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Halloween Tasty Treats

Date Posted: 2001-10-23

Here are some great Halloween recipes to help bring on the festivities at your own home or at a private party. They are not only fun to make and delicious to eat. Partygoers will surely be charmed by their ghastly names.

Black Cat Cupcakes
Prep Time: 10 min.
Serving Size: 24
· 1 ¼ cup Reduced Fat Oreo® cookie crumbs
· 18 ¼ oz reduced fat chocolate cake mix
· 24 pcs Halloween Oreo® cookies
· 16 oz reduced fat milk chocolate frosting
· black string licorice
· jelly beans
· semisweet chocolate chips

1. Preheat oven to 350.
2. Prepare 24 - 2½" muffin cups with cooking spray and flour; set aside.
3. Prepare cake mix according to package directions; stir in cookie crumbs.
4. Spoon batter into prepared muffin cups. Bake for 25 minutes.
5. Remove from pans; cool on wire rack.
6. Make cat faces on each of the remaining 24 cookies: using some frosting, attach 4 - 1½" licorice strings for whiskers, 2 jelly bean halves for eyes and 2 chocolate chips for ears.
7. Let set at least 30 minutes.
8. Frost cupcakes with remaining frosting.
9. Stand cat faces on edge on each cupcake.
10. Place 3" piece licorice string on back half of each cupcake for tail.

Boo Bites
Prep Time: 30 min.
Start to Finish: 1 Hr. 30 min.
· 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) margarine or butter
· 30 large marshmallows or 3 cups miniature marshmallows
· 1/4 cup light corn syrup
· 1/2 cup Reese's Creamy Peanut Butter
· 1/3 cup Hershey's Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
· 4-1/2 cups crisp rice cereal

1. Line cookie sheet with wax paper.
2. Melt butter in large saucepan over low heat. Add marshmallows. Cook, stirring constantly, until marshmallows are melted. Remove from heat.
3. Add corn syrup; stir until well blended. Add peanut butter and chocolate chips; stir until chips are melted and mixture is well blended. Add cereal; stir until well coated. Cool slightly.
4. With wet hands, shape mixture into 1-1/2 inch balls; place balls on prepared cookie sheet. Cool completely. Store in cool, dry place. About 4 dozen bites.

Candied Apples
Prep Time: 15 min.
Serving Size: 6

· 2 cups granulated sugar
· 2 cups corn syrup
· 1/3 cup cinnamon candy
· 1 C water
· 3/4 tsp cinnamon
· 1/2 tsp vanilla
· 1/4 tsp cloves
· 3/4 tsp red food coloring
· 6 med apples

1. Remove stems from apples, wash, and pat dry.
2. Insert a wooden skewer in each apple, running through the apple from stem end to base without protruding all the way through the bottom end.
3. Combine sugar, corn syrup, cinnamon candies, and water in medium-sized saucepan.
4. Cook until candies dissolve, stirring constantly. Be careful not to boil.
5. Add cinnamon, vanilla, cloves, and food coloring. Mix thoroughly.
6. Boil mixture to 300 degrees using a candy thermometer without stirring.
7. While mixture is boiling, generously prepare a baking sheet with cooking spray so it's ready ahead of time.
8. As soon as mixture reaches 300 degrees, remove it from heat and quickly dip each apple-one by one-into the mixture until it is thoroughly coated.
9. Set coated apples, standing on their bottoms with skewer pointing up, on baking sheet until mixture hardens.
10. Let apples reach room temperature before eating.

Halloween Punch
Preparation Time: 0 mins
Serving: 24 servings

· 12 oz orange juice concentrate, frozen
· 12 oz grape juice, white
· 2 lt 7-Up
· 1 pt sherbet, lemon or lime
· green food coloring

1. Mix together orange juice, white grape juice, 7-Up, lemon or lime sherbet, and several drops of green food coloring
2. If desired, serve with large, buoyant, and well-washed plastic spiders on the top! (For adult party: add rum or vodka to taste, optional)

Monster Munch
· 1 cup dry roast peanuts -- unsalted
· 1/3 cup butter or margarine
· 1 pound marshmallows
· 1/2 cup peanut butter
· 3 cups puffed rice cereal
· 1 cup apricots -- chopped
· 1 cup raisins

1. In a large bowl, combine cereal, apricots, raisins and peanuts.
2. In a microwave safe 13x9", melt butter and marshmallows on high for 2 minutes.
3. Stir; add peanut butter cook on high 2 minutes longer.
4. Stir until well blended, add cereal mixture to dish and toss until well coated.
5. Working quickly with greased hand, form into balls, using about 1/2 C mixture, per ball. If mixture begins to harden, cook on high for 30 seconds, or until softened.
6. If desired , mixture may be spread in unbuttered 13x9" dish and cooled and cut into bars.
Makes 1 dozen balls or 2 dozen bars
Similar to the Rice Krispie treats, but with the apricots and raisins it definitely gives it a fall look. Another idea would be putting the mixture into cookie cutters, and letting it cool. The shapes could be pumpkins, witches, etc. A little gel piping they would look great.

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