Mix It Up with Jenny – Eerie Halloween Eats
(Family Features) – Make no bones about it, it’s time to conjure up some creepy cuisine for a ghoulishly good Halloween party for the kids.
In addition to making the tasty recipes below, here are some other fun ways to turn ordinary munchies into something monstrously yummy.
- Make a bone-chilling witches brew by serving your favorite punch in a black cauldron. Use Halloween-themed ice cube trays to make ice shaped like bones or skulls.
- Turn a basic cream cheese fruit dip into a devilish slime dip by mixing in some neon green food coloring.
- Use Halloween cookie cutters to cut soft sandwiches and cheese slices into spooky shapes like ghosts, bats and pumpkins. You can use them to make homemade tortilla chips, too.
To scare up some more Halloween recipes and ideas, visit www.VeryBestBaking.com.Jenny Harper is Consumer Test Kitchen Project Manager for the Nestlé Test Kitchens and VeryBestBaking.com.
Spooky Graveyard Pie
- 3 cups (about 32) finely ground chocolate sandwich cookies, divided
- 3 tablespoons melted butter
- 1 can (12 fluid ounces) Nestlé Carnation Evaporated Milk
- 1 3/4 cups (11.5-ounce package) Nestlé Toll House Milk Chocolate Morsels
- 2 large egg yolks
- 2 tablespoons cornstarch
- 8 chocolate filled vanilla wafer cookies
- Black and purple decorator writing gels
- Assorted Nestlé Halloween Candies
- COMBINE 1 1/2 cups cookie crumbs and butter in 9-inch pie plate. Press crumb mixture onto bottom and upsides of pie plate. Set aside remaining 1 1/2 cups crumbs for dirt topping.
- WHISK together evaporated milk, egg yolks and cornstarch in medium saucepan. Heat over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until mixture is very hot and thickens slightly; do not boil. Remove from heat; stir in morsels until completely melted and mixture is smooth.
- POUR into crust. Sprinkle with remaining 1 1/2 cups cookie crumbs. Press crumbs down gently. Refrigerate for 3 hours or until set.
- DECORATE cookie tombstones with writing gels as desired; let set. Insert tombstones around edge of pie. With spoon, mound cookie crumbs to form “fresh graves.” Decorate graveyard with candy to make the pie as spooky as you want it to be!
Makes 8 servings
- 2 cups (12-ounce package) Nestlé Toll House Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels
- 1 cup creamy peanut butter, divided
- 1/3 cup powdered sugar
- 3 cups toasted rice cereal
- HEAT morsels and 3/4 cup peanut butter in small, heavy-duty saucepan over low heat, stirring constantly until smooth; remove from heat. Add sugar; stir vigorously until smooth.
- PLACE cereal in large bowl. Add 1 cup melted chocolate mixture; stir until evenly coated. Place on ungreased baking sheet. Using small metal spatula, shape into 10-inch circle with slightly raised 1-inch-wide border. Pour remaining chocolate mixture in center of circle; spread to border.
- For Spiderweb: PLACE remaining peanut butter in small, heavy-duty plastic bag. Cut tiny corner from bag; squeeze to pipe concentric circles on top of chocolate. Using wooden pick or tip of sharp knife, pull tip through peanut butter from center to border. Refrigerate for 30 minutes or until firm. Cut into wedges.
Makes 12 servings