The girls and I got together on Saturday afternoon for a Halloween baking bee... working in pairs, we prepared six delicious, creepy treats to take home for some spooky entertaining. If you couldn't make it, here are the recipes:
My favourite of all the Halloween treats, there is nothing tastier than a fresh batch of armpit hair plucked from the drain.
Break apart three large shredded wheat bundles into long strands so they have the appearance of hair, and set aside.
In a medium sized heavy saucepan, combine 3 tablespoons honey with 1 tablespoon light brown sugar and 6 ounces of chocolate chips and 2 tablespoons butter or margarine. Gently stir over medium heat until mixture is glossy and smooth.
Remove from heat and gently stir in the shredded wheat. When thoroughly coated, scoop onto a waxed paper lined sheet in small, equal portions. Set in the fridge for at least 30 minutes to set. Before serving, you can shake a little "talcum powder" (confectioner's sugar) on them to freshen them up!
These are so easy and quick, I made them last year too... simply poke mini marshmallows on either end of a lollipop stick. Over a double boiler or in a microwave, melt butterscotch chips until smooth (or you can use peanut-butter flavoured Wilton candy melts). Gently dip each end of the "swab" in the melted candy and lay to set on waxed paper. Do not refrigerate.
These are always a hit!
These scab-filled treats are a cut above the rest! Simply cut graham crackers in half horizontally to resemble a rectangular Band-Aid. Cut jumbo marshmallows into four slices and trim the edges to square them off. On each piece of marshmallow, place a torn bit of strawberry fruit roll-up to the sticky side.
In a microwave, warm a little milk (about 6 tablespoons) and add 2 tsp vanilla or orange extract. Mix in approximately 2 cups confectioner's sugar to the warm milk until it is smooth and lump-free. Add food colour (red and yellow, or a gentle pink) to resemble a fleshy bandage tone. Spread this mixture on the top of each halved graham cracker and place the scabby marshmallow in the middle.
We embellished the scab pad by adding a dab of Wilton Halloween-green candy melts to the scab area for "pus." Everybody say... ewwwww.
My booger bits are simply delicious! They are crusty and sweet.
In a large mixing bowl, combine one 14 - 0z sweetened condensed milk with 5 cups finely flaked coconut, 1/3 cup Jell-O lime gelatin (in its powdered form), 1 cup finely ground almonds, and 1 tsp almond extract. Mix well with and cover bowl with plastic wrap and chill for about one hour.
Scoop out by tiny bits and form into odd shapes and balls. Make sure all sizes and shapes are different, just as each and every booger is special and unique.
Pour the remainder of your lime Jell-O package in a bowl and lightly roll each booger in the powder to finish it... the boogers will get a nice crust and take on a neat lime shade. Place on waxed paper and return to the refrigerator for an hour before serving.
We also dipped Halloween Oreos in black Wilton candy melts and sprinkled them... we decorated pretzel twists the same way. These goodies are for those who are too squeamish for our other goodies.
I gathered my share of the goodies on a tray and bundled it closed with some CAUTION tape from Dollarama. I left a set of recipes for the Home Economics teacher who graciously agreed to allow us to meet in her lab for the afternoon... think she'll find any takers?
Just a little hint: Monday evening registration will open here for the Christmas Charm Bracelet Swap. I will be setting it up all day in two rounds and will open a third if the first two fill. First come, first served. Be here, or be square.