Saturday, October 10, 2009

HALLOWEEN HIJINKS: Holiday Treats!

Let's be honest, BJ-C here is a thick woman and she loves herself some delicious treats. If there's anything I love more than horror movies, it's food. In all honesty, combining the two just saves me time. When I was growing up, I had those parents that every kid at the lunch table was jealous of. My mother would ALWAYS make sure I had festive treats in my lunchbox. She'd bake me skull shaped cookies, dye my peanut butter and jelly sandwich bread orange, and would only give me the "spooky" gushers. Many people like to believe that Christmas is the king of festive foods, but I beg to differ. Go kick rocks gingerbread men....it's all about Halloween. Being the "domestic goddess" that I am, I've found a couple of my favorite treat ideas and have even included the recipe's for all you google haters! You don't have to thank me, just send money ;)

COFFIN ICE CREAM SANDWICHES


  • 6 Servings
  • Prep/Total Time: 20 min.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup plus 3 tablespoons vanilla frosting, divided
  • Orange and black paste food coloring
  • 6 ice cream sandwiches
  • Yellow, brown and orange jimmies and/or Halloween sprinkles

Directions

  • Tint 1/2 cup frosting orange and 1 tablespoon frosting black. Cut corners off each ice cream sandwich to form coffin shapes. Dip sides of sandwiches in jimmies. Frost tops with orange frosting. Decorate as desired with black frosting, remaining white frosting and jimmies and/or sprinkles. Freeze until serving. Yield: 6 servings.

Nutrition Facts: 1 serving (1 each) equals 281 calories, 11 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 20 mg cholesterol, 101 mg sodium, 43 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 3 g protein.

Coffin Ice Cream Sandwiches published in Simple & Delicious September/October 2006, p45

BEWITCHING MARSHMALLOWS


  • 12 Servings
  • Prep/Total Time: 30 min.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup vanilla frosting, divided
  • 36 miniature semisweet chocolate chips
  • 12 large marshmallows
  • 1 drop each green, red and yellow food coloring, optional
  • 1/4 cup flaked coconut
  • 12 chocolate wafers
  • 12 miniature peanut butter cups
  • 12 milk chocolate kisses

Directions

  • For the face of each witch, place a dab of frosting on the bottom of three chocolate chips; press two for eyes and one for nose onto each marshmallow.
  • For hair, combine green food coloring and a drop of water in a small resealable plastic bag; add coconut and shake well. Spread a small amount of frosting on sides of marshmallows; press coconut hair into frosting. Place 3 tablespoons of frosting in a small heavy-duty resealable plastic bag; tint orange with red and yellow food coloring. Set aside.
  • For hats, spread some of the remaining frosting in the center of chocolate wafers; press peanut butter cups upside down into frosting. Lightly spread bottoms of chocolate kisses with frosting; place on peanut butter cups. Cut a small hole in the corner of pastry or plastic bag; insert a small star tip. Fill the bag with frosting and pipe stars around the base of each peanut butter cup. Secure a hat to each witch with a dab of frosting. Yield: 1 dozen.

Nutrition Facts: 1 serving (1 each) equals 121 calories, 5 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 2 mg cholesterol, 69 mg sodium, 18 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 2 g protein.

Marshmallow Witches published in Quick Cooking September/October 2005, p16

GHASTLY STRAWBERRIES


  • 30 Servings
  • Prep/Total Time: 30 min.

Ingredients

  • 30 fresh strawberries
  • 8 ounces white baking chocolate, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon shortening
  • 1/8 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/4 cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips

Directions

  • Wash strawberries and gently pat with paper towels until completely dry. In a microwave-safe bowl, melt white chocolate and shortening at 50% power; stir until smooth. Stir in extract.
  • Dip strawberries in chocolate mixture; place on a waxed paper-lined baking sheet, allowing excess chocolate to form the ghosts' tails. Immediately press chocolate chips into coating for eyes. Freeze for 5 minutes.
  • In a microwave-safe bowl, melt remaining chocolate chips; stir until smooth. Dip a toothpick into melted chocolate and draw a mouth on each face. Yield: 2-1/2 dozen.

Nutrition Facts: 1 strawberry equals 54 calories, 3 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 2 mg cholesterol, 8 mg sodium, 6 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 1 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1/2 starch, 1/2 fat.

Strawberry Ghosts published in Simple & Delicious September/October 2007, p14

EYE BALL COOKIES


  • 20-25 Servings
  • Prep: 25 min. + chilling

Ingredients

  • 5 ounces white baking chocolate, chopped, divided
  • 20 to 25 vanilla wafers
  • Blue paste food coloring
  • 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • Red liquid food coloring

Directions

  • In a microwave, melt 4 ounces of white chocolate; stir until smooth. Dip vanilla wafers in melted chocolate; allow excess to drip off. Place on a waxed paper-lined baking sheet. Chill until set.
  • Melt remaining white chocolate; stir until smooth. Tint blue. Spread a small amount onto the center of each cookie; place a chocolate chip in the center.
  • For bloodshot eyes, use a toothpick dipped in red food coloring to draw lines from blue circles to outer edges of wafers. Chill until set. Store in an airtight container. Yield: 20-25 servings.

Nutrition Facts: 1 serving (1 each) equals 36 calories, 2 g fat (1 g saturated fat), trace cholesterol, 12 mg sodium, 5 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, trace protein.

Eyeball Cookies published in Simple & Delicious September/October 2006, p45

HALLOWEEN PIZZA


  • 6-8 Servings
  • Prep/Total Time: 25 min.

Ingredients

  • 1 frozen cheese pizza (12 inches)
  • 1 can (6 ounces) pitted ripe olives, drained and halved
  • 1 medium sweet red pepper
  • 1 small green pepper

Directions

  • Place pizza on a 12-in. pizza pan. Arrange olives in a circle around edge of pizza. Cut a nose, eyes and mouth from red pepper. Cut a stem and eyebrows from green pepper. Make a jack-o'-lantern face on pizza. Bake according to package directions. Yield: 6-8 servings.

Nutrition Facts: 1 serving (1 slice) equals 221 calories, 13 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 23 mg cholesterol, 551 mg sodium, 15 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 10 g protein.

Halloween Pizza published in Taste of Home October/November 1993, p48


ALL RECIPES WERE FOUND AT TASTEOFHOME

Thanks to them, we are all much happier...and much wider. :) ENJOY

5 comment(s):

Monster Scholar said...

My blood sugar spiked just looking at all those delicious confections

Lily Strange said...

I love food too. Love it too much. I don't care about being skinny but I decided that I really could stand to lose some weight so I've been tracking my calories with tweetwhatyoueat.com
It is sooooo frustrating and a lot easier to get to 2000 calories (which I've chosen for my daily target) than I care to say.

mike said...

Those are some really cool Halloween treats, they look great and I bet they taste just as good. Where did you get the ideas to make these?

Kristine said...

That is one smörgåsbord that made my mouth water! You totally mindfucked me just by posting the pics. Now I've GOT TO make those Halloween treats. Only 2½ slow more weeks to go... Love your blog btw, if you keep the gory goods coming I'll keep reading it. ;)

http://www.rockspot.se/kristinepersson

Judy said...

Very innovative and yummy Halloween treats!!

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