin, crush the cookies into extremely fine crumbs. Don’t be afraid to use your muscles!
  • In a large mixing bowl, place cream cheese and allow it to soften slightly. Then add ½ cup of Nutella. Combine with a hand mixer until the mixture is smooth.
  • Add cookie crumbs to the Nutella and cream cheese mixture. Blend with hand mixer until completely combined.
  • With your hands, roll the mixture into one inch balls to form truffles. If the mixture is too messy to roll, place it in a refrigerator and chill for 15 minutes before rolling. Place onto to a tray lined with parchment paper. After the truffles are rolled, place the tray in the freezer and chill for 15 minutes.
  • Before the truffles are almost done freezing, start prepping the chocolate chips for coating. In a microwave-safe bowl, combine chocolate chips, remaining Nutella, and vegetable oil. Place the bowl into the microwave for 30 seconds. Take the bowl out of the microwave using an oven mitt and stir the mixture with a spatula. Use caution as the bowl may be hot. Continue this process until chocolate is completely melted and smooth. Be careful not to overcook the chocolate.
  • Take the truffles out of the freezer and dip into the melted chocolate to coat. Use a spoon to help coat the truffle entirely. Once covered, place the truffle onto the parchment paper lined tray. Continue until each truffle is covered. Before the chocolate coating starts to set, decorate with festive sprinkles.
  • Place the tray of truffles back into the fridge or freezer to set chocolate. Serve once set or chill overnight.

Nutty Nutella Granolagranola

Granola is healthy, right? Then you shouldn’t feel too bad about snacking on this sweet mix!

Ingredients

  • 3 cups rolled oats
  • 1 cup, almonds chopped
  • 1/2 cup Nutella
  • 2 tbsp. vegetable or coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp. honey
  • 1 cup chocolate chips (optional)
  • 1 cup raisins (optional)

Directions

  • Heat oven to 275 degrees.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine oats and chopped almonds.
  • In another microwave safe bowl, combine Nutella, oil, and honey. Microwave for 30 seconds and then stir the mixture until smooth. Add mixture to oats and stir to combine.
  • Pour mixture onto a large baking sheet lined with parchment paper and spread evenly. Bake for 40 minutes, making sure to stir halfway through the cooking time.
  • After baking, place granola tray in an area to cool for 20 minutes. Don’t touch the granola until it’s done cooling. Once cooled, add chocolate chips and raisins to the mix. Store in an air-tight container.

Nutella Hot Chocolate for Twohotchoc

Get cozy with your Valentine over mugs of this incredibly rich and easy Nutella drink!

Ingredients

  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 4 tbsp. Nutella
  • Whipped cream (optional)

Directions

  • Combine milk and Nutella in a saucepan.
  • Simmer over medium heat while whisking the mixture smooth.
  • Once heated and smooth pour evenly into two mugs. Top with whipped cream.

Nutella Stuffed Crescent Rollscrescentrolls

These Pinterest all-stars are addictive and reminiscent of Nutella-filled French croissants. You’ll be grabbing for these one right after another.

Ingredients

  • 1 package crescent rolls
  • 1 jar Nutella
  • 1/3 cup chopped almonds (optional)
  • Powdered sugar (optional)

Directions

  • Heat oven to 375 degrees.
  • Open package of crescent rolls over a cutting board workstation and separate the pre-cut triangles of dough.
  • Place about a 1/2 tbsp. of Nutella on the wide end of each dough triangle. If you’d like to add almonds, sprinkle a pinch on top of the Nutella.
  • Roll each triangle into a role starting with the wide, Nutella-covered end. Roll slowly from the wide end to the small end. Make sure the Nutella mixture doesn’t run out of the sides.
  • Place the rolls onto a greased baking sheet and bake for 12 minutes.
  • Allow crescent rolls to cool and then top with powdered sugar.

Craving more? Snack on other recipes from our blog! If Nutella isn’t your thing, you’ll be sure to find something that satisfies your palate. Our bakery offers ready-made cookies, cakes, pies and more!

Give Your Football Watch Party an Oklahoma Twist

February 5 is drawing near. It’s the biggest night in football, commercials and snacking. As the pros run drills, you’re prepping big time for the ultimate championship watch party. Leave the sweat to the competing teams. We’ve got your menu planned.

These recipes back flavor. Represented are smoky, Atlanta BBQ and classic Beantown favorites. While Oklahoma doesn’t have a representing pro football team, these recipes include all-star Oklahoma products.

Before you get into cooking mode, draw out your game plan. Make sure the basics are covered and stop by Homeland to pick up deli trays full of your favorite fruits, veggies, cheese and cold cuts. Make it a perfect touchdown and grab pies, cakes and cookies from the bakery.

No matter the outcome of the game, you’ll be the winner of the watch party with these recipes. MVP status? We’d say so.

Bacon_Wrapped_Sausage_100-460-400Bacon Wrapped Sausage Bites

This tasty sausage bite recipe comes from our friends at the Made in Oklahoma Coalition. MIO is an Oklahoma based group that promotes brand awareness and consumer loyalty for Oklahoma food products. This recipe showcases Okie brands at their absolute tastiest.

