That witch in the Wizard of Oz never could get a break . . . now you’ll have a delicious treat in her melted honor.
Halloween is fun . . . and the food can be, too.
Witch Puddles doesn’t sound all that appealing . . . but with Oreo Cookies and Hershey Kisses . . . It’s a chocolate feast in a puddle.
Here’s the recipe:
Ingredients make about 3 dozen Puddle Witches
- 1 teaspoon water
- 4 drops yellow food coloring
- 1 and 1/2 cups of flaked coconut
- 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
- 6 tablespoons shortening, divided
- 36 Oreo cookies
- 36 Hershey Kisses
- 4 cups vanilla or white chocolate chips
- 36 pretzel sticks
- Place water and food coloring in a large resealable plastic bag.
- Add coconut to the bag.
- Seal and shake to tint the coconut.
- In the microwave, melt chocolate chips and 2 tablespoons shortening. Stir until smooth.
- Let’s make the witches’ hats! Place 1/3 cup of the chocolate mixture in a resealable plastic bag. Cut a small hole in a corner of the bag.
- Pipe a small amount of chocolate on a cookie.
- Dip the Kiss in the chocolate on the Oreo.
- Set on waxed paper to dry. Repeat for the remaining cookies.
- For the puddles, melt the vanilla or white chocolate chips with the remaining shortening. Stir until smooth.
- Place the mixture in a large resealable plastic bag, cut a small hole in a corner of the bag.
- Pipe the mixture into the shape of a puddle onto a waxed paper lined baking sheet.
- Place a witch’s hat on the puddle.
- Place a pretzel stick alongside the hat; sprinkle with tinted coconut at the end of the pretzel stick to look like a broom.
- Repeat with remaining puddles, hats and brooms.
- Chill for 15 minutes or until set.
- Store in an airtight container.
If you’d like, you may want to tint the white chocolate with green food coloring . . . but I think the white works fine . . .
This is a fun project your friends and family will enjoy.
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Have You Made Jello Worms?
If you can make jello, then you can make these squiggly worms to delight and disgust your family and friends.
All right! Here’s the recipe:
- 2 – 3 ounce packs of a red jello of your choice
- 1 package of unflavored gelatin for extra firmness
- 3/4 cup whipping cream
- 3 cups of boiling water
- green food coloring, about 15 drops
- 100 flexible straws or enough to fill your container — or you can bundle them together with rubber bands
- tall container about 1 quart in size
- Empty the packets of gelatin into a bowl and add the boiling water.
- Allow to cool to lukewarm before adding the whipping cream and drops of green food coloring.
- Bundle up your straws and put them in the tall 1 quart container.
- Fill up your straws allowing the mixture to flow into the container.
- Allow your jello to set until firm in the refrigerator.
- When the jello has set, hold the straws under warm water. The worms should slip right out of the straws. Pinch one end to get it moving. Be sure to catch them in a bowl.
This is an interesting recipe that takes some time to set and some effort in getting them out of the straws. In the end it is all worth it.
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I love making mummies and filling them with all kinds of good stuff. Meatballs seems to be a major winner right now for my family.
It’s finger food at it’s absolute best.
Here’s what you’ll need to do:
You can either make your own meatballs or find some already prepared. Your meatballs need to be cooked. You then wrap them up with pizza dough or your could use another bread-type dough from the wide selection of Pillsbury brand.
I roll my meatballs in some spaghetti sauce to stick them together on a flat piece of bread dough. I then cut some strips out of the remaining bread dough (about 1/4 inch wide) and wrap up this little mummy. I leave some room for edible eyes.
I guess I forgot to tell you to preheat your oven to 350 degrees and to put your wrapped up mummies on a cookie sheet. You can either spray it with nonstick cooking spray or cover it with aluminium foil or get fancy with parchment. Whatever works for you.
Then I pop them in the oven for about 20 plus minutes until brown.
Serve them warm out of the oven. Add a salad or just have them as a snack. You may have more warmed spaghetti sauce available for dipping. Be sure to make plenty. They’re a real crowd pleaser.
I decided to give myself a bit of a break. I’ve been trying out recipes and also doing some of the paper crafts I’ve put on the website.
I know how important it is to relax and enjoy the crafts you do regularly. I know my family enjoys crafts. It’s a quiet time. It’s also a time to unwind a bit and enjoy creating something out of paper or wood. Do some painting and just enjoying life at a quieter pace. It is just too easy to get into overload or focus on all of the wrong things. Or even try to do too much and accomplishing nothing.
I was talking with some friends who got into the creepy houses. They’ve made a whole village. I’ve been working since Friday on the Haunted House. I know I could put it together faster, but I’m enjoying doing it at a leisurely pace. Then I’ll add the grave yard. I know Halloween is getting closer, but I enjoy haunted houses and just spooky stuff all year round, so I’m in no hurry.
