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Halloween Recipes

1.) Freaky Ham Faces

The kids will love this recipe. They will really enjoy decorating the piece of ham to make a funny face.

Serving: 1
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 60 minutes

1 round ham slice
1 hard-boiled egg, cut in half lengthwise
2 long slices dill pickle
red pimento
7 black olives
2 baby carrots
string cheese

1. Lay ham on plate.

2. Cut small slice off back of each egg half so egg sits flat. Place eggs on ham for eyes. Lay pickle slices on ham for mouth. Cut pimento in thin slices and place on whites of eggs for bloodshot eyes. Lay 5 olives inside pickles for teeth. Cut round ends off 2 olives. Place in centers of egg yolks for pupils of eyes. Place carrot on each side of ham slice for ears. Lay strips of string cheese above ham to make hair.

2.) Tarantula Cake

Search the internet or go to your local library to find a picture of a tarantula to use as a guide... This recipe is fun and gross enough for Halloween!

Serving: 12
Prep Time: 45 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 90 minutes

dark chocolate cake (recipe or mix)
pistachio pudding (spider blood is green!)
dark chocolate icing
black gum drops
brown sprinkles
dark brown or black pipe cleaners

1. Bake your favorite dark chocolate cake in small and medium sized "round" bowls and one very small 1/2 cup sized round bowl. Remove from bowls and cool.

2. Scoop out the inside of the small and medium cake and fill with pistachio pudding. This is tricky. Put it back in baking bowl or another bowl which fits it well. Let pudding really get set.

3. Carefully turn onto cake plate placing parts in correct location as picture.

4. Ice all with DARK chocolate icing of your choice. Use black gum drops for eyes, and dark brown or black pipe cleaners for legs...be sure to attach legs only on the middle segment of the body. Don't forget to add the "feelers" near the mouth, and the spinnerets on the spider's rear end! Use brown sprinkles for the "hair" all over.

3.) Spooky Spiced Cider

This is the ideal drink for a Halloween party. The kids will love it. You can even add alcohol for an adults only Halloween party!

Serving: 16
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

1 gallon fresh cider
3 cinnamon sticks
1 tablespoon whole cloves
1 teaspoon powdered ginger
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
Peelings from one orange (the orange you sectioned for the Ghost Gut Dip)

1. Put all ingredients together into a large pot and bring to a boil. Cover and simmer for half an hour.

2. Strain into a crock pot to keep warm. Serve steaming warm from the 'witches caldron' with a ladle, into mugs or hot paper cups.

Note: You will also want to have some fresh cold cider available to serve for those who don't like it warm.

4.) Candy Bar Cookies

These not-too-sweet butter cookies are filled with chunks of candy bars that melt into the cookies as they bake. Vary the flavor of the cookies by changing the candy bar.

Serving: 36
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 18 minutes

1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 stick unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1 large egg
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 cup chocolate covered candy bar, cut into 1/2 inch pieces

1. Preheat oven to 325 F.

2. Sift flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.

3. In large bowl using an electric mixer, beat butter and sugar on medium speed and until mixture looks fluffy and smooth, about 30 seconds.

4. Blend in egg and vanilla extract to butter mixture. (Stop the mixer and scrape bowl with rubber spatula once during this mixing.)

5. Decrease speed to low and add flour mixture, mixing just until flour is incorporated.

6. Gently mix in candy bar pieces.

7. Drop batter by large tablespoons on baking sheets. Bake for approximately 8 minutes, watching to prevent burning.

8. Remove while warm to prevent sticking and cool on wire racks.

5.) Caramel Apples and Pears

Recipe of the Week Contest Winner! iVillager cthib says that her recipe is, "absolutely delicious. It's hard to believe they are a natural treat!"

Serving: 12
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

12 or cinnamon sticks, each 6 inches long bamboo skewer
6 stems removed Lady apple
6 stems removed pear
2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup water
1 lemon peel about 2 inches long and 1 inch wide
2 tsp pure vanilla extract

1. Insert a bamboo skewer or cinnamon stick into the stem end of each apple and pear.

2. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine the sugar, water, lemon peel, and vanilla. Cook, stirring, until the sugar melts and the mix is golden amber in color. Do not stir the mixture once you increase the heat. Remove the caramel from the heat.

3. One at a time, dip the apples and pears in the caramel, twirling them to coat completely. Transfer the caramelled fruit to a wire rack and let the caramel harden about 10 to 15 minutes.

4. Store the fruit in a cool dry place for up to 2 days. Do not store in the fridge.

6.) Lizard's Eyes

These treats are great, healthy snacks for kids.

Serving: 16
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

1/2 cup peanut butter
12 ounces marshmallows
4 drops green food coloring
4 cups Rice Krispies, Cheerios or Corn Flakes
16 raisins

1. Heat peanut butter with marshmallows in a large saucepan over low heat until melted. Add green food coloring and mix in. Pour in cereal and stir quickly.

2. Spray 8-inch pan with Pam and then pour contents into pan. Allow to cool in fridge

3. Cut into long thin strips, about 1-inch by 4-inches.

4. Cut each raisin in half and stick on one end of each strip to make the lizard's eyes.


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