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Halloween Fruit Gummy Scares

3 tbsps reduced fat peanut butter
3 tbsps strawberry jam
1 lb Frozen Bread Dough -- thawed

Prepare two baking sheets with cooking spray; set aside. In a small bowl, combine peanut butter and jam; set aside. Divide dough into sixteen equal pieces. It takes two pieces of dough to make one spider. To make spider, take one piece of dough, on a lightly floured surface, divide this piece into four equal pieces for spider's legs. Roll each of these pieces into thin ropes, each being eight inches long. Lay each of these ropes, parallel and equal in length to each other, half inch apart onto prepared baking sheet. For the spider's body, divide a second piece of dough, one twice as large as the other. On a floured surface, pat larger piece of dough with the palm of your hand to flatten. Place two teaspoons peanut butter and jam mixture onto center of circle. Bring ends of dough up together and seal seams. Gently roll this piece of dough into a ball; set aside. Roll smaller piece of dough in a round ball (this will be the spider's head). Place peanut butter filled body and head centered on top of the four ropes of dough. The spider should nowhave eight legs. Finish with remaining pieces of dough to make eight spiders. Let rise until doubled in size, one hour. Bake in a 375 degree oven for ten minutes, or until golden brown.

Baked Apple Halloween Pizza

Serves 4 to 6 prep time: 10 minutes, cook time: 30 minutes

1 refrigerated, ready to cook piecrust
1/2 cup seedless raspberry jam
3 or 4 medium Granny Smith, Rome, or Fuji apples, peeled, cored and thinly sliced
1 to 2 tbs. sweet butter
2 to 3 tbs. sugar
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 cup raisins (opt)
vanilla ice cream

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Flatten piecrust on a 9 or 10 inch pizza pan. Spread raspberry jam on crust, leaving 1in. border uncovered. Place apples over jam and dot them with butter.
In a small bowl, mix sugar and cinnamon, then sprinkle over apples. Sprinkle on raisins, if desired. Bake for 30 minutes. Serve warm with vanilla ice cream.

Brain Salad for Halloween

1- 3 oz package tapioca pudding
1- 3 oz package vanilla pudding
1- 4 oz-size Cool Whip
2 cups seedless green grapes
2 cups miniature marshmallows
1 - 6-ounce jar maraschino cherries
green food coloring

Make the puddings. Tint the vanilla pudding with green food coloring. Mix the cooled puddings together in a large mixing bowl. Stir in the Cool Whip, marshmallows, grapes, and most of the cherries. Spoon the salad into individual serving bowls, alternating with spoonfuls of cherry juice.
Top with extra cherries.

Halloween Candied Apples

12 red delicious apples
12 wooden skewers
4 cups sugar
3/4 cup light corn syrup
1 tsp red food coloring
1 cup water
1 cup chopped peanuts

Grease a large cookie sheet and set aside. Wash and dry apples. Insert a stick through stem, leaving about two inches sticking out. In saucepan over medium heat, combine sugar, corn syrup, food colouring and water. Cook, stirring constantly, until ingredients are dissolved and liquid boils. Set a candy thermometer in mixture and continue cooking, without stirring until temperature reaches 290 degrees, about 20 minutes.
Meanwhile place shopped peanuts in a bowl. Remove syrup from heat and dip the apples, one by one, to coat evenly. Work quickly.
As you dip each apple roll in peanuts to coat then place on prepared cookie sheet. Let apples cool for at least an hour.

Halloween Candy Corn Popcorn Balls

1/4 cup butter or margarine
1 bag (10 1/2oz) mini marshmallows
1 pkg Jell-O
3 qts. (12 cups) popped popcorn
1 cup candy corn

Microwave: butter and marshmallows in a large microwavable on HIGH 1 1/2 to 2 min. or until marshmallows are puffed.

Stir in gelatin until well mixed. Pour marshmallow mixture over popcorn and candy corn in large bowl. Mix lightly until well coated. Shape into 15 balls or other shapes with greased or wet hands.

