This Cackling Crackers and Full Moon Dip (a.k.a. Halloween Dip with Witch Crackers) makes a fun appetizer for a Halloween party. Your guests will love this easy-to-make hot chicken tip served with homemade witch-shaped crackers.
Does your family have that one dish that is served at virtually every family function? Our gatherings would not be complete without a serving dish filled with bubbling hot chicken dip.
When I was creating witch-themed recipes for my cookbook, Hungry Halloween featuring Movie Monster Munchies, Bewitched Buffet, and Dead Man's Diner, I came up with the idea to have a witch flying across a moon and knew that the chicken dip served in a round dish would work wonderfully as a moon.
We usually serve the dip with crackers, so I decided to try my hand at making homemade crackers shaped like flying witches to go along with my moon dip.
I had never made homemade crackers before developing this recipe, but found they were so simple to make. I wanted a light crispy cracker with a very mild flavor, but I also wanted the crackers to be black so they would appear as silhouettes of the flying witches.
At first, I tried to use dark-colored flours to make the crackers but didn't like the more robust crackers with the dip. Then I tried sprinkling poppy seeds over a more plain cracker, but this too was not the flavor I was after, so I finally decided to just add black food coloring to a buttery cracker made with all-purpose flour.
I thought the resulting crackers looked great and tasted perfect with the chicken dip. I hope you like them too.
Cackling Crackers and Full Moon Dip
recipe excerpt from my cookbook, Hungry Halloween featuring Movie Monster Munchies, Bewitched Buffet, and Dead Man's Diner
To Create Witch Stencil: Click on this link for a PDF file of the witch template. Print the witch template onto a piece of card stock paper. Cut out the image of the witch.
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A quick and easy chicken dip served with witch-shaped crackers for Halloween.
- 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
- 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
- ¾ teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 stick unsalted butter divided
- ⅓ cup whole milk
- ½ teaspoon black paste food coloring
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- Table salt
- 8 ounces cream cheese softened
- ¾ cup mayonnaise
- 1 ½ teaspoons lemon juice
- 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
- 1 12 oz. can chunk chicken breast
To Create Witch Stencil: Click on this link for a PDF file of the witch template. Print the witch template onto a piece of card stock paper. Cut out image of the witch.
Pour flour, baking powder, and kosher salt into the bowl of a food processor. Pulse three times. Add 6 tablespoons butter and pulse 10 times. Add milk and black paste food coloring and pulse until the mixture forms a ball. If the dough looks dry, add up to a tablespoon of milk. You can also do this in a bowl, using a pastry cutter or large fork.
Pour dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Knead 10 times. Divide dough into three balls. Pour olive oil into a shallow bowl. Place dough balls into a bowl and coat them in the oil. Cover with plastic wrap and let rest for 30 minutes.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Lightly flour work surface. Roll the dough out as thin as possible. Lay witch stencil on dough and cut out around witch. Cut remaining dough with witch-shaped cookie cutters, re-rolling as needed. Place cutouts on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Prick each cracker all over using a fork. Melt the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter. Brush crackers with butter and sprinkle salt, to taste, over tops. Bake for 8-12 minutes until crackers are crisp.
Combine cream cheese, mayonnaise, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, and chicken in a large mixing bowl. Beat with an electric mixer until combined. Spread into a 9” round ramekin or pie plate. Bake, covered with foil, in a 350-degree oven for 20 minutes. Top with large witch crackers and serve hot with remaining Cackling Crackers.