I mentioned recipes earlier. Yes, I’ve been going through some things and I’ve gotten a bit creeped out by some, so I think I’ll go for the fun. Gross just isn’t for me at this time. I do have some gross recipes on this website, but I prefer to think of things that would be a little different, yet would fit the season.
Banana Mummy Rolls Recipe
I like this recipe because it is a make ahead recipe for a great breakfast on the go and also wonderful for an after school or after work snack. Maybe even a mid afternoon pick-me-up.
1 package Pillsbury Crescent sheets
1 small container Nutella or Peanut Butter of your choice Smooth or Chunky
heaping 1/2 cup powdered sugar for the glaze
milk or water for glaze
Candy eyes or you can use some M & Ms or Skittles
- Roll out crescent sheet to about 10-11 x 6-8 inches.
- Slice into 6 equal squares. Lightly score each square in 3 equal sections, vertically (without cutting through the dough).
- Using a knife, cut horizontal strips about 1/4 inch wide down each side section.
- Spoon a couple of tablespoons of peanut butter or nutella down the middles section, leaving about 1/2 inch on both the top and bottom and place a slice of banana on top.
- Fold the right two cut sections over the head and then then alternate right and then left, leaving a small space for the eye section.
- They’re now ready to pop into the oven.
- Bake at 375 until golden brown, probably about 12-15 minutes.
- Remove from pan and let cool to room temperature.
- Mix powdered sugar with enough milk or water to form a glaze and then lightly drizzle it over the mummies.
- Let dry to the touch before serving.
- Makes 6.
This is a real crowd pleaser for the whole family — especially the kids. They get a mummy and the sweet banana favor along with a peanut butter/nutella flavor. It is a variation of the popular banana and peanut butter sandwich or putting peanut butter/nutella into a sliced banana.
As I said earlier it is great for breakfast and also as a healthy snack. Yes, you may want to serve these at your Halloween party. I think mummies could be fun all year round, so I’d keep this recipe handy for those times you just want something different.
I hope you enjoy this recipe and the crafts I spoke of earlier. You’ll find a wonderful selection in the archives of this website.
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I’m learning that a gingerbread man cookie cutter can be used for so much. Just allow your imagination to go a bit wild and these cut outs can become a variety of Halloween icons. I thought the Vampire Gingerbread Men were adorable, but I now have a new favorite with these Gingerbread Men Skeletons. They take a bit more decorating time and patience, but it is well worth the effort. I’d also invest in some 4-inch gingerbread man cookie cutters to allow space for your creativity to soar.
Image compliments of http://www.bettycrocker.com
Use the recipe for the Vampire Gingerbread Men Cookies. The only difference is that you’ll be using white frosting in a piping bag to do your decorating magic.
The trick to getting this frosting to flow nicely is by putting it in the microwave on high for 30 seconds.
Stir until smooth before spooning it into a resealable food-storage plastic bag.
Seal the bag nicely before cutting off a tiny hole in the corner of the bag. I forgot to mention to get all the air out of the bag before sealing.
Twist the bag above the frosting, squeeze bag gently to pipe frosting in a skeleton design on cookies.
To be honest with you, if you aren’t a gingerbread cookie fan you can do the same with sugar cookies which I have to admit are my favorite. You decide if it’s the shape of a gingerbread man or the taste of a gingerbread man that is more important to you.
If it’s authentic gingerbread man cookies you’re after, then click here for the recipe. If you want to go with a sugar cookie recipe, keep reading for the recipe.
You can always find a sugar cookie mix, but if you want to go traditional, here’s the recipe:
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1 cup softened butter or margarine
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cream of tartar
1. Get out the mixer and a large mixing bowl. You’re going to beat 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar and the butter with electric mixer on medium speed.
2. Mix in vanilla, 1/2 teaspoon almond extract and the egg.
3. Mix in flour, baking soda and cream of tartar.
4. Cover and put in the refrigerator for about 2 hours or until firm.
5. After the dough mixture has cooled. Heat oven to 375°F.
6. On lightly floured cloth-covered surface, roll half of the dough at a time 1/8 inch thick.
7. Cut into desired shapes.
8. Place your cookie shapes 2 inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheets.
9. Bake 7 to 8 minutes or until light brown.
10. Remove your cookies from the cookie sheet to a cooling rack. All to cool for about 30 minutes.
11. Now you’re ready to decorate.
I know this recipe jumps around a bit, but this was the best way for me to get the most important information to you the quickest.
This is one of those decorating sessions that will be thoroughly rewarding . . . especially when you receive the oooohs and awwwws!