Halloween Candy Critters

Create "spooktacular" critters by using products such as York peppermint patties, Mounds Miniatures candies or Reese's peanut butter cups as bodies. Then add Twizzlers candy legs, Pull-n-Peel candy whiskers and Reese's Pieces candy eyes.

Halloween Candy Pumpkins

For each pumpkin you will need:
5 orange jelly slices (i.e. Chuckles)
1 small green jelly bean
White frosting
Pipe a line of frosting on the narrow side of the orange slice and press to next one, continue on until they are all together on a pumpkin shape, then set the jelly bean on top with small amount of frosting for stem.

Halloween Caramel Marshmallow Applies

1 pkg (14oz) caramels
1 cup mini marshmallows
1 Tbsp water
5-6 small apples
wooden skewers

Line baking sheet with buttered waxed paper; set aside. Combine caramels, marshmallows, and water in medium saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until caramels melt. Cool slightly while preparing apples. Rinse and dry apples. Insert skewers into apples. Dip each apple in caramel mixture, coating apples. Place on prepared sheet. Refrigerate until firm. For variety roll apples in crushed peanuts or drizzle with melted chocolate.

Halloween Cat Cookies

Chocolate sandwich cookies
white frosting
candy corn
mini baking bits
red/black licorice lace

Spread each cookie on one side with frosting. Dab some frosting on the bottom of 2 pieces of candy corn and place on top of cookie for ears. You many have to hold for a minute. Decorate the "face" of the cat with mini baking bits for eyes and red licorice for nose and black for whiskers.

Halloween Chocolate Spiders

4 cups semisweet chocolate baking chips
Melt chocolate chips in top of double boiler. Let stand over the water until water is cool, about 10 minutes.
Place wax paper on cookie sheet. Pour chocolate into a pastry bag that is fitted with a 1/8-inch or 1/4-inch tip. Squeeze chocolate onto wax paper in the shape of spiders. If chocolate is runny it needs to be cooled longer. Chill the spiders for about 10 minutes. When hard peel off wax paper. Store in refrigerator laid flat.

Halloween Instant Pumpkin Pie

Any crust you like although graham cracker crust is the best with this.

2 cups instant vanilla pudding
1 1/3 cup milk
2 cups cool whip
16 oz pumpkin

Mix and pour into crust, chill in fridge for 2 hours

Halloween Crispy Marshmallow Ghosts

For the Crispy Marshmallow Ghosts use a ghost cookie cutter to cut out the shape. The icing looks like "fluffy white icing" when it is being made. Unlike the "fluffy white icing", however, this icing is not sticky.

1 c sugar
3 tbs. water
1 egg white
1/8 tsp cream of tartar
1/8 tsp salt
1/2 tsp vanilla

Halloween Ghosts

1/4 c reduced fat margarine -- melted
6 c miniature marshmallows
1tsp vanilla
8 c crispy rice cereal
1/3 c semisweet chocolate chips -- melted

Halloween Ghost party treatsTo prepare icing, combine sugar, water, egg white, cream of tartar, and salt in a the top of a double boiler. Heat to a boil. With electric mixer, beat at high speed for seven minutes or until stiff glossy peaks form. Fold in half teaspoon vanilla. Cover and refrigerate for one hour or until thickened.
To prepare ghosts, combine margarine and marshmallows. Mix until smooth. Stir in remaining vanilla. Place mixture into a mixing bowl. Add in cereal. Mix until well coated. Set bowl over saucepan of boiling water.
Using rubber gloves, shape cereal mixture into four inch ghost shapes. Let stand for 30 minutes or until firm. Spread with icing. Let ghosts stand for 30 minutes or until set.
In top of double boiler over hot (not boiling) water, melt chocolate; pipe onto ghosts to make faces.
NOTES : Variation: Jack-O-Lanterns: Add orange food coloring with vanilla extract. Shape into 2" balls. Create face with currants, red fruit leather, and licorice shoestrings and twists. Ghosts can be refrigerated in airtight container for up to 3 days.

Halloween Dirt

Put chocolate pudding in clear plastic containers and imbed a gummy worm or two. Cover the top of the pudding with crushed chocolate cookie crumbs. It looks good if a worm is peeking out of the dirt.