Ingredients

Directions

  • Set oven to 375 degrees.
  • Cut sausage into fourths and cut bacon slices in half. Wrap each piece of sausage with a bacon half. Secure with tooth pick.
  • Sprinkle Head Country Seasoning on top of sausages.
  • Cover a baking sheet with a layer of parchment paper. Place sausages on sheet and bake for 25 to 30 minutes.
  • Allow to cool slightly and arrange on serving tray. Pour syrup, mustard and BBQ sauce into separate bowls for dipping.

Oklahoma Muffin-Top Sliders with Cola pulled pork

Each bite is sweet and savory when you bake a Shawnee Mills Mexican Corn Muffin and top it with cola pulled pork. Simply pick up the mix, add milk and an egg before baking and you’ll have the perfect kickoff to a game day treat.

Serve the pulled pork on top of the cornbread muffins to have an Oklahoma twist on an Atlanta-style barbecue favorite the Atlanta Falcons would be proud of. Garnish the top with some ready-made coleslaw to deepen the southern tradition.

Ingredients

  • Pork roast (4-5 pound shoulder or butt)
  • 2 tsp. garlic, minced, dehydrated
  • 2 tsp. onions, minced, dehydrated
  • 14 tsp. black pepper, freshly ground
  • 14 tsp. cayenne pepper, ground
  • 1 tsp. liquid smoke
  • 1 liter Coca-Cola
  • 1 20 ounce bottle Head Country BBQ Sauce 

Directions

  • Bake Shawnee Mill Mexican Corn Muffins according to package instructions. Set muffins aside.
  • Place pork in a slow-cooker. Season with garlic, onion, black pepper and cayenne pepper. Add liquid smoke and pour in Coca-Cola until it reaches the top of the roast.
  • Set slow cooker on low heat and cook for eight hours.
  • When ready to serve, remove roast from slow-cooker to a platter. Remove any bones and trim all fat. With a fork, begin “pulling” pork apart into thin shreds. Add barbecue sauce and fold into meat. Finish by spooning meat on top of cornbread muffins. Serve with coleslaw side or topping.

Boston Bake Beans Okie Style

Beans, beans, the magical and beloved fruit. Take a hint from the New England Patriots and serve Boston baked beans to your guests, albeit with a little more Oklahoma flair. Siekle’s Oklahoma Gold Old Style Mustard will give the beans a bright, tangy flavor while Bar-S Thin Sliced Bacon adds smoky goodness.

Ingredients

Directions

  • Soak navy beans overnight in a large pot or bowl with enough water to cover the beans entirely. Drain beans in the morning.
  • In a bowl, combine brown sugar, molasses and Dijon mustard with hot water.
  • Slice bacon into one inch pieces. Place half of the bacon into the bottom of a slow-cooker. Then lay half of the beans over the bacon and add chopped onion. Repeat layer by topping with the remaining bacon and beans.
  • Pour in the, mustard and water mixture, molasses and brown sugar over all the ingredients.
  • Set slow cooker on low for seven to eight hours. Allow guests to serve themselves buffet style.

SpicyOklahomaCaviar-460-400Spicy Oklahoma Caviar

Get fresh and fancy by serving ‘Okie’ caviar. This dish is yet another one of MIO’s great Oklahoma-centric recipes! Check out their entire recipe catalogue if you’re hungry for more state-made products.

Ingredients

  • 1 red onion, chopped
  • 1 green pepper, chopped
  • 1 red pepper, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 cans black eyed peas, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can hominy, rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup Head Country Garden Rich Salsa
  • Salt and pepper for seasoning

Directions

  • In a large bowl, combine all ingredients. Cover with lid or foil and chill overnight or for several hours.
  • Serve to guest with corn chips or tortilla chip! It’s also great as a side.

Want more recipes for game day? Check out our cheese and veggie platter how-to articles!

Wedding Cakes and Homeland: The Perfect Match

Jennifer slowly spins the cake on her turntable, smoothing bright white icing onto the sides of the vanilla layers.

“Most of the time it’s just a gentle touch,” she said as she finished icing the wedding cake.

Simple is in this year, said Jennifer Akers, assistant manager and head cake decorator at the Homeland Store at 9552 N. May Ave. in Oklahoma City. Couples are opting for rustic, basic looks. One popular order is for a simple, tiered cake topped with colorful fresh flowers added on the day of the ceremony.

“The more basic, clean, rustic look is what people are looking for,” Jennifer said.

Homeland Wedding Cake from Homeland Stores on Vimeo.

Homeland Stores offers wedding cake services at 10 locations throughout Oklahoma.

“I love the creativity and fun part of the job,” Jennifer said. “You see the end result. It starts so basic and then it turns into something amazing.”

Wedding Cake Price Tags

The average American wedding costs $32,641, according to a recent national survey. The cake alone costs brides and grooms an average of a whopping $575, and that price tag is rising. But couples need more affordable options that don’t sacrifice quality, taste or beauty. That’s why Oklahoma couples trust Homeland.

