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Recipes for Halloween

December 30th, 2012 Seasonal

If you're not sure which tasty treat to bring to this year's Halloween party, consider trying one of these recipes, inspired by Real Simple magazine and Taste of Home.

Pumpkin cupcakes
Ingredients:

1 box of yellow cake mix (plus the ingredients listed on the box)
1/2 teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice
1 can of pumpkin puree
2 8-ounce bars of cream cheese
2 cups of confectioners’ sugar
24 pieces of candy corn.

Directions: Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Prepare the cake mix according to the directions on the box, but add the pumpkin spice and substitute the pumpkin puree for water. Place the batter into lined muffin pans and bake for about 20 minutes. For the frosting, beat the cream cheese and sugar together until creamy. Spread onto the cupcakes and decorate each one with a festive piece of candy corn.

Strawberry ghouls
Ingredients:

30 strawberries
8 ounces of chopped white baking chocolate
1 teaspoon of shortening
⅛ teaspoon of almond extract
¼ cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips.

Directions: Melt the white chocolate and shortening in the microwave, then stir together, adding the almond extract. Cover each strawberry in chocolate and place on a piece of wax paper to cool. Press two chocolate chips into the coating to make eyes. Melt the rest of the chocolate chips, then dip a toothpick in the chocolate and draw scary mouths!

Creepy Hot Cocoa
To make this easy treat, simply prepare your guests cups of hot chocolate. Cut a slit into the tops of two marshmallows, then place a candy in the center to form a pupil. Insert a lollipop stick into each, then place the two eyes into the chocolate. Deliciously creepy!