Bring On the Butterbeer! These Harry Potter Recipes Will Inspire an Enchanting Party
We all know Harry Potter fans can't get enough of the wizarding world, and thanks to these sweet and savory recipes, they'll have a taste of it. Though it may be difficult (or, er, impossible) for us measly muggles to re-create spells, one thing we can bring to life is the food and drink mentioned in the books. From tasty renditions of the books' famous butterbeer to sweet, golden snitch-inspired recipes and even a savory, cherry-studded ham for dinner, your family and friends will be beyond impressed by your wizard-like abilities. Though it may not be as easy as shouting "Accio butterbeer!", these recipes are absolutely doable for the home cook.
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The Golden Snitch Cocktail
Influenced with Harry Potter's golden snitch, this bubbly drink is made with sweet apple cider, whiskey, St. Germain, lemon, maple, and a few spices. Rim it with cinnamon sugar and you have the perfect cocktail to sip while reading the series (for the 100th time).
Mrs. Weasley's Chocolate Fudge
Make a batch of chocolate fudge and sprinkle some edible gold stars on top for a touch of magic.
Forbidden Forest Cake
Chocolate-lovers and Harry Potter fans alike will be in awe of this cake. Made of three chocolate layers, chocolate butterbeer frosting, weeping willow chocolate trees, pretzel spiders, and completed with a marshmallow spider web, the dessert is straight out of Harry Potter's forbidden forest.
Harry Potter Dark Magic Macarons
Use black food coloring to transform french macarons into a dessert fit for a Slytherin. Paint on Harry Potter symbols like a lightening bolt and 9 3/4 with edible gold paint for a final festive touch.
The Deathly Hallows Cocktail
Become "the master of death" with the deathly hallows cocktail. Made of cranberry juice, Mezcal, orange liqueur, lemon juice, maple, and ginger beer, this cocktail is a breeze to sip on.
Harry Potter Decorative Sugar Cookies
Give iced sugar cookies a magical upgrade with owl, broom, and triangle cookie cutters.
Death by Butterbeer Cupcakes
If you want a treat that'll make your mouth water, these death by butterbeer cupcakes do it. Drizzled with butterscotch mixed with butter extract to replicate Harry Potter's notorious butterbeer, the glaze in itself could be a dessert. Top off the cupcakes with chocolate frosting and dipped chocolate pretzels, and you're ready to eat!
Available on the Hogwarts Express and at Honeydukes, pumpkin pasties are essentially pocket pies stuffed with a savory pumpkin filling.
Pumpkin Butterbeer Hot Chocolate
Make butterbeer THAT much better with this creamy pumpkin butterbeer hot chocolate recipe. The secret ingredient is milk chocolate, and it tastes delicious with whipped cream and butterscotch drizzled on top.
Flaming Christmas Pudding
If you're looking to re-create the Hogwarts Christmas feast from Harry Potter and brave enough to try something a little on the complex side, try this flaming Christmas pudding.
Harry Potter-Inspired Pumpkin Juice
There are many occasions in the Harry Potter series where pumpkin juice is mentioned, and now, the recipe can be brought into your own home! Feel like a true wizard drinking this cozy, autumnal drink.
Butterbeer Ice Cream
Ice cream and butterbeer? It's total deliciousness in a cup and great to enjoy throughout every season. Made of butterscotch, browned butter, cream soda, and more, you'll be in heaven enjoying this dessert.
If you haven't noticed, there are a slew of ways to incorporate butterbeer into your baking, and these butterbeer cookies top the charts. Not only are they simple to make, but their buttery base melts in your mouth. Finished with creamy butterscotch ganache, you can't go wrong with this yummy sweet.
The Half-Blood Prince Cocktail
Inspired by the Harry Potter series, this blood-red cocktail consists of pomegranate, bourbon, Chambord, and lemon. The drink is devilishly delicious, and makes for quite a spooky sight.
Young wizards loved eating pumpkin pastries aboard the Hogwarts Express, and now you can eat them in your own home. The treat can be made both savory or sweet, but sweet is what this recipe calls for. Filled with a pumpkin cream cheese mix, these flavorful pastries can be served for breakfast, brunch, or dessert.
The Death Eater Negroni
Muggles, watch out! The death eater negroni is not meant for those without magical powers. However, if you want to test your chances, it sounds very good. Made with gin, Campari, sweet vermouth, and pomegranate juice, this negroni is lip-smacking good.
Yet another food found on the Hogwarts Express food trolley, these cupcakes are made with a red velvet base. Coated with vanilla buttercream frosting that's topped with mini peanut butter cups dabbed with green frosting on top (to look like a cauldron), these cauldron cupcakes are both easy and fun to make!
Steak and Kidney Pie
Served at many Hogwarts feasts, this steak and kidney pie recipe is a delicious British entrée! Made with grass-fed beef kidney and a flavorful crust, this savory pie is a great meal to eat during cold months.
As we know, butterbeer isn't a real-life drink (sorry, Potterheads!), so every recipe of the drink calls for something different! This one, in particular, isn't too sweet or rich, making it easy to slug down.
Leaky Cauldron Pea Soup
Ready for a pea soup that's definitely not your grandma's and that would turn Harry Potter into a Leaky Cauldron regular? Accio slow cooker!
Golden Snitch Chocolates
There may only be one golden snitch in Harry Potter's world, but you can make endless golden snitch chocolates for your next Harry Potter-themed party using this easy and tasty DIY. No cooking or baking required!
Sprinkles, white chocolate, and a fruit rope is all you need to re-create these Honeydukes licorice wands.
During Hogwarts' annual holiday event, students would feast on a cherry-studded ham, and now, you can too. Prep and roast this ham for a large dinner —everyone will be in awe of its scrumptious flavor.
Mrs. Weasley's Ugly Christmas Sweater Cookies
Entertain guests by piping their initials on Mrs. Weasley's ugly Christmas sweater cookies, they'll love the personal touch.
Combine butterbeer and a pumpkin spice latte and what do you get? The butterbeer latte. Both tasty and sweet, this recipe is so easy, you'll hardly have to lift a finger.
Hot or cold, butterbeer, made with real butter and beer, is a staple to take the edge off.
Muggles drink OJ, but wizards subsist off of pumpkin juice morning, noon, and night.
Beef, Lamb, and Guinness Stew
Served at the Leaky Cauldron, beef, lamb and Guinness stew is originally in a bread bowl but can be made like a pot pie if you prefer pastry dough.
Ogden's Old Firewhisky and Blishen's Firewhisky are a few popular brands of the alcohol said to create a burning sensation while consumed and to inspire courage. While it's not entirely known what's in it, we imagine it to be like homemade Fireball, a combination of whiskey, cinnamon, and spicy chilis.
A type of fruitcake with a crunchy exterior served with tea, rock cake takes on a literal meaning when Hagrid makes them. His batches are usually so overcooked that they nearly break teeth when chewed. Though this confection has earned a terrible reputation, when made correctly (and served with blue cheese as is traditional in England), rock cake may earn a place in your heart.