“We want to offer something other than just your basic, run-of-the-mill sheet cake,” said Ashlee Trotter, spokeswoman for Homeland. “We want to take it to the next step, where it’s personalized. We want to give the customer empowerment to make a one-of-kind cake that’s specific to their party theme.”

Homeland Wedding Cakes

Wedding cake services are offered at 12 Homeland locations:

  • Ardmore — 205 N. Commerce Street
  • Edmond — 1151 N. Bryant Avenue
  • Muskogee — 2410 Chandler Road
  • Norman — 2600 N. Robinson and 1251 Alameda Street
  • Oklahoma City — 7001 NW 122, 9335 N. May Avenue, and 10700 S. Pennsylvania
  • Pryor — 925 S. Mill Street
  • Yukon – 2400 S. Cornwell
  • Clinton – 1200 Gary Blvd.
  • Duncan – 1401 Beech Ave

Other Cake Services

You can order pre-designed cakes on our site, and you can also build your own custom creation. We offer a variety of cake options at nearly every Homeland store.

If you’re planning a wedding and are in search of a beautiful, delicious cake that won’t break the bank, contact one of the 12 Homeland locations listed above.

Everything You Want to Know About Milk

Chances are that when you think of milk, you might think back to elementary school cafeterias or how you’ll order your next latte at Starbucks.

Milk isn’t only nutritionally beneficial for kids or a tasty addition to your morning coffee. If your diet restrictions allow for the consumption of milk, it’s a fantastic source of nutrients. Rich in calcium and protein and jammed packed with vitamins A and D, it’s no wonder milk is a great addition to a diet.

Long gone are the days of choosing between plain and chocolate. Everyone has a preference. Choices range from whole to skim to soy and beyond.

Homeland’s dairy section carries a wide range of dairy products and brands. We make it easy to find the perfect milk for you. From Hiland to Horizon Organic, our selection offers plenty of milk and other dairy product options.

Learn more about milk with our Everything You Want to Know about Milk!

Spooky Halloween Cookies to Make at Home

Halloween brings scores of goodies: caramel apples, pumpkin bread, and enough candy to satisfy a sweet tooth for months (or at least until Christmas). If candy alone doesn’t crunch your monstrous craving for tempting treats this Halloween, we’ve got you covered.

Cast a spell over friends with these easy-to-make peanut butter sandwich ghost cookies. Our recipe makes for a fun family activity and a fitting treat for all your monster mashes.

No need to fear these adorable ghosts. The most frightening thing about them is how fast they’ll disappear.

Peanut Butter Sandwich Ghost Cookies

Your shopping list

  • One 16 oz. package of Nabisco Nutter Butter Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies
  • Two 4 oz. packages of Baker’s White Chocolate Baking Squares
  • One package of regular-sized chocolate chips
  • One package mini-sized chocolate chip
  • ¼ tbsp. vegetable oil
  • One roll of parchment or wax paper

Utensils

  • Oven mitt
  • Small spatula
  • Once large cookie sheet
  • Tongs (optional)

Recipe

  1. Begin by opening the Nutter Butters and chocolate chips and placing them into organized containers or bowls. Arrange the bowls in an assembly-style workspace. This will make the decoration process run smoothly.
  2. Prep the cookie sheet by lining it with either parchment or wax paper. Place the cookie sheet with your other prepped ingredients
  3. Break apart the white chocolate into small pieces and place in a microwave-safe bowl. On a low setting, melt the chocolate in 30-second intervals, stirring between each interval. Continuing warming and stirring until completely smooth.

Caution: Your bowl may be hot. Use a mitt to remove it from the microwave, and keep children away until it cools.

  1. You may add a small amount — no more than a ¼ tablespoon — of vegetable oil to the chocolate to keep its consistency as you work. Be careful not to add too much oil to the chocolate, as it may affect its ability to set. Add the bowl of chocolate to your workstation.
  2. With tongs or your hand, take a Nutter Butter and dip one half of it into the melted chocolate. Your cookie should look like it’s wearing a white sheet. After you dip it, place the cookie on the lined sheet.

Continue dipping the cookies in the chocolate, making sure you space them apart far enough apart so they don’t touch each other on the sheet. You may use another lined cookie sheet if needed to space and fit cookies properly.

  1. Once your cookies are dipped, take two mini chocolate chips and create a pair of eyes on the upper part of each cookie’s dipped side. Once your ghosts have eyes, give them a mouth by placing one regular sized chocolate chip a little below the eyes.
  2. Now that your ghosts have faces, take the cookie sheet and place it on a refrigerator shelf. Allow the chocolate to set for at least 30 minutes. Once set, take your cookies out and serve the ghoulish treats, or package them in seasonal Halloween packaging to pass out to friends.

Not feeling crafty? We understand. Check out your Homeland bakery’s hauntingly decorated baked goods! Stop by or order an assortment of cookies or cakes that will delight all the little witches, monsters, and goblins in your life. Don’t forget to pick some fun-size candy while you’re there!

Happy Halloween from Homeland!