Severed fingers, witches' brew: 'Tis the season for frighteningly good Halloween eats.
And, regardless if you're planning for a party of costumed characters, or are just looking to add some life to your kids' plates, these festive Halloween-themed recipes are sure to please.
- 3 green onions, divided
- 2 packages (8 oz. each) cream cheese, softened
- 1pkg. (8 oz.) shredded cheddar cheese, divided
- 1/4cup finely chopped red peppers
- 2 slices pepperoni
Cut 4-inch length from green end of 1 onion; slice remaining onions. Beat cream cheese and 1-1/4 cups cheddar with mixer until well blended. Stir in sliced onions and peppers. Refrigerate 1 hour.
Shape into ball; roll in remaining cheddar. Cut pepperoni into shapes for the jack-o'-lantern's eyes, nose and mouth; press into cheese ball to make face. Insert green onion piece into top for stem.
Serve with crackers.
- Hot dogs
Carve hot dogs
Heat on a baking sheet in the oven until warm
Add ketchup for the severed finger blood effect
- 5 apples (1-1/2 lb.), washed and well dried
- 1 package (14 oz.) Caramels
- 2 Tbsp. water
- 1-1/2 cups Baker's angel flake coconut, toasted
- 2oz. Baker's semi-sweet chocolate
Insert wooden pop sticks into stem ends of apples. Microwave caramels and water in deep microwaveable bowl on HIGH 2 to 3 minutes, or until caramels are melted, stirring every minute.
Dip apples in caramel, turning to evenly coat; scrape excess from bottoms of apples. Roll apples in coconut; place on greased tray. Refrigerate 15 min.
Microwave chocolate in separate deep microwaveable bowl on HIGH 1 min. to 1 min. 15 sec. or until chocolate is almost melted, stirring after 1 min.; stir until completely melted. Drizzle chocolate over apples; return to tray. Let stand until chocolate is firm. Keep refrigerated.
Tips: You can substitute 2/3 cup chopped salted peanuts for the toasted coconut. If your apples are waxed, be sure to completely wash off the wax before dipping apples in melted caramels.
- 1 brain-shaped gelatin mold
- 4 (3 ounce) packages peach flavored gelatin mix
- 3 cups boiling water
- 1 (12 fluid ounce) canevaporated milk
- 1 1/2 cups peach schnapps
- 4 drops blue food coloring
- 2 drops red food coloring
- 2 teaspoons water
Lightly oil a brain-shaped gelatin mold.
Stir the peach gelatin mix with boiling water in a bowl to dissolve the gelatin. Allow to cool to room temperature, about 20 minutes. Mix in the evaporated milk and peach schnapps; pour into the prepared mold. Refrigerate until set, 4 to 6 hours.
To decorate, dip the mold in very warm water (don't let the water enter the top of the mold) to loosen; invert the mold on a serving platter and lift to leave the brain in place.
Mix blue and red food coloring in a small bowl with 2 teaspoons of water. Use a small clean paintbrush to paint the coloring into the grooves of the brain. Return the brain to the refrigerator until the food coloring sets. Serve cold.
Tip: A non-alcoholic version may be made by substituting water for peach schnapps.
Looking for more recipes? Check out our recipes from Halloween 2011 here.