Halloween Eyeball Potion

1 tub Cool Whip, thawed
blueberries or raisins
1 large pkg cherry or grape Jell-O
1 cup cold water
Ice cubes

Using a small ice cream scoop, place 2 scoops whipped topping into each of 10 dessert dishes for "eyeballs." Place a blueberry or raisin in each scoop for the "pupil".  Freeze 30 minutes or until firm.
Meanwhile, stir boiling water into gelatin in large bowl at least 2 minutes until completely dissolved. Mix cold water and ice cubes to make 2 1/2 cups. Add to gelatin, stirring until slightly thickened. Remove any remaining ice. Pour about 1/2 cup gelatin into each dish around eye balls, leaving the tops of the eyes balls exposed. Refrigerate 1 1/2 hours or until firm.

Halloween Eyeballs

Make Rice Krispies Treats and form the treats into balls, about 1-2 inches across. Add a pastel M&M or other small round candy for the iris and dot the candy with frosting or gel for the pupil. Fingers: Cut wedges out of circus peanuts candies. Cut red jelly bean fingernails to fit. Press in place!

Halloween Ghost Poop

(Put a handful of miniature marshmallows in a baggie and add this poem)
I hear that you've been playing tricks, So listen, here's the scoop...... I'm running short on candy treats, So this year you get Ghost Poop!

Halloween Ghosties and Ghoulies!

Use your creativity or use; for eyes, Mini baking bits (M&M's) work well, as do any small candies. Also have ready tubes of piping gel (use red, green and black), red, blue and orange food color and a bit of light corn syrup as "GLUE" to stick on candies.

Halloween Ghostly Snack

Using a tube of refrigerator biscuits, let the children separate biscuits and shape each like a ghost. They can roll the biscuits in butter and then in cinnamon and sugar mixture. Bake biscuits as directed and watch the goblins gobble them down.

Halloween Ghosts

Pull and press regular or mini marshmallows into ghost shapes. Dot eyes with black food color w/ toothpick.

Halloween Grave Yard Dessert Crust

2 cups chocolate wafer cookie crumbs
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 stick (1/2 cup) margarine, melted


8-oz package cream cheese
12-oz tub whipped topping thawed
2 cups boiling water
2 (4-servings) packages orange gelatin
1/2 cup cold water
Ice cubes

Decorations: 1/4 cup chocolate wafer cookie crumbs, 7 rectangular shaped sandwich cookies, 7 oval shaped sandwich cookies, Decorator icing brown, green, orange, white, Candy corn, Candy pumpkins
Preheat oven at 350 degrees F. Prepare a 9 x 13 x 2" pan with cooking spray and flour. To prepare crust, combine 2 cups cookie crumbs, 1/4 cup sugar, and margarine in a small mixing bowl. Press firmly into prepared pan. Bake for 10 minutes and then chill. To prepare filling, combine cream cheese, remaining sugar, and 1/2 cup Cool Whip in a mixing bowl. In another mixing bowl, combine boiling water into gelatin until completely dissolved. Mix cold water and ice cubes together to make 1 1/2 cups. Stir ice water into gelatin until thickened. Remove any remaining ice cubes. Spoon gelatin over cream cheese layer. Refrigerate 3 hours or until firm. Spread remaining Cool Whip over gelatin layer. Sprinkle with remaining 1/4 cup cookie crumbs. Decorate as a "grave yard" by poking sandwich cookies on end into dessert. Decorate the cookies as tombstones with the decorator icing. Scatter candy and pumpkins around the surface.

Halloween Gumdrop Spiders

Cut two black pipe cleaners into eight pieces. Buy black licorice gumdrops. Insert four pipe cleaner spider legs on each side of a gumdrop.

Halloween Hairy Head Creatures

Cut a regular size marshmallow in half crosswise. Pipe a thin line of red gel on edge of half the cut side. Press lightly against one end of another marshmallow. Pipe green gel stitches across red line. Glue on candy eyes (mini M&M's) and ear bolts (tiny tarts). Insert red licorice lace hair.
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